The Porter Square Books reading challenge is back for 2016, with twenty-six broad categories designed to push us out of our reading comfort zones. (PSB regulars might remember last year’s challenge with forty-three categories, inspired by Pop Sugar… we’ve gotten slightly more realistic.)
It’s easy to get into a pattern of reading the same types of books again and again, because we’re always using the same criteria to answer the question, what do I read next? Having a list with empty little boxes just waiting to be checked can help make answering that question a lot easier, while also prompting you to pick up something you might not normally read. I’d been vaguely meaning to read Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies since it was published last September, but for some reason I never got around to it. That is, until I could check off “book with an alliterative title.” When I looked at it for the millionth time last week and noticed those double F’s, I started reading that day.
Some more examples from our in store display to spark inspiration…
- A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (a book published posthumously)
- The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (an alternate history)
- The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman (a book about an epic journey)
- Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg (a nonfiction author’s first novel)
Stop by the store to see more suggestions and pick up a reading challenge bookmark (download it here), or visit our Reading Challenge 2016 Pinterest board for ideas.
Now I’m reading Tessa Hadley’s The Past, but the question remains – do I count it as a family saga or an Indie Next book?