Saturday, December 31, 2016

2017 Reading Challenges

In 2017 I plan to read more of those books that you’re “supposed” to read in your life. One I read a long time ago and want to re-read. A few are books that I’ve really wanted to read and always say I will, but put it off in favor of any other book that catches my eye. Some are books that never sounded that good to me, but are such staples that I feel like I need to give in and read them, for the sake of being a bookworm and librarian.

I plan to read one classic a month, which still gives me plenty of reading time for whatever books catch my eye on the shelves.

The Classics Challenge books are:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I pulled this list from here, so once I complete this challenge, I will have read 24 out of the 30 books. I’ll leave those last 6 to tackle in 2018…

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I also want to read more diverse books. I am going to make conscious choices with every book I read in 2017, but will read a baseline of 12 diverse books, which again is one a month, minimum. I picked books from We Need Diverse Books’ end of the year booklist.

The Diverse Challenge books are:
Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
Nest by Esther Ehrlich
If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth
Since You Asked by Maurene Goo
The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
Show and Prove by Sofia Quintero
The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez

Are you undertaking any reading challenges for 2017? Do you have any book recommendations I should add to my list, or feedback on the titles I chose?

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