December 15, 2016

Dear 2017, I challenge you to a read-off!


A classic.

A classic.

If you’re the kind of person that sets reading goals, you might decide on one of these great and popular reading challenges to spice up your reading in 2017. Including the normal fare of classics and motif-based challenges, I’m also a big fan of the more peculiar ones: reading books written in the form of correspondence and reading mysteries that have cats as protagonists, to name a couple.

Even though feline detective novels aren’t a part of my normal literary diet, there’s something delightfully charming about a book featuring “Smudge, a ‘slightly psychic’ cat” solving cozy mysteries (the double meaning there is also irresistible). And I think that’s the point! Reading challenges get us out of our literary bubbles. Thinking back on some of my most memorable reads of 2016, I can’t help but include The Swoly Bible, which, despite some unfortunate misogyny that I’m hoping is meant entirely tongue-in-cheek, is a hilarious book about gym bros.

At PopsugarTara Block has also put together a great checklist to help people keep diverse reading lists in 2017. But what I was really looking for this month was a list of book recommendations that could help me understand what happened in 2016. I couldn’t find a good one, so I made this short list of goals for myself, which I share here in case someone wants to loop my literary bubble into their own:

(That’s right, I made you a LISTICLE!)



Peter Clark is a former Melville House sales manager.