OK somebodies – the New Year is approaching (very slowly, at almost break-neck speed). such I have one thing – and ONLY one thing – on my mind.
It’s time for a reading challenge!
That’s right somebodies – reading challenge time, brought to you by Ragdoll Reads.
Perhaps you’re one of those people who reads a book a week or more. Perhaps you can only only handle a few. Perhaps you’re both those people in a confusing little pot (like me!). Well, whether you read casually or religiously, I’m hoping this challenge will work for you.
24 categories – one book for each category. (Plus a special WILDCARD category for the holidays)
That’s one book every two weeks. Or two books per month if you prefer. Or roughly 0.00204918 books every 45 minutes if you want to be completely absurd about it! (I think!)
(If you are looking for a more manageable challenge, click the link below for a smaller, 12 category challenge!)
(If you are looking for a more difficult challenge, click the link below for the Serious Book-Dragon, 60 book challenge!)
You don’t need to do them in any particular order, just pick one book per category and read, read read!
1. A funny book. Let’s start things off nice and easy. Something that will make you laugh or smile, to get you started.
2. A Family members favourite book. Ask your favourite family member for their favourite book – find out why it’s so great.
3. A book with a real city in the title. Pick a city, any city…any REAL city…Rome, Paris, Milton Keynes…find a book with the cities name in the title and read it ’til you it’s done (unless you picked Milton Keynes, then just read it until you’re sick of hearing about Milton Keynes!)
4. A book with NO ROMANCE. Specially for the valentines period – any book with NO ROMANCE in it (or as little as possible). While everyone else is getting their sappy on, we’ll be getting our anything else in the world on!
5. A book you wouldn’t normally read. Think of a genre you wouldn’t normally choose, and pick something from it. I recommend using Goodreads to find something; if you search a genre they will have loads of lists of books recommended by users.
6. A ‘free’ book. If you’ve got a kindle, that’s a good place to start – lots of free books there. Or a library. Or borrow from a friend, family member or coworker. If you must steal one, don’t get me involved when you get caught!
7. A book you’ve been meaning to read. Got a book you’ve always wanted to read but never got around to it? This is your chance!!
8. A ‘classic’ book. “′Classic′ – a book which people praise and don’t read.” ― Mark Twain. Let’s fix this – find one, read it, see what all the fuss is about. You’ll love it. Goodreads has a massive list of ‘classic’ books if you’re not sure of what to pick; here.
9. A book or author with an alliterative name. Alliteration – where you use the same sounds in quick succession, like this, Peter Pan (book), Daniel Defoe (Author), Ragdoll Reads (Hoopy blog)
10. A translated book. Read a book that wasn’t written in English (or your first language). This is sometimes a bit tricky but usually really rewarding. Again, Goodreads is your friend for finding something for this category.
11. A book with a terrible cover. You know the type – you look at it and think ‘Now why on EARTH would I buy that?!” Maybe it’s boring, or cheesy, or just outright silly – but the book could be great – well guess whose gonna find out!
12. A ‘Random Number’ book. Roll a 6 sided die, then look for a book with that number in the title. I.E. Roll die, get a 3 – read Three Men in a Boat (Jerome K. Jerome).
13. A book set in another country or culture. I’m going to say some rules here that you can choose to follow. 1. If you’re in England don’t pick America (and vice versa). 2. Alien / fantasy worlds don’t count. For some people this will be really easy, for others it’s a chance to broaden your reading horizons.
14. A memorable book. Most people have at least one book they remember reading that made them love books. At the very least, a book they remember really enjoying. Think of the book that got you hooked, and go read it again!
15. A book whose author shares your initials. Probably easier to just do your first and last initial. Your name is John Voltaire? Read Jules Verne! Molly Anderson? Read Margaret Atwood! Lawrence ‘Murderball’ Armstrong? Read Louisa May Alcott! You get the idea…
16. A book over 500 pages. Any book, any genre, 500+ pages – what could be simpler?
17. A book with a strong female lead. Strong as in well written, not necessarily physically strong. Female leads who get stuff DONE, kick some butt, or are just super cool!
18. A book that takes place at sea. Doesn’t have to all happen at sea, but it should be a key theme.
19. A book set in the past. Go as far back as you like; historical fiction, fantasy; historical non-fiction – get your history on!
20. A book everyone else seems to love. We’ve all got books like this. Everybody raves about them, but for some reason you never picked up the book and found out why. Maybe it was over-hyped, or it just didn’t grab you. Maybe you were reading something else and by the time you finished, everyone had stopped going on about it. Time to find out what the big deal was!
21. A spooky book. Must be getting near Halloween, right? Read something a bit spooky, or supernatural, gruesome, or outright scary! Maybe a horror novel, or a book involving skeletons…
22. A book by a P.O.C. or LGBTQIA+ author. Double points if it has a related theme. If we are being honest, most of us have a real lack of diversity in our libraries – time to fix that problem.
23. A book you’ve never heard of. We’ve all been in a bookshop (or amazon, or wherever), and seen a book we’ve never heard of. We’ve never heard it mentioned or reviewed…we don’t even recognise the author! Let’s take the plunge – who knows what we might be missing!
24. A ‘Top 10 of 2019’ book. It’s the end of the year, everyone’s been rating books for 12 months, there’s going to be a million ‘Top 10’ book lists for every genre known to man. Pick a genre, find a list, pick a book from the ‘Top 10’ and read it. May as well try and end the year on a high!
WILDCARD!! 2 more books from any of the categories. OR. My favourite book, Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (abridged is you must). Pick one of the above options. Fairly self-explanatory. Les Misérables my most favourite book – the story is so beautiful. It is heavy going at times and super long, but well worth the read. Let me know which you go for!
You can download a neat little chart (.pdf) so you can keep track of your progress!
So there it is; The 2019 Ragdoll Reading Challenge!
If you’re feeling really wild, why not do it twice! If you do it three times, you’re showing off – but it’s pretty darn impressive; go you!
If you feel like giving this challenge a go, leave me a comment below. If you’re feeling really lovely, share it with your friends – the more the merrier.
Final thing:- Perhaps you’re reading this because you don’t read much, and would like to try and read more – maybe it’s you’re New Years Resolution – the best bits of advice I can give you are:
- Just have a go – Just pick up a book when you get some downtime and read it, even if you only read 1 chapter, or a few pages! Just read – do a little bit at a time and hopefully the reading spirit will come to you. If you find out you just can’t do it, then at least you tried – that’s something to be proud of. Maybe try again in a day, or a week, or a month.
- Send this to a friend – I find this SUPER motivating. I probably read less than 2 books for pleasure in 2016/7 – Before that I read a lot. I shared a reading challenge with my sisters this year, we all picked our books and by mid-April I’d read 27 books. I’m not suggesting everyone will have the time or the inclination to read quite that much, or that quickly, but I definitely felt more motivated to read knowing other people I cared about were doing the same thing. We’ve been swapping books all year.
Point is, give it a go! It’ll be a hoot!!
Happy reading, and GOOD LUCK!