My Crush On Literature

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:

  1. A Pulitzer Prize Winner – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  2. Banned book – The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  3. A book I bought and still haven’t read
  4. A movie I like & haven’t read the book
  5. A genre I’ve never read Harry Potter Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (Fantasy Fiction)
  6. A book many people have read, except me
  7. A friend’s favorite book
  8. A book published in 2016The Obsession by Nora Roberts
  9. A classic from the 21st Century
  10. An Autobiography
  11. A book I haven’t read since high school
  12. A book from my childhood
  13. A NY Times Best Seller
  14. A book becoming a movie this year or turned into a movie last yearEverything, Everything by J. Mills Goodloe
  15. A book recommended by a stranger
  16. A Self-Improvement Book
  17. A memoirI 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
  18. A book from Oprah’s Book Club
  19. A book with a protagonist who has my occupation – The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberge
  20. 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.
  21. A non-fiction book on something I’ve always wanted to know
  22. Trilogy – The World of Alpha Trilogy: AlphaBeta, & 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?



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