At the beginning of last year, I decided to attempt the PopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge.
I wouldn’t say it was a hugely successful attempt. I did read a lot of books (especially towards the end of the year) but not many of them were on the reading challenge list. I think in total I managed about four!
Never one to accept defeat lightly, I decided to give it another go this year. A new year, a new list of books to attempt.
I can tell just by skimming down the list of topics that this is not going to be easy for me. I want to yawn just looking at some of the genres/themes included.
You see, the problem is that I read for enjoyment. I don’t read to be educated, or informed, or to have my views challenged. I don’t like to read about real-life, gritty issues. I don’t want political or ethical writing. I absolutely HATE unhappy endings!
That’s not to say I never read a book that doesn’t end happily. Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper is about as depressing as it comes, but it is a brilliant book. But I really don’t like it when I’m engrossed in a fantastic book and then – bam!- out of nowhere comes heartbreak and misery. (Ahem – I’m looking at you Philip Pullman).
I read for escapism. To be carried away from the real world and it’s tragedy and cynicism. I love a good fantasy story, where good conquers evil. Or a crime thriller where the bad guy is apprehended. But my absolute favourite is the historical romance, with all it’s clichés and clinches!
So looking down this list of 40 books I have to read, I’m thinking – “uh-oh”. I’m never going to pull this off.
But I’m going to try. There are lots of books out there that I’d like to read, or feel I should have read, or have been recommended to me and I’m going to attempt to crowbar them in to one of these categories.
I’ve already managed the first one – A book based on a fairy tale. I’ve recently fell in love (no pun intended) with the works of a romance author called Eloisa James and she’s done a whole series of books based (loosely) on fairytales. I read book 5 in the series, “Once Upon a Tower” as the first book in my reading challenge, which was a very nice start. As with all of Eloisa’s books, I found it ridiculously easy to read and devoured it in a small number of hours! I’m not going to go into too much detail as I think I may write a whole post about the series. Am I a book blogger now?
I’ve already selected the next few books in the challenge. They are:
National Book Award Winner – The Colour Purple
A YA bestseller – Divergent
Not read since school – Jane Eyre
Set in your home town (Nottinghamshire) – Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
I may not always do the challenge in order, but I think that should get me off to a good start. I’m also supposed to be watching my budget at the moment, so I’m going to try and do this challenge without buying a single book, with the help of my already groaning bookshelves and the local library.
Are you taking part in a reading challenge? What do you plan to read this year? Or do you have any recommendations for any of the categories above? Leave me a comment below!