In 2013, I swore off challenges and boldly went where my reading whims took me. It was fun and I read some fantastic books that I've been meaning to get round to for years. Towards the end of the year, though, I took part in a couple of read-alongs and remembered how much fun it was sharing a common goal with other bloggers. I started this blog in the first place as a way to connect with other book lovers and to babble aimlessly about reading, thoughts on reading, what I was reading and...well, everything to do with reading and books. I'm only choosing one but, even if I fall flat on my face, I thought it'd be fun to try out doing a challenge again and to see how it goes!
Although I am by no means quite the eager bean that I was when I first started blogging and won't be taking on too many challenges, I really liked the sound of this one when Hanna signed up and decided that the Lucky No. 14 Challenge would be my book blogger challenge for 2014. I've also recently signed up to The Classics Club but since that spans five years, I'm not counting it as a 2014 challenge as such...I know, I know, I'm not dilluding anybody but myself.
So what's this Lucky No. 14 Challenge all about? Read one book in each of the following 14 categories. Easy peasy, right? :|
1. Visit The Country: Read a book that has setting in a country that you really want to visit in real life. Make sure the setting has a big role in the book and it can make you know a little bit more about your dream destination.
2. Cover Lust: Pick a book from your shelf that you bought because you fell in love with the cover. Is the content as good as the cover?
3. Blame it on Bloggers: Read a book because you’ve read the sparkling reviews from other bloggers. Don’t forget to mention the blogger’s names too!
4. Bargain All The Way: Ever buying a book because it’s so cheap you don’t really care about the content? Now it’s time to open the book and find out whether it’s really worth your cents.
5. (Not So) Fresh From the Oven: Do you remember you bought/got a new released book last year but never had a chance to read it? Dig it from your pile and bring back the 2013.
6. First Letter’s Rule: Read a book which title begins with the same letter as your name (for me, Astrid means A, and I can read anything that started with the letter A). Remember: Articles like “a”, “an” or “the” doesn’t count.
7. Once Upon a Time: Choose a book that’s been published for the first time before you were born (not necessarily has to be a classic book, just something a little bit older than you is okay. You can read the most recent edition if you want to)
8. Chunky Brick: Take a deep breath, and read a book that has more than 500 pages. Yep, the one that you’ve always been afraid of!
9. Favorite Author: You like their books, but there are too many titles. This is your chance, choose a book that’s been written by your fave author but you haven’t got time to read it before.
10. It’s Been There Forever: Pick up a book that has been there on your shelf for more than a year, clean up the dust and start to read it now
11. Movies vs Books: You’ve seen the movie adaptation (or planned to see it soon) but never had time to read the book. It’s time to read it now, so you can compare the book vs the movie
12. Freebies Time: What’s the LAST free book you’ve got? Whether it’s from giveaway, a birthday gift or a surprise from someone special, don’t hold back any longer. Open the book and start reading it now
13. Not My Cup of Tea: Reach out to a genre that you’ve never tried (or probably just disliked) before. Whether it’s a romance, horror or non fiction, maybe you will find a hidden gem!
14. Walking Down The Memory Lane: Ever had a book that you loved so much as a kid? Or a book that you wish you could read when you were just a child? Grab it now and prepare for a wonderful journey to the past. Comic books or graphic novels are allowed!