So I saw this cool 2015 Reading Challenge posted on facebook and I was intrigued right away. I do love to read, but I would consider myself a feast or famine sort of reader. I’ll be into reading for a few months with a few good books that I literally cannot put down and then lose interest when those are completed. Soon enough I get consumed by another good recommendation from someone, etc. What attracted me to this particular challenge is that the reader is to read books according to various categories. For example a few of the categories include: a book by a female author, a book that scares you, and a book that was published the year you were born. As I glanced over the categories I got more and more excited about this challenge and in true Lisa form decided to include this as one of my goals for 2015.
“All these categories are so cool,” I thought. “It would be so fun to find books that fall into each category!”
So again, in true Lisa style, I began to make that list of books in a spreadsheet format listing the categories, the possible titles, authors, and a column entitled “date finished”. It wasn’t until I was listing the categories on my beloved spreadsheet that I happened to notice that there were quite of few of them! They looked more numerous running all the way down the page than they did on the pretty two column facebook image I had printed out.
“Boy, this is like a lot of books!” I thought as I skimmed down to the bottom of the column and my eyes stuck on the number 52.
“Whoa, 52 books! Like in a year? Ah, I can do that…its like a book a week. And I’ve already read a couple since New Year’s Day (counting the one I finished before the dust settled in 2014). How hard could this be? Plus some of them are going to be short! I mean, really, a graphic novel? Please…no problem!”
Feeling confident in the magic of this improbable proposition (if you write the list, it will come!) I continued on with my list and spent the entire morning researching titles that looked good to me and that fit into all 52 categories. And let me admit right here and now that I probably had more fun creating my list than I will reading any one of those gosh darned books on that list! Just sayin. Yes, I know, nerd-central.
Well, after telling a colleague (who is a very avid reader) today about this awesome challenge that I have undertaken for this year, the seed of doubt began to grow in my brain. I kept thinking 52 books….one book a week!! It was echoing in my mind like the secretaries voice to the principal in Ferris Bueller’s Day off…9 times!. So, on my way drive home from work I began concocting a revised plan. I mean, why set a completely unrealistic goal and set myself up to fail, right? I was getting anxiety already just thinking about the pressure of this challenge and it is only January 6 for crying out loud! So, new plan!
“I will do half of this reading challenge!!!”, I announced to the family over dinner tonight. And to make it a little more random, I asked my hubby and son to choose the 24 categories of books that I had to read (I have already covered 2 of them).
So without further ado (not sure how much more ado there could be as this has already been way too long), here is my category list for books I will read in 2015.
1. A book with more than 500 pages.
2. A classic romance
3. A book that became a movie (DONE: Wild,by Cheryl Strayed)
4. A book published this year
5. A book written with nonhuman characters
6. A book by a female author
7. A mystery or thriller
8. A book with a one-word title
9. A book set in a different country
10. A nonfiction book
11. A popular author’s first book
12. A book based on a true story
13. A book that scares you
14. A memoir (DONE: My Story,by Elizabeth Smart)
15. A book you can finish in a day
16. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
17. A book with bad reviews
18. A book with a love triangle
19. A book set in the future
20. A book set in high school
21. A book with magic
22. A graphic novel
23. A book by an author you’ve never read before
24. A book that was originally written in a different language
25. A banned book
26. A book with a number in the title
I’ll gladly take any recommendations for good reads that fit these categories. But of course, I do already have a list. I think 26 is a much more realistic goal for me and hey, if I read more than I am an overachiever. Now, where is my list of academy award winning movies I need to watch…