One of the non-crafty things I like to do is read. I have lots of reading that I do just for pleasure, (even guilty pleasures) that's for sure. But since my university days have ended, I also like to give myself reading challenges.
Reading challenges? Yes. Reading challenges. I don't mean "This year I will read more literary classics." They are more specific than that. For example, a couple of years ago, I decided I would read all the winners of the Giller Prize. I'm not in a hurry or anything, but I am working my way through them.
In fact, I only have two books left as of this past weekend. I've ordered these two from the library and will be picking them up later this week. (Fortunately, both are available on cd so I can carry on with my Christmas crafting while I indulge!)
It feels great to be nearly through them all. This is especially great since some of them were really difficult books to read. Difficult style, difficult subject matter, difficult emotionally. I'm not sure they were all worth it but the difficult ones do stay with me, that's for certain.
Now that I'm nearly finished this particular challenge, my next big reading list is going to be the Canada Reads winners. There is definitely some overlap and it's a smaller list, which makes it a bit less daunting, and I am so okay with that.
Another blogger I discovered recently is trying to read the Canada Reads Top 40 books. It's comforting to know I'm not the only reader out there who gives herself these kinds of challenges. Very comforting. ;)
So my question for you today: what do you like to read? What kinds of books call to you?
Happy reading, Michele
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