Remember in school when you had to read whatever the teacher told you to? Granted, there were a few good things mixed in with Shakespeare and Moby Dick, but for the most part, being forced into the stories we weren’t interested in made them even harder to get through.
Fast forward to after graduation when we all swore up and down we’d never read anything we didn’t want to again. Or was that just me?
Well, now that I’ve been out of school for almost two decades, I don’t mind as much when someone says “You HAVE to read this book.” Especially since there isn’t a grade attached to it. In fact, over the last five or so years, I’ve really enjoyed expanding my reading by participating in a local book club as well as reading challenges. They keep me from staying in a rut, and tend to help me expand my horizons a little.
Do you know about Reading Challenges?
There’s a ton of them out there, and you can find the one that fits your style or tastes by doing a quick search. I didn’t do one last year, but I did the two years before that, and found quite a few new books I really enjoyed. As well as several others I didn’t.
This year, though, my main publisher, Scrivenings Press, is hosting a monthly reading challenge. And it looks like a lot of fun. Nothing hard, like biographies (though I’m reading one of those with my book club) or scientific books. Good ol’ fiction in various themes.
And, to add to the fun, they’re giving away prizes to those who participate (you don’t have to read only Scrivenings books to be a part of the fun). Being rewarded for doing something I already wanted to do? Yes, please!
Since I know you’re all big readers on here, too, I wanted to share the fun your way. And, thought it would be great if we could all suggest Inspy Romance titles we thought fit the various categories (obviously not every month works, but let’s focus on the ones that do). For instance, in January, my debut novel, An Unexpected Legacy, is perfect and on the list. It could also fit the one for September.
All my books fit February, of course. Yay, romance!
What do you think? Do you like to do things like reading challenges, or would you rather just read whatever you’re in the mood for? Have you done something like this before? What titles can you recommend for some of these months?