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31 December 2012 @ 10:58 pm
2013 Reading Challenge  

In this post I mentioned how I wanted a book challenge to get me reading more next year. I found a few goods ones and onlyonechoice suggested a couple of great ones but none really seemed to suit my reading wishes for the new year (though the reading bingo concept was pretty awesome). Taking inspiration from some I have come up with my own. I may also do a movie version of this as well next year.

If you would like to partake please do! I would love to have some reading challenge buddies! Any way here we go, I considered setting this out in the bingo style but I didn't want to copy the book bingo challenge. There are 24 types of books to read and a bonus one so it is roughly 2 books a month which I think is rather plausible. In no particular order here is the challenge.

**1.  Read a classic. (A Study In Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
3.  Re-read a book from your childhood. (The Dead Lifeguard by R.L Stine)
4.  Re-read a book you read at school/university/college as required reading.
5.  Read a book that you have been meaning to but have never gotten around to reading. (Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky)
6.  Read a biography of someone you don't know or may only know a little about. (The Man in the Rubber Mask by Robert Llewellyn)
7.  Read a modern classic. (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green)
8.  Read a book in a genre you normally wouldn't choose. (Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near)
*9.  Read a book that is based on or has been turned into a TV show. (Torchwood: The Sin Eaters by Brian Minchin)
*10. Read a book that was adapted into a movie you have seen. (The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett)
*11. Read a book suggested to you by someone you know. (The Resturant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams recommended by two people from work - Charles and Luke)
12. Read a book based ENTIRELY on the cover (You are not allowed to read the blurb/synopsis first).
13. Read a book that is not necessarily marketed for you (ie your age group/gender etc). (Nightmare Hall #1 - The Silent Scream by Diane Hoh)
*14. Read a book by an author you have never heard of/never read or don't particularly like. (Artists in Crime by Ngaio Marsh)
15. Read a book that is not in a typical novel style (eg. a book of poetry, diary/letter based book, play, graphic novel). (Skim by Mariko Tamaki)
16. Read a book by one of your favourite authors. (The Invitation by Diane Hoh)
17. Read a non-fiction book. (Rachel's Tears by Darrell Scott and Beth Nimmo with Steve Rabey)
18. Read the first book in a series you have never read. (The Name of The Star by Maureen Johnson)
19. Read a book you gave up on reading in the past in the past. (The Metamorphisis by Franz Kafka)
20. Read a book from a foreign country (non American or English for me either). (The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
*21. Read a book (not necessarily a memoir/autobiography) written by a famous person you like (not normally authors). (Never finished Hollow Earth by John Barrowman and Carole E Barrowman, HOWEVER I did read/Listen to Him & Me by Jack and Michael Whitehall)
*22. Read a book to learn something new (a language, a country, recipes, crafts, event). (The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin)
23. Read an bind-up, omnibus, anthology or a collection of short stories. (Tiny Book of Tiny Stories volumes 1 & 2)
*24. Re-read one of your favourite books of all time. (Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne)
Bonus: Place a collection of book titles you own/want to read into a hat and draw one out at random. Read it.

I will be posting my progress as I go along, Hopefully I can knock one out tomorrow! I think I already have a couple picked out for the challenge. If anyone is confused by any I have included some links to lists. For #21 I will probably be reading Hollow Earth by John Barrowman and his sister Carole just to give people an idea of what I meant.

Good luck everyone and Happy New Year (or it will be here in about an hour!)

UPDATE: * indicates audiobook ** indicates audio book and e-book (listened while I read)