So, for any of you who aren’t familiar with me, I’m a planner. When I embarked on my 2017 reading challenge, I noticed the 52 categories which coincided very nicely with 52 weeks in a year and decided to read one book a week until the challenge is completed. For
normal most people, this would simply mean choosing a book, reading it in a week, and then moving on to the next one. For me, it means choosing all 52 books, the category they go in, and when I’m going to read them. I have most of the books already and only need to purchase a few more, but each one is plotted somewhere in my calendar for the rest of 2017. I just need 3 more books – one recommended by a librarian, one recommended by an author, and a book purchased at a book sale.
Here’s an update on what I’ve read and what I’m currently still working on.
A Book that Takes Place over a Character’s Life Span (completed 2/28/17)
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – I knew nothing about this novel when I chose it. It was recommended on Goodreads as a book fitting this category, so I purchased it and started reading. I think I was sobbing uncontrollably by the end of my first or second day of reading. This is such a great story! And, as the description says, it will definitely change your views of the curmudgeons in your life.
A Book with a Title that’s a Character’s Name (completed 3/4/17)
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White – Like most people, I read Charlotte’s Web as a child, but it has been some time since I’ve read the book or watched the movie, so I thought I would revisit this classic. It was great to read about Fern, Wilbur, and Charlotte, but I also discovered parts of this story that I don’t recall every reading before!
A Book with an Unreliable Narrator (completed 3/11/17)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – This was another book that I didn’t research before I started reading. It was recommended in this category, so I decided to give it a shot. It was a bit jarring to go from Charlotte’s Web to this book, but I’m not sorry that I read it. While Charlotte’s Web took me back to my childhood, The Perks of Being a Wallflower took me back to my teen years. It certainly encapsulated every current teen issue/topic within it’s pages.
A Book I Bought on a Trip (completed 3/17/17)
Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly – I picked this book up on my last trip to Dallas and managed to finish it just in time to see the movie. I’m glad I read it before seeing the movie as it had a few backstory items that the movie introduced but the original Disney animated film did not include. Anyone who has ever gotten “lost in a book” should definitely read this one.
In addition to the completed reads above, I’m
also still working on One Year to An Organized Work Life: From Your Desk to Your Deadlines, the Week-by-Week Guide to Eliminating Office Stress for Good by Regina Leeds and Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in Everyday Life by Gretchen Rubin.
And, I’m currently reading the following:
A Book of Letters (3/18/17 – ?)
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates – I chose this book because it fit the category and also because it was recommended as a brilliant, but quick, read. I was captivated by the premise, a father’s letters to his son, as I wrote Erica a few letters when she was a baby. There’s something about expressing love and lessons through letter writing that I believe will be lost with the immediate electronic world we live in today.
I hope many of you spent your spring break reading (as I did) and that you enjoyed every minute of it!