A Reading Challenge

Reading isn’t a challenge for me. It’s something I love and make time for no matter what. However, I found this reading challenge on Modern Mrs. Darcy. I can’t say that I am very fond of challenges of any sort, but I love this idea. Not that I need help reading or choosing the books that I want to read, but it’s always fun to participate.

So in the spirit of participating and being a good sport, here are my choices:

a book published this year: This one is easy. There will be many books published in 2016 that I’m sure I want to read, but I already have a few picked out. The Year We Turned Forty, The After Party, and The Nest all look good and will most likely be downloaded to my Kindle when available.

a book you can finish in a day: I’ve already started this one. American Housewife is a collection of short stories that you can devour in one sitting. Of course it’s taking me a day or three due to children, housework and sleep getting in the way, but I’m still counting it.

a book you’ve been meaning to read: Oh this list is long. Stupid long. Like, I could go without buying a new book for the next three years and have plenty to read long. But if I have to pick one (for sake of time), I’ll go with Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It’s waited on my shelf long enough. There’s also A Prayer for Owen Meany who has been patiently waiting and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry that I bought at my favorite indy bookstore last fall looks soooo good.

a book recommended by your local librarian or bookseller: Whenever I go to my favorite indy bookstores, I love reading the handwritten recommendations by the workers at the store. However…I have trouble with recommendations. Every reader is different. We like what we like and what we like might not be what others like. So, I’m not sure that this will be a challenge that I will be able to meet. We’ll just have to see.

a book you should have read in school: Well, I’m sure there are plenty that I should have read in school, but I’m going to go with a classic The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. I’ve never read Twain that something about that feels sacrilegious.

a book chosen by your spouse, child or bff: My husband knows better than to make any recommendations for me, and I really don’t want to read any Star Wars books that my children might pick out. My friends are good at recommending books, so this one might have to be their choice.

a book published before you were born: This would be before 1973. I’ll have to do a little research for this one.

a book that was banned at some point: Apparently Tom Sawyer was banned at some point, so that one will count twice.

a book you previously abandoned: This is not a challenge that I’m going to mess with. Life is too short to read books you don’t like. Not gonna do it.

a book that you own by have never read: Oh there are so many. I’ll go with California and The Children’s Crusade. There’s also My Southern Journey that I can’t wait to read and In the Unlikely Event that I would be embarrassed to tell my hero Judy Blume that I have not read yet!

a book that intimidates you: I adore author Elizabeth Gilbert. She’s also on my hero list. I just finished her book Big Magic and it made me crazy happy to read. Her book The Signature of All Things has been on my shelf ever since it was published. I bought it because of my clear adoration of the author, but the subject matter less than thrills me. Okay, it really doesn’t interest me. At. All. The book doesn’t intimidate me as much as it doesn’t excite me. I think we can still count it.

a book that you’ve already read at least once: I’m not into this one. Unlike my son who has read the entire Harry Potter series twice (and some of the books even three times.) But me? Once I’m done with a book I’m done. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book more than once. So I think this is another challenge I will choose to pass on.

So there it is. My reading challenge for 2016. There are so many more that I want to read. My other challenge is to finish two books per month. We’ll see what happens!

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