I have attempted a reading challenge for the last 4 or 5 years but never completed one yet, mostly because there’s always at least one category that I can’t find a book for. Sometimes the categories are so random or vague that I spend more time researching than I get to actually reading, such as an epic romance, a 20th century classic, or a book with bad reviews.
So I took to good old Google for ideas for a new challenge and I found one that I know I can complete, although it will take longer than a year. The A-Z reading challenge, I am going to aim to read at least one book a month and will update the blog along the way. I’m not going to start at A and work to Z instead will read what I fancy and fill the gaps as I go. I will include E-books, as I read a lot of these on holiday, but won’t include any audio books or podcasts.
I’m still enjoying listening to audio books too, especially when digging on the allotment, and I may run an A-Z audio book challenge also.
Any book recommendations will be happily received, here we go ….
Why do I blog ?
It started a few years ago during a quiet spell in work, we were talking about our ages and things we wish we’d done by ‘now’ and it led to the 50 things list.
One of the things on the list was to start a blog, the original idea was that I would write about the challenges and the fun we had along the way, what I never expected was that life would throw some very difficult challenges my way, and that blogging would be one of the hardest things to do.
When I first started out it was easy, lots to write about, lots of ideas, but then life closed in and writing about it was really tough, so I found myself not doing it. However now, I’m in a better place, emotionally, and am enjoying setting myself time and routine to write about ‘me’ again.
Unfortunately the list was put on hold the last year or so, whilst I was looking for regular employment and concentrating on a stable family, and emotional life. Time is passing quite quickly so with only a few years left before the big 50 hits it’s time to get back to it.
I’ve been looking through the remaining ‘to do’ and have started making plans for some eventful experiences this year, although looking at the list I’m pretty certain some of these will never be done, so do I change the list, or leave them blank and unfinished ? and if I change them, what would I change them to ? Some of the challenges are very singular and I’d like, if possible, to make them a little more family based.
What do you think ? To change or stick ? Do I write a new list based on current circumstances, or wait until after the big birthday and start a new list ? Too many decisions… please help !
Well we’re six months in and I’m not even half way through. I’ve been rubbish with reading this year, I can’t seem to settle or concentrate for long enough. I can happily pick up my allotment handbook and veg growing guides to flick through but have struggled with ‘proper’ books. I have still been listening to the audio books and even Oscar is enjoying them.
So here we go ….
- A book with more than 500 pages –
- A book with a number in the title – Three wishes – Liane Moriarty
- A book by a female author – Then she was gone – Lisa Jewell
- A popular authors first book –
- A book with non-human characters –
- A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit –
- A book from your childhood –
- A book with a colour in the title –
- A graphic novel –
- A book by an author you’ve never read before – The cellar – Minettte Walters
- A book you own but have never read – The casual vacancy – J K Rowling
- A book that was originally written in another language – The Leopard – Jo Nesbo
- A book from an author you love but haven’t read – The hypnotist’s love story – Liane Moriarty
- A book with bad reviews –
So far 6 out of 14 completed, not great but better than I thought. I have ideas for 1,4,7 and 8 but I’m struggling with number 14, any ideas would be appreciated also 5 and 9.
Just a thought but would the audio books but acceptable for this challenge ? or would it be cheating because it’s not ‘actual’ reading.
I would like to complete this years challenge as I didn’t manage to complete 2016 or 2017 although both had around 26 books to choose, find and read.
I’ve started the year as I have the last few years, looking through the 50 things list and updating what was completed the year before and what I could/should do this year to get closer to achieving as many goals as possible.
One of the goals is to start a scrapbook, it’s not something I’ve ever done before and having had a quick look at scrapbooking it’s terrifying !
All the different books, papers, cutters etc, where to start or even how. It’s easy to understand why people avoid crafting. It’s complicated and all the ‘help and tutorials’ make everything look easy and theirs always turns out perfectly however the reality isn’t always that way. It can be tricky, messy and not always straight, but they will be our memories.
So to start with I’m going to collect everything together in a special tin. All tickets, stubs, photographs, anything from days out, events and holidays. Then I can organise and start to plan how to put them together. Until then I can explore ideas and maybe perfect a few techniques or even just some straight lines.
I didn’t quite manage to finish the 2017 reading challenge, I was let down by ‘Epic Romance’ and ‘published this year’ – all the other categories I completed and found a couple unread authors I will be reading more of. Here’s the link Reading challenge 2017 – update
Now for the new challenge.
- A book with more than 500 pages.
- A book with a number in the title.
- A book by a female author.
- A popular authors first book.
- A book with non-human characters.
- A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit.
- A book from your childhood.
- A book with a colour in the title.
- A graphic novel.
- A book by an authors you’ve never read before.
- A book you own but have never read.
- A book the was originally written in another language.
- A book from an author you love that you haven’t read.
- A book with bad reviews.
I have a couple of ideas from a few categories but any suggestions are always welcome.
I’v almost finished the Reading challenge 2017 – update, however the one category that has been given my the most problems.
An epic romance – this isn’t an area I normally read and at first glance it was all classic novels, pride and prejudice, Jane Eyre etc but I read these in school and found them a little dull to be honest.
So I took to the internet and Instagram for inspiration and ideas of what other people read for this category and this is where my dilemma started. I noticed that both the twilight and Harry Potter series have been put into the this category by a few people so I started thinking along these lines and had an idea.
During last years The Reading Challenge I had to read a book from the year I was born – I selected interview with the vampire written by Anne Rice and I think it could also fit into the epic romance category, but I didn’t want to re-read it, so I’m currently reading the second book in the series – the vampire Lestat and think this would also suit the category. The other book I have read recently that I think also works is Bram Stokers Dracula (the vampire thing was coincidence)
So what do you think ? Have you rad these, allowable or dubious ? Any other suggestions, preferably not on the school reading curriculum.
I’ve not looked at the Reading Challenge for a few months but I’m always reading plus at the beginning of the year when the challenge started I made a note of books for some of the categories on the list.
- About a place you wished you lived – The leaving of things – Jay Antani (India)
- In a genre you usually avoid – The lost city of Z – David Grann
- With yellow on the cover – The case of the broken doll – Alison Golden and Grace Dagnell
- That is becoming a movie in 2017 – The dinner – Herman Koch
- A book with a one word title – Greyhound – Steffan Piper
- An Audiobook – The descent of man – Grayson Perry
- You can get for free – Most of my books are from the library so are free
- You planned to read last year but didn’t – End of watch – Stephen King
- You read on a trip – Now you see me – SJ Bolton
- Suggested by a friend – State of wonder – Ann Patchett
- From a series you started but have yet to finish – Finders Keepers – Stephen King
- You finish in a day – Blackout – Emily Barr
- Published this year –
- With an epic romance –
- That takes you somewhere warm – Summer in Tuscany – Elizabeth Adler
- Short stories or under 200 pages – Public library and other stories – Ali Smith
- Considered a 20th century classic – The magic toy shop – Angela Carter
- Set in the future – The Circle – Dave Eggers
- You choose for the cover – The watcher – Ross Armstrong
- With a reputation of Un-put-down-able – The memory box – Eva Lesko Natiello
- With a mother/daughter relationship – The taken – Alice Clarke-Platts
- Free choice – Breaking Silence – Linda Castillo
It’s going well, considering there’s still 4 months left and only 3 categories left to complete. The hardest will be epic romance as this is not a genre I usually read/look for I have just completed the Harry Potter series (again) and could possibly use that if nothing else comes along before the end of the year.
Suggestions gratefully received….