Popsugar’s 2015 Reading Challenge

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As a college student I do a lot of reading, but it’s mostly textbooks, PowerPoints, and other school-related articles. With graduation coming up in a few months, I am very much looking forward to being done with school so that I can enjoy reading for leisure again. However, there’s no reason why I can’t start reading now…I have the free time, I just need some motivation.

My bus ride to and from campus each day is about 45 minutes. I usually listen to music, read blogs, and waste that time on social media…not the best use of time. I recently found out that our local library AND state library each offer a free eBook database so I’m going to give that a try. This way, I can use those 45 minutes to read a book and get lost in another world…one of my favorite things about books and movies!

I came across Popsugar’s 2015 Reading Challenge last week and thought it was a genius idea! The goal is to read 50 books but branch out to other authors and genres that you wouldn’t normally reach for. I will be updating this list as the year continues, including my ratings for each. If you’re a Goodreads member, feel free to follow or friend me to keep up with my progress.

Popsugar 2015 Reading Challenge

1) A book with more than 500 pages

2) A classic romance

3) A book that became a movie
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (4 stars) Buy the book

4) A book published this year

5) A book with a number in the title
50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James (4 stars) Buy the book

6) A book written by someone under 30

7) A book with non-human characters
Animal Farm by George Orwell (2 stars) Buy the book

8) A funny book
This Girl by Colleen Hoover (4 stars) Read my review | Buy the book

9) A book by a female author
Cocktails In Chelsea by Nikki Moore (3 stars) Read my review | Buy the book

10) A mystery or a thriller
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (4 stars) Read my review | Buy the book

11) A book with a one-word title

12) A book of short stories
My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler (1 star) Read my review | Buy the book

13) A book set in a different country
The Grand Reopening of the Dandelion Cafe by Jenny Oliver (4 stars) Read my review | Buy the book

14) A nonfiction book

15) A popular author’s first book

16) A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet
The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks (5 stars) Read my review | Buy the book

17) A book a friend recommended

18) A Pulitzer Prize-winning book

19) A book based on a true story

20) A book at the bottom of your to-read list

21) A book your Mom loves

22) A book that scares you
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (2 stars) Read my review | Buy the book

23) A book more than 100 years old

24) A book based entirely on it’s cover

25) A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t

26) A memoir
Yes Please by Amy Poehler (3 stars) Buy the book

27) A book you can finish in a day
Bite Me If You Can by Lynsay Sands (3 stars) Read my review | Buy the book

28) A book with antonyms in the title
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (4 stars) Read my review | Buy the book

29) A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit

30) A book that came out the year  you were born (1993)
The Giver by Lois Lowry (4 stars) Read my review | Buy the book

31) A book with bad reviews

32) A trilogy
50 Shades by E.L. James (3 stars) Read my review | Buy the boxed set

33) A book from your childhood

34) A book with a love triangle

35) A book set in the future

36) A book set in high school
Slammed by Colleen Hoover (5 stars) Read my review | Buy the book

37) A book with a color in the title

38) A book that made you cry
Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova (4 stars) Read my review | Buy the book

39) A book with magic

40) A graphic novel

41) A book by an author you’ve never read before
Bared to You by Sylvie Day (4 stars) Read my review | Buy the book

42) A book you own but have never read

43) A book that takes place in your hometown (Cambridge, Ontario)
Immortal Ever After by Lynsay Sands (4 stars) Read my review | Buy the book

44) A book that was originally written in a different language

45) A book set during Christmas

46) A book written by an author with your same initials

47) A play

48) A banned book

49) A book based on or turned into a TV show

50) A book you started but never finished
The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz (2 stars) Read my review | Buy the book

What books have you read recently and loved?
Are you participating in this challenge?


  1. says

    This sounds like a fun challenge!! I don’t think I can manage 50 books in a year with my schedule, but I’ll definitely try! Looking forward to all the fun!

    • says

      It’s been a great way for me to branch out from what I normally read. Let me know if you have any book recommendations!!


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