2015 Reading Challenge: Update

New to the List:

  • The Hours by Michael Cunningham (A Pulitzer Prize-winning book)
  • The Twits by Roald Dahl (A book from your childhood)
  • It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario (A book that made you cry)

I am getting back into the swing of things and picking up my reading pace while I am enjoying my short summer break by reading more for the 2015 Reading Challenge. So far I have read The Hours, which is a must read for any Virginia Wolfe fan. The story parallels Wolfe’s book, Mrs. Dalloway, and Wolfe is even one of the three main characters in The Hours. Like Mrs. Dalloway, the book shows one day, one very important day, in the lives of three women in different moments in time. All of the women are connected, and the writing is absolutely brilliant. It is a must, must read! Reading The Twits was like a blast from the past! Dahl was always one of my favorite authors as a young child and I remember obsessively reading everything he ever wrote. What I don’t remember was how horrible he was, after reading it without the innocence of a child – it certainly made me laugh and it was fun to get in touch with the child in me. Finally in this round, I read It’s What I Do by my biggest role model, Lynsey Addario. She is a wartime photojournalist and her body of work is amazing. If you read one book this year, read hers! Her story is incredible and her life experiences are both amazing and terrifying. She is truly an inspiration!

And as always, I already have a pretty long running list of Books to Read Next, but if anyone has suggestions for other great reads let me know and I will add them to the list 🙂

What I’ve read thus far:


  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Smith of Wootton Major by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Farmer Giles of Ham by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • The Disappeared by Kim Echlin
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
  • Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  • The Hundredth Monkey by Ken Keyes Jr.
  • The Truth by Michael Palin
  • The Divine Comedy: Inferno by Dante Alighieri
  • The Divine Comedy: Purgatorio by Dante Alighieri
  • Hector and the Search for Happiness by François Lelord
  • The Divine Comedy: Paradiso by Dante Alighieri
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
  • A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
  • This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
  • A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
  • A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
  • An Event in Autumn by Henning Mankell
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Pearl by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Sir Orfeo by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  • A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
  • Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari


  • Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • I’m Not a Terrorist, but I’ve Played One on TV by Maz Jobrani
  • Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell

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