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Sarah's Library

I read pretty much anything, from fantasy (City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett) to romance (Bared to You by Sylvia Day) to classics (Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad).  The only genres I don't read are self-help and comic books/graphic novels.

Currently reading

The Last Honeytrap
Louise Lee
Progress: 100/346 pages
Complete Works of William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare

POPSUGAR 2016 Reading Challenge Plans

So, Saturday I talked about whether or not I should commit to next year's POPSUGAR Challenge.  After sleeping (for more than one night, unintentionally) on it I've decided that if I plan specific books for specific categories I should still be able to manage it, even with all the month-long restrictions I've placed on myself.  Therefore in this post I will list all the categories and the books I hope to fill them with, taken from what I already plan to read next year, as well as the month I plan to read them in.


January: My Paper-Free Month (any books that don't get finished will spill over into June)


1. A Book that's Under 150 Pages - Unexpected Gifts (Castle Mountain Lodge, #1) by Elena Aitken


2. A Book Recommended by Someone you Just Met - The Medium (Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Trilogy, #1) by C.J. Archer


3. A Science Fiction Novel - Desperate Times (Desperate Times #1) by Nicholas Antinozzi


4. A Book a Friend Recommended - No Such Thing by Edward Lorn



February: My Library-Free Month (any books that don't get finished will spill over into July)


1. A Book Based on a Fairy Tale - Piper by Helen McCabe


2. A YA Bestseller - Little Women (Little Women, #1) by Louisa May Alcott


3. A Book of Poetry - The Rattle Bag by Seamus Heaney


4. A Book that's Becoming a Movie this Year - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1) by Ransom Riggs


5. A Book you Can Finish in a Day - The Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter


6. A Book Written by a Celebrity - Jamie's America by Jamie Oliver


7. A Political Memoir - Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama


8. A Book at Least 100 Years Older than You - Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe


9. A Book that's More than 600 Pages - Fishing for Stars by Bryce Courtenay


10. A Book from Oprah's Book Club - Night (Night Trilogy, #1) by Elie Wiesel


11. A Graphic Novel - Flight 714 to Sydney (Tintin, #22) by Herge


12. A Book Written by a Comedian - Fatherhood by Bill Cosby


13. A Classic from the 20th Century - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


14. An Autobiography - Dear Fatty by Dawn French


15. A Book about a Road Trip - Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne


16. A Satirical Book - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams


17. A Book your Mum Loves - Five Smooth Stones by Ann Fairbairn


18. A Book More than 100 Years Old - The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson


19. A Book that Came Out the Year you were Born - A Secret Rage by Charlaine Harris


20. The First Book you See in a Bookstore (my home library actually, I don't need to buy any more books) - Thinning the Predators by Daina Graziunas and Jim Starlin



March: My Month for Finishing Unfinished Series (any books that don't get finished will spill over into August)


1. A Murder Mystery - All that Remains (Kay Scarpetta, #3) by Patricia Cornwell


2. A Dystopian Novel - The Twelve (The Passage, #2) by Justin Cronin


3. A Book that Takes Place on an Island - Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1) by L.M. Montgomery



April: My Month of Rereading in Order to Review (any books that don't get finished will spill over into September)


1. A Book you haven't Read Since High School - Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracey Chevalier


2. A Banned Book - All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque


3. A Book that Takes Place in your Hometown (Melbourne) - Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay


4. A Book Set in your Home State (Queensland) - Fly Away, Peter by David Malouf


5. A Book Set in Europe - Bridget Jones' Diary (Bridget Jones' Diary, #1) by Helen Fielding


6. A New York Times Bestseller - Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov


7. A Self-Improvement Book - Barefoot Contessa in Paris by Ina Garten


8. A Book Recommended by a Family Member - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


9. A Book with a Protagonist who has your Occupation (work from home/self-employed/writer) - Matilda by Roald Dahl


10. A Book that's Guaranteed to Bring you Joy - By Love Undone (Bancroft Brothers, #1) by Suzanne Enoch


11. A Book you were Supposed to Read in School but Didn't - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, #2) by Mark Twain


12. A Book from your Childhood - Heidi (Heidi, #1) by Johanna Spyri



May: My Free-Read Month (my self-imposed Jan-Apr challenges have ended or been temporarily paused and I can once again visit the library)


1. A National Book Award Winner - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie


2. A Romance Set in the Future - Divergent (Divergent, #1) by Veronica Roth


3. A Book that is Published in 2016 - Marked in Flesh (The Others, #4) by Anne Bishop


4. A Book that Takes Place During Summer - The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Sisterhood, #1) by Ann Brashares


5. A Book and its Prequel - City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) and Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare


6. A Book with a Blue Cover - The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1) by Phillip Pullman


7. A Book from the Library - The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman


8. A Book about a Culture you're Unfamiliar With - The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


9. A Graphic Novel - Watchmen by Alan Moore


That's only 48 books, so I definitely want to read more books than just what fills the POPSUGAR categories, but I think a lot of that will take place in the second half of the year.  At the end of May I'll write an updated post talking about which books from each month I managed to read and which have been pushed to June or later in the year.  I'm really pleased to say that I managed to fill all those categories with books that were already on my shelves bar one and only 12 are books that I don't already own in one form or another.  That's going to make a decent dent in my physical book overload and once I add a few more Kindles to my paper-free month that shelf will weigh a little less too.