With 2018 coming to a close it’s time we start thinking about goals for next year.
Last year I made myself a promise to read more books because I like reading and wasn’t doing it nearly enough. There really is nothing quite like getting yourself lost in a good book!
Part way through the year I learned my local library was doing a reading challenge for residents. I signed up, and as I’d already read a bunch of books by the time I joined, I wasn’t too far behind those who had started the challenge at the beginning of the year.
I was looking forward to participating in 2019, alas, they have decided not to run the challenge next year.
So… I came up with my own.
And you are more than welcome to join!
(Come and visit us in the Facebook Group!)
I liked the variety the categories in the challenge afforded me; new books, old books, books from here, books from there, fiction, non-fiction (something I usually never read!). I liked that it pushed me towards genres and texts outside of my comfort zone, texts I previously wouldn’t have considered or picked up. And not surprisingly, I enjoyed (most of) them.
But it’s also important to read for enjoyment. Read for fun. Read something you’re interested in or something you just want to read! I’ve kept some of these broader categories in the 2019 challenge, as they allow for a bit of ‘easy reading’, reading for fun.
2019 is going to be a time when it is increasingly important to be aware of inequality in the world, the struggles people from all walks of life face. A time to learn about people and stories which are vastly different to your own experience. This is why there are several ‘feminist’ categories in the challenge. Categories specific to Women of Colour, culture, indigenous language, disability. Things we need to bring to the front, put a spotlight on.
I wish to broaden my knowledge outside of my own lived experience. I hope you do too.
So, how does it work?
The challenge has 25 different categories.
The challenge grid itself, and a recording sheet.
Feel free to print both off so you can keep track of your challenge.
Choose how you want to go about completing the challenge for yourself – This is your challenge!
Set yourself a goal; Read them all. Read only a few. The choice is yours.
I am aiming to read 18/25 books from the challenge. If I read more, great.
If I read less, oh well.
When you finish a book, tick it off on the record sheet and write the title/author down.
Your book may cover a few categories, but you can only mark it off against one!
(This step is purely for you. It keeps the motivation going!)
Each time you finish a book post a picture of it to instagram, twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #DDRRreadingchallenge, the category it fits under, and tell us what you thought about it; this way we can share books with each other that we may not be aware of!
So without furthur ado, let me introduce to you the
Dance Dance, Ramble Ramble 2019 Reading Challenge.
So to that end, go forth and enjoy!
I can’t wait to see what you end up reading across 2019!