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2016 Reading Challenge


My name is Claudia and I’m a bookahoolic. Browsing through my reading history of the last years you might assume I’m a fantasy/ sci-fi– hoolic but all this is about to change due to a brilliant reading challenge I found on 9GAG.


Yeah, I’m that kind of person that uses 9GAG for such purposes. 😀

I decided to take on the challenge without knowing that the list is 40 items long ( good thing you did not put numbers to those ideas, creator) but that was the least of my worries when I started looking for the titles to read.

Although it is way longer than my recent records in term of books read per year what worries me most is the way I will manage to get my hand and eyes on some of the titles I chose. I also worry what will I do faced with possible wrong choices I’ll get stuck with…

I must admit openly that I have snuck in there as much sci-fi as I could and some titles or authors I long wanted to read. Some titles are to be decided, and I can hardly wait to meet someone and right after introducing myself to ask for a book recommendation. I also have to call my dad and ask him to recommend me a book, visit a bookstore and choose one of the self-improvement books I own but never read.

Frherg-benet-zeppelin-jack-marius-surleac-252880om the choices I made I am very anxious to read Marius Surleac’s Zeppelin Jack, Slaughterhouse Five, The Martian Chronicles, Sandman and Tim Cope’s On the Trail of Genghis Khan.

I, and the rest of the world wait for The Winds of Winter and hope for it to be published this year but taking into account the video below I am afraid I will have to find a replacement by the end of the year:

Oh, I forgot to mention I cheated on the item: “A book with a protagonist that has your occupation”. Since I am a business consultant and, thank God for that, there are no books with such boring protagonists I took the liberty and great pleasure of choosing a book about what I would like to be, ie a photographer.

For that I thought about choosing a book by a photographer and stopped to browse Hans Strand’s works. Unfortunately they lack text so they would not count as books although I will buy them for my library for sure this year.


Oh, and I will also enjoy Lisa Eldrige’s – “Face Paint”, a late Christmas present I am still to receive and fully enjoy. It’s in the category “ a book written by a celebrity” because Lisa is one when it comes to makeup. You did not see that coming from me, I know. 😀

So 40 items in the challenge, actually over 50 books to read and just 12 months to do it. I will do my best and also write about the books, not reviews, maybe subjective accounts on my reading experience or maybe just sentences in term of I loved/ hated it.

This is my 2016 reading challenge list. I invite you all to make your own or borrow from mine and I will do my best to complete it as much as possible in a year that promises to be full of many things time consuming.

  1. A book based on a fairy tale: Philip Reeve – Here lies Arthur
  2. A national book award winner – ?
  3. A YA bestseller: John Green – The fault in our stars
  4. A book you haven’t read since high school – Alexandru Struteanu- Nemuritoarea pasare Phoenix
  5. A book set in your home state – Ioana Parvulescu – Viata incepe vineri
  6. A book translated to English: Yevgeny Zamyatin – We
  7. A romance set in the future: Claire Delacroix – The Prometheus Project
  8. A book set in Europe: Markus Zusak- The Book Thief
  9. A book that’s under 150 pages : Annie Proulx – Brokeback Mountain
  10. A New York Times bestseller: Stephen King – The Bazaar Of Bad Dreams
  11. A book that’s becoming a movie this year: Anthony Doerr – All The Light We Cannot See
  12. A book recommended by someone you just met – tbd
  13. A self- improvement book- tbd
  14. A book you can finish in a day – Savatie Bastovoi – Cartea despre femei
  15. A book written by a celebrity: Face Paint – Lisa Eldridge
  16. A political memoir: Malala Yousafzai – I am Malala
  17. A book at least 100 years older than you : Robert Louis Stevenson – Treasure Island
  18. A book that’s more than 600 pages – Joe Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea Trilogy – Half a King, Half the world, Half a war (3)
  19. A book from Oprah’s Book club: Sue Monk Kidd – The Invention of Wings
  20. A science-fiction novel: Wiliam Gibson – Neuromancer
  21. A book recommended by a family member – tbd
  22. A graphic novel: Neil Gaiman – Sandman (10)
  23. A book published in 2016: GRR Martin – The Winds of Winter ( if we get lucky)
  24. A book with a protagonist that has your occupation: Whitney Otto – Eight Girls Taking Pictures
  25. A book that takes place during summer: William Faulkner – As I Lay Dying (too sad, gave up on it for ever)
  26. A book and its prequel: Thomas Harris: The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon (2)
  27. A murder mystery: Gillian Flynn – Sharp Objects
  28. A book written by a comedian: Amy Poehler – Yes Please
  29. A dystopian novel: Cormac McCarthy – The Road
  30. A book with a blue cover – Alex Moldovan – Olguta si un bunic de milioane
  31. A book of poetry : Marius Surleac – Zeppelin Jack
  32. The first book you see in a bookstore- tbd
  33. A classic from the 20th century : Ray Bradbury – Farenheit 451
  34. A book from the library – tbd
  35. An autobiography: Maya Angelou – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  36. A book about a road trip: Tim Cope – On the Trail of Genghis Khan
  37. A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with: Peter Neville – China: People Place Culture History
  38. A satirical book: Kurt Vonnegut – Slaughterhouse Five
  39. A book that takes place on an island: Ernest Hemingway – The old man and the sea
  40. A book that guarantees to bring you joy: Ray Bradbury – The Martian Chronicles replaced by Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (and it did)

Wish me luck 🙂


4 Responses

  1. Is it ok to find a book that ticks several boxes?


    • Sure, I thought about it myself and will do so once I’ll start running out of time. For now I like to be optimistic. So, will you join me my dear for old times’ sake?

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      • I wish I could promise you that, but I’m reading 1h per train journey nowadays. Unless Python for dummies, Understanding linear programming and Intro to Statistics count…


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