I figured I need to engage myself since the beginning, I’m still a bit anxious about losing my books, so apart from the challenges and clubs I talked about in my last post I will be trying to complete a few other reading challenges. I’ve been reading a lot about these and they encourage overlaps with other challenges, which I think is awesome because you can look at the same book from very different angles.
So first of all I’ll be doing the Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge 2018. Twenty four books ranging from comics to non-fiction. The category I’m the most excited about (and I think I could read a few books for it) is a sci-fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author. Sci-fi has always been my favorite genre, but I don’t think I’ve read much by female authors. The Read Harder Challenge will be my priority throughout the year, I must say, but I plan to mix it with other interesting challenges I found.
My second challenge will be Back to the Classics 2018, hosted by Books and Chocolate. I fervently believe that what took me back to reading was going back to my own classics, and I think it’s incredibly important to get back to The classics. I loved Karen’s prompts and it’s twelve books, so I think it’s amazing to plan at least one book published more than 50 years ago a month.
Another challenge I’ll be joining is the Birth Year Reading Challenge, hosted by Hotchpot Cafe. In this challenge we have to read an indefinite number of books published in the year we were born. For me, that’s 1983. I don’t really pay much attention to this, but I find it really fun, and a quick search directed me to some amazing books like Cathedral, by Raymond Carver; The Color Purple, by Alice Walker (which I can’t read this year because I read it last year for the RHC prompt of a classic by an author of color); and Heartburn, by Nora Ephron (which I also read —as an audiobook read by Meryl Streep— last year for the prompt of a book about food for the PopSugar Challenge), so it sounds promising. I plan to read six books for this challenge.
One more challenge that I think I can complete is the 2018 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge, hosted by Girl XOXO. Each month has a motif or theme, so it’s also 12 books, with a bunch of categories that I have in other challenges 🙂 The one that excites me the most is in September: Don’t Turn Out The Light! Cozy mystery ghost stories, paranormal creeptastic, horror novels!
Then, I found an incredibly fun challenge. The Kitty Lit Reading Challenge 2018, hosted by Becky’s Book Reviews, encourages us to read at least three books with cats. I love cats, so… I actually have a book with cats on my TBR, so I definitely plan to get on board with this challenge.
I want to do the 2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge, too, but I plan to do it more as fill-in-the-blanks. What I mean is that apart from the previous challenges, I will also be reading the twelve books of the Slate Audio Book Club and there’s a radio show I used to follow here in Mexico City called A todo terreno, they have a sort of book club (no real discussions take place, just a book critic goes and determines the book to be read that month, but so far I’ve enjoyed the recommendations and I do participate a little on their Goodreads group) so that’s twelve more books. I hope I can use some of those 24 books to complete the 40+10 book prompts.
And finally, I also plan to read at least 50% of books by women authors (I hope more, but I don’t want to set an unreachable goal). Fortunately, as a Mexican reader, I think my reading is diverse, but I think it’s important to read more books by women. I signed up for Open Letter also, so I think I will be getting 12 books in translation (in English). The first couple of titles look awesome, and they’re books that wouldn’t be translated into Spanish, anyway, so I’m excited about them. There’s a book by Rodrigo Fresán (an Argentinian author), The Bottom of the Sky (in Spanish it’s called El fondo del cielo, and was published in 2009), and I’m still debating if I should read it in English or in Spanish… We’ll see, whenever it gets here.
I’ll soon be posting about the first book I read in 2018 and the plans I have for my different challenges.
Thank you for reading.