At the beginning of the year, I created a bingo sheet of book challenges to complete over the course of 2016.
Here’s the ones I’ve completed so far:
Start a series.
I started The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander but didn’t like the book enough to want to read the rest of the series. However, I did read the first two books in the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness and will definitely be finishing that one off!
Read a classic / myth retelling.
I read Weight by Jeanette Winterson, which is a retelling of the myth of Hercules and Atlas, the Titan who held up the sky. In one of Hercules’ 12 labours, he has to take the weight of the sky from Atlas.
I’ve also just started reading The Helmet of Horror by Victor Pelevin, which is a retelling of Theseus and the Minotaur.
Read a children’s book.
I love childrens’ books so this was an easy challenge! I’ve read The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander, Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green, War Horse by Michael Morpurgo (click here for a review) and Wonder by R. J. Palacio.
Read a book that was adapted into a film.
The first book that I read in 2016 was The Martian by Andy Weir, which was an amazing book! It’s a space survival story about one of the first men to land on Mars, who gets left behind when his crew believe him to be dead. The film is really good too.
Read a book set in Tudor times.
I’d like to read a lot more historical fiction this year (I used to read it a lot but it has petered out for some reason). So far in 2016, I’ve read The Lady of Misrule by Suzannah Dunn, which is about Lady Jane Grey, and The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory, which is about Catherine Parr.
Read a book by Terry Pratchett.
I’ve been wanting to read the Discworld books for years but have always been a little intimidated because there are so many. Then I realised that I didn’t actually have to read them all, so I downloaded some samples of a few of the books people had recommended – but I just couldn’t get into any of them! Finally, I forced myself to sit down and read The Hogfather and I’m so glad I stuck with it. Pratchett’s writing style is so unique and witty. I’m reading Equal Rites next.