Here it is…The Scented Library and The Redolent Mermaid’s fourth annual reading challenge! We’ve almost made it to 2021, *small sigh of relief, hearts full of hope and fingers crossed. If you, like myself, didn’t complete 2020’s challenge, no judgement. It turns out I’m not a pandemic reader and I’m ok with that. We all get a do-over and praise for coping, however we needed to, just to get through last year.
Bookish Jay and the Reading Mermaid challenge list:
- It’s the end of the world as we know it…—an apocalyptic tome, dystopian nightmare, or something set in/about the year 2020.
- Choose a book from an independent book store.
- Reclaim her name—choose from a multitude of titles which feature generic pronouns; “girl”, “woman”, “wife”, “lady”, or “she”, and discover the true story of the character. Or, select from the sponsored list by the Women’s Prize for Fiction of 25 authors who used male pseudonyms to publish.
- Shelf control—pick up a dusty, neglected book that’s already sitting unread on your shelf.
- Big Book Energy😉—level up with an 750+ pager.
- Bright lights, big city—get lost in a Metropolis, real or fictional.
- Small town vibes— find yourself in a cozy village setting, where everybody knows your name.
- Don’t you, forget about me— relive the 80s, whether it was your glory days or decade of excess, choose a throwback book from that time, either set in the 80’s or published in the 80’s.
- Embrace your elemental—align with a fiery, earth, air or water feature in title/on cover.
- Rule of 3—three main characters, a friendly trio, love triangle or 3 objects on the cover.
- Font geek—if an appealing typeface catches your eye, give the book a try.
- Book that bites—snakes, bones or teeth on the cover or the title.
- Go to the dark side—villains, rogues, bad bois or anti-heroines–pick your reading poison.
- Note your improvement—read up on your favorite hobby, or new interest.
- Book with a map.
- Story set in, or written during the 1920s.
- Comfort read—need a feel-good story right now, who doesn’t? The cozier, the better.
- 2021 is the Year of the Ox, read a story with themes of hard work or manual labor. “Without labor, neither knowledge nor wisdom can accomplish much.”
- The UN declared 2021 the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables- pick a book that has a cover ripe with edible plants.
- Choose a book with regency couples- the art of smoldering eyes while maintaining social distancing.
- Space Force, astronauts back on the moon and missions to Mars- read something out of this world.
- Social Justice- read a book to provide more perspective.
- Animated film adaptation.
- Cooking up something more than just food in the kitchen: a chef inspired tale.
- Poetry: Lyrical limericks, buried metaphors and big feelings. Dive right on in.
- Find small moments of adventure with some short stories.
- Christmas in July anyone? Find a holiday centric story to read out of season.
- Brush up on a Native American tribe or historical event involving Native Americans.
- Pick a candy read, a fluff read, a junk food read. You know the kind. The guilty pleasure you can fly through in a day or two that makes you smile and reminds you that not every book has to be top shelf literature to be enjoyed.
- Royalty reading: monarchies of the past, present or fantastical times.
- Thinning of the veil- tales involving ghosts, spirits or spectral phenomena.
Note that we added a bonus prompt this year, but as a reminder, this is a no pressure challenge. Whether you join us for all, a handful, or one or two, our hope is to inspire you to pick up a book and remember to share it with us! Julie and I felt in tune with each other for this year’s choices and I am looking forward to all the discoveries a new book challenge brings.
Share your reads here, over at The Redolent Mermaid or find me on Instagram @the_scented_library ❤