2015 Reading Challenge – January Update

2015 is the year of reading challenges. You can have a look at my bookish goals for the year here.  

January has managed to hoodwink me by disappearing in a flash. The month has been full of all kinds of madness, but I did manage to get some reading done. As for the reading goals front, here’s the status.

I’ve added another goal to the list – goal 28 – to read a book by a Russian author.

As for the existing goals:

1) One children’s book by an Indian author every month: 

Super Zero by Jane De Suza

3) A collection of short stories:

Well, I did finish Stories: All New Tales edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio as well as Fragile Things: Short Fictions & Wonders by Neil Gaiman. But I began both of them last year, so I think ticking them off the goals will count as cheating.

14) A book published in the 1800s:

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley which was published in 1818.

18) 10 books from my Goodreads To-Read list:

Oliver by Birgitta Sif (a picture book) and the aforementioned Frankenstein.

19) Six classic books:

Getting a bit tired of writing Frankenstein, but loving that I’m hitting so many birds with that one book.

21) A horror book:

As fun as it would be to whip out Frankenstein again, that definitely feels like a copout. Besides, I’m looking forward to reading truly spine-tingling stuff.

24) A book recommended by a friend:

I haven’t gotten around to reading any of these, but here’s the recommendations that came to me this month.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (which I already own, so fits in perfectly with my self-imposed book ban)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (which would accomplish my graphic novel requirement)

It by Stephen King (To get my horror fix)

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (Another graphic novel)

Watchmen by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, John Gibbons (Graphic novel? Check. On my Goodreads To-Read list? Check)

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (I own it, it’s on my Goodreads To-Read list and it’s another Gaiman, which isn’t one of my goals but it makes life much more interesting)

A self-recommendation for the challenge is Battle for Bittora by Anuja Chauhan to fulfill goals 8 and 9: a romance novel which also happens to be by a popular Indian writer.

Do you have any other books to recommend? Any other challenges to suggest? A terrible pun to offer? I’m up for them all!

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