Friday Randomness 1/52... a reading challenge

I love to read. It's a way to leave one world full of chaos, familiarity, or the mundane,  and to enter a world of adventure, suspense, and intrigue. All of which is created for me simply becasue I have the opportunity to live in someone else's world for a bit. Their world may not actually be adventurous, or suspenseful; it's the cultivation of a well written sentence, paired with the unknown of the story, that captivates me. 

I have completed a 52 in 52 challenge before. Mater of fact, I did it in a year much like this one. It was the year we moved back to the US from Europe full of transition and life changes. It was a serious challenge for me to complete that challenge then, because of the changeover in our lives. I could not drop what I was doing and read whenever I wanted to. I had to deal with the situations at hand, and then find time tuck in reading  in between the  fluctuations of life. So, I've decided another 52 in 52 challenge would not be advisable for this year. None the less, I did want a challenge in my life to freshen up my reading. 

I created this list based off a ton of other reading lists I found on Google. I am not at all claiming this as my sole work. I took the prompts I liked and threw away the ones I knew I'd never complete, and nestled them neatly among some request that I knew would broaden my horizons... ahem, a book recommend by someone with drastically different taste than you.... and came up with the following. 

For a free download of this list simply click the photo

For a free download of this list simply click the photo

There are 40 suggestions. I figured this would give me plenty of room for those weeks packed with things like, moving and unpacking. I also tried to include books that I do not normally read like a dystopia, science fiction, or fantasy book, which might take me a bit longer to read. 

My hope as well, is that I can be a apart of a book club once again. I miss being in a book club and hashing out the characters and opinions on plot lines. My one issue with being in a book club is that I do not merely read for readings sake. I have found, over the years, that I tend to hate the books that "everyone" loved... i.e. Cutting for Stone, The Alchemist, or A Prayer for Owen Meany. You'll notice I am suppose to read a book "everyone" has read but you, and that scares the dickens out of me. I detest a book that was written with extra content in it that in no way shapes the characters, or strengthens the book, i.e. the sex in Fall of Giants. I actually gave up on that book because, seriously, the book is already 900 plus pages. Why fill it with content that adds absolutely nothing to the story, and is completely unbelievable, just to seduce the reader into reading 900 plus pages? I call that a waste of my time. And, time is precious to me when I am lingering long into the night to read a book. I could be sleeping. So, this list of 40 also gives me room to trash a book, and begin again, if the need arises. 

This list also includes a few reading suggestions because secretly I love to read these kinds of books. Like young adult and children's books. I have read The Book Thief, A Wrinkle in Time, The Giver, Bridge to Terabithia, A Tree Grows in BrooklynMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, The Boy in Stripped Pajamas...

There is something about the way a young adult / children's book is written that makes it completely appealing to me. Blue Eyes and I recently discussed it and came to the conclusion that the books are written with slighter need to adhere to realistic societal boundaries and with more imagination. 

If you would like to join along you can download a copy of my list by clicking the photo. 

And, if you are not too sure where to begin... my top 10 from the last five years (in no real order)... all books that still haunt me in some way or fashion...

1. Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand

2. The Book Thief MarKus Zusak

3. All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

5. Let's Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell

6. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

7. Dear Bob and Sue by Matt Smith

8. Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown

9. The Story of Edward Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

10. The Boy in the Stripped Pajams by John Boyne

Happy Reading!!

I will be joining these communities this week... hmmmm, I do not actually have a community for randomness. Any suggestions?