I have talked about doing a book challenge to celebrate turning 30 next year and part of that is coming up with 30 books I want to read. I have figured out that there is some sort of theme for most months in the U. S. so I wanted to incorporate that into my challenge. Unfortunately, some months had nothing so I borrowed from months that had several things.
I’ve also liked the idea of doing a challenge of pairing opposites. I didn’t come up with enough pairs to merit its own challenge so I added them here. To finish off the list, I’ve added a few challenge staples that should keep things fun.
- January: Weight Loss and/or Human Trafficking
- February: African American History Month
- March: Women’s History Month
- April: Autism Awareness Month
- May: Asian Pacific Heritage Month
- June: LGBT+ Pride Month
- July: National Wilderness Month (borrowed from Sept)
- August: Mental Health Awareness (borrowed from May)
- September: Hispanic Heritage Month
- October: Disability Awareness Month
- November: Native American Heritage Month
- December: Non-Christian Faith/Culture
At least we made it halfway into the year before we had to start borrowing themes. December had no themes but since Christmas beats us over the head, I decided to focus on any of the other religions in the world. The on-theme books will be read in the applicable month.
- Big Name Press – Penguin, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins
- Indie Press – A small publishing house you may never have heard of
- Old – Owned for at least a year
- New – Owned for less than 4 weeks
- Short – Under 200 pages
- Long – Over 500 pages
- Near – Within the DC metro area
- Far – At least 3,000 miles away from the DC metro area
I’m going to try to read the pairs close together but if I don’t immediately feel like reading a long book when I get done with short, I don’t have to.
- Award winner/nominee
- Non-western mythology and/or fairy tale
- Genre I typically avoid
- Library book
- Book from a TV show
When trying to figure out an award winning book I wanted to read last year, I realized some of the nominated books were more interesting to me. Let’s not forget the runners up. Genre I typically avoid is that same as ever: self-help, Christian, sports, history, and romance. This gives me a lot to work with so hopefully I can find something I won’t dislike.
TV can be something a show is based on like GoT or an off-shoot of a TV show like Doctor Who novels. I love mythology and fairy tale tropes but the European ones are ubiquitous so I wanted to branch out and explore other stories.