Over at Bookish they have their own 2016 Reading Challenge there is a challenge where they have assigned different tasks to each month. February is called #KillYourTBR2016. I am getting a late start to this but after having a really productive January where I read five books, so I am cutting myself a little bit of slack.
For February, we are supposed to focus on books that you are embarrassed you haven’t read yet! Ironically most of mine seem to come from college regret and the overwhelming feeling of: “So many books so little time!”
I don’t doubt in my mind that the internet is doing wonderful things. Bringing people together, making new connections, and drawing together different disciplines.
A few weeks ago I was introduced to #QuiltersBookPassport on Instagram via my feed. I haven’t quilted in a while and it’s a practice I have been eager to get back to but I find myself drawn more towards patchwork and colorful quilts than anything that fits one specific color family. So, #QuiltersBookPassport seemed like just the thing for me.
The unthinkable is happening. A bookstore that I have frequented since I was a child is going out of business. When I was in the area last weekend I was told of a sale where I could fill an entire shopping bag of books for $10. Well as you may have guessed, I walked out with twelve.
One of them was perfect for Task 8 The Read Harder Challenge: Read a book originally published in the decade you were born. Criminals by Margot Liveseywas on the bottom shelve with a bunch of mysteries. In fact, it was unlikely I would have ever picked it up had it not been for this sale.
This book, published in 1997, begins with Ewan on a train from London going to see his sister in Scotland. At a pitstop he finds a baby in the gents toilet and picks her up. Ewan returns to Scotland and leaves the baby with his sister, Mollie who has just broken up with her husband of ten years. Ewan assumes Mollie will turn the baby over to the authorities in Perth but she decides to keep the baby. All the while, a mother is missing her child.
Moving on with the Read Harder Challenge I had a few books on my shelf that had been made into movies fairly recently, what I gravitated towards though was If I Stay by Gayle
One thing you should understand about me as a reader is that people dying and grieving is almost a form of genre kryptonite for me. I grew up reading Lurlene McDaniel books I would purchase in trios and quartets at the used bookstore near my house. They usually involved death, loss, or serious illness and how the people around the character dealt with it. I remember waiting for a kidney transplant with Melinda, saying goodbye to Christina, and discovering that the generous and caring Heather had Hepatitis. To be perfectly honest, I think that woman is responsible with my brief flirtation with medicine (dissecting a frog killed it), and my ability to understand a lot of medical jargon (atrophy was a word I knew at fourteen and hepatitis was a term I understood at twelve).
Shortly after the New Year I discovered Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge. The challenge promotes a year of mindful reading in order to expand your horizons. I wasn’t looking for a reading challenge this year but I told myself that it might be fun and when I saw the list of challenges I realized that many of the books that I had been hoarding would fit nicely into about half of the categories. And the rest, would lead to a year of mindful book buying.
My first venture into this challenge was “#23: Read a Play.” I am not one to read plays and if I had seen the task at any other time I would have probably picked up a work of Shakespeare. But, a course of events lead me to another more contemporary solution and That’s when I picked up In a Forest, Dark and Deep by Neil LaBute. This was a play I had been wanting to see or read since it debuted in 2011. I have been a fan of Olivia Williams’ who originated the role of Betty since I started watching Dollhouse. The problem was I was 2o-years-old, broke, and in another country.