So, the reading specs are going to be earlier this year on the blog. Last year I got all the way into the week between Christmas and New Year to report on the Reading Challenges and report on my favorite reads of the year, but with three posts on Christmas reads and Reading Challenges duly completed, I do not see the reason to cram all my wrap up posts in the last week of the year. Everyone else is coming out with their lists now, why not me?
As a pleasing sidebar I have been decidedly more proactive about all this month brings than I have been in recent years. I may have finally recovered from the atom bomb life disruption that was the arrival of my son and changing to Christmas as a parent, not Christmas as a kid or Christmas as a reasonably independent non parent adult. This is the first year that he ‘gets it’ on a real level. I even planned my time off with the other supervisors at work already. I usually plan on manning through all the less desirable work days and then last minute beg for time off because I am tired of working on days that no one wants to come in. Not this year!
Probably some of my proactivity too is my excitement of the stars aligning for me to spend the holiday with my sister, three hours away, this year. It feels a million times more like Christmas with her than without. And it is the first Christmas with her and each of our sons.
Also, I have focused more on gifts this year for my son that are more about experiences: ice skates, toys for snow play, a nice sleeping bag, board games. I think I will like parenting an older child more than a baby.
Okay, so this year I took on three reading challenges, and I really worked on a minimal of overlap between the categories. I did five books over 500 pages and I thought I would get to more, but I am wondering if I don’t pick out longer books once the spring comes around. The only other long one I can see is The Fountainhead and I did that at the end of the summer. I still have plenty of listening and reading time in the warmer months, but maybe I don’t need something long to get me through the season like I do when it is the dead of winter. I am already thinking about what serious commitment books I might need when January is here in a month.
So, two of the three lists:
BookRiot Read Harder 2016:
A Horror Book: The Shining, Stephen King
A Nonfiction Book about Science: Rabid, Bill Wasik
A Collection of Essays: Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay (almost Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari)
Read a Book Out Loud to Someone Else: Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss
A Middle Grade Novel: The Forgotten Door, Alexander Key
Biography, not autobiography or memoir: Romantic Outlaws, Charlotte Gordon
Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic Novel: The Selection, Kiera Cass
Originally Published in the Decade You Were Born: The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco
Audiobook that Won an Audie Award: Still Foolin Em, Billy Crystal
A Book Over 500 Pages (ha! try five): Don Quixote, Cervantes
A Book Under 100 Pages: The Time Machine, HG Wells
A Book By/About a Transgender Person: Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
A Book Set in the Middle East: Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi
A Book By An Author in Southeast Asia: Beauty is a Wound, Eka Kurniawan
Historical Fiction Set Before 1900: Burial Rites, Hannah Kent
The First Book in a Series by a Person of Color: The Wrath and the Dawn, Renee Ahdieh
A Non Superhero Comic that Debuted in the Last Three Years: Beautiful Darkness, Fabien Vehlmann
Read a Book that Was Adapted to a Movie and then Watch the Movie: The BFG, Roald Dahl and I have not made it to watching the movie. Over 90 books read this year and I’m missing a freakin’ movie
A Nonfiction Book About Feminism/Feminist Themes: A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf
A Book about Religion: Siddhartha, Herman Hesse
A Book About Politics in Your Country or Another: I am Malala, Malala Yousafzai
A Food Memoir: Yes, Chef, by Marcus Samuelsson
A Play: Dangerous Liasons, Pierre-Ambroise Choderlos de Laclos
A Character with Mental Illness: One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Ken Kesey
Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge 2016:
A Book Published This Year: Eligible, Curtis Sittenfeld
A Book You Can Finish in a Day: The Ocean At the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
A Book You Have Been Meaning to Read: Siddhartha, Herman Hesse
A Book Recommended by Your Librarian/Bookseller: Murder on Astor Place, Victoria Thompson
A Book You Should Have Read in School (I read every damn book so I chose one I had not read since school): Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton
Book Chosen by your Spouse, Partner, Sibling, Child, BFF: The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
Book Published Before You Were Born: The Monk, Matthew Gregory Lewis
A Book That Was Banned at Some Point: Beloved, Toni Morrison
A Book You Previously Abandoned: The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
A Book You Own But Have Never Read: The Unruly Passions of Eugenie R, Carole DeSantis
A Book That Intimidates You: Don Quixote, Cervantes
A Book You Have Already Read at Least Once: The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
More specs next Sunday!
Two weeks until Santa comes….
What have you read for these challenges?