February 22, 2016 · 5:31 pm
My Reading Journal is full of titles I want to read this year. My goal is 75 books of all genres including children’s literature. That goal was set at the New Year on Goodreads, but I am excited about a newer reading challenge that appeared on Facebook in two places. I have been joining other reading and writing blogs for two months and I discovered a fun one called Modern Mrs. Darcy. Of course, the title grabbed me immediately because my daughter and I are huge Jane Austen fans.
Want to hear about this fun Reading Challenge for 2016? You only need to read 12 books per year! I plan to expand on the titles I read but I want to share the 12 categories which are intriguing. For a mystery lover, I find I will have to do some sleuthing in the library and pick my own brain to come up with the titles which match the categories. Here are the celebratory ideas some creative readers have shared with us (BTW, the order is arbitrary).
- What is a title of a book that you should have read in school. (this category is my hardest to choose.)
- Choose a book you can read in one day!
- Read a book recommended by a librarian or bookseller. ( I am compiling the ones I read in 2015 to match these categories, too, just for fun.)
- Choose a book recommended by a spouse, a sibling, your child or your BFF.
- Re-read a book you have read already at least once. (What fun to re-discover a fav.)
- Read a book you have abandoned. (You may want to write notes in your journal telling why you abandoned the book and what you think now.)
- Find a book to read that was written before you were born.
- Can you read a new book published in the current year?
- Check out a list of banned books and read one you never read.
- Choose a book that has always intimidated you. (Ulysses by James Joyce, anyone?)
- Look on your shelf at home for a book you own and have never read. ( A treasure!)
- Read a book you have always been meaning to read.
If I had been creating this challenge, I would add a few more categories, such as
13. Read a new book by a favorite author.
14. Choose a children’s classic to read.
So far in 2016 I have completed eleven adult books, with two fitting on the MMD challenge. Jump Cut by Libby Fischer Hellmann was just published this month and available at Amazon.com. I highly recommend Libby’s thriller for its fast-paced contemporary style. Elle Foreman, a continuing character in one of her series, has a fascinating job as a film editor. She discovers a mystery while handling a large project for her editing firm. Who is that mysterious man who shows up at the film site and freaks out one of the clients when his face is seen on the video? Read Jump Cut to see. I was fortunate to read and advance reader copy and review this gem on Amazon.
The second book I love to add to my 2016 Reading Challenge is Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. This non-fiction title was the subject of a great TED talk: it was recommended by readers at my local library’s Book Lover’s Book Club, held at my local library with no assigned reading choice. That meeting is sponsored by my local library director, Michele Noble, a great source for ecletic titles.
In addition to my adult reading, I have started to read nominees for Malice Domestic Agatha Award for the category of children’s and YA mysteries. I completed Woof by Spencer Quinn. He writes novels with dog characters for adults and children. If you are a dog lover, you will love the tale of Bowser and Birdie, a mystery which will remind you of Kate di Camillo’s Because of Winn Dixie (a Newbery winner). My favorite genre of children’s literature is usually middle grade mysteries, so I have four more checked out from the library waiting for me to tackle.
The To Be Read list is growing, providing me with fun leisure time and I hope more reviews to share with you this winter.
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Happy Reading in 2016!