Read Those Books You’ve Put Off For Years
The blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy, announced a 2016 reading challenge to read 12 books in 12 categories in 12 months. I feel like I get into reading ruts where I spend too much time rereading old favorites and not testing new titles.
Here’s my reading list for the challenge:
- a book published this year: I don’t know yet. I figure I’ll wait to find a sci fi book that’s getting some good buzz.
- a book you can finish in a day: The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss. This is a thin book, and I might as well read it already. I have a love/hate relationship with the whole series of which this book is just a small side story.
- a book you’ve been meaning to read: Wild by Cheryl Strayed. When I was hiking in Europe, many people on the trail had read this book and mentioned it to me. When I got home, I saw the movie, and now I’d like to read the book. It’s been sitting on my shelf for an embarrassingly long time.
- a book recommended by your local librarian: I will have to wait to ask for a recommendation.
- a book you should have read in school: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. I was assigned this book my senior year of high school for a cultural studies class I was taking at the university. I definitely did not read it.
- a book chosen for you by your partner: He’s thinking about it.
- a book published before you were born: Dune by Frank Herbert. I often read books from the 19th century, but rarely from the mid-20th century. I have always wanted to read Dune and I recently found a copy at Half Priced Books.
- a book that was banned at some point: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margret Atwood. I have never wanted to read this book, but it has been recommended to me over and over again. When I was searching through lists of banned books, it popped up again. Fine, universe, I’ll read it, but I better like it.
- a book you previously abandoned: Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein. I tried reading this back in middle school, and it couldn’t hold my interest. I feel like this one definitely deserves my adult attention.
- a book you own but have never read: The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo. I would say about 30% of my book shelf at any given time is aspirational. I buy books far faster than I can read them. So, I just picked one that I got for Christmas and seemed the most promising.
- a book that intimidates you: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. I have it on my shelf. I’ve never read it, but I’ve always wanted to. Yet, there’s something daunting about thick Russian novels. Will I enjoy it or will reading it feel like a school assignment? There’s only one way to find out…
- a book you’ve already read at least once: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I’ve read it many times but not at all in the past two years. It’s time to revisit a favorite.
As I read them, I’ll post my thoughts here.
Do you accept the challenge? What books made your list?
You can find the MMD article here: Reading Challenge from Modern Mrs. Darcy