2015 Popsugar Reading Challenge - COMPLETE

Well, I'm only 3 months late, but I finally finished the 2015 Popsugar Reading Challenge. 50 Categories, 52 books. DONE. BOOM.  There was a time I was posting individual posts about each book I read, but then life happened and I stopped posting for a while. (Catch up here)  So here it is, my complete list of every book I read and for what category I read it for.   Now that it's over, I almost don't know what to do with myself and all my newfound free time...oh wait, yes I do.  Erica and I decided to do the 2016 Reading Challenge...because, WHY WOULDN'T WE??

If you've read any of the books below, I'd love to hear your thoughts!!

Category: A book with more than 500 pages
Book Read: Crazy Rich Asians by, Kevin Kwan

Category: A classic romance
Book Read: Pride and Prejudice by, Jane Austen

Category: A book that became a movie
Book Read: Running with Scissors by, Augusten Burroughs

Category: A book published this year
Book Read: Girl on the Train by, Paula Hawkins

Category: A book with a number in the title
Book Read: The One and Only by, Emily Giffin

Category: A book written by someone under 30
Book Read: The Bell Jar by, Sylvia Plath

Category: A book with nonhuman characters
Book Read: Nose Down, Eyes Up by, Merrill Markoe

Category: A funny book
Book Read: Me Talk Pretty One Day by, David Sedaris

Category: A book by a female author
Book Read: Tempted by Fate by, Jane Green

Category: A mystery or thriller
Book Read: You Should Have Known by,  Jean Hanff Korelitz

Category: A book with a one-word title
Book Read: Wonder by, R.J. Palacio

Category: A book of short stories
Book Read: This Is Not Chick Lit by, Elizabeth Merrick

Category: A book set in a different country
Book Read: The Vacationers by, Emma Straub

Category: A nonfiction book
Book Read: Jeneration X by, Jen Lancaster

Category: A popular author's first book
Book Read: Good in Bed by, Jennifer Weiner

Category: A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet
Book Read: Certain Girls by, Jennifer Weiner

Category: A book a friend recommended
Book Read: The Memory Keepers Daughter by, Kim Edwards

Category: A Pulitzer Prize-winning book
Book Read: A Visit from the Goon Squad by, Jennifer Egan

Category: A book based on a true story
Book Read: The Glass Castle by, Jeannette Walls

Category: A book at the bottom of your to-read list
Book Read: The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by, Susan Jane Gilman

Category: A book your mom loves
Book Read: This is Where I Leave You by, Jonathan Tropper

Category: A book that scares you
Book Read: The Color Purple by, Alice Walker

Category: A book more than 100 years old
Book Read: Wuthering Heights by, Emily Bronte

Category: A book based entirely on its cover
Book Read: Valley of the Dolls by, Jacqueline Susann

Category: A book you were supposed to read in school but never did
Book Read: The Catcher in the Rye by, J.D. Salinger

Category: A memoir
Book Read:  The Tao of Martha by, Jen Lancaster

Category: A book you can finish in a day
Book Read: The Old Man and the Sea by, Ernest Hemmingway

Category: A book with antonyms in the title
Book Read: Big Little Lies by, Liane Moriarty

Category: A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit
Book Read: Crazy Rich Girlfriend by, Kevin Kwan

Category: A book that came out the year you were born
Book Read: The Cider House Rules by, John Irving

Category: A book with bad reviews
Book Read: Slaughterhouse Five by, Kurt Vonnegut

Category: A trilogy
Book Read: Brilliance Saga by, Marcus Sakey

Category: A book from your childhood
Book Read: Mr. Poppers Penguins by, Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater, Robert Lawson

Category: A book with a love triangle
Book Read: Me Before You by, Jojo Moyes

Category: A book set in the future
Book Read: The Road, Cormac McCarthy

Category: A book set in high school
Book Read: Everything I Never Told You by, Celeste Ng

Category: A book with a color in the title
Book Read: Devil in the White City by, Erik Larson

Category: A book that made you cry
Book Read: Men We Reaped by, Jesmyn Ward

Category: A book with magic
Book Read: Harry Potter & the Sorcerers Stone by, J.K. Rowling

Category: A graphic novel
Book Read: Hyperbole and a Half by, Allie Brosh

Category: A book by an author you've never read
Book Read: The Joy Luck Club by, Amy Tan

Category: A book you own but have never read
Book Read: Little Bee by, Chris Cleave

Category: A book that takes place in your hometown
Book Read: Detroit: An American Autopsy by, Charlie LeDuff

Category: A book that was originally written in a different language
Book Read: The Life-Changing  Magic of Tidying Up by, Marie Kondo

Category: A book set during Christmas
Book Read: Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand

Category: A book written by an author with your same initials
Book Read: Sideways by, Rex Pickett

Category: A play
Book Read: Driving Miss Daisy by, Alfred Uhry

Category: A banned book
Book Read: Animal Farm by, Orson Wells

Category: A book based on or turned into a TV show
Book Read: The Astronaut Wives Club by, Lily Koppel

Category: A book you started but never finished
Book Read: The Happiness Project by, Gretchen Rubin

Overall, I loved most of the books I read. People asked me constantly when they heard about the challenge what my favorite book was thus far & I really struggled because so many of them I loved & a few were by some of my favorite authors, so that automatically gave them the upper edge.

Top 10 11 Favorites (in no particular order)
Memory Keepers Daughter
The Glass Castle
The Cider House Rules
Valley of the Dolls
Running with Scissors
Big Little Lies
Crazy Rich Asians
Everything I Never Told You
Brilliance Trilogy
This is where I Leave You

3 Books I'm Good Not Reading Again
This is Not Chick Lit (short stories ain't my thang)
The Astronaut Wives Club (I wanted so much more than this book gave on these women)
Slaughterhouse Five (I just didn't know what the hell was going on in this book)
Wuthering Heights (once is definitely enough)


  1. You liked Memory Keeper's Daughter??!!! Now wondering if it was just me...

    1. I LOVED it!!!!! I take it you did not? I mean, it was super depressing, but it held my attention & I tore thru it!

    2. I found it excruciatingly slow! But then I love Slaughterhouse 5 so different strokes?

  2. Bah! So proud of you. I'm not too far behind you. If only I can finish Cider House Rules!

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