The 2018 #Read2BGreat Challenge

Despite having read 54 books last year, My heart needed plenty of hugs, so I re-read some books that I knew would extend that to me.  I also read a few new ones of which The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper and The Last Black Unicorn were interesting. Tiffany Haddish did have a questionable chapter where she copied the speaking pattern of a Rosco, handicapped young man. I thought that was a bit distasteful, although I think she was trying to be funny. I didn’t find it funny.

I found the rest of her book eye opening, and I like the fact that although an underdog she is winning big time these days. Stories of people who snubbed her during her early career,  coming to her now and begging to work with her was satisfying. Admittedly but this book might not be for everyone. Ms. Haddish is rather candid in herspeech and in her explanation of some situations.

This is a challenge I saw on Huffington Post. The author and seemingly the creator of this challenge thinks it is important for kids (so you can share this challenge with you children if you have any) to read and read widely, so maybe you should too? I think Id like to try this challenge. it’s 12 books for the year, not 52.  I’m hoping to accumulate  13 more as the year goes on.

January: Tackle a book that challenged you in the past.  We all have books we just couldn’t quite “get into.” Whether you found the topic boring, or the subject matter difficult, it’s normal to abandon a book before it’s finished. Give one of those titles a second chance, and this time, see it through!

February: Read a classic book, by an author of color. I encourage you to seek diversity in your reading material! In honor of Black History Month, pick up a classic by an African American author. Well known authors like Toni Morrison, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Ta-Nehisi Coates will be especially prominent this month (you’ll see them in many library and book store “Black History Month” displays.)  Why not seek out a lesser known author? Or, if your reading repertoire is heavy in African American authors, consider a title from an author of color in a different demographic – Jhumpa Lahiri, Amy Tan, and Khaled Hosseini come to mind.
I implore you to ensure young people experience diversity in the books they have access to.

March: Share a book with a friend. Ask for a recommendation from your most literary loving friend, or suggest a title you’ll both enjoy. Many book clubs have online guides and suggested questions for discussion. Discuss the book over brunch – maybe you’ll be inspired to start your own book club.

April: Read a book that was made into a film…and then watch the film! This should be a firm rule: always read the book first. Your imagination is more powerful than CGI, so give it a shot.

May: Pick up a bestseller from 2017 – from a genre you don’t usually read. Diversity in reading material also applies to category. A quick Google search can identify every title that earned rave reviews in 2017. Pick the one that appeals most to you, and give it a fair shot.

June: Find a non-fiction title about a person, place, or time period you’ve always wanted to know more about. Whether you shy away from non-fiction in favor of novels, or you have shelves full of autobiographies, there’s an opportunity to expand your horizons here. Consider the last time you were curious about a topic, or needed more knowledge to fuel a conversation. Head to the library and pick up a book on the topic of your choice.

July: Dive into a “beach read,” even if you’re not at the beach. This is a reading challenge, but I don’t want you to forget that reading should be enjoyable! You’ve ventured into new territory for the past two months, now give yourself a treat. Pick up a guilty pleasure, and enjoy it proudly. I think you’ll find time to read more than 20 minutes a day this month.

August: Give a new author a chance with a debut novel. We all have our favorite authors, and with only so much time to spare to indulge in reading, it makes sense to prioritize their books. This month, give a new author a try. You may just discover a new favorite. Here’s a great list of the best debut novels of 2017.

September: Read a banned book. It’s banned book month – celebrate your freedom to read! Unfortunately, there are so many great titles that fall under the “banned book” category. Check out the American Library Association’s list of classic titles here, and most recently challenged here.

October: Give yourself a seasonal scare with a short story. Whether you’re looking to be terrified or just slightly spooked, I guarantee you can find a book or short story that will get you in the Halloween spirit! Try a classic like The Legend of Sleepy Hollow or The Tell-Tale Hear

November: Revisit a book from childhood or your young adult years, and donate a copy. Every November, #GivingTuesday encourages people to give back to the causes they care about most. In November 2018, I’m asking you to set aside time to revisit a book that was formative in your younger years. Then, give the gift of reading to a family that needs it!

December: Revisit an old favorite. December may just be the best month of the year to curl up with a great book. This month, treat yourself with an old favorite, or a new book you’ve been eagerly awaiting. Make sure to make time at the end of the year to set your reading goals for 2019, and beyond!

Check out the Challenge yourself


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