5 Fall Reading Challenges
The weather is getting cooler and the new chill in the air encourages staying inside and cuddling by the fire with a good book -- the perfect opportunity for a fall reading challenge. There are many fun and interesting ways to create a challenge for yourself and friends or family to expand your literary horizons. Here are 5 fall reading challenges that give you a reason to stay in your footed pajamas all day and enjoy your favorite pastime.
The Classic Book List Challenge
Take one look at this list of about 100 well-known titles and you probably will recognize more than half of them. These are the stories that are often assigned in school, and are scoffed at by the students for being too long and boring. Avid readers and literary scholars love these books because of the huge impact they've had on society and the lasting influence they've had on modern literature. The point of this challenge isn't necessarily to read them all but to expose you to the works that helped develop how we think about the world.
The Banned Book Challenge
This challenge is anything but boring. Search online for a list of titles that have been challenged or banned in the past few decades; what you find might surprise you. You may find that you've read many of these books and had no idea people found them offensive or inappropriate. Others are intriguing and encourage readers to think about people, cultures, places, and more in a different light. The point of this challenge (other than to see what all the fuss is about) is to read a book or two that expands your worldview and encourages everyone's right to read whatever is on the shelf.
The Young Adult Book Challenge
If you're looking for a quick read, explore the young adult section of your local library for a few good books. This challenge is for readers that want a great story but don't want it to take months to get through. Young adult books tend to be easier to read and can be finished in as little as a day. Don't be deterred if you think you're too old to fully enjoy a novel geared for a younger audience. Many of these authors are incredibly gifted and tell stories that all ages can relate to.
The Books In Translation Challenge
Believe it or not, only 3% of the books in the country are translated from another language. This challenge is great for avid readers that want to expand their horizons and experience how foreign authors construct their stories. The books in this challenge also aim to expose readers to different histories, cultures, and ways of life. Some of these stories even maintain bits of their native language, which makes them a joy for bilingual bookworms.
The Hodgepodge Book Challenge
This challenge is for readers who are interested in a variety of different genres and writing styles, or readers who just want a surprise. There are many challenges online that allow you to print a list or chart with multiple ideas. For instance, the list could encourage you to read a book that has an owl shower curtain on its cover that you may not otherwise pick up, a book that was written in the 1800s, or a book written by your least favorite author.