It’s not officially summer but I’m posting the reading challenge in advance. If you are reading with me this summer, I hope you’ll have enough time to think about your reading list.
I’ve mentioned here that I tend to lean more towards female writers. There are a number of reasons. But the most relevant is that I’ve been working on my debut novel, which deals among other things with roles of women in certain societies. I think I gravitated towards other women writers to learn how they depict strong female characters.
Here’s my question to you. How do you read?
I invite you to chase diversity with me as we read this summer. So, the challenge is not so much about how many books you read but to think carefully about the books you choose to read.
Chasing diversity means including in your list: books by authors from different backgrounds, cultures, gender, age, time periods, traditional published, indie press, and of course different genres. The challenge start June 1st and end August 31st
So, you get to determine the number of books (in any form) you want to read. Here are some ideas to help you with your list. You don’t have to tick them all but at the end of the challenge, please tell us how you managed to diversify your reading.
- From your bookshelf (physical/digital), pick a book you bought but haven’t read yet.
A book in a genre that bores you or don’t care for, and see if your “prejudice” against the genre is well founded.
- A book set in a country you’d like to visit or written by an author from that country.
Is there a classic someone was surprised to hear you haven’t read? Ignore that, instead pick a classic you’d like to read.
- A book in translation (from any language to the language you’re comfortable reading in).
A nonfiction book on a subject you “know” your friend/sibling/spouse would benefit from reading.
A book from your favourite genre by an author you’ve never heard of.
A book recommended by a friend/colleague/stranger as a must-read.
Sharing snippets or images of your reading experience on social media is optional.
- Recommend at least one book by an author you think we should all read.
Next week, I’ll post my reading list where you’re welcome to add your link in the comments section, so we all know who is reading with us. Hope you have fun tidying up your bookshelves. 🙂
Oh, I recently came across this reading flowchart, I truly think it’s brilliant!