Once more into the breach: we’re continuing the challenge in 2019, with more modifications to the list. Still a total of 28 books, but some new categories to keep it interesting. The list is below. We ditched the murder book (that one was too easy) and author-younger-than-you (too difficult), and added genre-you-don’t-normally-read and book-previously-unfinished. We also changed the older book from 1900 to 1939, as the Victorian era and gothic novel genre was getting a bit tired.
And then there were two: we lost one of our members this year, so now it’s a just a duo (so not really a club any more). Still good to have the list and a buddy to keep me on my toes!
2019 Reading Challenge (RS style)
- A book with a body part in the title
- A book published before 1939.
- A book published in 2018.
- A book about language
- A non-fiction book about travel.
- An author’s debut novel
- A book written by a female author.
- A book that is (or is becoming) a film.
- A book of non-fiction essays.
- A book recommended by a fellow book-clubber in 2018
- A book set in or near where you now live.
- A book set somewhere you’ve never been.
- A book with someone’s name in the title. (S)
- A book with a number in the title.
- A book with a colour in the title.
- A book with a place name in the title.
- A book of short stories.
- A book you can finish in a day.
- A book with a one-word title.
- A book translated from (or in) another language.
- A book of poetry.
- A memoir, journal or book of letters.
- A book about food or cooking (not a cookbook, although it can include recipes).
- A book by an author whom you’ve never read.
- A (non-fiction) book about science
- A book received as a gift
- A book from a genre you do not normally read
- A book you have previously left unfinished
• No more than four books can be ones you’ve read before.
• You can reassign a book from one category to another throughout the year. As your reading progresses, you may decide that your number 7 book would be better as your number 15 book, as you’ve found another male author you’d like to read.
• After completing a book, the reader should email the others with a very brief synopsis and review. This may help others seeking that elusive book-of-poetry-they-can-get-through.