I stumbled across this great idea for a challenge yesterday at Musings of a Bookshop Girl and just had to sign up. You can do so too by clicking here because who doesn’t want to get our of their reading comfort zone in 2012? Plus Ellie is one of the friendliest, funniest bloggers I’ve ever come across so it’d be great if everybody could join in.
The basic idea is to read one book from each of the following categories –
Completed! Daughters of the Vicar by D.H. Lawrence.
This can be modern or historical, biography or autobiography. From the latest celebrity autobiography to an academic biography of Henry VIII – it all counts! Perhaps you fancy a book on your favourite classic movie star, athlete or musician?
Completed! Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
Completed! An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain by John O’Farrell
6. GRAPHIC NOVELS AND MANGA
This will be an entirely new genre for me, but I’m looking forward to hitting the library to see what all the fuss is about! First on my ‘to check out’ list will be Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes and Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta.
Completed! The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 2 by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill
Completed! Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie
Completed! Dracula by Bram Stoker
Completed! Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Completed! Reserved for the Cat by Mercedes Lackey
The world is your oyster, as it were! Maybe you’re going somewhere interesting on holiday and want to read up on it first? Rough Guides, Lonely Planet guides, that kind of thing. You could pick a Bill Bryson (always popular) or choose a book on a particular city, country or continent, like Francesco da Mosto’s Venice or one of Michael Palin’s books. Then there are all the delectable memoirs by people who’ve moved abroad and opened a taverna/olive farm/vineyard!
This could be a book of love poems, a collection by a particular poet, a novelty book of limericks, or if that sounds a bit daunting, a single, longer narrative poem. How about ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, ‘Hiawatha’ or ‘The Waste Land’? My particular favourite is probably Christina Rossetti’s ‘Goblin Market’, which is more like a simple fairytale that just happens to rhyme.
Completed! Moranthology by Caitlin Moran
14. SCIENCE AND NATURAL HISTORY
Again, this one throws the doors wide open for you to follow your interests. Always fancied learning more about space? Are you curious about the life of Charles Darwin? Or got a lifelong love for a particular animal? There are some wonderful ‘popular science’ books around too, including things like The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, David Attenborough’s natural history books, and the entire works of the brilliantly funny Mary Roach.
15. CHILDREN’S AND YOUNG ADULT
This leaves the way open for pretty much anything, whether it’s reading The Hungry Caterpillar or The Magical Faraway Tree to your kids, revisiting the joys of The Secret Garden or Treasure Island, or devouring something from the modern tide of YA. Lots of dystopian fiction, coming-of-age novels and supernatural shenanigans to choose from!
Completed! Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez
Completed! The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson