Whisks & Words 2015 Reading Challenge

IMG_6363In previous years, my only reading challenge has been to read a certain number of books within a calendar year. They could be fiction, nonfiction, whatever. I set a quota using the Goodreads Reading Challenge, and I logged my list, and I worked on meeting my count. I usually hit it, and year by year, my number has gone up, to my current year where I’ve read over forty books. But 2014 was a transformational year in my reading life, which I’ll talk more about when I publish the post on My Reading Year.

This means it’s time to up the ante, I think. It’s time to make things a bit more interesting.

This year, I’ll be doing my own Whisks & Words 2015 Reading Challenge. This is a hybrid of the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, Pop Sugar’s Ultimate Reading Challenge, and a few of my own challenge entries as well – both to cater to my own interests as well as to help me stretch a bit. With the help of Book Riot and Pop Sugar, I’ve come up with 26 markers to hit, which means if I average a book a week (which is my supplementary goal), then half my year will be spent meeting the challenge, and half my year will be reading whatever I please.

I’ll be tracking my books here on the blog, checking off my challenge markers and listing the books that got me there as I go along in 2015. I love reading company, so if you feel compelled, follow along with me. My Reading Month posts will detail my progress with the Challenge, and I’d love to hear how your reading year is progressing – and if you have any recommendations for me!

The challenge starts January 1, 2015. And away we go!

Whisks & Words 2015 Reading Challenge

A book written by someone over age 65
A collection of short stories
A banned book
A book with magic
A classic book that I haven’t gotten around to yet
A book set in high school
A horror book
A book by or about someone LGBTQ
A book with a one-word title
A book by an author of the opposite sex
A book from BuzzFeed’s “22 Most Exciting Literary Debuts of 2014” list
A book that takes place in Asia
A self-improvement/personal growth book
A book by an author from Africa
A book published before 1900
A YA novel
A comic/graphic novel/graphic memoir
A book about how to succeed in business
A microhistory
A book originally published in a different language
A sci-fi novel
A collection of poetry
A romance novel
An audiobook
A National Book Award/Man Booker Prize/Pulitzer Prize winning book from the previous decade (2000-2009)
A book about religion (any religion)


7 thoughts on “Whisks & Words 2015 Reading Challenge

  1. What a great challenge! I spent this year reading books written only by women. It was easier and more challenging than I expected.

    I’d recommend Trust Me, I’m Lying, which meets a few of your criteria. It’s a YA book, set in high school and written by a gay woman. It’s a page-turner that I loved! Highly recommend.

    Also, The Divorce Papers is a debut that’s getting a lot of buzz, written by a 67-year-old woman. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s on my list.

    1. Great recommendations! I am adding those to my to-read list. I spent the year reading almost all women – it just sort of happened, and I was quite pleased at my reading list. Can’t wait for the new year and all these new books!

  2. I love the name of your blog. Here from @littlelodestar

    Thissounds amazing. I admire that you are taking on the challenge. I don’t think that I would be able to do it, but I’m still tucking away the list, maybe I’ll take a two year approach πŸ˜‰

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