Goodreads Reading Challenge

I challenged myself to read 52 books in 2016 and (drumroll) I succeeded!

The longest book I read was Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire. The shortest was probably The Lady With The Pet Dog by Anton Chekhov. I read two books of poetry, one by Richard Siken and one by Alan Ginsberg. I read eleven books I would classify as Young Adult and only one play: Brecht’s Dreigroschenoper.

Here’s a top five of my favorite books I read for the first time this year.

5. Doktor Glas by Hjalmar Soderberg

4. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

3. Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

2.  The Yellow Wallpaper & Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

1. Americanah by Chimananda Ngozi Adichie

My least favorite book with absolutely no competition was:

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Here’s the full list of books I read in 2016:

  1. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets – J.K. Rowling (Read Harder Challenge, middle grade novel) (re-read)
  2. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling (re-read)
  3. Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire – J.K. Rowling (Read Harder Challenge, book over 500 pages long) (re-read)
  4. Reasons To Stay Alive – Matt Haig
  5. 84, Charing Cross Road – Helene Hanff
  6. De Genezing Van De Krekel – Toon Tellegen
  7. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides (Read Harder Challenge, book from the decade I was born, Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge)
  8. Crush – Richard Siken (Read Harder Challenge, book under 100 pages) (LGBTQIA Reading Challenge)
  9. Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
  10. The Cement Garden – Ian McEwan
  11. Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson (LGBTQIA Reading Challenge)
  12. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins (Read Harder Challenge, dystopian novel)
  13. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
  14. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
  15. Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
  16. How Much Land Does A Man Need – Leo Tolstoy
  17. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Feminism Reading Challenge)
  18. If I Stay – Gayle Forman (Read Harder Challenge, adapted into a movie)
  19. Where She Went – Gayle Forman
  20. My Heart And Other Black Holes – Jasmine Warga (Read Harder Challenge, main character with a mental illness.)
  21. The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock And Other Poems – T.S. Eliot
  22. Doktor Glas – Hjalmar Soderberg
  23. Dreigroschenoper – Bertolt Brecht (Read Harder Challenge, a play)
  24. The Yellow Wallpaper And Other Stories – Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Feminism Reading Challenge)
  25. We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Read Harder Challenge, non-fiction book about feminism) (Feminism Reading Challenge)
  26. The Lottery – Shirley Jackson
  27. The Thirty-Nine Steps – John Buchan
  28. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath (Feminism Reading Challenge)
  29. Maurice – E.M. Forster (LGBTQIA Reading Challenge)
  30. We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
  31. The Thing Around Your Neck – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Feminism Reading Challenge)
  32. Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin (LGBTQIA Reading Challenge)
  33. Trigger Warning – Neil Gaiman
  34. Jij Zegt Het – Connie Palmen
  35. I read 11 essays this month on the topic of Gender for the Summer School I’m taking at the Radboud University Nijmegen. (Feminism Reading Challenge)
  36. The Embassy of Cambodia – Zadie Smith
  37. The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allan Poe
  38. On Beauty – Zadie Smith (Feminism Reading Challenge)
  39. Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
  40. Holding Up The Universe – Jennifer Niven
  41. White Teeth – Zadie Smith
  42. A Rose For Emily – William Faulkner
  43. The Lady With The Little Dog – Anton Chekhov
  44. The Bishop – Anton Chekhov
  45. The Garden Party – Katherine Mansfield
  46. Passion – Alice Munro
  47. The Aleph -Jorge Luis Borges
  48. Swing Time- Zadie Smith (LGBTQIA Reading Challenge, Feminism Reading Challenge)
  49. Howl, Kaddish And Other Poems – Alan Ginsberg
  50. NW – Zadie Smith
  51. Carry On – Rainbow Rowell (LGBTQIA Reading Challenge) (re-read)
  52. Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them Screenplay – J.K. Rowling
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