Frustrated by overly-prescriptive reading challenges and inspired by the Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge, I am setting out to create my own reading challenge this year!
While I am not going to be 100% following the template from Modern Mrs. Darcy, I have given some thought to my intentions for my reading life this year. At first, I thought I wanted to try new things. So many of these reading challenges focus on reading outside your comfort zone. My default is READ ALL THE THINGS, so there’s a lot of appeal in crafting a reading challenge full of prompts that, well, challenge me.
But as much as I want to diversify my reading, I don’t think it’s what I need. 2020 was a rough year for a lot of reasons, but it was particularly tough on my attention span. When it came to reading (and nearly everything else), I couldn’t focus. Making decisions was a challenge, and I tended to flit around haphazardly. So for this challenge, I am going to pick only a handful of prompts, mostly things in my reading wheelhouse with a few areas of interest I’d like to explore, and aim to read at least three titles for each one. Without further ado, a list!
- Books about food
- Books by neurodivergent author
- Genre fiction by BIPOC
- Essay anthologies
- Science nonfiction
- Books about books
- Books related to my ancestry
- Books about lesbian and bisexual women