2015 Reading Challenge: Update

Ok, it had been a while since I have posted an update on my 2015 Reading Challenge progress, but in my defense I just started my last term of Grad school (only 45 days to go)!  But I managed to read about three book in the mean time 🙂

New to the List:

  • Someone by Alice McDermott (A book by a female author)
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway (A book written by someone under 30 – he wrote it when he was 27)
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby (A book you can finish in a day)

I had never had the pleasure of reading the work of Alice McDermott before, but I now plan to read more of her books. Someone was one of those beautifully simple books, and yet somehow complex. Set in Brooklyn beginning in the Depression era you see the world through the eyes, bad as they may be, of young Marie. It was just one of those books I connected with, and it was a style of writing that seemed familiar in a way. It was funny and heartbreaking and inspiring and real. Definitely worth the read! I love Hemmingway, but I think The Sun Also Rises is probably my favorite work of his. I felt transported back to the 1920s Europe and could feel the pain of the lost generation. I have to say I did not care for Brett, as she reminded me of Daisy Buchanan (whom I loathe more than any other character in literature), but I loved all of the other characters and their stories. Today, I read The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, which is a memoir-esque about a man living with locked-in syndrome. It was a quick and easy read, but it was also heavy and very heartfelt. I do think it is a book everyone should read at some point, I will make you stop and think about all the ways you are blessed in the life you have.

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)
  • 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)
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