One of the lovely things about being an online arts centre is that Notes can Xanadu can feature writing and literature alongside other art forms. With this in mind, we have created a reading challenge for 2021. Each month there will be a theme, with several sub-categories, and the challenge is to read one or more books each month to fit the topic. Feel free to add sub-categories, the only rule is that one book each month should be a new read. The entire challenge can be downloaded in pdf format here. We also have an Excel spreadsheet, thanks to Karin Hammarstrom, one of our participants, which you can also download, and use to track your progress.
Every month, we’ll introduce the theme and sub-categories in a post like this, and also give some reading suggestions. Please leave a comment and tell us what you are reading, and whether you are enjoying it, or any other information that you would like to share with your fellow readers.
The theme for January is New Beginnings.
- a book published in 2020 or 2021
- a book given to you as a present (or bought with a book token) in the last couple of months
- a book about a new hobby or interest
- a book to do with a New Year’s resolution
- a New Age book
- The Bullet Journal by Ryder Carroll
- The Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr
- The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
- Attack Surface by Cory Doctorow
The Lady of the Lake by Andrzej Sapkowski, received as a Christmas present in 2019.
Come back next month for our February suggestions, and don’t forget to leave a comment below to tell us how you got on in January! Happy reading!
Update: it’s been suggested that we have a live, in-person discussion group once a month (online) to discuss what we’ve been reading – if that’s something you would be interested in, please comment below, or email email@example.com.