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2014 has been quite a year for me. It had its ups and downs. And because of the downs, the ups meant more.  But in terms of books, I had my share of really good titles that I can’t even think of any worst read this  year. Which, will be quite a challenge, come January 2015, when our bookclub discusses our BEST and WORST Reads from the past year.  Also, I gave the audio-book experience a try, which was quite exciting. I never thought that I’d be able finish five audio books during my long drives. And mind you, even with audio materials, I still cry, laugh and giggle.

Looking at the bright side though, it was a year of really good reads. If you’d like to know which books I gathered and read in the past 12 months, you can check my GoodReads shelf, or you can click on the widget at this site’s sidebar.

As you well know, I have always loved reading. But getting to know what to read next is part of the challenge. Getting your hands on a really good book can be quite tricky. It’s a nice problem to have, though. Good thing I’m part of a really active bookclub, whose members occasionally bombard you with their most recent good reads. Peter, is also a great source of titles. All I have to do is to text him to ask what to read next, and voila! I already have a few titles on my list!

But nothing beats posing a reading challenge to yourself. My friends have been doing their Authors A-Z Reading Challenges every year and it’s amazing whenever they share which letter they’re already in. My friend, Gege, once told me that it’s quite exciting because they get to read books by authors from countries you don’t normally consider. Like Jalil Zahlan from Afghanistan, or Naguib Mahfouz from Egypt.

Yesterday, Josef shared a Facebook post from about a good book challenge for 2015. I’m not sure how new this is, but it’s the first time I’ve seen such a list.

2015 Reading Challenge


It’s a list of 50 different kinds of description for a book. I got quite excited with the descriptions and would want to see if I can rise up to the challenge. Though I’m still not sure about some of the items, like A book based entirely on its cover, but I can worry about it when I get there.

What’s important is that there’s something that I can look forward to for my reading next year.

As a matter of fact, I’ve already started. I just started reading Anthony Doer’s ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE. Thus, the check mark for A book by an author you’ve never read before.

Wanna join?

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Orly S. Agawin

The author Orly S. Agawin

Orly has been writing for The Jellicle Blog since 2008. He is a training and development consultant by day and an art enthusiast by night. He lives in Parañaque with his mom.


  1. Woot, woot!

    I’ve never known you to participate in any reading challenge before, Orly. This is a new thing for you reading-wise, yes? Good luck!

    Question: Does it have to be 50 books? Or can one book allow you to check several items on the list? For example, a book set in the future might be a graphic a novel and written by someone you haven’t read yet, giving you 3 check marks already.

    1. Yes, Peter. It’s my first time to try a Reading Challenge. Though I love reading, you know how picky I am when it comes to titles. Which, somehow limits my scope.

      On ticking more than one box for one book, I guess it depends on the reader who’s doing the challenge. For me, the challenge involves reading at least 50 books in 2015. The picky, slow reader in me makes the task more stretching. I think that’s where the challenge really is. So it’s one item, one book, for me.

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