2015 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

In January, I signed up for POPSUGAR’s 2015 Reading Challenge to read 50 books that matched the criteria listed below. I read way more than 50 books but I didn’t finish the challenge. Here’s why:

  • In 2015, I read a lot more Non-fiction than usual but only 3 of my NF reads counted towards this challenge.
  • Sometimes, it’s a struggle to find a book that interests me that satisfies a category. I know the point is to expand my reading horizons but I rather wait to find a book that I really want to read. Popsugar 2015 Reading challenge. Read 50 books, one for each of the categories that range from funny books to a book your mom loves to something you should have read in school but didn't.


I completed these categories:

  1. A book with more than 500 pages – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 555 pages
  2. A book that became a movie – Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave 260 
  3. A book published this year Superlife by Darin Olien published February 2015
  4. A book with a number in the title – Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer  
  5. A book written by someone under 30 – The Girls Guide to Love and Supper Clubs by Dana Bate
  6. A funny book – Two Across by Jeff Bartsch
  7. A book by a female author –  Saving Grace by Jane Green
  8. A mystery or thriller – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 
  9. A book with a one-word title – Reunion by Hannah Pattered
  10. A book of short stories – One More Thing by B.J. Novak
  11. A book set in a different country – The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty 394 pages (set in Australia) 
  12. A nonfiction book – The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  13. A popular author’s first book – Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty 
  14. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet -The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty 
  15. A book a friend recommended – Landline by Rainbow Rowell. 308 pages. Recommended by a blogger friend 
  16. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book – One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  17. A book based on a true story – I suck at girls by Justin Halpern 
  18. A book at the bottom of your to-read list – I Take You by Eliza Kennedy 
  19. A book that scares you – Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner 
  20. A book based entirely on its cover – Mosquitoland by David Arnold
  21. A memoir – Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling 
  22. A book you can finish in a day – Skinny Habits: 6 Secrets of Thin People by Bob Harper 
  23. A book with antonyms in the title – Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty 
  24. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit Finding Paris by Joy Preble 
  25. A book that came out the year you were born – Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  26. A book with bad reviews Overexposed by Susan Shapiro
  27. A trilogy – Jenny Han’s Summer 
  28. A book with a love triangle – What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty 
  29. A book set in high school – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han 
  30. A book with a color in the title – Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick 
  31. A book that made you cry – This Book Will Save Your Life by A.M. Homes 
  32. A book with magic – Season of the Dragonflies by Sarah Creech
  33. A book by an author you’ve never read before – The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 
  34. A book that takes place in your hometown – My Father’s Wives by Mike Greenberg 
  35. A book that was originally written in a different language – Adultery by Paulo Coelho, originally written in Portuguese
  36. A book set during Christmas – The Look of Love by Sarah Jio
  37. A book written by an author with your same initials – A Long Time Gone by Karen White 
  38. A play – Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

I did not complete these categories:

  1. A book your mom loves
  2. A book more than 100 years old – I’m still reading A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  3. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
  4. A book from your childhood
  5. A book set in the future
  6. A graphic novel
  7. A book you own but have never read
  8. A classic romance
  9. A book with nonhuman characters
  10. A banned book
  11. A book based on or turned into a TV series
  12. A book you started but never finished

All in all, I completed 38 of the 50 categories although I read about 75 books in total this year, some that I probably wouldn’t have stuck with except for this challenge. I’m definitely trying the 2016 reading challenge.

What about you? What are your plans for reading more widely in 2016? 

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Christina says:

    Very impressive! I wish I would get more into reading again.. I need to pick a good book and just go with it! Happy New Year!

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Hey Christina, thanks for the comment. Did you find something to read yet? If you need a book recommendation, I’d be happy to help.


  2. Holy moly! Impressive!!

    I have started to read before bed. I only get a couple pages before I fall asleep so my # of books read is quite small 😦

    I do want to continue to read before bed and increase my yearly # of books.

    Good luck on the 201ff challenge.

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Yeah, you have a lot more going on. If you don’t read much, I totally understand. Reading has always been one of my passions though – I’ve never found a book I don’t want to even skim through. #booklover to the nth degree.
      I go through some phases though where I read more of one type and in 2015, I did a lot of Non-Fiction business and inspirational type books

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  3. I used that book list this past year, too! It was fun to look for specific books based on the categories- and you did a great job making your way through the list! I just made a “book bingo” for 2016 as a way to help me pick my books for the new year, you should check it out! 🙂

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    1. Run Wright says:

      The book bingo sounds fun. Is it on your blog?


  4. Alyson Marie says:

    Oh my goodness! I admire your diligence as a reader. This list is definitely something I would like to work on in the coming year. ❤


    1. Run Wright says:

      Alyson Marie. Thanks so much for your comment. I hope you find books that inspire you to read them – that’s the key to reading a lot, I think. But really, I am so excited to meet you – you have my two middle names and that makes you extra special in my book. 🙂


  5. That’s pretty great though, I think!! 🙂 XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things


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