If you didn’t see my original post on the #READICT Reading Challenge, here is the link to the original post. Check it out to read more about the challenge and to see the first four books I read for the it.
As a reminder, every year in Wichita, KS the Wichita Public Library partners up with the local newspaper, the Wichita Eagle, to challenge residents to read 12 books in 12 months. Each book you read has to match up with one of the 12 categories they have created, and you have to complete a book in every category by the end of the year. Here are the categories for 2020:
- A book with a number in the title
- A fix-it, how-to or self-help book
- An epistolary novel
- A speed read (less than 100 pages)
- A book about someone you admire
- A book that has been or will be adapted to the big or small screen
- A selection from a celebrity book club
- A book written by an author new to you
- A book featuring a strong female lead
- A book everyone is talking about
- A “cli-fi” (climate fiction) book, or a book about a natural disaster
- A book by an author visiting Kansas in 2020
Fun, right? Once you read a book that fits into one of the categories, you log it using Beanstack and move on to the next book. If you complete all 12 categories, then at the end of the year you’re eligible for a prize. So here are the next set of books I have read for this challenge:
Book everyone is talking about:
Tunnel of Bones – Victoria Schwab
*This book was recently released in the fall of 2019, and has been buzzing on Twitter ever since. It definitely lived up to the hype. A spooky book about the haunted streets of Paris, France and the girl (and her ghost best friend) who has to help a dangerous ghost move on before it destroys the city. My full review of this book can be found here.
An epistolary novel:
Planet Earth is Blue – Nicole Panteleakos
*I’m not sure if this is truly an epistolary novel, but letters play a major role within the story, so I’m going to count it. The main character, Nova, is nonverbal autistic and can not write, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to write daily letters to her sister on what is happening with her new school and new foster parents. My full review of this book can be found here.
A speed read:
The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde
*I went in skeptical of enjoying a play through text instead of on the stage, but this comedic play was so much fun to read. It was very entertaining to watch the lies of the main characters unravel, and see what they were going to pull off next to cover their tracks.
Book written by a new-to-me author:
All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
*This book reminded me a lot of Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale (one of my favorites), and it deserved every accolade it received. A very unique WW2 telling where the emphasis wasn’t on the Holocaust, but focused on the war through the eyes of a blind girl in France and a young boy in Germany who just wants to do what is right.
For more information about the challenge: https://www.wichitalibrary.org/readict#beanstack
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