02 January, 2017

The 2017 Reading Challenge

A new year, a new reading challenge. Time sure goes fast. This year, through the wonderful blog that is Modern Mrs Darcy, I found this fun reading challenge. Twelve books, fun categories. I. Can't. Wait.  
1. A book you chose for the cover - I'm a big sucker for cover art. And there are many beautiful covers for beautiful books I'd love to read. Perhaps The Muse by Jessie Burton or Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. Or maybe I'll be strolling down the aisles of a bookshop one day, and I'll be thrown away by a beautiful cover, and I'll just have to read it.2. A book with a reputation to be un-put-downable - It's been a while since I've read a book I just couldn't stop reading - I think it was Lockhart's we were liars. But after some research, I guess it's between It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover, Kathryn Stockett's The Help or The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger.3. A book set somewhere you've never been but would like to visit - Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert is one of those books everyone loves. I've seen the film, but never read the book. And Italy (besides Rome), India and Bali are foreign to me. I've also always wanted to read a Murakami. Norwegian Wood seems the perfect place to start. Japan has interested me greatly since I was a child. Hopefully I can visit sometime soon.4. A book you've already read - Right now, I think I will go for Lockhart's we were liars, Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway, The Royal We by Heather Cocks or The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield. All of these have really stuck with me and I haven't read them in a while. Excited for this category! 5. A (juicy) memoir - Now for this one I have three options in mind: a lifestyle one, a spiritual one and a true memoir. Estée Lalonde's Bloom, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi or Bare by George Michael.6. A books about books or reading - Such a great category. I've gone for either The Jane Austen Book Club by Fowler, 13 Ways Of Looking At The Novel by Smiley, or Wood's How Fiction Works.7. A book in a genre you usually avoid - I usually avoid science books, for the simple reason that my mind often cannot fathom the subjects, but Sapiens has been on my reading list for a while. I'm usually not too keen on religious or spiritual books, but Timothy J. Keller's Making Sense of God sounds really interesting.8. A book you don't want to admit you're dying to read - I'm not really sure about this category yet, but I'll think about it and get back to you!9. A book in the backlist of a new favorite author - For this one I'd love to read more from Marissa Meyer, Alice Sebold, or another author I'd get to know in 2017.10. A book recommended by someone with great taste - For this one, I'll wait until I get some great recommendations in the beginning of the year. My friends and family are book lovers like me, so I doubt it'll take long!11. A book you were excited to read or borrow but haven't read yet - What an easy category. I've got a lot of books I've been dying to read: The End of The Story by Lydia Davis, The First Bad Man by Miranda July, The House of Sleep by Jonathan Coe... 12. A book about a topic or subject you love - Gosh, so many things come to mind, and I'm sure this will change often, but YouTuber Zanna Van Dijk's Strong seems so motivating.  
That was rather long. Sorry about that. I cannot wait to start reading these books this year. Are you participating an any reading challenges this year?