Reading challenges 2016

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This past year was a busy one and so I didn’t get to read as much or as often as I like. If I had my way, I’d have a housekeeper, be independently wealthy, a personal cook who made delicious but healthy meals (and while I am at it why don’t I wish to be tall and svelte, too?), so that I could sit on my fanny and read as much as I wanted. But since I don’t have all of the above, any of them actually, I must deal with real life and fit reading (and my crafts) in where ever I can. This past year I was blessed to read 40 books, a couple that were absolutely terrible (remember the Biography of Agatha Christie I moaned about?), but most of them delightful.

So what to read this year? Thanks to my awesome GM, Daphne, who discovered a couple of reading challenges I have figured out what to read for 2016. One of the challenges comes from PopSugar. I don’t want to give the whole list away and steal their thunder, but I’ll share a couple of things with you from their challenge. Read a book that is over 600 pages. War and Peace anyone? Read a book written before you were born or read a favorite book from your younger days. Sounds great to me. If this is up your alley check in with the folks at PopSugar.

This year I am going to do the A-Z book challenge. I have so many books on my shelves that have sadly been neglected and gathering dust that I decided I needed to start with those. Daphne and I went through my shelves finding books to match the alphabet. I would like to share my A-Z Reading Challenge list with you. Here it is:

  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  • Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay
  • Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
  • Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather
  • Einstein by Walter Isaacson
  • The Florabama Ladies’ Auxiliary and Sewing Circle by Lois Battle
  • The Girl from the Train by Irma Joubert
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  • Inferno by Dan Brown
  • Jane Austen’s Letters by Jane Austen
  • Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dougard
  • Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen
  • Murder on Capitol Hill by Margaret Truman
  • Now You See Her by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  • Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc by Mark Twain
  • The Quick and the Thread by Amanda Lee
  • The Risk Agent by Ridley Pearson
  • Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon
  • Talk to the Hand by Lynn Truss
  • Under the Knife by Tess Gerritsen
  • The Vineyard by Michael Hurley
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Xanadu, Marco Polo and Europe’s Discovery of the East by John Man
  • The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  • The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

I am thinking that this list will keep me busy for a while. Challenge yourself to read some books that have either been sitting on your shelf for a while or something you normally would not read. You are welcome to use my list if you wish. Either way, Make 2016 a year of wonderful reading!!

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