One of my goals this year is to read more – and read more outside of my usual type of books.
I’ve always had a secret desire to join a book club, but since I hate depressing books, which make up a lot of literary fiction (the genre most chosen for book clubs), I have a suspicion that I would be miserable in a conventional book club setting.
However, I do acknowledge that I am occasionally too narrow in my reading, and would love to challenge myself to read a wider variety of books.
So, I thought I would challenge myself (and others, if you want to join!) to a more broad and thematic kind of book club. Instead of all reading the same book, I thought it would be cool if we all read to particular themes each month, and then returned to discuss what we’d read.
This way, we can choose books we are comfortable with, while still challenging ourselves to read outside of our usual patterns.
Here is what I’m thinking so far:
January: Indie Author
February: Fiction genre you haven’t read before
March: #OwnVoices book
April: Nonfiction book
May: Book with a protagonist of a different race to you
June: Book that’s been languishing on your TBR pile for a long time
July: Book set in an unusual place
August: Book that scares or intimidates you
September: Anthology or short story
October: Book that was made into a movie
November: Translated book
December: Book in an unusual format
If you have any comments or suggestions, let me know!
I intend to write a review of each book I read for the challenge, to see if it changed my mind about anything. I’ll ask myself questions such as ‘What did I learn?’ (either about writing, myself, or the world at large) and ‘Would I read a book with this theme again?’ It should be a nice record of a year’s reading.
What do you say? Will you join me?