2016 Challenges

Feeling a little less stressed I am thinking about challenges, and reading challenges in particular. I have two things due for uni in January, one of those has been emailed in today so right now I’m feeling a little freer and a little less stressed. So lets start with an important question:

Is anyone else’s hero Carrie Fisher right now?

Youth and beauty are not accomplishments, they’re the temporary happy by-products of time and/or DNA. Don’t hold your breath for either.”

Here’s the guardian’s article: “Carrie Fisher blasts Star Wars body shamers on Twitter” There is also a discussion on how she lost weight for the role and her thoughts on the matter.


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Anyhow, back to me. I’ve been thinking about a reading challenge I want to do. Here are some rules I have for my reading challenge:

  1. You must own the novel already.
  2. You must not have read it in the last ten years.
  3. You can read other things alongside if you wish.

I’ve been thinking that I’d like to try and do this slightly seasonally. I’d like to read the Hogfather by Terry Pratchett and a Christmas Carol by Dickens in December for example. Mostly this challenge is also about reading part of my growing collection that I haven’t touched yet, so I’m aiming to go for things I haven’t read yet.

For a quick initial list here is the first half of my reading challenge (in no particular order)

  1. The Hogfather – Pratchett
  2. A Christmas Carol – Dickens
  3. Sexing the Cherry – Winterson
  4. Farewell to Summer – Bradbury
  5. The Wasp Factory – Banks
  6. Pollen – Noon
  7. The Thousand Splendid Suns – Hosseini
  8. A Wizard of Earth Sea – Le Guin
  9. Far From the Madding Crowd – Hardy
  10. Mrs Dalloway – Woolf
  11. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – Joyce
  12. She Came to Stay – Beauvior


Of course this isn’t the full list, but I guess I’m starting this year, as I start every year: Procrastinating. Whatever your doing and where ever you are: Happy New Years Eve!


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