NOTE TO BOOK LOVERS: Please scroll down to “My Plan” at the bottom of this post and give some suggestions.
I have been wanting to join a reading challenge for a while now and I think I finally hit gold at Musings of a Bookshop Girl.
Goal: To push reading boundaries and read from a variety of categories.
Challenge length: 1 January 2012 – 31 December 2012
- Cookery, food and wine
- Modern Fiction
- Graphic Novels and Manga
- Crime and Mystery
- Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Poetry and Drama
- Journalism and Humour
- Science and Natural History
- Children’s and Young Adult
- Social Sciences and Philosophy
- Measuring Jug: 1-4 categories
- Cupcake Mix: 5-8 categories
- Mixing Bowl: 9-12 categories
- Two-tier Cake: 13-15 categories
- All the trimmings and a Cherry on top: 16 categories
My plan is to aim for a two-tier cake of 14 categories. Shouldn’t be too difficult. BUT please scroll through and help me with ideas – I am indecisive (or perhaps ignorant) as ever!
Classics: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Biography: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Cookery, Food and Wine: Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (thanks to SolitaryDiner for the suggestion)
This ties in nicely with my New Year’s goals (coming soon!) so it would certainly do to read a lovely cookery book and make some of the dishes in it too. HOWEVER, I do not yet have any idea what it should be. Note, it should be cheap and easy – I’m a student! Ideas welcome.
History: The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee (thanks to both SolitaryDiner and Ellie for the suggestion)
One of my favourite fields, but the most difficult to find a book that grips me. I would prefer something on medical or South African history, and if I can keep it and it has glossy colourful pages even better. So I will have to search for something suitable.
Modern Fiction: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Graphic Novels and Manga: Orchid Volume 1 by Tom Morello
Crime and Mystery: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (this is already on my Summer TBR list)
Romance: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Science Fiction and Fantasy: Feed by Mira Grant
Travel: I am hoping to go to India for my elective at the end of next year, so I’m hoping I can find a nice book about travelling to India so I can be prepared.
Journalism and Humour: Well, I certainly should read a couple of funnier, less serious things. I’m pretty much stumped for ideas. (Hint-hint-nudge-nudge-bash-bash)
Science and Natural History: The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge (thanks again, SolitaryDiner)
There are quite a few I am interested in, but I will have to see what my library has in stock. Purchasing books is just ridiculously expensive here. If you think about it, my textbooks are all about science, but nevertheless.
Children’s and Young Adult: I’m caught between some Dr Seuss books or Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. I’ll probably do both.
Social Sciences and Philosophy: The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins