I ran across this reading challenge in my news feed, and I decided I couldn’t pass it up. That it was so accommodating to my current to be read list (one that is ridiculously long!), made it all the easier to go for it. When it came down to actually choosing the books I would read for this challenge, however, it wasn’t as easy as it might have first seemed. I thought I would share my journey through this challenge, starting with what I’ve chosen to read and why I selected these particular books.
1. A book published this year – Truthwitch, by Susan Dennard (released January 5, 2016)
I first ran across this review by Aila of this new book on Twitter. I fell in love with the cover, and took a closer look. This book sounds like just the sort of story I love to read, and I’m really excited to check it out. (See my review of this book here.)
2. A book you can finish in a day – The Magician’s Nephew, by C. S. Lewis
The Narnia books have been on my TBR list for far too long. And, since I seem to be such a slow reader, I thought one of this length might be better suited for this particular challenge. I’m a mom of three who works full-time outside the home, so reading time is sadly limited. I’m going to find a weekend day I can set aside to devote to finally reading this book. Of course, this one comes with six more books to read, so it won’t really be a one day event. (See my review of this book here.)
3. A book you’ve been meaning to read – Divergent, by Veronica Roth
I’ve been wanting to read this one for awhile now. This was perhaps the hardest book to decide on, for there are a number of books I’ve been “meaning” to read. I saw the movie, even though I’d wanted to read the book first, and I enjoyed that. I’m fairly certain the book won’t disappoint. (See my review of this book here.)
4. A book recommended by your local library or bookseller – The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss
I went to my recently discovered local bookseller, Escape Fiction (my new favorite place!), and asked the shop owner for a recommendation. He recommended this book, telling me it is among the best fantasy novels ever written. And he seemed quite shocked I have it already on my bookshelf at home and have not yet read it! (See my review of this book here.)
5. A book you should have read in school – Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
This is another book I’ve been “meaning” to read. It’s already on my TBR list, so it wasn’t too much of a stretch to put it here in this category. I’m only sorry I haven’t read it before now. (Here is my review of this book.)
6. A book chosen for you by your spouse, partner, sibling, child or BFF – Classified Woman, by Sibel Edmonds
I decided to let my sister choose this one for me as I knew she would offer me a book that would challenge my thinking. I don’t consider myself a closed minded sort of person, but I do get a little stuck in my comfort zone. I’m looking forward to reading what she picked out for me. When I asked her why this book, she said because she feels it’s one every American should read, “so we can begin to understand the level of corruption we are up against.” (Read my review of this book here.)
7. A book published before you were born – Anne Frank: the Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank
This book is perhaps another I should have read long before now, but I have not. This one found it’s way on to my list last year while I was doing some research for a young adult novel I’m writing. I read the autobiography of Meip Gies, the woman who helped to hide the Frank family, and I’m looking forward to reading Anne’s story. (Read my thoughts on Anne’s diary here.)
8. A book that was banned at some point – Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
I chose this book because it’s already on my TBR list. When I looked up banned books in order to choose one, there were so many I haven’t yet read. To be honest, I know very little about this book. I’ll let you know more once I’ve read it. (Here is my review.)
9. A book you previously abandoned – Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott
This one has quite the story. I had picked up this book back in high school thinking to read it and write a paper on it, in order to get some extra credit for my English class (yes, I was a bit of an overachiever in high school). The extra credit thing never materialized, and in truth, I never even cracked this book open. I don’t think I’ve ever put a book down once I’ve started reading it no matter how bad I thought it was, so this was the only one that fit the category. (Here is my review of this book.)
10. A book you own but have never read – Stop That Girl, by Elizabeth McKenzie
Some years back I attended a writers’ conference where Elizabeth McKenzie was one of the presenters. I attended her workshop and enjoyed her presentation. So much so, that I picked up her book. I was so excited to read it, I really don’t know why I didn’t read it right away. It’s time to fix that. (You can find my review of this book here.)
11. A book that intimidates you – H. G. Wells, Collector’s Book of Science Fiction
This book includes three of his novels and several short stories as they first appeared in the original science fiction magazines. I find this one intimidating because it’s H. G. Wells. And it’s big. This one has been sitting on my bookshelf mocking me for far too long. (Find my review of this collection here.)
12. A book you’ve already read at least once – Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
It was a real toss up on this one. I’ve been wanting to reread this for awhile now, but also Tad Williams’ Otherland series. But it basically came down to this: four books, or one? Yes, I realize there are more Ender novels, but this one stands well on its own. (Read my review of this book here.)
So, there’s my reading challenge list. Twelve books, twelve months. Five women authors, seven men. More than half science fiction/fantasy. Two non-fiction.
I’ll post a review of each book once I’ve finished reading it. I’d love to hear about what you’re reading. Leave a comment.
Thanks for reading!