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Reading Challenges For Casual Readers And Bookworms Alike

by Priscilla Tan

I like books. I find them cooler than hi tech gadgets. In fact, I like these printed gems more than people – human beings are tricky, you see. Bookworms will second that, i’m sure. Most avid readers found their love for the written word from a young age – including me. I’ve had my fair share of useful book advice from my school teachers, but only one of them struck a chord in my heart. It’s that in order to be a better writer (and reader), you need to read a lot. And don’t just stick to one genre. Broaden your horizon because there are simply too many legendary writers! It tells me one thing why you clicked this post. The headline caught your attention and you’re looking to be part of something big. Perhaps you’re feeling unmotivated and feel that you need to participate in a reading challenge to give you an extra push. For first-timers who would like to tackle some of the listed books, I recommend you to pick one reading challenge. If you are a voracious reader, aim high, go for two or more.

rory gilmore

Rory Gilmore

Yes, season 7 is messed up but you gotta admit that Gilmore Girls is one of the best  television shows around. Fast-moving dialogue filled with clever pop culture references is the show’s trademark. And everybody gets the best lines. It’s so difficult to keep up with them that the producers even included a geeky “Guide to Gilmorisms” booklet to go with the DVD sets. Rory Gilmore’s love for books were apparent throughout the course of seven seasons and she was seen reading 339 books on screen. Her book choices are extensive and ambitious. Some noteworthy books mentioned: The Da Vinci Code, The Art of Fiction, The Catcher in the Rye, The Fellowship of the Ring.

Stephen King

If you’re the sort who’s constantly looking to hone your writing skill, there’s a high possibility you’ve read Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. The last few pages have the King’s suggested reading list. Fans of Stephen King must be curious about his favorite books. In case you’re wondering, not all of them are of the horror genre. The critically acclaimed author is a fan of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. To see the full list, just do a quick Google search.

Orange Is The New Black

Piper Chapman is convicted of transporting drug money and thus sentenced to 15 months in a women’s federal prison. Originally a memoir, it was picked up and adapted into a comedy-drama series. It was released on Netflix and has since received positive reviews from critics. Like Gilmore Girls, Orange Is The New Black frequently shows its characters reading. If you would like to check out the full list, I suggest popping a visit to ‘Books of Orange Is The New Black’, a tumblr blog specially dedicated to the hit series. This blog was even mentioned on Buzzfeed!

John Green

Look here, reading challenge newbies. If you feel overwhelmed browsing though the previous reading challenges, look no further. John Green’s recommended books are short and sweet. Expect Tina Fey’s Bossypants, E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief and Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding. Get a load of these cool stuffs.

Book Blogs

There are dozens of reading challenges trending around book blogs. Several of the book lists have been going on for some time but that’s the thing. Books are timeless. It doesn’t even matter even if you’re tackling a 20 year old reading challenge. Take a look around these bookish blogs and you might spot the one you’re looking for. My personal favorite is ‘Around the World in 80 Books‘.

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