Reading Challenge Update #1

The first bullet to mark off my reading challenge is ‘A Murder Mystery’. The book I read for this category was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. I had originally read the story in play format (playwright: Simon Stephens. I would also recommend this version!) for a college course. I thought the story was both captivating and heartwarming, so I was excited to finally read the original novel version. Needless to say, I was not disappointed.


Quick synopsis (without spoilers, of course): Christopher Boone (a 15 year old with autism) finds his neighbor’s poodle, Wellington murdered in the back garden. Christopher vows to find Wellington’s murderer despite any obstacles that may hinder him.

The story is told from Christopher’s point of view, which is both blunt and refreshing. This easy to read novel will keep you captivated until the end.

Warning: There may be feels and tears, so be prepared.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in science, math, animals, autism/mental health awareness, England, mysteries


2016 Reading Challenge

I’ve seen a lot of different posts about yearly reading challenges, the most popular by far is the MMD (Modern Mrs. Darcy) Reading Challenge . The goal is 12 books in 12 months. It’s a great challenge that exposes new readers to great books and even longtime readers to new genres.

I always go a little over the top with these sorts of things, so I created my own version of a 2016 reading challenge that is considerably more substantial. I used the 2016 MMD Reading Challenge as a starting point as well as the 2016 PopSugar Reading Challenge.

  • A book based on a fairy tale
  • A National Book award winner
  • A YA best seller
  • A book you haven’t read since high school/ A book you were supposed to read in high school (but didn’t)
  • A book set in your home state
  • A book translated into English
  • A romance set in the future
  • A book set in Europe
  • A book that is less than 150 pages
  • A NY Times best-seller
  • A book that is becoming a movie this year
  • A book with a protagonist who has the same occupation as you/ a protagonist that has your dream occupation
  • A book that takes place in the summer
  • A book and its prequel / A book and its sequel
  • A murder mystery
  •  A book written by a comedian
  • A dystopian novel
  • A book with a blue cover
  • A book of poetry
  • The first book you see in a bookstore / the first book you see in your home library
  • A classic from the 20th century
  • A book from the library
  • An autobiography (can be a fictionalized autobiography)
  • A book recommended by a friend
  • A self-improvement book
  • A book you can finish in a day
  • A book written by a celebrity (or someone you consider to be a celebrity)
  • A political memoir
  • A book more than 100 years older than you
  • A book that is more than 600 pages
  • A book from Oprah’s Book Club
  • A science fiction novel
  • A book recommended by a family member
  • A graphic novel
  • A book published in 2016
  • A non-fiction book
  • A book about a road trip / voyage
  • A book about an unfamiliar culture
  • A satirical book
  • A book that takes place on an island
  • A book that is guaranteed to bring you joy
  • A book you chose because of the cover
  • A book with magic
  • A banned book
  • A book that was published the year you were born
  • A book you started and never finished (or a book you have always wanted to read, if the first does not apply)
  • A book by an author you have never read
  • A book of short stories

48 books, 12 months. Although not a small task by any means, this is my 2016 reading challenge. Happy reading!

2016 reading challenge