(The above image, plus a large collection of other amazing book prints, can be found on Ideal Bookshelf.)
So, let’s elaborate on this 2016 Reading Challenge, shall we? I love setting myself fun challenges to stretch myself in different areas. It always seems to make life that bit more enjoyable and improves my skills. If you are interested, you can have a good old chuckle at my Home Bake Off Challenge which I did back in the early autumn! But for now, the focus is on reading. I think it is quite easy to get stuck in a reading rut, picking up similar titles and authors that you know you’ll probably like, and not exercising your reading muscles. My go-to books are usually biographies of interesting people, modern novels (often for Book Club), books about Christian living and books about the past because I love history. I have read a few classics due to my English Lit degree but not nearly enough and I’m hopeless at reading books from a variety of genres. So my plan for 2016 is to continue reading whatever I like, but also tackle one or two books each month from the set categories below:
- January – A book I have been meaning to read for years.
- February – A complete book of poetry.
- March – A book that has won the Man Booker Prize.
- April – A book I loved as a child.
- May – A meaty classic.
- June – A book that has inspired a famous film.
- July – A book in a genre I’d never normally read.
- August – A book recommended by a friend who also loves books.
- September – A book in the top 10 Bestseller list.
- October – A travel journal about somewhere I’d love to visit.
- November – A collection of short stories.
- December – A Christmas book that I have never read.
I’ll be blogging my way through the challenge so you can find out how I get on. If you also like reading, or want to like reading, then feel free to join in or create your own 2016 reading challenge! After all, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”