How did I miss these? Reading was never a challenge but a pleasure, and forced lists seem counterintuitive. But when a friend sent me a reading challenge from a library in her neighborhood, I decided to find out more about reading challenges. Maybe because it’s the season of New Year’s resolutions, but google gave me over a hundred varieties of reading challenges for the year – from “traveling the world in books” to “reading the classics” and award winning books.
The Provincetown Library Reading Challenge offers a prize if you finish all their categories, and I am tempted to sign up – if only to fly out to Massachusetts to pick up my reward. If you need a little incentive to read this year, you might consider one of the twelve possibilities they recommend. A few appealing to me include:
- a book you can finish in a day
- a book published before you were born
- a book that intimidates you
- a book you previously abandoned
My own reading challenge might include:
- one of the many unread books that have been gathering dust on my shelf for years
- the Newbery Award winner for this year (but I would read that anyway so it may not be much of a challenge
- a book recommended to me by someone I suspect didn’t really read it
- a book from college years that I decided I didn’t need to read back then
- a book about a place I will probably never visit
- a book set in a place I want to go back to
- a book that will never make the bestseller list
- and, in honor of Provincetown, read Hugh Nissenson’s The Pilgrim
Do you have a book challenging you this year?