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2016 Reading Challenge

Updated June 18, 2016: Included the list of books read this year that fit the prompts.

Last year I set a personal reading challenge goal of 24 books. I did pretty good. I managed to read 22 and am halfway through #23. If you’re interested, check out the books I read in 2015 on my Books Read Pinterest board.

And yes, I only just read the Game of Thrones series this year. I resisted for so so long, and then just gobbled them up. (I still haven’t watched the series yet though!)

Even though I didn’t quite meet my goal for 2015, I decided to up my goal slightly to 25 books for 2016. AND to make it even more fun (ie. challenging) for me, I decided to create a reading challenge of sorts.

25 Books to Read in 2016. A reading challenge created by Lulu & Celeste. #25booksfor2016

Download the plain PDF version here. There’s enough space under each prompt so you can write down the titles as you go through the list.

I think the hardest prompt will be to find an author with my same initials. Anyone know an author with the initials U.P.? I think I may have set myself up to fail at this, ha.

I will be even sharing on Instagram. I even created a hashtag that I’ll use on Instagram: #25booksfor2016, so if you follow any of the prompts and want to share use the hashtag so I can check out what you’re reading!

I’ve added the names of the books using the prompts below. If the title is clickable I’ve posted a review of the book.

  1. A book that became a movie: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  2. A book from your childhood: The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
  3.  A book with a number in the title: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith 
  4. A book set in the future: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood 
  5. A book written by someone under 30
  6. A book with a colour in the title
  7. A mystery or thriller: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
  8. A book with magic
  9. A book with a one-word title: Gemini by Mark Burnell
  10. A book you own but have never read: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  11. A nonfiction book: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande 
  12. A book that has been translated
  13. A popular author’s first book
  14. A book written by an author with your same initials
  15. A Pulitzer Prize winning book: The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
  16. A book set in the spring
  17. A book based on a true story
  18. A book with a female heroine: The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  19. A book with antonyms in the title: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  20. A book with a green cover: Nuclear Jellyfish by Tim Dorsey
  21. A book that came out the year you were born:
  22. A book set somewhere you want to visit: The True History of Paradise by Margaret Cezair-Thompson
  23. A book that was published this year
  24. A book with pictures: Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
  25. A book with bad reviews

Other books I read that didn’t fit a prompt:

  • MaddAdam by Margaret Atwood
  • Atomic Lobster by Tim Dorsey
  • Swamp Angel by Ethel Wilson
  • A Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
  • The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom

Have a safe and happy New Year! See you in 2016! Happy reading! :)

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Friday Favourites: Teacher’s Pet

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September means Back to School around here. I decided to choose my Friday Favourites based on the term Teacher’s Pet. Enjoy!

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  1. This apple scented beeswax candle from Beeswix Candles would make a good gift and get you on the Teacher’s Pet list for sure! 😉 Made of all natural beeswax in Ontario, Canada, they donate some of their proceeds to Ontario beekeepers.
  2.  I love the scalloped edges of the ceramic Best Teacher brooch. Tenacious Bloom handmakes all different kinds of stamped brooches from their location in England.
  3. What a fun mailbox this would be to have (if you still get home delivery service!) Don’t want a school bus mailbox? The Bus Box makes other fun mailboxes too.
  4. Books and an apple, nothing says ‘school’ more than that! It can be printed as a note card or an art print to be framed for your wall, from Torn Paper Memories.
  5. Suzy Ultman has lots of cute art prints in her shop. I love this kitty cat with the apple, aptly titled Teacher’s Pet.
  6. The Bear Rug Coaster from Dandyrions is oh sew cute! Made of felt and comes with the tiny apple. Makes a great gift for drinkers of coffee or tea. 😉 I want one!

 

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