December is right around the corner now and it will be here before we know it! After a slow September and October for me, November seems to have flown right by. 😮
December is always the time when I try to cram in the last few books of the year, or try to complete any of the reading challenges / goals I might be behind in. There always seems to be a few last min books I want to read before January appears. December always feels like a deadline looming.
Since I have gotten better and faster at reading, and consistently hitting my Goodreads # challenge, this year I started incorporating other types of reading challenges to do. I found the reading list challenges. There is a set number of themes and you try to find books that fit in to those themes. The themes vary greatly, from “A book with a red spine” to “A book with a time of day in the title”. They are basically like mini scavenger hunts, but with books! Some can be pretty easy and maybe you already have a book perfect for that theme. Some though, are kind of hard to find the right fit and it can take a while to search out a good title. Naturally I try to shoehorn in as many horror titles as I can to fit the themes. Trying to find a horror title to fit normally ends up giving me something to research and really diversifying my horror titles. Well, it diversifies my non-horror title picks as well, which, I guess is the main point of this sort of challenge. To broaden your horizons and break you out of your niche. There are definitely some things on the list that I really drag my feet on getting around to, especially if it has to do with some sort of romance.
One of the reading list challenges I have been working on has 40 different themes to tackle in one year. Some of them have been pretty hard to figure out what I wanted to read. Now I’m almost to December and I have 3 themes left. One of them, “A Nordic noir”, I’ve already got a book for. But the other 2…. I’m having trouble with. Maybe someone who reads this post can help me find some titles I can pick.
- A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym
- A book mentioned in another book
Any suggestions? I would prefer horror titles, but if not a horror title, just at least something not sappy or romantic. Any help would be great though. 😀