My first crush started in elementary school. The first day Scholastic came to our school for a “Book Fair” was the day I fell enamored in words. Walking through the classroom turned book fair was like walking through a candy store. So many choices…I wanted them all. At the time, I was hooked on the “Sleepover Friends“ series by Susan Sanders. I’m sure any 80’s baby could relate. I read every last book! That’s when I knew, I had a thing for reading & books. That thing, that crush on literature, that love for words, never faltered.
I decided to re-ignite my passion & do something I’ve never done. I’ve always thought about doing it, but never actually brought it into fruition. I’m going to do a reading challenge. I want to challenge myself to read as many books as possible. I want to read the plethora of books I have at home and never read. I want to challenge myself to get out of my reading comfort zone and experience other categories of books. I want to read more autobiographies. I want to read books on the “banned books” list. Sci-Fi has never been my thing, but I challenge myself to read at least one. With that being said, here is my challenge:
- A Pulitzer Prize Winner – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- A Banned book – The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- A book I bought and still haven’t read
- A movie I like & haven’t read the book
- A genre I’ve never read – Harry Potter Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (Fantasy Fiction)
- A book many people have read, except me
- A friend’s favorite book
- A book published in 2016 – The Obsession by Nora Roberts
- A classic from the 21st Century
- An Autobiography
- A book I haven’t read since high school
- A book from my childhood
- A NY Times Best Seller
- A book becoming a movie this year or turned into a movie last year – Everything, Everything by J. Mills Goodloe
- A book recommended by a stranger
- A Self-Improvement Book
- A memoir – I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart; We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That are Funny by Gabrielle Union; Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It by Charlamagne The God; Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes; The Mother of Black Hollywood by Jennifer Lewis
- A book from Oprah’s Book Club
- A book with a protagonist who has my occupation – The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberge
- A murder mystery – So far I’ve read two (both free on iTunes) – Death by Honeymoon, by Jaden Skye & The Forgotten Girls by Alexa Steele.
- A non-fiction book on something I’ve always wanted to know
- Trilogy – The World of Alpha Trilogy: Alpha, Beta, & Omega by Jasinda Wilder. Just when I thought this was going to a typical millionaire falls in love with broke girl love story…I realized, I was so mistaken.
Feel free to join me in this challenge. I will update my progress as I go. FYI, none of these books were read prior to this post.
UPDATE: I’ve recently gotten infatuated with Audible. So now, I listen to my books on-the-go. These are extremely great for autobiographies/ memoirs. How do you prefer your books? electronic or physical book?