This was not at all in my plans, but Lisa convinced me! Goodreads summer reading challenge (beginner version, cause that seems to be plenty.) Let’s – as always – start off by saying that the parameters for this challenge are not clear enough to me. Like, am I allowed to let 1 book cover multiple categories? Since they didn’t say no, I say yes. I also used my own TBR pile as a starting point, and tried to pick books from that whenever they fit the prompt.
- Read a book that won a Goodreads Choice Award.
– I’m going with Children of Blood & Bone (it was already in my “want” list at the bookstore I shop from)
- Read a book being adapted for TV or film this year.
– Watchmen! This is already in my existing TBR pile, so it makes me happy to combine reading challenges like this.
- Read a book with less than 100 pages (or a book you can finish in one sitting).
– Another one from my existing pile waiting to be read: Seneca’s On the Shortness of Things. My edition is 104 pages, which I count as close enough.
- Read one of the most read books right now on Goodreads.
– Not a super-inspring list imo, but I’ll try Overdue Life of Amy Byler.
- Read a book that’s been on your Want to Read shelf for more than a year.
– Oh sure. In February 2013, I apparently added Anathem to that list, so let’s go with that. I always do enjoy Neal Stephenson’s books.
- Read a book set in a different culture from your own.
– Purple Hibiscus! By my favorite author. (Takes place in Nigeria.)
- Read a book that a friend has recommended.
– Svälten: Hungeråren som formade Sverige. (Also keep in mind that this was the first book that popped into friend L’s mind when I asked her for a recommended summer read. Love my friends. The title translates to something like “The Starvation: the hunger years that shaped Sweden”)
- Read a coauthored book.
– The Rise & Fall of D.O.D.O. (Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland)
- Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read in (a graphic novel, poetry, a play, an audiobook, etc.).
– Edit Södergrans Samlade Dikter. (That’s not the right book, but close enough.)
- Read a debut novel.
– sorry not sorry, I’ll bunch this one with the first point, and go with Tomi Adeyemi’s first novel.
- Reread a book you loved when you were younger.
– The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
- Read a book set in a destination you want to visit.
– Paradise Reclaimed by Halldor Laxness (Iceland, always Iceland).
The expert level additions are:
- Read a book with more than 500 pages. (Anything by Neal Stephenson covers this.)
- Read a nonfiction book published this year.
- Read a translated book. (Paradise Reclaimed covers this!)
- Read a book that appears in your Goodreads newsfeed.
- Read a book set on every continent.
- Read a book from a genre you’ve never read before.
- Read the third book you see on your Want to Read shelf.
- Read a book with a number or color in the title. (Purple Hibiscus!)
- Read a book about a subject you don’t know much about. (Svälten!)
If I go crazy and finish the first part, I might go there?