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Intermission: 2016 reading challenge

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Briefly, painfully briefly in Nairobi. This month is peripatetic even for me.

Spent a bit of time yesterday googling “can a person be addicted to reading” (…yes), and in doing so came across this 2016 reading challenge, which I may try and complete. Obviously it is nearly halfway through 2016 already, so I’m unlikely to hit all the categories, but there are a few that I can claim to have already covered:

  • A book based on a fairy tale: Boy, Snow, Bird, Helen Oyeyemi.
  • A YA bestseller: All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven.
  • A book set in your home state (which I’m interpreting as a book set in my home city): A Glasgow Gang Observed, Patrick James.
  • A book set in Europe: any number, but let’s say Fallout, Sadie Jones.
  • A book that’s under 150 pages: hard to tell, as I read mostly on Kindle, but possibly Rosemary’s Baby, Ira Levin, which was pretty short.
  • A book you can read in a day: any number of KJ Charles books, which I binge-read in a single (extremely long) day while in transit from Freetown to London.
  • A book that’s over 600 pages: again, hard to tell, but Amazon informs me that the US paperback of Richard Morgan’s The Dark Defiles is 600+ pages, so that.
  • A science fiction novel: Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut.
  • A book recommended by a family member: Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walters.
  • A book published in 2016: there have been a few, but let’s go with The Gustav Sonata, Rose Tremain.
  • A book with a protagonist who has your occupation: if I consider my occupation to be ‘writer’, then either Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, or Fallout would fit the bill (though their protagonists are playwrights rather than novelists). That feels like a bit of a stretch though.
  • A murder mystery: Strangers on a Train, Patricia Highsmith.
  • A classic from the twentieth century: Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov.
  • A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with: Reef, Romesh Gunesekera.

Written by Jess

June 9, 2016 at 4:25 pm

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