Inspirational blogger and book fan Hannah Braime encourages people to read by hosting a 26-book and 52-book reading challenge every year. Her challenges don't have a particular theme, but each book fits a particular category or requirement -- like a scavenger hunt.
My friend Rachelle, who owns the delightful Crooked House Books here in Portland (and on-line) organized a group of people to undertake the 26-book version of Hannah's challenge. That's why I call this my Crooked House Challenge. She created a Facebook page for the group, for anyone interested in playing along, so feel free to join in.
The rules are simple. To complete the challenge, you have to read 26 different books. Each has to be completed in 2017. One book cannot be applied to more than one category, but books can overlap with other challenges. We are just trying to read 26 books in 2017, not necessarily one book every two weeks, although that is what it will average out to be.
- A book you read in school
- A book from your childhood
- A book published more than 100 years ago
- A book published in the last year
- A nonfiction book
- A book by a male author
- A book by a female author
- A book by someone who isn’t a writer
- A book that became a film
- A book written in the 20th century
- A book set in your hometown/region
- A book with someone’s name in the title
- A book with a number in the title
- A book with a character with your first name*
- A book recommended to you by someone else
- A book with more than 500 pages
- A book you can finish in a day
- A book previously banned
- A book with a one word title
- A book translated from another language
- A book to improve a certain area of your life
- A memoir or journal
- A book written by someone younger than you
- A book set somewhere you’ll be visiting this year
- An award winner
- A self-published book
* Our group agreed to change this one a little because there are several people, including me, who have unusual first names. I could spend a lifetime looking for a book with a Gilion in it (pronounced with a hard G by the way, so it's not a funny spelling of Gillian). We agreed to change this one to a book with a character with your first or last name, or a book written by someone with your first or last name. I think I can find a book written by an author named Dumas.
THE BOOK I'VE READ
- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacs (name in title)
- Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance (nonfiction)
- Jam Today Too: The Revolution Will Not Be Catered by Tod Davies (self-published)
- A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie (female author)
- The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking (published in the last year)
- Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (one-word title)
- Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl (memoir)
- No Way to Treat a First Lady by Christopher Buckley (20th Century)
- The Biographer's Moustache by Kingsley AMis (male author)
Updated March 15, 2017.