The other day I found a neat reading challenge on Andrea’s blog, The Pen And The Sword. She in turn got it from Erin at Laughing At Live Dragons. I decided to do it too because it’s not like I have any New Year’s resolutions or goals or other commitments. Sarcasm, sarcasm. So now you can all yell at me periodically in the comments about how much progress I’m making with this challenge… quest… thing.
- Read a book by a favorite author. I love C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia and I want to know what his writing for adults is like, so I’m going to read The Screwtape Letters. It’s about a demon trying to send a young man to Hell and is told through letters to the demon from his uncle. It’s a Christian book, which isn’t something I would normally read – I think the only Christian books I’ve ever read were the Chronicles of Narnia and even then I had no idea at first that they were supposed to be allegory. But I like reading from the perspective of a villain just because it’s different. And I find religion interesting. Plus reading The Screwtape Letters will fit in with studying World Religions this semester. Also, I can put off reading this for a few months because since we’re studying religions chronologically from oldest to youngest, Christianity is last and it would make sense to read this book then.
- Reread a favorite book. I already have plans to reread the Harry Potter series and the Chronicles of Narnia sometime this summer, so I picked something else. I loved The Westing Game, a mystery about eight pairs of people racing against the clock and each other to puzzle out the riddles in a friend’s will. I remember loving all the subplots and how the character of “Sandy McSouthers” makes me laugh and cry.
- Read a classic. Several of the writers of my favorite blogs have written lately about the book/play/movie Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, so I’ve added it onto my gigantic to-read list. It’s about French people being miserable and talking in zee wonderful French acceents, I think. And it makes Lord of the Rings look short in comparison. As with that trilogy, I will probably put off reading Les Misérables until the last possible moment or until I don’t have anything else to read.
- Read a book you normally wouldn’t read. Thinking In Pictures by Temple Grandin is nonfiction, which I enjoy but don’t read much of. It’s about the author’s life with autism.
- Read a book recommended by a friend. I know that I complained about Rick Riordan just a few posts ago, but my friend Lauren has been pestering me to read his Heroes of Olympus series, starting with The Lost Hero. I might as well, since I keep nagging her to read the Kane Chronicles, the Underland Chronicles, Lord of the Rings, and a bunch of other things.
- Read a book in a genre you wouldn’t normally read. I don’t usually read romance, but If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson sounds quite good. It’s supposed to be a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, about a boy and a girl of different races who fall in love. It’s also supposed to be quite sad and I usually prefer happy books, but after reading Lord of the Rings I think I want to read more sad books.
- Read a book primarily about dragons. I’ve heard a lot about the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey so I’ll be reading the first book, Dragonflight. Based on the series title, it appears to be about dragons and the people who ride them. Plus, it was published before Christopher Paolini wrote about Dragon Riders so it’s another thing I can bash him for stealing from!
- Read a book you started but never finished. I tried to read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams when I was about ten but I found it too weird and random. Maybe now I’ll like it more, because Terry Pratchett is weird and random and I like his books.
- Read a book retelling a fairytale. I chose The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. It’s about a princess who can speak to animals and has to disguise herself as an ordinary girl after a mutiny.
I just realized that this is the third post in a row in which I’ve mentioned my dislike of Christopher Paolini’s writing. I just can’t help it!