Reading Challenge 2017

Every year I complete a reading challenge. For the past three years this challenge has been set by my colleagues at work and is based on the Read Harder model.

Reading Harder means picking up books that you never normally would. It’s not about reading more in quantity, but makes you read more widely. Because we all know if I really had the choice I would just read YA non stop all year.

So this challenges gets you to read 50 different books that are each used to fill one category on the list.

Sometimes I plan what I am going to use for each category and other times I have to do a bit of tweaking to make the book I want to read fit. This year I think there is going to need to be a lot of planning as the categories are more specific than ever.





A book based on a fairy tale


A Young Adult bestseller


A book set in your home state


A book translated into English


A book set in Europe


A book that’s becoming a movie this year


A book written by a celebrity


A book at least 100 years older than you


A book recommended by a family member


A book with a protagonist who has your occupation


A book that takes place during summer


A book with a blue cover


A dystopian novel


A book about a road trip


A book that takes place on an island


A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy


A book written by a local author


A book published this year


A book based on a true story


A book whose author has an X in their name


A ghost story


A book with a month in the title


A book by a female author


A book recommended by a librarian


A book that is a story within a story


A book with multiple authors


A book with a cat on the cover


A book by an author who uses a pseudonym


A book with a subtitle


A book from a non-human perspective


A steampunk novel


A book set in two different time periods


A book set in a hotel


A book that’s been mentioned in another book


A book from a genre you’ve never read before


A book with a synonym for chase in the title


A book by an indigenous author


A book of short stories


A book by your favourite author


The first book in a series


A book with more than 350 pages


A book about history or science


A prize winning book


A book by an author you’ve never read


A classic


A book of poems


A play


A book with an alliterative title


A book with a great first line.


A book you love – read it again!


Staring down fifty

Books 2015
1. How to traumatise your children.

2. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.

3. Thinking about it only makes it worse… by David Mitchell.

4. Sleeping Like A Baby by Pinky McKay

5. An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P.D. James

6. Empire State by Jason Shiga

7. Masters of doom

8. Harry potter

9. FitzOsbournes 

10. This House of Grief by Helen Garner

11. Baby Dracula

12. Baby Jabberwocky

13. Slinky Malinky

14. Baby Days by Alison Lester

15. Faking It by Gabrielle Tozer

16. Stuffocation

17. Storm by Tim Minchin

18. King Lear by Shakespeare

19. Raging Heat by Richard Castle

20. The Old Nurse’s Story by Elizabeth Gaskell

21. The Life of a Stupid Man by Ryunosuke Akutagawa

22. The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

23. How we weep and laugh at the same thing by Michel de Montaigne

24. Veronica Mars: Mr Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas

25. I don’t like koala by 

26. The Greatest Gatsby by Tohby Riddle

27. Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer

28. Pandora Jones: Reckoning by Barry Jonsberg

29. The Heir by Keira Cass

30. Anxiety as an Ally

31. The Heir by Keira Cass

32. The Guest Cat

31. Unwanted by Amanda Holohan

32. Saga Volume One

33. Saga Volume Two

34. The life changing art of tidying by Marie Kondo

35. Y: The Last Man Volume One

36. Winter girls by Laurie Halse Anderson

37. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

38. Saga Volume Three

39. Saga Volume Four

40. Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery

41. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Coming up on my next blog: Another recipe or review. Probably.

Planning Ahead

I have a feeling this is going to turn into a book blog next year. As you know, I like reading and I like making lists, and here I have a great outlet for showing off both skills. I’ve already started a list of the things I want to read in 2014.

Ann Patchett
Remains of the day
The rest of Jane Austen
Margaret Atwood again
The rest of David Sedaris
Eleanor and Park
New Veronica Rossi
Next Keira Cass
Next Maria V Snyder
All the truth that’s in me
Love in the time of global warming
Death in the cathedral
Burial rites

That’s probably already got me to the half way mark of my 100 book challenge. And doesn’t include what I’m reading at the moment which I might stretch out to be the first book read in the new year.

I need to make lists because I am incredibly forgetful. I don’t even know if I’ve listed here everything I said I would read in the posts I have made over the last few days. And I can’t remember how many times I have written to you that I am forgetful. I’m pretty sure that’s irony. It’s another good reason to write my blog, because then I can look back and remember what I have said (and done).

This blog is also great motivation for me to do what I say. So expect a resolutions post sometime soon too.

Coming up on my next blog: I’ll let you know if I don’t die today at treetops adventure park. Chances are 50/50.

19 and a half ways to serve potato

1. Mashed
2. Baked
3. Potato chips
4. French fries
5. Wedges
6. Jacket
7. Soup
8. Gnocchi
9. Salad
10. Scallop
11. Gratin
12. Hash brown
13. Rosti
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Last night I ate potato three ways. So my dinner companions and I tried to figure out how many different ways you can eat them. These are as many as I can remember.
It’s a very versatile vegetable.

Coming up on my next blog: A picture pun.