Lately, I’ve been struggling to just pick up a book and immerse myself in its world. I think it has a lot to do with the amount of research and reading I have done for my master thesis. After a long day at the library, I often struggle to gather my concentration for another book. Let’s be real- binging some Netflix or YouTube is less demanding than reading.
Anyway, I don’t like that my reading habits have suffered so much under my uni work and therefore I decided to set up a fun reading challenge for the months to come. I’m pretty much a “challenge-accepted” girl and competition often gets me going (which is not always a good thing, I know).
Below is the reading challenge template I put together. If you find yourself in a reading funk too, then I hope I can help you out with this fun list and get you back to the pages!
For some categories, I already know which books I’m going to read:
I’m still working my way through the Brothers Grimm’s collection. Here are 7 fairy tales I chose: “The Golden Bird”, “Hans in Luck”, “Old Sultan”, “The Frog Prince”, “The Goose Girl”, “Tom Thumb” and “The Seven Ravens”.
I’m also eager to finally read the original tale of “Beauty and the Beast”, written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve.
- Book about Travelling
This has to be Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. (Confession time: saw the film before the book…)
- Fairytale re-writing
I have two so far: After Alice by Gregory Maguire and The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill.
- Book adapted for TV show
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: I started it but had to give it up again because of my thesis. And no, I haven’t watched the TV show (yet!).
- Books recommended by friends
Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald. My friend Leonie adored this and it has mermaid references…
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway. Elena, (if you read this), I will read it this summer!
- Greek myth re-telling
Circe by Madeline Miller. I heard so many great things about this novel and I’m a Circe-fan- so it sounds like right down my alley!
I still have to fill the blanks for the remaining categories, so stay tuned for a haul 😀 and I somehow need to plan which book I will read this month (TBR June to come…).