A RAD Reading Challenge

January 24, 2019

It’s a well established fact that I love reading challenges. I love the idea of getting myself to read outside my usual boundaries. Finishing reading challenges, however, is another story. I feel like my interest usually wanes a third of the way into the year, and then I forget about them entirely. That’s fine if it works for you, but I’m an enneagram 3 and I’m all about completing the goals. That’s why this year I’m going to focus on just one.

Enter the RAD Reading Challenge. It’s the sole challenge I’m committing to completing for the year. Last year’s challenge was to read all the Harry Potter books; this year’s is to complete this challenge. (Find more of my bookish resolutions in my 2019 reading goals post!)

I think the key to completing challenges like this is preplanning a few options for books that would fit the selected categories. It’s nice to give yourself some flexibility, but I always find that if there’s a book on a list, I’m much more likely to actually read it. In that vein, thought it would be fun to share some of the books I’m planning to read for this challenge.

a book of poetry

I’ve had Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur for two years now, and I’d love to read it for real.

a classic you didn’t read in school

Looking at this list of high school classics from Goodreads gave me serious flashbacks, some positive and some negative. I can’t pick one right now, but it’ll be something from this list. Any recommendations for me?

a memoir from someone you admire

This is for sure going to be Becoming by Michelle Obama. We’re reading it for book club next month, and I cannot wait to start it. I’ve heard such amazing things.

a fun or beautiful children’s book

I think for this one I’ll head to the library and pick up something that looks like it fits the bill!

a book with a cover in your favorite color

Sugar Run by Mesha Maren is a mix of my two favorite colors: pink and navy! Definitely bought this because the plot sounded good but also because the cover was so pretty.

a book by an author who shares a name with you

Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson sounds pretty wild + good.

a book about food or a cookbook

This is the one that I’m stuck on and I would love some recommendations! Nothing is coming to mind right now.

a book blowing up your insta feed

This will likely be Where the Crawdads Sing, which was everywhere a few weeks ago. I don’t see it as much lately, but considering that I bought it because of its popularity on my feed, it absolutely qualifies.

a book published in the year you were born

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides has been on my “someday” list for a long time, and it was published in 1993!

a book your bff recommends

I just picked up The Likeness from Book Outlet on Bri’s raving recommendation, so it’s likely going to be that.

I’m looking forward to reading these books! Are you doing any fun reading challenges this year?

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