60 Books to read in 2015 – My List

As part of my slightly altered reading challenge, here are the 60 books I have picked for 2015. Yesterday, my grandma let me raid her attic room, where she kept floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. She can’t read anymore (she’s blind in one eye and only has about 15% sight left in the other), so she said I’m welcome to whatever books I want as she’d only give them away anyway. So I raided the book shelves. 21 books I took with me right there and then, and I left about 20 more on the table as I didn’t have anything to carry all of them in at once. A few of those books I incorporated into the list below. I was actually surprised to find that my gran was a Konsalik fan and had all sorts of popular books hidden away (Tai-Pan, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Bonjour tristesse, just to name a few). Others I will have to buy or I’ve meant to buy anyway. I guess for my birthday I’m just sending round a list of books I’ve compiled on Amazon. Do you agree with my list? Can you recommend anything or would you swap books around? Are you doing a reading challenge as well? Let me know in the comments!

My 60 Books Challenge

  1. A book written by someone under the age of 25 
  2. A book written by someone over 65 
  3. A book published before 1850 
  4. A book published this year 
  5. An anthology Tales from Nowhere edited by Don George
  6. A book published by an indie press
  7. A book about or by someone who identifies as LGBTQ 
  8. A book that takes place in Asia 
  9. A book written by an Asian author 
  10. A book by an African author 
  11. A book that takes place in Africa 
  12. A book by or about Native Americans 
  13. A book by or about Aborigines 
  14. A Young Adult novel 
  15. A sci-fi novel The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  16. A National Book Award winning book 
  17. A Man Booker Prize winning book 
  18. A Pulitzer Prize winning book 
  19. A retelling of a classic story 
  20. An audio-book The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
  21. A book adapted for radio Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (adapted by BBC)
  22. A book that was recommended to you Mr.  Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  23. A book originally published in a different language The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad
  24. A book in a foreign language 
  25. A book you consider a “guilty pleasure” 
  26. A book published the year you were born 
  27. A book with more than 500 pages 
  28. A classic romance Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  29. A book that became a movie 
  30. A book with a number in the title 
  31. A funny book 
  32. A mystery or thriller 
  33. An erotic novel 
  34. A book with a one-word title 
  35. A nonfiction book 
  36. A popular author’s first book 
  37. A book from a favourite author you haven’t read yet 
  38. A book based on a true story 
  39. A book from the bottom of your to-read-pile 
  40. A book based on its cover alone 
  41. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t 
  42. A book with antonyms in the title 
  43. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit Vroom with a view by Peter Moore
  44. A trilogy The Vesuvius Club / Devil in Amber / Black Butterfly by Mark Gatiss
  45. A book from your childhood Momo by Michael Ende
  46. A book with a colour in the title A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  47. A book that makes you cry 
  48. A book with magic 
  49. A book by an author you’ve never read before 
  50. A book you own but haven’t read 
  51. A book that takes place in your hometown, state or country Die Spiegelsinfonie by Lilian Muscutt
  52. A play 
  53. A banned book 
  54. A book based on or turned into a TV show 
  55. A NaNoWriMo winning novel 
  56. A book your dad loves 
  57. A book your mum loves 
  58. A book your grandparents love/own 
  59. A book by an author with your initials (C.K.) 
  60. A book by an author with the same first name (Cornelia) 

*toddles off to Amazon to buy second-hand books*


8 thoughts on “60 Books to read in 2015 – My List”

  1. I’ve seen this challenges but had signed up for others. But your revised list intrigues me – sounds like a fun challenge to take on. Hope you don’t mind – I’d like to join you. Now just have to locate the books – altho I have hundreds at home to choose from. lol


    1. Great to have you on board! Everyone’s welcome, spread the word. I’m just putting a post together with a few suggestions for some of the lesser known categories (or where to start looking for titles). 🙂 I’ve got about half of these books at home, some in German but most in English.


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