Reading challenges are always tempting. I know I suck this year and I fail at some challenges, but it doesn’t stop me from joining new challenges.
When Astrid hinted about hosting a new challenge, I was psyched. Finally, I saw her announcement post and I will definitely join in.
Here are the 14 categories:
1. Visit The Country: Read a book that has setting in a country that you really want to visit in real life. Make sure the setting has a big role in the book and it can make you know a little bit more about your dream destination.
I’ve always wanted to visit Greece, and I want to read Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy to delve more into it.
2. Cover Lust: Pick a book from your shelf that you bought because you fell in love with the cover. Is the content as good as the cover?
Little Bee by Chris Cleave — amazing cover design. I hope the book is as great as the cover.
3. Blame it on Bloggers: Read a book because you’ve read the sparkling reviews from other bloggers. Don’t forget to mention the blogger’s names too!
I have mentioned Booking Mama that I want to read all the books that she read. Of course, Burial Rites by Hannah Kent is as tempting as strawberry popsicle.
4. Bargain All The Way: Ever buying a book because it’s so cheap you don’t really care about the content? Now it’s time to open the book and find out whether it’s really worth your cents.
Camp Rock series.
5. (Not So) Fresh From the Oven: Do you remember you bought/got a new released book last year but never had a chance to read it? Dig it from your pile and bring back the 2013.
Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
6. First Letter’s Rule: Read a book which title begins with the same letter as your name (for me, Astrid means A, and I can read anything that started with the letter A). Remember: Articles like “a”, “an” or “the” doesn’t count 🙂
The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion
Year of Wonders – Geraldne Brooks
The Yearling – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
7. Once Upon a Time: Choose a book that’s been published for the first time before you were born (not necessarily has to be a classic book, just something a little bit older than you is okay. You can read the most recent edition if you want to)
Sosok Asing Dalam Cermin – Sidney Sheldon (reread)
Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice (reread)
The Omen – David Selzer
Lady Oracle – Margaret Atwood
The Easter Parade – Richard Yates
Coming Through Saughter – Michael Ondaatje
I don’t know which one I should pick, but *damn* 1976 books are awesome!
8. Chunky Brick: Take a deep breath, and read a book that has more than 500 pages. Yep, the one that you’ve always been afraid of!
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
My bookish buddies from BBI and I plan to read this book in January 2014. Hope it’s going to be a fun ride ^^
9. Favorite Author: You like their books, but there are too many titles. This is your chance, choose a book that’s been written by your fave author but you haven’t got time to read it before.
Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
Thanks to Iif, now I’m officially a huge fan. I plan to read all books from Mr. Sparks.
10. It’s Been There Forever: Pick up a book that has been there on your shelf for more than a year, clean up the dust and start to read it now 🙂
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
I bought it at Gramedia Istana Plaza, Bandung sometime in 2009. It’s time to dive in.
11. Movies vs Books: You’ve seen the movie adaptation (or planned to see it soon) but never had time to read the book. It’s time to read it now, so you can compare the book vs the movie.
Carrie by Stephen King
I read this book in 1997. I forgot most part of it. Since the movie’s just out, I decide to reread this book again (can I?)
12. Freebies Time: What’s the LAST free book you’ve got? Whether it’s from giveaway, a birthday gift or a surprise from someone special, don’t hold back any longer. Open the book and start reading it now 😀
The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
I won this from Ruth Hill (Spooktacular Giveaway Hop)
13. Not My Cup of Tea: Reach out to a genre that you’ve never tried (or probably just disliked) before. Whether it’s a romance, horror or non fiction, maybe you will find a hidden gem!
Fantasy has never been my cup of tea, so I’m going to start reading this book:
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
14. Walking Down The Memory Lane: Ever had a book that you loved so much as a kid? Or a book that you wish you could read when you were just a child? Grab it now and prepare for a wonderful journey to the past 🙂 Comic books or graphic novels are allowed!
Sweet Valley High series — one of my fave teen series when I was a teenager :’)
Care to join? Visit Books to Share and see you in 2014.