January: A cold book. Maybe that means “Smilla’s Sense of Snow” or “In Cold Blood” or something else more metaphorical, like a book you have cold feelings toward. You decide.
February: A 2015 Award Winner (You pick the award: Man Booker, Pulitzer, Minnesota Book, Indiana Authors Award, Edgar, Anthony, Hugo, Word Nerds Top 10, etc.)
March: A book set in Ireland, or by an Irish author/poet.
April: A book you’ve always meant to re-read and haven’t yet
May: Read the favorite book of your significant other or your best friend (or one from their all-time top list)
June: A book you’ve been given or bought for yourself that you haven’t read yet (we’re repeating this one from 2015 because we have so many that fit this category!)
July: A hot book. Like with cold books, you decide how to interpret this. Hot can be temperature, or metaphor for the latest best-seller or that steamy romance novel.
August: A book set in a school. Magical schools are OK.
September: A book with a blue cover.
October: The annual spooky book pick.
November: A collection of short stories. You pick if it’s a collection from one author or an anthology from multiple people.
December: A 2016 debut novelist’s book
To help with December’s challenge, we’ll keep a list of debut novels we know of that seem awesome.
- The Gallery of Lost Species, Nina Berkhout
- The Good Liar, Nicholas Searle
- Mrs. Houdini, Victoria Kelly
- Curiodity, Paul Jenkins