You can always count on libraries to challenge their patrons. The Cincinnati Public Library put together this awesome infographic book challenge for 2016 and I had to share.
Here’s what I’m thinking for my challenge:
- Read a book written more than 100 years ago: I’ve been meaning to read Charlotte Brontë’s Villette
- Read a memoir: Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid’s Memoir that Inspired “Upstairs, Downstairs” and “Downton Abbey” by Margaret Powell. This has been on my list since I learned it inspired “Downton Abbey.”
- Read a book translated from a foreign language into your native language: The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck (translated from German)
- Read a book picked at random from a library shelf: T0-do
- Read a book recommended by a librarian: Do I count myself? :p My friend Megan is a public librarian in the Twin Cities and recently recommended Headstrong: 52 Women who Changed Science and the World by Rachel Swaby
- Read a travel book about a place you probably won’t see: The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard (historical and travel!)
- Re-read a book you read in high school: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- Read a book with more than 900 pages: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- Read a book of short stories: Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman
- Read a genre you’ve never read before: Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan (I’ve read science fiction before but not much)
- Read a book that was make into a TV show or movie: The Hours by Michael Cunningham
- Read a religious or spiritual book: The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer
- Read a self-help book: Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living by Jes Baker
- Read a cookbook: Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley. This is a graphic memoir that includes a recipe at the end of each chapter so I count it as a cookbook.
- Read a book about crafting or DIY: Respect the Spindle: Spin Infinite Yarns with One Amazing Tool by Abby Franquemont
- Read a book about a historical event: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown
- Read a western: True Grit by Charles Portis. This was my favorite John Wayne movie to watch with my dad growing up. “Well, if I had a big horse pistol like that I wouldn’t be scared of no ‘boogerman.'”
- Read a mystery: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
- Read a book with a wacky pun in the title: Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle
- Read a graphic novel: Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky
- Read a coffee table book: The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes
- Read a banned book: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- Read a book written the year you were born: I was born in 1986 so let’s go with…The Complete Collected Poems by Maya Angelou
- Read a book that is set in the town or city where you live/have lived: Orchard by Larry Watson (set in Door County which is close to Green Bay)
- Read a book written by someone who shares your first name: My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student by Rebekah Nathan
What books will you choose for this challenge?
Oh neat! I probably won’t follow through with this because I have my own challenge/lists for the year, but this looks like fun, I’m bored, and I love this, so I’m going to fill it out. And who knows… So here is my list:
1. Read a book written more than 100 years ago: The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzō
2. Read a memoir: Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock
3. Read a book translated from a foreign language into your native language: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
4. Read a book picked at random from a library shelf: ooo I’ve done this before–it’s fun!
5. Read a book recommended by a librarian
6. Read a travel book about a place you probably won’t see: Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
7. Re-read a book you read in high school: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
8. Read a book with more than 900 pages: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It’s apparently on my TBR, so why not.
9. Read a book of short stories: The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (DONE!)
10. Read a genre you’ve never read before: Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (I can’t say I’ve NEVER read the genre, but rarely)
11. Read a book that was made into a TV show or movie: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (DONE!)
12. Read a religious or spiritual book: Our Spiritual Crisis by Michael N. Nagler -or- The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche
13. Read a self-help book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō
14. Read a cookbook: This is weird…I don’t even read recipes word for word when I use them. I’m gonna go with Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories, and Recipes from the Upper Midwest by Heid E. Erdrich. Oh and The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Katz.
15. Read a book about crafting or DIY: The Forager’s Harvest by Samuel Thayer
16. Read a book about a historical event: A People’s History of the Hmong by Paul Hillmer
17. Read a western: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry “the grandest novel ever written about the last defiant wilderness of America.” and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown
18. Read a mystery: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I’ve been putting that one off for too long.
19. Read a book with a wacky pun in the title: Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing by Daphne Miller (wait…is that a pun?)
20. Read a graphic novel: One Soul by Ray Fawkes
21. Read a coffee table book: I’ve always wanted to read straight through my Calvin & Hobbes tabletop book.
22. Read a banned book: I’ve wanted to re-read The Great Gatsby to see if it’s really as terrible as I thought it was in 8th grade. I think you could read pretty much anything famous…apparently almost everything has been banned (James & the Giant Peach?!)
23. Read a book written the year you were born: The Color Purple (apparently my #7 also works)
24. Read a book that is set in the town or city where you live/have lived: Portage: A Family, a Canoe, and the Search for the Good Life by Sue Leaf
25. Read a book written by someone who shares your first name: Ooh this was a fun search. I decided on Life in Outer Space
by Melissa Keil