I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. (But I’ll settle for paper cuts)


After googling (yes it’s a verb) “challenge yourself”, and there is a boring round about story of how I came to do this – starting with an essay, I saw that this is a very popular goal for people. I can see the appeal, it allows you at New Years to have a go-to resolution, or gives you something to fill out on those goal sheets that used to come attached to our report cards. (ignoring the fact that the ‘used to‘ means we no longer have to fill those out)

What’s your New Years resolutions?
while not having any I think I’ll challenge myself more!

It’s up there with loosing weight, eating less _____, and other general physical, domestic, material and lifestyle improvements. 

Anyways I came upon this blog: http://www.danahuff.net/ it’s where I got the title as well, by Franz Kafka and hell if I know who he is…

And for those of you who like reading… she has book challenges! Such as

Steampunk Challenge: Clockwork angel, Leviathan, and the Hunchback Assignments are a few of the titles listed under reccomendations

Books I Should Have Read in School but Didn’t: We all have a list of books we feel we should have read, probably in school, but for a variety of reasons, we didn’t. This challenge will allow all of us who feel we should have read certain books, whether they are classics of literature, or children’s books we seem to be alone in missing, to read those books!

The Gothic reading Challenge: GIANT list http://gothicreadingchallenge.blogspot.com/p/50-gothic-books.html

The Once Upon A Time Challenge: <- you get it

The Where Are You Reading Challenge: read a book about a country, state town and map it!

The GLBT Challenge: Read a book about GLBT or by an author that is

So if you’re ever stuck in a rut and don’t know what to read, try a challenge = something to brag about!

Let me know if you have tried a book challenge, are thinking of trying one or if you are thinking of your own challenge!

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2 responses to “I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. (But I’ll settle for paper cuts)

  1. I read a book once called “The Geography Club” and although it doesn’t sound like it, it was actually a very interesting and though pravocing novel on GLBT kids, the title comes from the fact that the kids want to start a club to talk about there feelings and problems they face in keeping there lifestyle a secret, but at the same time they want to keep they’re secret. So they create a club that absaloutly no one at there school would want to join. Geography. If you haven’t read it – and I suppose not a lot of people have – I would strongly suggest it.

    • It’d be fun to do an author challenge, only because i think most fo David Levithan’s books are amazing. His writing style is simple, emotive and funny; he’s just very real. He wrote The Lover’s Dictionary, Boy meets Boy and others and he co-writes books with Rachel Cohn. You might know of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Dash and Lily’s No Kiss List and they Have a new one out someone and somebody’s (i cant remember) book of dares. One of his books that i really want to read is Will Grayson Will Grayson, it’s his newest; you should definitly check him out.

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