2015 Reading Challenge: Update

New to the List:

  • Irish Fairy and Folk Tales by Multiple Authors (A book of short stories)
  • The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles edited by William Irwin and Gregory Bassham (A book a friend recommended)
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (A book with nonhuman characters)

My latest progress on the 2015 Reading Challenge: There were several stories within the Irish Fairy and Folk Tales that were quite enjoyable, though some of them were also pretty dense. The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles is probably one of the most awesome things I have read in a while. It was like listening to a great philosophical debate, but about Harry Potter. I have always wanted to have debates like this, and even though it was just me and the book, I really felt like it gave me the platform to do so. The chapters covered everything from the dangers of patriotism, the Dumbledore’s politics, the power of love, redemption, the thoughts of the afterlife, and feminism. I loved that somebody else finally stood up for Snape and that characters such as Hermione, Umbridge, McGonagall and Lestrange were examples of strong female characters (despite which side they fought for). It was super addicting to read (I finished it in a day and a half), but thankfully, there is a whole series of And Philosophy books. To soothe my obsessive nature, I quickly ordered six other And Philosophy’s, including The Hunger Games (mostly to see if anyone else hated Katniss as much as I did), Inception, Supernatural, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and finally Game of Thrones (though it is hopefully based on the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire which is superior in everyway to the more than disappointing TV version). Finally in this round, I read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and I can’t believe I hadn’t read it before! It was so funny, and I absolutely loved all of the characters, especially poor little Martin! Now that I have a break from school for a few weeks, I should have plenty of time to do some more reading (probably a lot of the and Philosophy books!)

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:

2014

  • 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 (started Dec. 14 – finished Jan. 15)

2015

  • Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari (A memoir)
  • Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim (A nonfiction book)
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (A book with a love triangle)
  • I’m Not a Terrorist, but I’ve Played One on TV by Maz Jobrani (A funny book)
  • Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell (A mystery or thriller)
  • 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)
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (A book published this year)
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (A trilogy)
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (A trilogy)
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (A trilogy)
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