A year end round up of the challenges and how I did on the @bookriot read harder challenge. Unfortunately, my Q4 reading was pretty sparse, so I didn't end up finishing all of the challenges. Here's hoping 2016 goes better.
  1. 1.
    A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25
    In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
  2. 2.
    A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65
    Nope. Failed at this one. Planned on reading The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing but did not get around to it.
  3. 3.
    A collection of short stories
    Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
  4. 4.
    A book published by an indie press
    Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton. I think Drawn and Quarterly counts as an indie press.
  5. 5.
    A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ
    Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg
  6. 6.
    A book by a person whose gender is different from your own
    The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfus
  7. 7.
    A book that takes place in Asia
    Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  8. 8.
    A book by an author from Africa
    Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
  9. 9.
    A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture
    Nope. Missed this one too.
  10. 10.
    A microhistory
    Bit of a stretch - but I'm counting The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti as a microhistory on the toxic myth of virginity and American purity pledges.
  11. 11.
    A YA novel
    White Cat by Holly Black
  12. 12.
    A sci-fi novel
    Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  13. 13.
    A romance novel
    Demon in my View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. This year I went on a little kick reacquainting myself with my favorite vampire novels from middle school.
  14. 14.
    A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer a prize winner from the last decade
  15. 15.
    A book that is a retelling of a classic story
    The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter.
  16. 16.
    An audio book
    The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfus
  17. 17.
    A collection of poetry
    Morning in the Burned House by Margaret Atwood
  18. 18.
    A book that someone else has recommended to you
    Nomina by Noelle Stevenson
  19. 19.
    A book that was originally published in another language
    The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
  20. 20.
    A graphic novel, a graphic memoir, or a collection of comics of any kind
    Fashion Beast by Alan Moore
  21. 21.
    A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure
    Maplecroft by Cherie Priest
  22. 22.
    A book published before 1850
    Nope not this year. Meant to reread Frankenstein, but didn't get around to it.
  23. 23.
    A book published this year (2015)
    Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
  24. 24.
    A self-improvement book
    Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual by John Sonmez
  25. 25.
    Overall performance: 48 books read out of a goal of 60
  26. 26.
    20/24 challenges completed
  27. 27.
    I've had better years. I've had worse. Going to try to step up my game for the 2016 read harder challenge!