How did I miss these? Reading was never a challenge but a pleasure, and forced lists seem counterintuitive. But when a friend sent me a reading challenge from a library in her neighborhood, I decided to find out more about reading challenges. Maybe because it’s the season of New Year’s resolutions, but google gave me over a hundred varieties of reading challenges for the year – from “traveling the world in books” to “reading the classics” and award winning books.
The Provincetown Library Reading Challenge offers a prize if you finish all their categories, and I am tempted to sign up – if only to fly out to Massachusetts to pick up my reward. If you need a little incentive to read this year, you might consider one of the twelve possibilities they recommend. A few appealing to me include:
- a book you can finish in a day
- a book published before you were born
- a book that intimidates you
- a book you previously abandoned
My own reading challenge might include:
- one of the many unread books that have been gathering dust on my shelf for years
- the Newbery Award winner for this year (but I would read that anyway so it may not be much of a challenge
- a book recommended to me by someone I suspect didn’t really read it
- a book from college years that I decided I didn’t need to read back then
- a book about a place I will probably never visit
- a book set in a place I want to go back to
- a book that will never make the bestseller list
- and, in honor of Provincetown, read Hugh Nissenson’s The Pilgrim
Do you have a book challenging you this year?
Already read it! In spite of the reviews and awards, I’ve steered clear of The Underground Railroad, feeling burned out on this horrifying topic. Finally had to cave – just heard too many great things about about the book. And it WAS great, and I AM glad I read it, and now I’m glad I don’t have to read it again.
I’ve been avoiding it too. I thought Homegoing was good and same topic- and Oprah’s imprimatur was a deterrent for me. Thanks for your comment; reminded me to check your site and I found your great review.