Because I am an overachiever and apparently don’t have enough going on in my life (please read that sentence in an appropriately sarcastic tone of voice), I decided to do a book challenge this year. I stumbled across a list of reading/book challenges that someone posted on Facebook, and I thought it’d be fun to have a specific challenge to meet, rather than just saying “this year, I’m going to read more.”
Some of the challenges were pretty intense, and I’m trying not to overload myself TOO much. So I finally settled on the Banned Books Challenge over at Buckling Bookshelves. I like the way the challenge is set up: there are different levels, and you can commit to reading as many or as few books as you want. They can also be re-reads, as long as you read them in 2015, and they’ve been banned and/or challenged in some way. Then after you read them, you post a review, and link to it on her blog.
I decided on the banned books challenge, because part of my Before 30 bucket list was to read 20 classic books that I haven’t read before. You know, the ones that everyone is “supposed” to read, but somehow you never get around to. Like high-school and college reading list type books. And a lot of the classics have been banned or challenged such as Fahrenheit 451, Catch-22, Brave New World, etc. So I figured I could knock out two things at once, and complete the challenge and my bucket list with the same books. I’m aiming for the “Rabble-Rouser” level, which is 6-9 challenged books, but I may try to read more, depending on how it goes.
Side note, have you ever researched the most challenged and banned books? There are some ridiculous ones on there. Like Winnie the Pooh and Green Eggs and Ham?! I mean, what the heck. Even Little House on the Prairie is on there, and I read that when I was like 7. And if you know my mom, you know she wasn’t letting me read any controversial book at age 7. Haha
So, I’ll be doing reviews of the books I read on here, which will be interesting. I’ve never really written book reviews before, so that’ll be something new. I am looking forward to doing a lot of reading this year though. I remember back when I didn’t have to make myself read for fun. I still love reading, but there are just so many things that take priority over it now. It’s sad, but hopefully since I’m being more intentional about it, I can do a lot more of it this year than in years past.
I’m almost done with my first book for both the challenge and the bucket list (because I coincidentally started reading one that happens to be a challenged book way back before Christmas–shhh), so I may be posting a review for that later this week!