Greetings blog friends! How are you all today?
Today I wanted to talk all things book, more specifically a reading challenge that I kind of accepted back in January. I say kind of as I saw it and muttered something about taking part in it and then promptly forgot about it until I saw the screenshot on my camera roll recently. Seeing as how we’re almost half way through the year I thought it seemed sensible to check in on how well I’m doing on said challenge. So first up, below is the challenge I decided to accept (originally seen over here):
a book published this year
a book you can finish in a day
a book you’ve been meaning to read
a book recommended by your local librarian or bookseller
a book you should have read in school
a book chosen for your spouse, partner, sibling, child, or BFF
a book published before you were born
a book that was banned at some point
a book you previously abandoned
a book you own but have never read
a book that intimidates you
a book you’ve already read at least once
And how have I done? Well without realising it I’ve actually ticked off six of the twelve types of books listed above. That’s actually quite a surprise as I didn’t think I’d have done that! Read on to discover which ones I’ve achieved already and which ones still need some work – plus I’ve added the books I’m considering for each incomplete task.
a book published this year – Quite a few of the books I’ve read in 2016 fit into this category (The Girl of Ink and Stars, Jolly Foul Play, Glass Sword and Salt to the Sea to name just a few), but the one I’m choosing in order to tick this box is Rebel of the Sands. Mainly because it was such a brilliant book that I read it in about a day! a book you can finish in a day – I have read a few eshorts this year so I could include those, but if I’m doing this challenge correctly then it probably needs to be a book rather than an eshort that I choose. Therefore I’m choosing The Fox at the Manger, a festive book that I read way back in January and didn’t really like, for this one. a book you’ve been meaning to read – Alice Oseman’s Solitaire is one such book but because I’m now a complete Eva Ibbotson convert I’m going to pick The Dragonfly Pool for this part of the challenge. I read my first Eva Ibbotson book last year and loved it, so ever since then I’ve been meaning to read the rest of her books as I knew I’d be charmed by this magical tale. I was not disappointed.
a book recommended by your local librarian or bookseller – I’m intrigued to see what my local Waterstones have to recommend to me for this one
a book you should have read in school – Ooh this one’s tricky as I read everything I had to read at school – one of the outcomes of being a big bookworm. I’ll have to have a think back on what the other english classes read that I didn’t. I know some of them read Pride and Prejudice, Of Mice and Men and An Inspector Calls but I’ve read all of them already. I wonder what else was on the sylabus?
a book chosen for your spouse, partner, sibling, child, or BFF – Lau – over to you, any thoughts on this one?
a book published before you were born – Crime at Christmas, the first book I read this year, was originally published in 1969 so definitely ticks the box of book published before I was born. Thankfully I’m not quite that old!
a book that was banned at some point – I’ve never read Catcher in the Rye or To Kill a Mockingbird yet so I’ll try to read both of these this year.
a book you previously abandoned – This has to be Room as I’ve been meaning to finish reading it for so long and just couldn’t quite get in to it. I think it was all related to the subject matter if I’m honest. But with the film out this year it was the perfect excuse to give it a whirl again and it did not disappoint. I raced through it and adored it. a book you own but have never read – This could be a whole number of books: The Lake House, Room, The Dragonfly Pool, Sisterland or The Sisters but I’m going to go with Vendetta as when I finally did read it I adored and raced through book two in the series within 48 hours.
a book that intimidates you – Ooh this one’s tricky as not a lot of books do intimidate me. Maybe it’ll be a Dickens of some sort as I’m really not a fan of his writing and I’ll find it such hard work!
a book you’ve already read at least once – This will be all the Harry Potter books as I want to do a reread again this year, what with The Cursed Child play and the Fantastic Beasts films coming
Have you completed or started any reading challenges for this year? If so, how are they going?