2015 Reading Challenges

This year one of my goals is to read more. So I’m being super ambitious and decided to sign up for several reading challenges (more like 15). This is my first time doing any reading challenges and I may have taken on too much but I like a good challenge and this will definitely help me achieve my goal. I hope you will follow along with me and maybe join some of these challenges yourself. Feel free to comment and let me know which challenges you are doing. 


The Where Are You Reading? 2015 challenge is hosted by Book Journey. The goal is to read a book from each state but you can add other countries as well. 

Alabama: Looking For Alaska by John Green
               Cupcakes and Crushes by Keri Ford

Alaska:

Arizona: As Good As Dead by Elizabeth Evans

Arkansas:

California: The Secret to Seduction by Ember Casey
                The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
                Bad Boy Daddy by Chance Carter  

Colorado: Columbine by Dave Cullen

Connecticut: Unforgiven by Lori Adams

Delaware:

Florida: Paper Towns by John Green

Georgia:

Hawaii: Compromising Her Position by Samanthe Beck 

Idaho:

Illinois: You and I Alone by Melissa Toppen
            You and I Together by Melissa Toppen
            Vibrizzio by Nicki Elson
            You and I Forever by Melissa Toppen
            The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Indiana: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 

Iowa:

Kansas:

Kentucky:

Louisiana:

Maine:

Maryland:

Massachusetts: The Guest House by Erika Marks
                       Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin
                       Finding Dandelion by Lex Martin

Michigan: 

Minnesota: Game Play by Lynda Aicher
                 Enchantment Lake by Margi Preus

Mississippi:

Missouri:

Montana: Lost and Found by Nicole Williams

Nebraska: 

Nevada: Calling Her Bluff by Kaia Danielle

New Hampshire:

New Jersey: Crashed Out by Tessa Bailey

New Mexico:

New York: Beastly by Alex Flinn
                Where She Went by Gayle Forman
                Find Me in Manhattan by Shealy James

North Carolina:

North Dakota: 

Ohio:

Oklahoma:

Oregon: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Pennsylvania: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Rhode Island: 

South Carolina: Stealing Hearts by Erika Marks

South Dakota:

Tennessee: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green 

Texas: Surrender by Violetta Rand
           Seduction by Violetta Rand
           Loving Lucas by Violetta Rand

Utah:

Vermont:

Virginia: Mental by Justice Serai
             One More Day by M. Malone
             The Things I Do For You by M. Malone
             He’s The Man by M. Malone

Washington: The Billionaire Wins the Game by Melody Anne

West Virginia:

Wisconsin: Autumn in Carthage by Christopher Zenos

Wyoming: Sinful by Joan Johnston

Other Countries:
Monte Carlo, Monaco- Power and Possession by C.C. Gibbs
England- Fool’s Paradise by Jo Ann Ferguson
England- Seven Dirty Words by Charlotte Howard
England- The Professor’s Daughter by Joann Sfar and Emmanuel Guibert
London, England- Stealing Rose by Monica Murphy
London, England- A Touch of Passion by Bronwen Evans
London, England- The Royal Conquest by Stacy Reid
London, England- A Whisper of Desire by Bronwen Evans
Iran- The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Wardham, Ontario, Canada- Beyond Love and Hate by Zoe York
Pine Harbor, Canada- Love on a Summer Night by Zoe York
Russia- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Italy- Love, Lucy by April Lindner
Thailand- The Day of the Wave by Becky Wicks
Paris, France- Finding Gabriel by Rachel L. Demeter
Germany- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Greece- I Do by A.J. Pine
Costa Rica- The Family by Marissa Kennerson

Fictional Places: 
Laurentia- Heart of Fire by Mary Lennox
Ilari, Brannon System- Escape Velocity by Jess Anastasi
Gotham City- The Joker’s Dozen by Laurie S. Sutton and Ethen Beavers
Glasscaster- The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
New Beijing- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
West Falin- Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
Inferno Falls- The Boss’s Daughter by Aubrey Parker


This contemporary challenge is hosted by The Book Belles. I’ve been wanting to read more comtemporary books so this will help me with that.

Lily (16-20 books) Books read:

1. Looking for Alaska by John Green

2. Paper Towns by John Green

3. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

5. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

6. Where She Went by Gayle Forman

7. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

The Historical Romance Reading Challenge 2015 is hosted by Herding Cats and Burning Soup. I am going to aim for Level 2-12 books.

Historical Romance:

1. Heart of Fire by Mary Lennox

2. Fool’s Paradise by Jo Ann Ferguson

3. A Touch of Passion by Bronwen Evans

4. Finding Gabriel by Rachel L. Demeter

5. The Royal Conquest by Stacy Reid

6. A Whisper of Desire by Bronwen Evans

 The 2015 Erotic Romance Reading Challenge is hosted by Herding Cats and Burning Soup. I am going to aim for Level 3- 24 books.

Erotic Romance:

1. Game Play by Lynda Aicher

2. Stealing Rose by Monica Murphy

3. You and I Alone by Melissa Toppen

4. You and I Together by Melissa Toppen

5. You and I Forever by Melissa Toppen

6. Seven Dirty Words by Charlotte Howard

7. Bad Boy Daddy by Chance Carter

The Alphabet Soup Challenge is hosted by Escape With Dollycas. The goal is to read a book with a title that starts with each letter of the alphabet. You can see my progress here.

The Books in Translation Challenge is hosted by The Introverted Reader. I am going to aim for Conversationalist which is 4-6 books.

1. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

3. The Professor’s Daughter by Joann Sfar and Emmanuel Guibert

The New to You! Challenge is hosted by Herding Cats and Burning Soup. I plan to try level 6-72 “new to you’s”.

1. Looking for Alaska by John Green (new to me author)
2. Autumn in Carthage by Christopher Zenos (new to me genre)
3. Escape Velocity by Jess Anastasi (new to me author)
4. Fool’s Paradise by Jo Ann Ferguson (new to me author)
5. Stealing Rose by Monica Murphy (new to me author)
6. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (new to me author)
7. The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons (new to me author)
8. Love, Lucy by April Lindner (new to me author)
9. A Touch of Passion by Bronwen Evans (new to me author)
10. You and I Alone by Melissa Toppen (new to me author)
11. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (new to me author)
12. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (new to me author)
13. Sinful by Joan Johnston (new to me author)
14. Unforgiven by Lori Adams (new to me author)
15. Mental by Justice Serai (new to me author)
16. Cupcakes and Crushes by Keri Ford (new to me author)
17. Vibrizzio by Nicki Elson (new to me author)
18. The Day of the Wave by Becky Wicks (new to me author)
19. Revive by Tracey Martin (new to me author)
20. Hooked by Christine Manzari (new to me author)
21. Tragically Broken by NJ Danner (new to me author)
22. Find Me in Manhattan by Shealy James (new to me author)
23. Finding Gabriel by Rachel L. Demeter (new to me author)
24. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (new to me author)
25. Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George (new to me author)
26. Hate List by Jennifer Brown (new to me author)
27. Seven Dirty Words by Charlotte Howard (new to me author)
28. The Professor’s Daughter by Joann Sfar and Emmanuel Guibert (new to me authors)
29. The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke (new to author collaboration)
30. Bad Boy Daddy by Chance Carter (debut author)
31. College Bound by Lilia Ford (new to me author)
32. The Boss’s Daughter by Aubrey Parker (new to me author)
33. How to Lose a Bachelor by Anna Banks (new to me author)
34. The Devil’s Playground by Eliza Freed (new to me author)
35. Calling Her Bluff by Kaia Danielle (new to me author)
36. The Billionaire’s Christmas Proposal by Victoria James (new to me author)
37. Compromising Her Position by Samanthe Beck (new to me author)
38. The Family by Marissa Kennerson (new to me author)
39. The Royal Conquest by Stacy Reid (new to me author)
40. The Butterfly Code by Sue Wyshynski (new to me author)
41. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (new to me author)
42. Crashed Out by Tessa Bailey (new to me author)
43. His to Take by Katee Robert (new to me author)
44. Say You’re Mine by Diane Alberts (new to me author)
45. Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin (new to me author)

The Literary Pickers Challenge is hosted by Sophia Rose at Delighted Reader. This is basically a scavenger hunt so I’m going to do a separate post with all the items here
The Back to the Classics Challenge is hosted by Karen at Books and Chocolate. All books must be published at least 50 years ago to be considered a classic so nothing published after 1965 will count. I am aiming for at least 6 categories. The categories are:
1. A 19th Century Classic.
2. A 20th Century Classic.
3. A Classic by a Woman Author. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
4. A Classic in Translation.
5. A Very Long Classic Novel.
6. A Classic Novella
7. A Classic With a Person’s Name in the Title  Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
8. A Humorous or Satirical Classic
9. A Forgotten Classic
10. A Nonfiction Classic
11. A Classic Children’s Book.
12. A Classic Play.
The 2015 Pages Read Challenge is hosted by Book Dragon’s Lair. I am trying for Level 3 which is 52,000 pages read. I will list all of the books I read here.

The Banned Books Challenge is hosted by Buckling Bookshelves. I am trying for Leader of a Revolution which is 15+ banned/challenged books.

1. Looking For Alaska by John Green.

2. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

The What’s In a Name? Challenge is hosted by The Wormhole. You pick one book to read for each of the six categories. I’m going to try my best to not let these books overlap with any other challenge with the exception of the pages read and you read how many books challenges.
The categories are:

1. A word including ‘ing’ in it- Finding Dandelion by Lex Martin

2. A colour.

3. A familial relation

4. A body of water

5. A city

6. An animal- The Butterfly Code by Sue Wyshynski

The You Read How Many Books? Challenge is hosted by Book Dragon. Since this is going to be a running list of all the books I read I will post it here. I am aiming for level 3: 200 books.

The Victorian Reading Challenge is hosted by Becky’s Book Reviews. It’s a bingo challenge where you have to read at least 5 books. There is also a card for a longer challenge that might take more than a year to complete since it requires at least 8 books. I’m going to try to do both. You can see the books I read for the longer challenge here.

Bingo 1:
Category: Book published in the 1870s
Book: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Category: Book of Your Choice
Book: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Category: Reread of Your Choice
Book:
Category: Book with a Name as the Title
Book:
Category: Collection (Poetry, Stories, Fairy Tales)
Book:

The Contemporary Romance Challenge is hosted by The Book Vixen. The goal is to read contemporary romance books that are around 100 pages or longer. I’m going for a Grand Slam which is 21+ books.

1. His Wicked Games by Ember Casey

2. Surrender by Violetta Rand

3. The Guest House by Erika Marks

4. Stealing Hearts by Erika Marks

5.The Billionaire Wins the Game by Melody Anne

6. The Secret to Seduction by Ember Casey

7. Beyond Love and Hate by Zoe York

8. Seduction by Violetta Rand

9. Love, Lucy by April Lindner

10. Sinful by Joan Johnston

11. Cupcakes and Crushes by Keri Ford

12. Hooked by Christine Manzari

13. Tragically Broken by N.J. Danner

14. Find Me in Manhattan by Shealy James

15. One More Day by M. Malone

16. The Things I Do For You by M. Malone

17. Loving Lucas by Violetta Rand

18. The Boss’s Daughter by Aubrey Parker

19. How to Lose a Bachelor by Anna Banks

20. The Devil’s Playground by Eliza Freed

21. I Do by A.J. Pine

22. The Billionaire’s Christmas Proposal by Victoria James

23. Compromising Her Position by Samanthe Beck