A Biblio Paradise Reader Expansion Challenge
Information Page — Please read first. You can join at any point during the year.
Since this is a blog about the love of books and reading and book-related things, I thought it would be fun to have a Reader Expansion Challenge, where we expand our own reading and share what we’ve discovered and enjoyed.
There are a couple of caveats:
–Most months, you will be asked to read a book by an author you haven’t read before in any of your regularly-read genres; a new-to-you author whose work you want to try.
–If you’re moving out of your regularly-read genres, and there’s a familiar author you trust across genres, that’s a great starting point.
–Extra kudos if it’s published by a small press and is by an author that’s not yet well-known, but don’t feel hemmed in by the suggestion.
–You CANNOT promote your own books. That’s not what this is about. This is about finding great books outside of your normal reading experience and sharing them. It’s not self-promotion for writers. This site has other dates for that. Although it’s a great way for writers to support each others’ work and find new living authors to support.
–Your discoveries and comments go on the main blog page on the designated page for that part of the challenge. Just post a few paragraphs about how you chose the book/author, your response to the book, and what you learned from the stretch. Please do not put it in comments on the Information page. They will be deleted.
Note: This is the Information Page. Do NOT post your monthly responses on this page. Please post on the page that goes up that day, or, if you’re playing catch-up on any month, on that month’s page for the Challenge.
–I encourage people to read books that fellow commenters enjoyed, and then share their experiences in a future post. I’ll also consider asking some of the authors to come by and do an interview, if there’s interest.
–Invite fellow readers and writers to join. Share the link. Use the hashtag #ReaderExpansionChallenge.
–Have fun with new-to-you books and authors that you discover, and that are recommended by fellow readers.
The dates are when you POST about the book you’ve read, not when to start reading. So you should start hunting down your book now that you will post about in February!
February 19, 2019: Read a book in a genre in which you don’t normally read.
March 19, 2019: In honor of International Women’s Day (which was on March 8), read a book by a woman whose work you’ve never read before.
April 16, 2019: Read a book in your favorite genre by an author whose work you have never read.
May 21, 2019: Switch it up! If you usually read fiction, read non-fiction; if you usually read non-fiction, read fiction.
June 18, 2019: Read a stage play. NOT a screenplay. It can be one you’ve seen, or one you haven’t. Libraries often carry play scripts, or can order them. Or browse Drama Book Shop or Samuel French or second hand bookshops. Note the difference between reading the script and watching the play.
July 16, 2019: Read a book of poetry. If you don’t usually read poetry, you have a wealth of choices. If you love reading poetry, try a new-to-you poet.
August 20, 2019: Re-read a favorite book from childhood. How have your perceptions changed? How do you feel about it now?
September 17, 2019: Read an anthology of short stories in your favorite genre that contains new-to-you authors (and it can also contain familiar ones). Are you going to read longer works by any of these authors?
October 15, 2019: Read something Halloween/Samhain-oriented in any genre you wish, by a new-to-you author.
November 19, 2019: Read something with a family-oriented theme, in any genre, that you haven’t read before.
December 17, 2019: Read a winter-holiday-themed book, in any genre, that you haven’t read before (and feel free to share any favorite winter holiday-themed books you read over and over again).