20 Books of Summer and other challenges
I really enjoy doing reading challenges or reading around a theme; here are the ones I’m currently taking part in.
20 Books of Summer
I have got around seventy-five books on my TBR shelf so I thought it would be a good idea to participate in this challenge, which is all about reading twenty books from your TBR in order to decrease the size of the pile. Find out more about it here: https://746books.com/2022/05/04/announcing-20-books-of-summer-22/
Women’s Prize 2022 Shortlist
There are six novels on the above shortlist and I’m currently working my way through them. So far I’ve listened to The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak and read Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason. If these two novels are representative of the remainder of the list, it’s going to be an excellent thing to do. Read about the shortlist here: https://womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/features/features/announcing-the-2022-womens-prize-shortlist
Storygraph Reads the World
I found this challenge on Storygraph. The aim is to read one book set in each of the following countries by an author from that country: Brazil, Haiti, India, New Zealand, Palestine, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. So far I’ve read Amnesty by Aravind Adiga (India), Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa (Palestine), and have listened to The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak (Turkey). Strictly speaking, I’m not adhering to the rules but am reading an author from the country even if the novels are set somewhere else.
The 52 Book Club Reading Challenge
The aim is to read 52 books, each fulfilling a specific prompt. Find out more about it here: https://www.the52book.club/2022-reading-challenge/. I’ve got seven prompts left to do.
Reading the Classics
This is my own personally devised challenge that I’ve just started. Despite having a degree in literature, I managed to complete it without reading a great deal of pre-20th century literature. There are also many 20th century classics that I haven’t read. To remedy this embarrassing void, I have resolved to always have one classic novel on the go. I’ve only just started and have so far read Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. I’ve just started Persuasion by Jane Austen. After this, I’m planning on reading Vilette by Charlotte Bronte. I think literature lessons in school put me off (we read Northanger Abbey and Jane Eyre) as I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve read so far. To make this challenge more interesting, I’m going to try and find the novels in charity shops rather than buy them new. Today I ‘borrowed’ Vilette from Caffe Nero!
Storygraph’s Onboarding Reading Challenge 2022
This comprises six prompts, which allow users to explore different areas of the app and as I’m new to it, I thought ‘why not?’!
Although doing so many challenges may seem a bit daunting, there will be books that can be used for multiple prompts. It just adds a bit of fun and focus to my reading.
What reading challenges do you take part in?