It’s not too late to set a plan to challenge yourself this new year. We would be remiss as a Library if we didn’t talk about the ways to stretch your reading horizons. You can trip over a book challenge in any corner of the internet. For instance, there’s the basic one that Goodreads does. You set a simple goal of how many books you want to read, and it will track them for you. If you want to hit a certain quota, they can help you keep track, but it’s far from the end of book challenges.
There’s Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge, if you want to try to break out of your comfort zone. It consists of 24 challenges drawn from any genres that meet qualifications such as “a book published posthumously,” “a book with a female protagonist over 60,” or “a collection of essays.” There’s no other restrictions - you can read the same book for multiple challenges, if you like. The community provides a lot of support for finding titles that meet your needs, but the goal is nevertheless to stretch yourself, read something you wouldn’t have, and perhaps have some fun tracking titles down.
If you want to build your own challenge, then browse the Master List of 2018 Reading Challenges by girlxoxo.com. This alphabetized list truly leaves no page unturned. Like short stories? Try the Deal Me In Reading Challenge. Love road trips? The Literary Escapes Challenge asks you to read one book set in each of the 50 states and DC. The Library Love Challenge simply asks you to read at least 12 books from the library. If you choose us, all the better!
The library even has a book challenge where we count the pages of what our librarians read to compete with other library systems in Missouri. You can at least follow along with what we are doing here: http://slplbookchallenge.blogspot.com/. You might find something to interest you or help with a challenge. Finally, the list below has books you can check out that will tell you in no uncertain terms what other books you simply must read.
Happy New Year’s Reading!
The Novel Cure by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin
Check These Out! By Gina Sheridan