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Let's Read Harder in 2015!
When it comes to reading books, 2014 was split into two distinct parts. In the first half of the year, I devoured at least 14 books in 5 months, working towards graduating college and enjoying myself, too. In the last 7 months of the year, i have only finished 5 books fully, and fine myself stuttering through another three. And so, I'm going to Read Harder in 2015! I got my inspiration from Book Riot, who has published a list of 24 goals for the year 2015, which means that you would need to accomplish around 2 of the goals per month to finish in time. That seems doable to me, but to be safe, I'm going to only require that I reach (12) by the end of 2015. Still, I'm going to give myself 24 goals so that I can overachieve! Here is my list of goals. I encourage you to make your own! I've adapted these from Book Riot (see the link above for the full details of their list!). Let's all #ReadHarder!! 1) A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25 2) A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65 3) A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people) 4) A book published by an indie press 5) A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ 6) A book in a language you have studied (it can be as simple as a picture book!) 7) A book that takes place in Asia 8) A book by an author from Africa 9) A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.) 10) A microhistory 11) A YA novel 12) A sci-fi novel 13) Second chance - A book written by an author who has written something you hated 14) A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade 15) A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.) 16) An audiobook 17) A collection of poetry 18) A book that someone else has recommended to you 19) A book that was originally published in another language 20) A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind 21) A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure 22) A book published before 1850 23) A book published this year 24) A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)
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@danidee, have you read Frankenstein? Mary Shelley wrote it when she was 20 or 21. And S.E. Hinton wrote The Outsiders before she was 21, too. For more current authors, Veronica Roth wrote the Divergent trilogy before she was 25.
@Spudsomma I read the first two, but I haven't heard about Veronica Roth! I did a little bit of research, and I think I want to read "Less Than Zero". I heard good things about it, and I haven't really read the book OR seen the movie, so I think I'm in the perfect state to give it a try.
@danidee, I think Less Than Zero is probably a better book than any in the Divergent trilogy:) I liked the first one, but after that, it felt a little dragged out.
@Spudsomma I've heard of Cinder before and wanted to read it! I'll check these out--thanks for the suggestions!! I also want to check out Less Than Zero now that @danidee and you both mentioned it :)