50 Books to Read in 2015

As I offhandedly mentioned in yesterday’s New Year post, I simply love, love to read. From Dr. Seuss, to L.M. Montgomery, to J.K. Rowling… novels, biographies, mysteries, romances – ah, even Archie Comics – I’m quite fond of them all, and have been my entire life. (Though my kindergarten teacher may have been curious as to why her sweet, extremely introverted little student was so intent on learning how to ‘weed’… But I digress.)

Perhaps… a month or so ago, I stumbled upon Popsugar’s Ultimate Reading Challenge 2015. (Why, yes… yes, it is all kinds of awesome.) Over the past several weeks I have spent a great deal of time researching, evaluating, and categorizing a variety of titles… the best of which were included in the lengthy list of books, graphic novels, and memoirs compiled below.

To be perfectly honest… I have absolutely no idea what the majority of these books are about. What they concern, who they regard – Nada. In countless cases I only recognized the author, or just happened to be familiar with the title. In fact, I have only read two of the 50-ish novels listed beneath these few paragraphs (Matilda & A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, if you were wondering).

This is going to be so much fun! I’ll be tracking my progress here as the year goes by.

50 Books to Read in 2015

A Book with More than 500 Pages – The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

A Classic Romance – The Princess Bride by William Goldman

A Book that Became a Movie – Paper Towns by John Green

A Book Published This Year – I Was Here by Gayle Forman

A Book with a Number in the Title – 1984 by George Orwell

A Book Written by Someone Under 30 – Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis

A Book with Nonhuman Characters – Animal Farm by George Orwell

A Funny Book – All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum

A Book by a Female Author – Atlantia by Ally Condie

A Mystery or Thriller – Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie

A Book with a One-Word Title – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A Book of Short Stories – Short Stories by Edgar Allan Poe

A Book Set In a Different Country – Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

A Nonfiction Book – Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir

A Popular Author’s First Book – Carrie by Stephen King

A Book From an Author That You Haven’t Read Yet – The Poor Governess by Barbara Cartland

A Book a Friend Recommended – The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

A Pulitzer Prize Winning Book – The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

A Book Based on a True Story – The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

A Book at the Bottom of Your To-Read List – The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks

A Book You’re Excited to Read – The Heir by Kiera Cass

A Book that Scares You – The Shining by Stephen King

A Book More than 100 Years Old – Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

A Book Based Entirely On Its Cover – The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

A Book You Were Supposed to Read in School but Didn’t – A Separate Peace by John Knowles

A Memoir – Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

A Book You Can Finish In a Day – The Pearl by John Steinbeck

A Book with Antonyms in the Title – War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

A Book Set Somewhere You’ve Always Wanted to Visit – The Sailmaker’s Daughter by Stephanie Johnson

A Book that Came Out the Year You Were Born – The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn by Robin Maxwell

A Book With Bad Reviews – Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

A Trilogy – Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (& Through the Ever Night, & Into the Still Blue)

A Book from Your Childhood – Matilda by Roald Dahl

A Book with a Love Triangle – Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

A Book Set in the Future – Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

A Book Set in High School – P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

A Book with a Color in the Title – 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

A Book that Made You Cry – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

A Book with Magic – Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

A Graphic Novel – Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

A Book by an Author You’ve Never Read Before – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A Book You Own But Have Never Read – An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

A Book that Takes Place In Your Hometown – In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

A Book that was Originally Written in a Different Language – Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

A Book Set During Christmas – Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

A Book Written by An Author with Your Same Initials – (I was unable to find an author with my initials, so instead I chose someone who shares my first name) A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas

A Play – Our Town by Thornton Wilder

A Banned Book – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

A Book Based on or Turned into a TV Show – Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

A Book You Started but Never Finished – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn



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4 comments on “50 Books to Read in 2015”

  1. I love to read but I’ve only read two of these titles: “The Pearl” and “Les Miserables” – what a great launching point for the new year!

    • Thanks for the comment, Laura! I’m so excited to read these… hoping to finish over half by the end of the year. 🙂

  2. What a great idea Abby, If I had more free time I’d love to do something like this. Have fun!