January 6, 2016 by Reader's Connection
For my 2016 reading challenge, I’m borrowing parts of Rachel Manwill’s 2016 Read Harder Challenge and adding other elements. Since our state turns 200 this year, it made sense to have some Indiana-related challenges.
All the book covers that appear here are just suggestions. They aren’t necessarily books that I plan to read. That especially goes for the one about Donald Trump; but if he’s your guy, have at it.
For more information about any of the Public Collections pictured here, just click the picture. If you get an “Aw, snap!” response, please try again.
1a–a3.aVisit three of the Public Collections (click for info) here in Indianapolis. Take a book at each one, read it. Really, I hope to visit more than three of the Public Collections, but I don’t want this first challenge to scare anyone off.
4 – 6. Read 3 books by authors who have won an Indiana Authors Award. Each book should be in a different category: National Author, Regional Author, Emerging Author. Click on Fire in the Water for a list of the winners.
8. Read a book, fiction or nonfiction, about indigenous people of Indiana. I read a couple of novels about indigenous people for the 2015 Read Harder Challenge, but both books involved Scandinavia. This category needs to come home.
If the Indiana restriction is too confining, at least read about indigenous people of the United States.
9. Read a collection of poems from and/or about Indiana. Pam Wright in our Processing Section recommends And Know This Place: Poetry of Indiana.
So number 10 in our challenge is: Read a work of fiction set in Indiana.
|The remaining challenges don’t necessarily have Indiana components, but you can add them if you wish. Reading a book of essays by an Indiana author or a book about religion in Indiana is a fine idea.|
11. Read an unfinished work of fiction. You can click on The Acts of King Arthur to see BuzzFeed’s list of suggestions.
|12. Read a nonfiction book about science. I’m going to take another shot at physics. My physics blog posts tend to be silly, but Rachel Manwill is making me do it.|
13. Read a horror book. I may chicken out on this one. I usually do.
|14. Read a collection of essays.|
15. Read a biography (not memoir or autobiography).
Wouldn’t you rather read about someone from Indiana?
16. Read a book originally published in the decade you were born. The decade, mind you, not the year. There ought to be something in that decade that you haven’t got around to reading.
I’ve seen the movie, A Streetcar Named Desire, never read the play.
17. Gregg Jackson at the Southport Library has proposed an ingenious variation on that last one. “How ‘bout reading something originally written in the same decade as you were born BUT with a twist – minus 100 years.” So since I was born in the 1940s, and Edgar Allan Poe’s story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” was first published in the 1840’s, that story could be part of my reading challenge.
18. Read a magazine, cover to cover. You can skip the ads. I invented this one last year. It allows me to sit down with a magazine and claim that I’m rising to a challenge.
19. Re-read a book you enjoyed way back when. See if your reaction to it changes.
Melanie Hoffman at the Pike Library commented: “How about the reverse of #19 — rereading something that you absolutely hated when you first read it. Not to offend, but for me, The Catcher in the Rye and anything by Faulkner come to mind!”
So a new challenge could be: Re-read something you didn’t like, and see if that situation has changed.
I don’t know if I can rise to that challenge, though. Do I really want to subject myself to what is likely to be another bad experience?
|aaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaa aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa So Challenge 20B can be an alternative: Read some celebrated book that you’ve always avoided, and see if you’ve been wrong to do so.I’ve had friends, down through the years, who have raved about Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, and writers and critics whom I respect have praised it highly, but I’ve never been able to get started. There’s no appeal for me in a guy just typing out a scroll of a tale, bursting with male egos.|
Perhaps it’s a hormone thing. Anyway, 2016 may be the year that I finally hit the road. What supposed classic have you always avoided?
21. Read a book, fiction or nonfiction, that involves religion.
22. Holy Lunar Reading Challenges! Bethany Warner of the Library Foundation has helped to issue a monthly challenge on her Word Nerds blog. Click on the image and you’ll have a read for each month. Maybe I should number this 22 – 33, but I’m holding off on that.
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