I don’t know about you guys, but I love to read.
This year, the local library has created a challenge to read 50 library books in the 12 months of 2018. The reason I underline ‘library’ is because one part of the challenge is that the books need to be checked out from the library. There are prompts for every book, such as ‘a book with magic in it’ or ‘a book by an author that shares your name’ or ‘a book written before you were born’. Those who accepted the challenge was given a notebook with the prompts, and it is our job to read and fill the notebook however we want. I actually fill it with quotes I’ve enjoyed from the book.
However, I present a couple of problems, personally. First, I have a shit-ton of books in my personal library I left unread. I did find a solution, though, by checking out copies of books I own so I can read my books and fulfill the challenge.
Second, the time table. Geez-a-loo, the books I want to read are Agatha Christie, Stephen King, Dan Brown. Basically, long books. Or classics. I finished Beowulf not too long ago. The point is, I’m behind on my reading. Seven books behind. Oh my.
So, I decided to buckle down and do a personal book club. Every month on my YouTube channel, I’m gonna talk about the books I read that month. (June’s video is here). I figured that if I talk about my progress, it would kick my ass into high gear so I can read more.
Also, I have created a schedule to finish books, giving myself a deadline for all the books I am planning to read. And if you’d like to speed-read along with me, here’s the list:
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini–deadline 4 July
- The Mirror Crack’d by Agatha Christie–6 July
- Dracula by Bram Stoker–10 July
- Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner–13 July
- The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd–16 July
- Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie–23 July
- Short Stories by Edgar Allan Poe–24 July
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling–28 July
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel–2 August
- A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks–5 August
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey–8 August
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie–10 August
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury–13 August
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy–18 August
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman–22 August
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde–26 August
- Holes by Louis Sachar–29 August
That’s right, folks. Seventeen books in two months.
Do you think I can do it?
Do you have any recommendations for books I should also read? Who knows, it may fit into a prompt I haven’t thought about yet.
Anyway, sorry for the long post, but this is another way to get me responsible for completing the challenge. And it may give you some ideas of what to read next.
Good luck, if you choose to.