Welcome dear bookworms! The lovely Julie at The Redolent Mermaid and I have teamed up to provide a 2018 reading challenge that you can sink your imagination into, one to prod along your reading goals and expand your novel horizons.
2. Adventure awaits! Choose a rather adventurous read. Scytheby Neal Shusterman ★★★★☆
3. The next one in a series, there is always another one to get to…
4. A purple hued tome, be it lilac, lavender or deep royal purple.
5. A memoir. Secrets for the Mad: Obsessions, Confessions, and Life Lessonsby dodie ★★☆☆☆
6. A story set in a forest or mountains, or depicting either on the cover. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden ★★★★☆
7. An epistolary novel, told in letters or journal entries. Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacksby Annie Spence ★★★★★
8. A collection of short stories. Uncommon Typeby Tom Hanks ★★★☆☆
9. Pick up one of those neglected TBR books you have lurking about. I know you do.
10. A story set in the Middle East or Asia. I am Malala: how one girl stood up for education and changed the worldby Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb ★★★★☆
11. Be extra naughty…. no… not that kind of book (well, unless you want)… read a banned book!
12. Art and literature, whether just a gorgeous cover or actual art is in the storyline. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Themby Newt Scamander ★★★☆☆
13. A heart pounding thriller! The Powerby Naomi Alderman★★★★☆
14. Non-fiction to tickle the brain cells. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit ★★★★☆
15. A book from the library. The Outsiderby Stephen King ★★ 1/2☆☆☆
16. Historical fiction. The Great Aloneby Kristen Hannah ★★★☆☆
17. Get your microscope and pocket protector ready… a book dealing with some aspect of science. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: one woman’s obsessive search for the Golden State Killerby Michele McNamara. ★★★★★
18. A book with a bird, on the cover or in the plot.
19. A book with a child protagonist.The Last Childby John Hart ★★★★☆
20. It’s about time this one happened: a book dealing with scent, fragrance or perfume.
21. Travelogue, a book taking place on a journey.
22. Re-trying that Hemingway, Steinbeck, or John D. MacDonald authored book.
23. An epic tale.
24. A sensual read. The Alice Networkby Kate Quinn ★★☆☆☆
25. A candle on the cover.
26. A book title that sounds like a cool name for a band. Notes from the upside down : an unofficial guide to Stranger things by Guy Adams.
27. A book that was gifted to you.
28. A book by a debuted author.The Dryby Jane Harper ★★★☆☆
29. A story based on mythology: Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian… any. Circe by Madeline Miller ★★★★☆
30. Second-hand stories, a book picked up in a thrift shop.
Shooting for the stars with 30, after my failed challenge last year, I even joined the #unreadshelf project on social media for further inspiration to read through my personal stacks before acquiring more books. This will be a true challenge!
Julie and I do hope you will join us! Feel free to shoot for ticking off all 30 boxes or even just a few. Read a traditional book, an eBook or listen to audiobooks! If you join us in the challenge and post on social media, please use the hashtag #bookishjayandreadingmermaid so we can see what you are reading and cheer you on.