Forget the New Year’s resolutions this year!
(Although really, I could afford to lose some weight…)
But never mind the weight thing. This year, my plan for 2015 is a reading challenge.
In 2014, I participated in the Goodreads Challenge, which allows readers to set a goal for a number of books to read. I set my goal at 30 books (and fell short by six … perhaps I should have read fewer 400+ page books).
For 2015, I ran across this excellent reading challenge at Goodwill Librarian’s Facebook page:
This challenge is way more interesting than simply tallying how many books I’ve read in a year.
And let’s face it: This also is more fun. It’s a scavenger hunt for literary selections, folks!
Best of all: It encourages readers to step outside their usual reading patterns as they find titles to fit each category.
I already have my picks set aside for a few categories:
- A book written by someone under 30: CALIBUR: THE MONSTER, Jakob L. Waitekus (published in 2012 by a local author when he was 18 years old)
- A book with nonhuman characters: Perfect time for a reread of WATERSHIP DOWN by Richard Adams
- A Pulitzer Prize-winning book: THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt
- A play: INHERIT THE WIND by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (This was a 5o cent discovery at a used book sale)
- A book you own but have never read: This is an embarrassingly large portion of my bookshelf. I can probably just close my eyes and grab a random book. (What can I say? I love secondhand bookshops. I own hundreds more books than I could ever read in one lifetime.)
If you have any recommendations or want to share books that fit a certain category, do tell! I would love to hear your top picks and favorites.
I have fallen in love with this challenge. Thank you for this 🙂
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