This picture is the third that I took on my way home to Lafayette after my mother was buried in Rolling Prairie. As you can tell, I do my best to avoid cities. Not that that there is much in the way of cities between the two places.
Well, I failed to meet the goals of my self-inflicted Reading Challenge again in 2016. I read only seventeen of the twenty types of books that I set in the challenge. Has that brought my spirits down? Yes, a bit. Is it deterring me from trying again this year? Not a whit! In fact in 2017 I’ll be shooting to read 21 different types of books. The twenty-one types are:
- A book by an author you have never read before.
- A biography or autobiography.
- A book recommended by a friend.
- A romance novel or a western.
- A mystery or thriller.
- A book on a historical subject.
- A book of science fiction or fantasy.
- A graphic novel.
- A book of short stories or essays.
- One of a series of books.
- A book previously started but never finished.
- A book that has been the basis of a movie or television series, or vice versa.
- A book written in each decade that I have been alive, so one in the 1940’s.
- A book written in the 1950’s.
- A book written in the 1960’s.
- A book written in the 1970’s.
- A book written in the 1980’s.
- A book written in the 1990’s.
- A book written in the 2000’s.
- A book written in the 2010’s.
- And a book of any kind.
The challenge begins on January 1. As in all of my challenges, you are invited to play along with me. I don’t take myself so seriously that I don’t see this as play. If I did, I would be weighed down with self-recrimination over past failures to achieve my goal.
If you want to play, you have a few days to start picking your books. I would be interested to know how you do. I already have my first three books in mind; and I’m eager to start. I’ll give updates on my progress as the year goes along.