I’m not a great believer in making resolutions on New Year’s Day – any day will do. So I have decided to “sign up” for the Reading Challenge on Shaz’s Jera’s Jamboree blog. It’s a way of getting out of your comfort zone of always reading the same sorts of books.
As I never stick to the rules I am adapting the challenge, making it both more difficult and less difficult for myself. The challenge has six sections and you are asked to tick off ONE sort of book from each section – but I am planning to tick off EVERY box in each section. But as I have already been trying to read outside my comfort zone, I am going to allow the books I have read in 2016, where they fit the categories. Please don’t call me a cheat – this is my own idea of great fun!
Firstly you will notice at the top of this post an image of all the books I read in 2016 – click on it if you want to see a bigger version in which you may actually be able to see what the books are.
I always think of myself as mainly a fan of sci-fi, but my favourites of the year don’t reflect that. They were:
Frances Hardinge: The Lie Tree
Vanessa Diffenbaugh: The Language of Flowers
Gillian Flynn: Gone Girl
Robin Hobb: Farseer trilogy and Tawny Man trilogy – six books in one year!
So far in 2017 I have read:
Lynne Truss: The Lunar Cats (in hardback, not on my Kindle, for a change)
Lian Hearn: Across the Nightingale Floor
Karen Maitland: The Plague Charmer
Sarah Perry: The Essex Serpent
Anne Fine: The Tulip Touch
A couple of them allow me to tick off categories in the Reading Challenge list – in particular, The Essex Serpent is “A book with a predominantly green cover”!
One question for you all before I shunt this challenge over to a static “page” that I can update during the year. Can you recommend to me “A book that changed your life”? Nothing too heavy, please…
To see my checklist so far, which also invites other suggestions from you, please go to my Reading Challenge page here.