A Box Of Holiday Reading Challenge!
Are you having a break after Christmas? Some downtime, some time to rest, relax a bit of time for you too? Going away? Not going away and looking for ways to escape and pretend you are? This maybe just the thing for you...
Since we established A Box Of Bookclub my love for reading has skyrocketed, (could be a bit of procrastination/denial about moving house, cities, life etc involved in that too) but mostly a love for losing myself in a book even if it's just for a few minutes a day. Do you feel like that? I got to thinking that the Christmas / Summer holidays is the perfect time to kick off a Reading Challenge. 5 Books in 5 Weeks. Do you think that's achievable? Are you game? Ready to start from Boxing Day?
I've put together a list of the genre's (if you are doing the A Box Of Bookclub Holiday Group Read, Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey could count as either the first or second category or both but that may be cheating just a little bit). Anyway, here it is The A Box Of Holiday Reading Challenge...
1. A book set in Australia in the 60's, 70's or 80's What about "Cloudstreet" by Tim Winton. It starts in the 1940's but goes through to the 60's. "Puberty Blues" by Gabrielle Carey & Kathy Lette do I even need to say anymore about that one? "Stormboy" by Colin Thiele, "The Thorn Birds" by Colleen McCullough ends in 1969 so that could count if you want.
Richard Glover's new book could fit into this category or into the memoir one too. The Land Before Avocado... are there any other books you can recommend for this category?
2. A YA Novel - I have very little idea with this genre other than "Harry Potter" of course. Would love to hear your suggestions so please share them in our "A Box Of Bookclub Facebook Group" or with the hashtag #ABOreadingchallenge or in the comments section below. I did read a delightful one though, not that long ago, "Love & Gelato" by Jenna Evans-Welch. A quick beach read that also makes you want to eat pizza and gelato!
3. A best seller from 2018 - here is The Book Depository's List of Best Sellers for 2018. I'm currently reading "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones, I'm curious about Milkman, "Normal People" by Sally Rooney & "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens are on my TBR pile, do you have a pile by your bed too? What are your recommendations for this category?
4. A book that involves a bookshop or Library. Have you read "Mr Penumba's 24 Hour Bookshop"? I absolutely loved it and am thinking it should be the first book for the 2019 Subscription Book Box but I don't want to give the surprise away, so it may or may not be! The Little Paris Bookshop is also a delightful read. I did a quick Google search on other books involving bookshops and libraries and came up with: "The Storied Life of A.J Firky" by Gabrielle Zevin, "Words in Deep Blue" by Cath Crowley, "Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore" by Matthew Sullivan, "The 13th Tale" by Diane Setterfield, "The Bookshop on the Corner" by Jenny Colgan and "84 Charing Cross Road" by Helene Hanff. Do you know any of those? What can you recommend?
5. A Memoir of Autobiography. I was recently gifted "A Letter from Paris" by Louisa Deasy which is quite a fascinating story of Lousia's previously unknown family history and transports you to France in a delightful way (she also spends a lot of time in libraries so could tick off the previous category as well!!). I'm very keen to read "Becoming" by Michelle Obama, have you read it? I'd also like to read "A Mother's Choice" by Elle Halliwell. Which memoirs or Autobiography do you recommend?
If you are super keen there are 2 extra categories, 6. A Book that Can be read in a Day, the Dear Santa book of letters edited by Samuel Johnson is one of these, but I'm also going to aim for a cookbook too, I'm eyeing off Annabel Crabbe's "Special Guest" . It's a book so it's totally allowed!
7. Reread your favourite book from your teenage years. I'm not sure if it was my favourite but it's definitely the one that has stuck in my mind "Forever" by Judy Blume and I really did love all her other books too. I was into the Sweet Valley High series as a young teen but I really can't remember anymore. What was yours?
So, are you keen to give it a go? I'm aiming to start Boxing Day as I continue to digest all the food from Christmas but it's really up to you when you start. It would be great if you could join the "A Box of Bookclub" Facebook Group and post pics of what you are reading or on Instagram use the hashtag #ABOreadingchallenge.
Feel free to, in fact, please do, share the challenge with your friends and family, the more the merrier and we may get introduced to books you haven't heard of before and even have a lovely trip down memory lane.
Have fun with this and remember the main reason for doing it is to make some time for yourself to relax and escape from the hustle and bustle for a while.