So, this year, as well as my target of reading 50 books, I wanted to try something a little different to add more variety to my reading. It is easy to make safe reading choices, especially when reading just for leisure (which is most of my reading), but I think it is important to challenge oneself too.
I have had mixed feelings about this challenge so far. I have read at least five graphic novels in the last two months alone, and struggling to fit them under any category other than ‘A graphic novel’ has made me feel like I have wasted the opportunity to tick off other items on the list.
However, I do look forward to crossing off some of the more tricky categories – ‘A book that takes place in your hometown’ seems almost impossible for me and ‘A book with bad reviews’ doesn’t fill me with much encouragement either!
After finishing yet another graphic novel, my completed categories stand at 13 out of 50:
- A play (Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie)
- A book based on a true story (Them: Adventures With Extremists by Jon Ronson)
- A book with a one-word title (Tampa by Alissa Nutting)
- A book by a female author (Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce)
- A book that made you cry (Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor)
- A book by an author you’ve never read before (Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell)
- A book at the bottom of your to-read list (The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naidoo)
- A non-fiction book (The Forbidden Body: Why Being Fat Is Not A Sin by Shelley Bovey)
- A book based entirely on its cover (The Making Of by Brecht Evans)
- A graphic novel (Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh)
- A book you can finish in a day (The Savage by David Almond)
- A book that was originally written in a different language (Rose Blanche by Roberto Innocenti and Christophe Gallaz)
- A book by an author you love that you haven’t read yet (The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks)
What challenges are you taking part in this year?