Read Harder Challenge 2016

I don’t do New Year Resolutions. I try to go with the thought that every day is a chance to begin afresh. Or even every minute, every second, every breath. And I am generally a bit hopeless at sticking with challenges. However, I do like to read books. I like to vary what sort of books I read but, like most people, find it easier to stick to the familiar sometimes – genres and authors I know I like. So, this year I am challenging myself to take part in the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. Here’s the list of the challenge tasks:

ReadHarderChallenge2016_checklist-1

I’m already making a start on “Read a book out loud to someone else” – I am reading “The Princess Bride” aloud to Rafe who, even though he is a confident reader himself, and nearly 11 years old, still likes to be read aloud to. I’m not complaining 🙂

I am also already part way through “The Corpse Reader” by Antonio Garrido, which will satisfy the challenge to “Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900”. I must admit that I would never have selected this book had it not been recommended to me by two people – a bookworm friend and also my mum. I’m not very far through but it’s quite gripping so far!

Are you planning any reading challenges this year? Have you any recommendations for books to satisfy any of the other challenges mentioned? I am always on the lookout for good books!

Happy New Year!

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5 thoughts on “Read Harder Challenge 2016

  1. Kay says:

    What a great idea. I joined a book club to expand my reading and read books I wouldn’t have looked at otherwise. For a book under 100 pages I would recommend ‘Heart of Darkness’ by Joseph Conrad which was updated and relocated for the film Apocalypse Now. For a non-fiction book about science/biography – ‘Annie’s Box; Charles Darwin, His Daughter and Human Evolution by Randal Keynes a descendant of Darwin. (you might need tissues for some of it!) Middle grade would be any Roald Dahl book or JK Rowling Potter books Might have to do this challenge myself

  2. katechiconi says:

    May I recommend the Mockingjay trilogy for your dystopian read? The books are better than the movies; grittier and less sanitised.

  3. Ben Naga says:

    I am currently rereading a book I first read decades ago and loved. Of course it is completely different this time round. 🙂

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