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A reading challenge is the best way to develop a reading habit. In bookworms, or casual readers, a reading challenge can develop a taste and renewed vigour for books beyond what they usually read. But, each reader has their own limit, or area of comfort when it comes to reading. You can also join several reading challenges happening on Instagram or Facebook to come put of your reader’s block.
So, here’s five essential books that you can challenge yourself with or take reading challenges with.
This important work of feminist fiction is no joke. Even with only 300-odd pages, it is filled with themes and dystopian nightmares that will prove to be difficult even for staunch readers. Watching the TV series might help to ease the load though.
It isn’t easy or difficult to like Austen. It’s a matter of personal choice. People can form opinions about Austen’s works even after reading them all. Yet, the subtleties of romance, the methods of socialising in England in those times make the novels of Austen quite interesting. What is more, many notions of love found in later books are more or less inspired by Austen’s works.
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
This novel has always perturbed readers through the years. No one knows or understands why it is famous, even when it is read. Nevertheless, over the years, many readers have claimed to come back to the book again and again, whether to finish it finally or to reread. It is a gripping book, no matter what.
1984 by George Orwell
This book, as well as the other Orwell book, Animal Farm, are always brought up by readers when discussing the current state of the world. Published in 1949, Orwell’s vision of a future 1984 plagued by government surveillance can be a terrifying read. Readers will find this book quite the challenge because it has been known to induce a sense of paranoia in its readers. Terms like “Big Brother” and “Thought Police” come from the book.
If on a Winter’s Night A Traveller, and The Castle of Crossed Destinies by Italo Calvino:
OK, this is cheating, we know, but Calvino deserves a lot more spots on this list. His books are barely 150-200 pages long, but many-a-reader have found themselves reading the same story multiple times and still not finishing the books. The books are also grand explorations of themes and meanings – how words form and stories take shape.
Tell us in comments if you have been part of any reading challenges?