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2016 reading challenge

For 2016 I set myself the challenge of reading 15 books. It may not sound ambitious, but it’s a step up from the number I read last year – 13 (my target was 12).

I find myself in September and I’ve already read 13 books, so I’m well on my way to meeting this year’s target. And hopefully exceeding it. So, taking inspiration from Jo, I’m going to step up my challenge.

This list of types/categories/themes of book pushes me to read outside of my usual pattern:

  1. Published this year
  2. Can finish in a day – Politics and the English Language, George Orwell
  3. Been meaning to read – Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
  4. Recommended by your local librarian/bookseller
  5. Should have read in school – Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë (in progress)
  6. Chosen by your partner – Playing to the Gallery, Grayson Perry (in progress)
  7. Published before you were born – A Gun for Sale, Graham Greene
  8. Was banned at some point – The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
  9. Previously abandoned
  10. Own but have never read – How to Make Sense of Any Mess, Abby Covert
  11. Intimidates you – American Gods, Neil Gaiman
  12. Already read at least once – Rogue Male, Geoffrey Household

The books in bold are those that I’m planning to read for each of the categories. The rest are from the books I’ve already read this year.

For the book I’ve previously abandoned, there’s one prime candidate: Catch 22. I’ve tried a couple of times to read it but really struggled with the language. It’s not inspiring me though.

As you can see I’m still looking for some suggestions; so if you’re a librarian/bookseller or have a recommendation for a book that was published this year, let me know in the comments.

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I am a freelance writer, editor and trainer. A librarian in a former life.

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