Happy 2019! Now that we’re done with all the excitement of the end of the year (we all went ice skating on New Year’s Day – hence, the photo above), it’s onto a fresh new year! I’ve actually also just turned a year older! My birthday happens to be January 3rd, which makes a new year a TRUE NEW YEAR for me.
I’m excited to begin some new books and am taking part in the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, as I mentioned in my last post.
Book Riot has been challenging readers with its annual Read Harder Challenge for the past five years. Although I did make the attempt to “read harder” last year, it was more of a challenge than I was up for mostly because I still owned my bookstore and needed to read very new books that were being released (that is one of the advantages and one of the hindrances of being a bookstore owner). But now as I am free, the shackles of having to read new releases and ARCs have been removed, I can read whatever the HELL I want to read. And gosh it feels good :).
I would love for you to join along in this adventure with me. I think it will be great fun to delve into various genres, styles, forms (i.e., “a book written in prison,” and “a collection of poetry published since 2014”) that I wouldn’t necessarily ever entertain.
There is also a GoodReads reading group for this challenge.
There are other challenges available online including PopSugar’s Reading Challenge (I might join this one too, I’ll let you know). And I’m toying with possibly starting one of my own next year, but for now here are my options for the first task of the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge…
Epistolary Novel or Collection of Letters
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
84, Charing Cross Road, by Helene Hanff
Vanessa and Her Sister, by Priya Parmar
Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern
The Book of Letters I Didn’t Know Where to Send by Steve Patterson
There are many other options of course. These are just the ones that I’m toying with reading. I need to get on it, though! And so do you, so let’s figure it out and get reading!!!