Books, Lists and Challenges


I love books. My book collection is my most valuable possession and if you want to give me a gift, you can always pick a book. I love reading according to my mood and I’ve never been a fan of lists and challenges. But recently a friend of mine reminded me of one book-reading challenge that I couldn’t pass by and classified the books I’ve read last year according to this tricky list!

The list is made up of 50 categories. Some books I’ve read wouldn’t fit any category and some would fit several. I couldn’t find a free spot for “Wise Blood” by Flannery O’Connor and some books on history and psychology, while the Harry Potter series would fit quite a few categories: “A book with magic,” “A book that made me cry,” “A book set in high school,” “A mystery or a thriller,” “A book with non-human characters,” “A book written by a woman,” “A book that became a movie” and so on, but I won’t cheat.

So, here is mine. Not 52, but still fun:

  1. A book with more than 500 pages“The Balkans: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers 1804-1999” by Misha Glenny
  2. A book that became a movie – “The Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro
  3. A book with a number in its title – “The War That Ended Peace: The Road To 1914” by Margaret McMillan
  4. A book with non-human characters – “Haroun and the sea of stories” by Salman Rushdie
  5. A funny book – “Kitchen Confidential” by Anthony Bourdain
  6. A book by a female author – “Delta of Venus” by Anaïs Nin
  7. A mystery or thriller – “Talented Mr. Ripley” by Patricia Highsmith
  8. A book with a one-word title – “Satantango” by László Krasznahorkai
  9. A book of short stories – “Complete Short Stories” by Graham Greene
  10. A book set in a different country – “Twilight in Delhi” by Ahmed Ali
  11. A non-fiction book – “What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses” by Daniel Chamovitz
  12. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book – “Beloved” by Toni Morrison
  13. A book based on a true story – “Time of Gifts” by Patrick Leigh Fermor
  14. A memoir – “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou
  15. A book you can finish in a day – “She: Understanding Feminine Psychology” by Robert. A. Johnson
  16. A book set in the future – “Embassytown” by China Mieville
  17. A book set in high school – Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
  18. A book with magic – “Midnight’s Children” by Salman Rushdie
  19. A book by an author you’ve never read before – “Dune” by Frank Herbert
  20. A book originally written in a different language – “My Struggle: Book 3” by Karl Ove Knausgård
  21. A banned book – “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood


The list is really good for those times when I can’t decide what to read. And there is already a perfect candidate for the next year: the book that will sweep through several categories, as well: “A book that was turned into a TV show,” “A book a friend recommended,” and “A book my mom loves,” all being, yes – “A Game of Thrones.” But I won’t cheat.


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