2015 Reading Challenge: 10 Books Read

In 2014, I did my first reading challenge. It was the first time I’d ever kept track of what I was reading during the course of a year; I went with 40 books as a nice, round number and had a lot of fun reading so much. Not to mention that reading is the best way to improve your writing as well.

This year, I upped the number of books I intend to have read by year’s end to 42. I have to say that I began reading two other books during this time and didn’t get much beyond 5% into either of them. So, I’m not feeling obliged to plow through something I can’t get into. But Grand Central, the most recent book I finished, is a short story anthology and it makes me want to read other short story anthologies–or maybe force my writing friends into writing one with me. Or at least practice writing short.

I’ve finished the first ten of a hopeful forty-two! Here’s my list:


1. On Gold Mountain: The Hundred-Year Odyssey of my Chinese-American Family by Lisa See.
Non-fiction/ History/Family history/Chinese/Chinese-American. 4 stars. Review

2. Half Life (Russell’s Attic #2) by SL Huang. Science-fiction/Fantasy/Spec fic. 5 stars. Review.

3. The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond by Alex J. Cavanaugh et al.
Reference/Craft/Writing. 5 stars. Review.

4. A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander #6) by Diana Gabaldon. Historical fiction/Fantasy. 4 stars.

5. An Echo in the Bone (Outlander #7) by Diana Gabaldon. Historical fiction/Fantasy. 4 stars.

6. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (Outlander #8) by Diana Gabaldon. Historical fiction/Fantasy. 4 stars. Review.

7. The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (The Smythe-Smith Quartet #4) by Julia Quinn. Historical romance. 3 stars.

8. Longbourn by Jo Baker. Historical fiction/Romance/Regency/Inspired by Jane Austen. 4 stars. Review.

9. Her Highland Fling: A Novella by Jennifer McQuiston. Historical romance/Victorian/Scotland. 2 stars.

10. Grand Central: Original Postwar Stories of Love and Reunion by Melanie Benjamin, Kristina McMorris, Jenna Blum, Sarah Jio, Alyson Richman, Karen White. Anthology/Short Stories/World War Two/Historical Fiction. Review.

What’s everyone else reading?

14 thoughts on “2015 Reading Challenge: 10 Books Read

  1. I'm reading two shorter work collections now! I might can be persuaded into at least writing a short for fun. ^_^ So far I've knocked one book off my challenge, but I should clear this month with at least two more to keep me on track. Hopefully 3, but one of the collections I picked up is over 1000 pages!!

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  2. Yay!! How exciting to see you read See's book :)Currently, I am reading Rubin's The Princessa: Machiavelli for Women. Still trying to find some fiction that makes me crazy in a good way.

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  3. Ten books already? That's epic. I really got back to reading a few years ago and started with the 40 book goal, but after working my way up, my 2014 goal was 100 books. Done and done! This year I'm a little slower…theoretically, but the books I have read add up to an equivalent of 5 or 6 if you take in length…even though it was only 3. What can you do when you run into a SUPER long anthology, eh? I just finished up a fantasy by a UK author and am about to dive into another anthology…but I can't remember the name at the moment. (Pregnancy brain.) I love that so many of the books on your list are historical in some aspect. Seriously, history has so many amazing places and aspects.

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  4. Yeah, I was pretty surprised myself! One of the ten was a novella, so I basically read it in one day and another was a short story anthology–more like novelettes–but still. I did my first reading challenge last year with 40 books and I was really trying to read outside of my usual historical romance/historical fiction bubble. It's what I gravitate towards.

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