Good Tuesday morning, friends! We hope your week has started off well. It’s cold, but really, when haven’t we been saying that???
Are you at the point now this winter where you’re ready to hibernate? Perhaps you’ve been there all along, but when the winter gets started, it’s all festive and holidaying and parties, so it’s little easier to take. Then we get into January, and we’re putting on a great face, trying to keep our New Year’s Resolutions and goals. Now it’s February, there is a lot of snow around, and more expected this week (don’t shoot the messenger!) and honestly, winter starts to feel unending. And don’t even get us started on that whole groundhog thing.
If hibernation – or at least extreme avoidance of the outdoors – is a goal for you in February, we have just the thing for you. And no, it’s not a list of our favourite Netflix shows – although there’s a lot to be said for our old pal Netflix! But what we’re talking about is a good old-fashioned reading challenge!
Now, what is a reading challenge you might be asking? It’s basically just setting a goal for what books you want to read each year, and how many. Or, maybe you have not only a specific number of books to read, but a particular genre or type. Some people might decide they want to read more nonfiction or more biography this year. Or maybe you are the type of person who wants to reread everything by your favourite author. It could be you want to dive into a series of books and read all those. The possibilities are endless, and it’s all about challenging yourself!
“Read more books” is often a resolution people make at the beginning of the year, since it’s something we can grasp, and we know it’s good for us – much like that gym membership or the promise to pack our lunches and not eat out as much. But the great thing about a reading challenge is that it’s low-tech, you don’t have to go anywhere specific to do it, and if you use the library, it costs you nothing. Win win, WIN situation.
PopSugar launched their 2018 reading challenge on Monday, and it’s a pretty great one! There’s really something for everyone here, and keep in mind they aren’t suggesting specific titles, it’s really just prompts such as a book by a local author (here in the Hamilton area we have LOTS to choose from) a book about mental health, a book with a fruit or vegetable in the title…and the list goes on and on.
You can join others doing the challenge on Goodreads – sign up for Goodreads and search for the PopSugar challenge group to join in – and find others who are also taking the challenge. Goodreads, if you’re not familiar with it, is a kind of social media/book recommendation site for avid readers. You can add friends much like Facebook and many authors are also on Goodreads for fans to follow. Occasionally Goodreads hosts virtual Q and A sessions with authors, which is a great way to be connected with your favourites!
Another challenge that is worth checking out comes from the FOLD – the Festival of Literary Diversity – held in Brampton each May. The FOLD is a fairly new festival, but they have done big things in the years they have been up and running, and each year gets better and better. You can find their reading challenge here, and while you’re at it, check out their lineup for this year’s festival (hint: there are potential authors that match with their reading challenge so there’s another win win WIN for you!)
If you’re game to try one or both reading challenges, let us know in the comments! And, as well, give us an idea of what you’re reading. One of the best things about books is their power to bring people together, so it’s always so great to share our current reads!
Have a great week, friends. We’ll chat again on Friday!