A while ago I wrote this post: Read like a writer – Nine things to think about when you read (like a writer). Reading is still one of the best ways to learn about writing, but I find myself picking the same books and authors. I love them and there is nothing wrong with rereading a favourite, but let’s be honest – finding a new author is like making a new friend. It’s not always that easy.
I found a reading challenge that looks like fun and I am going to try it.
The challenge is below and this is my list:
A book you’ve meaning to read: Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
This has been on my TBR pile for that last six months. I’ll be starting here.
A book published this year: The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
I keep running across this book. It seems to be stalking me online. I’ll have to give it a try.
A book in a genre you don’t typically read: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
Non-fiction is not my favourite, but I love reading about all things regarding social media.
A book from your childhood: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Not quite childhood, but the book is about 16 years old. I have seriously been meaning to read it for years.
A book your mom loves: The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman
My mom just loved this book. She hasn’t stopped talking about it.
A book that was originally written in a different language: Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
Originally written in Italian. I’ll let you know.
A book ‘everyone’ has read but you: The Magician by Raymond E. Feist
He was one of our guest speakers last year and everyone was crazy about this book. Guess I‘ll have to see what the fuss is all about.
A book you chose because of the cover: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
This is a cheat. I read this book last year, but I have yet to find a cover to trump it. It’s magic realism and I can’t wait to reread it.
A book by a favourite author: I am reading Roald Dahl to my kids. We just started with the BFG and the plan is to read all his stories. Rereads, but it has been so long since I last read them it’s like the first time. Next up: Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Revolting Rhymes.
A book recommended by someone with great taste: Time and Time Again by Ben Elton
This was recommended by Amanda Patterson. I have never been disappointed by a book she has suggested.
A book you should have read in high school: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Hangs head in shame. I know. I know. But it wasn’t one of our set works.
A book that’s currently on the best seller list: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
My BFF recommended this and it is on the best-seller list. Check and check.
I really look forward to expanding my literary horizons. Feel free to join me in the 2015 reading challenge.
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by Mia Botha
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