Just a quick post to tell you about a reading challenge I will be taking part in this year.
I saw this book challenge on Goodreads (here), and thought it looked really interesting! I have joined the Goodreads group, but I won’t be very active with posting my updates on that platform, nor will I be overly active with it on my blog aside from in monthly wrap ups and at the end of the year to see if I succeeded.
In short, I’m participating in this challenge more for me than anyone else.
However, I will be creating a little page on my blog under “More” dedicated to tracking my progress. Basically, I will make it so each category links to the book I chose for that week.
The aim of this challenge is to read a book per week. Thus, the moderators of the challenge have issued 52 ‘categories’ to fit to each week. The rules are pretty loose, meaning you can jump around week numbers, which I wil definitely be doing.
The reason I’m sharing this challenge with you all is because I thought it might interest you, and I figured it would be fun for a lot of people to take part in, and encourage people step out of their bookish comfort zone.
Thus, without further ado, here are the categories – I will put the book I’m planning on reading in brackets, both in case you’re interested, and if you’re looking for suggestions.
1. A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn’t. (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – this is very subjective to you as a reader.)
2. A book set in a different continent. (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews – again, very subjective.)
3. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 (winner or nominated). (Mosquitoland by David Arnold)
4. A book by an author you discovered in 2015. (Amy and Rodger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson)
5. A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name. (On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher)
6. The highest rated on your TBR. (November 9 by Colleen Hoover (at the moment))
7. A book about books. (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell or The Book Thief by Markus Zusac – both of these would be re-reads, so I’m searching for another option. Suggestions are welcome!)
8. A classic book with less than 200 pages. (The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald)
9. A book that was mentioned in another book. (I’m unsure about this at the moment, but I’m considering reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë)
10. A book by an author you feel you should have read by now. (The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness)
11. A book from the Rory Gilmore challenge. (There are so many books on this list, I’m struggling to choose! However, I am leaning towards The Iliad by Homer.)
12. A childhood classic. (The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia #1)
13. Reader’s Choice. (I’m saving this category for a book I want to read, but can’t squeeze into any other category.)
14. A book with one of the five W’s -or H in the title (Who/What/Where/When/Why/How). (This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp)
15. A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago). (The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton)
16. A book from the top 100 mystery novels. (The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan)
17. A book with a beautiful cover. (This is very subjective, and so will probably be another cheat category for me.)
18. A book on a summer/beach reading list. (Landline by Rainbow Rowell.)
19. A non-fiction book. (All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher)
20. A book with a first name in the title. (Carrie by Stephen King)
21. A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page. (All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven)
22. The first book in a new to you series. (The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking #1))
23. The next book in a series you are reading. (Scarlet by Marissa Meyer)
24. A “between the numbers” book of a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.). (Just One Night by Gayle Forman (Just One Day #2.5))
25. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you. (All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr or November 9 by Colleen Hoover.)
26. A book everyone is talking about. (Carry On by Rainbow Rowell)
27. A book with a beautiful title (in your own opinion). (The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky)
28. A biography, autobiography, or memoir. (The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank or A Work in Progress by Connor Franta)
29. A book by an author who writes under more than one name. (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling)
30. A fairytale from a culture other than your own. (Suggestions are welcome for this one!)
31. A work of young adult fiction. (I predominantly read YA, so this will be another cheat category.)
32. A historical fiction book. (The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff)
33. The 16th book on your TBR. (The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater)
34. A book about mental illness. (We Were Liars by E. Lockhart)
35. An award winning book. (Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel)
36. An identity book – a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation. (Just One Day by Gayle Forman)
37. A book that you’ve seen the movie of but haven’t read. (Life of Pi by Yann Martel or Q & A by Vikas Swarup)
38. A book about an anti hero. (Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn)
39. A previous suggestion that did not make it into the list. (A book picked for you by someone else: The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey)
40. A novella from your favourite genre. (Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher)
41. A book about a major world event (fiction or non-fiction). (The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank or The Book Thief by Markus Zusac or A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens)
42. A top 100 fantasy novel. (The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling)
43. A book about a thing that goes bump in the night. (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon)
44. A book you’re embarrassed to read in public. (Only in Your Dreams by Cecily von Ziegesar (Gossip Girl #9))
45. A book related to a hobby or passion you have. (Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins or Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell or November 9 by Colleen Hoover)
46. A crime story. (The Diviners by Libba Bray)
47. A book with a type of food/drink in the title. (Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen)
48. A dystopia. (1984 by George Orwell or The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey)
49. A book with a great opening line. (I guess I’ll decide whilst I’m reading…)
50. A book originally written in a language other than English. (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson)
51. A short story from a well-known author. (Summer Days and Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins & more)
52. A book published in 2016. (Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare)
Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you’ll consider joining in on this challenge with me! If you have any suggestions, tell me in the comments! Or, if you’re already doing this challenge, tell me some of the books you’re planning on reading!