2016 Reading Challenge
Ya'll know that New Year's Resolutions are pretty hit or miss for me (and everyone, really). Some years I'm like, "GET BETTER AT ALL THE THINGS!" and other years I'm more like, "DOING THINGS IS OVERRATED!"
This year I'm somewhere more in the middle. I guess you could say I have a moderately lazy desire to improve my life in areas that don't take too much time or effort.
I was pretty lazy about reading in 2015, even though the will to pick up one of my many unread books was strong. I had really good intentions and would even check out large stacks of books from the library, but I'd only half-read most of them before they were due back.
My desire for afternoon naps was always stronger than the desire for personal enrichment.
Even being forced to take time off from running didn't increase my reading hours (but it definitely increased my nap hours. Next year I think I'm going to set myself up for success and make my New Year's Resolution to nap more).
Without boring you with my entire list of chosen books (that's bound to change anyway), here are a few of my selections for the reading challenge:
A book I should have read in high school: Lord of the Flies. This one was difficult to come up with because my high school pretty much ran the gamut on traditional high school reading material. Plus, being in Honor's English required a lovely little thing called Summer Reading, so I read the typical required literature and then some. Oddly enough, we never read Lord of the Flies. I've heard disturbing things about it, so of course I'm interested.
A book that intimidates you: Under the Dome by Stephen King ... for no reason other than it's 1,000 pages. I looked at a list compiled on Goodreads.com of classically intimidating books, but none of the plot lines grabbed me. I know part of the challenge would be making way your through something that doesn't necessarily spark your fire, but I know me and I will end up abandoning something I can't get into. Plus, my sister is the most avid Stephen King fan on the planet and I'd love to talk about it with her.
A book that was published this year: Heartless by Marissa Meyers. We have to wait until the fall of 2016 for this one to be released, but my co-workers and I are in agreement that it sounds intriguing. A teaser from Amazon: "Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love." Aren't we all?
Creating my list for the reading challenge also spawned a secondary list of books that I've always wanted to read, but completely forgot about. Dracula, for starters. And A Confederacy of Dunces. And Paradise Lost. (Just kidding ... I'll never read that one. I was intrigued by the storyline, but then saw that it was one long poem. No, thanks. Been there, done that with The Odyssey and it nearly killed me. I like my poems short and rhyming words like "blue" and "you".)
Are you interested in a reading challenge this year? What would be on your book list?