Reading Challenges

I don’t know what it is but I am so excited about reading challenges this year. I think it’s because I’ve had a bit of a break in the past couple of years and last year I did ok with my reading challenges so I thought why not just go for it this year?

Today I’ll tell you about three I’m joining and I’ll do another post with a few more. For all of my challenges one added caveat is that I need to try to use books that I already own. So here we go:

Poetry Reading Challenge. This one is hosted by Serena at Savvy Verse & Wit and there are several levels of participation. I’m going to do the third level which involves reading as many books of poetry as you can in one year. I already sign up for the poem-a-day email so that’s covered.

I know I said I wanted to read books from my shelf for these challenges but for the poetry challenge all the poetry books I have on my shelf I have already read so I may do some re-reads or treat myself to some poetry books. I would love to read: Devotions by Mary Oliver, Only As the Day is Long by Dorianne Laux and Be Recorder by Carmen Gimenez Smith.

Japanese Literature Reading Challenge. Now in it’s 14th year, this one is hosted by Dolce Bellezza and all you have to read is at least one Japanese book. First off, I’m very exited by a new Kazuo Ishiguro book coming out soon but some possible selections from my stacks are:

The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa; translated by Philip Gabriel; The Inugami Curse by Seishi Yokomizo; translated by Yumiko Yamakazi and The Aosawa Murders by Riku Onda; translated by Alison Watts. I’ve heard great things about some of these books.

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. I love historical fiction whether its mysteries set in the Victorian era or WWII novels and anything in between. This challenges is hosted by Marg of The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader. I’m going to go for the Renaissance level which means I will be reading 10 books.

Here are some options: The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, The Night Watch by Sarah Waters and Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.

I would love to hear if you are joining some of these challenges. And, let me know if you’ve read any of these books. I have a hard time sticking to a selected assortment of books so no doubt my mood may take me to other reads but at least I have some options for what to start with for these challenges.

As I said, I’m joining a few others so more on those in the next post.

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