Reading for a Book Challenge

One of the advantages of Book Clubs and Reading Challenges is that we are encouraged to read books we wouldn’t normally pick up. For the past few years, members of my family have participated in a Reading Challenge we downloaded from https://www.popsugar.com/. Each year, the website publishes a list of approximately 40 book categories, some of which are actually quite ridiculous. On January 1st, it’s game on!

My go-to genre is historical fiction, so here are some of the other books I’ve read this year to fulfill the Reading Challenge.

The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith                        Silence by Thich Nhat Hanh

        Set in Scandinavia                                                                    An Asian author

The Wall by John Lanchester                   The Music Room by Namita Devidayal 

      A Climate-Change novel                                                            A book written by a musician

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon                      Circe by Madeline Miller

        Takes place in a single day                                                            Based on mythology

The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary by Andrew Westoll                             Sweet Caress by William Boyd

Recommended by a celebrity I admire                                         Title contains the word “sweet”

All of these turned out to be great reads even if they were different from my normal choices. I’ve also had fun comparing notes with other family members working on the same challenge!

What have you read this year that was a stretch for you? Have you discovered an interest in a new genre? Pass the word along, so we can try it, too.