Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas? I certainly did, and I will be posting pictures in my End of The Year post which I am super excited about. After the successful completion of the 2017 Lipglossmaffia Reading Challenge, I figured I should make it a little bit different in 2018.
Back before we were distracted by a million different things and a lifestyle that moves way too fast, the most popular form of entertainment was curling up with a good book. Books stimulate our imagination and transport our minds to other places, times, and dimensions like nothing else. Many still enjoy reading, of course, but if you’re someone who just can’t find the time or motivation to read a book, now you can—when you take this reading challenge!
JANUARY – Debut Novels
A debut novel is the first novel a novelist publishes.(Duh) It’s usually their first opportunity to make an impact on readers. And sometimes, it’s just interesting to go “back to the beginning” of your favourite writer just to see what they were like.
FEBRUARY – The Short Story
Short stories are known to evoke a single effect or mood, so they always pack a punch.
MARCH – Non Fiction
Nonfiction comprises of the written works based on real events. It is supposed to help us understand the world better.
APRIL – Contemporary Fiction
This type of literature creates imaginary characters and situations that depict our world and society. It focuses on themes of growing up and confronting personal and social problems. This genre also portrays characters coming to understand themselves and others.
MAY – A Trip Around The World
World literature is sometimes used to refer to the sum total of the world’s national literature, but usually it refers to the circulation of works into the wider world beyond their country of origin. So, the idea here is to read works of literature from other countries. Do avoid the country of your origin.
JUNE – Back To Classics
A classic stands the test of time. The work is usually considered to be a representation of the period in which it was written; and the work merits lasting recognition. In other words, if the book was published in the recent past, the work is not a classic. A classic has a certain universal appeal. Great works of literature touch us to our very core beings–partly because they integrate themes that are understood by readers from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of experience. Themes of love, hate, death, life, and faith touch upon some of our most basic emotional responses.
JULY – Out Of This World
Fantasy tells imaginary tales of make believe lands, creatures and people. Magic is often a major facet in fantasy and you must willingly enter the writer’s realm to understand this other world. Fantasy will usually develop characters who wrestle with the nature of good and evil. Many of the themes of fantasy can be reflected in the contemporary genre but the setting and the characters extend beyond the confined of realistic fiction. Science fiction describes futuristic settings, settings based in outer space, different worlds or dimensions that are often based upon existing or fictionalized scientific principles.
AUGUST – Clear Your TBR!
This should be pretty straightforward. Your TBR is To Be Read pile. Those books that you have been buying and accumulating all through the years, it’s time to read them. Shock yourself and pick a couple of them out.
SEPTEMBER – Crime And Investigation
Mystery novels emphasize plot. Usually, the protagonist is seeking an answer to a crime or to a mysterious event. Characteristics of this style of writing include suspense and a fast paced style.
OCTOBER – Proudly Nigerian
I feel like Nigerian literature is constantly drawing from the realities of the country’s social processes in the finest tradition of protest art. Does that make sense?
NOVEMBER – Pretty Book Covers
The English idiom “don’t judge a book by its cover” is a metaphorical phrase which means “you shouldn’t prejudge the worth or value of something by its outward appearance alone” but the idea of this challenge is to take read a book because of how attractive you found the cover and just see where it takes you. Just go with the flow.
DECEMBER – Totally Random
It’s December, so this is going to be a breeze. You can read anything you like, even if it’s a collection of poems for the entire month. Seriously, anything you like!
They’ll bend to fit your TBR list, but they’ll also challenge you to explore new territory, revisit old favorites, and finally read those books you’ve been putting off for years.
Are you in? What are you most looking forward to reading in 2018?
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