The beginning of the year is the best time to take it upon yourself to be a better you. It’s a time to take on new personal challenges and set higher expectations for ourselves. When it comes to reading, it’s the perfect time to dive into the world of books and try to read more than we did in the last year.
With this in mind, we’d like to introduce the #QueMag monthly themed reading challenge. The idea is to read two books a month, but you can only read a book which fits into the theme for that month. That way, you’ll always be reading something different and you can use this to read books that you’ve either been putting off or would never have thought to read. Who knows? Maybe reading outside your comfort zone will introduce you to a genre you never thought you’d enjoy reading.
Now, we understand that a lot of people find it very difficult to find the time to read and that’s completely fine. For those who think two books a month is a bit much, all you have to do is read one. But make sure you do, because this is one reading challenge that’s sure to change the way you read.
January: Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Get into the spirit of this challenge in the very first month itself. Read two books featuring a lead character of a different race, religion, or sexual orientation as you. See how far you can immerse yourself in their experience. That’s what makes reading so magical, right?
February: Cloak And Dagger
Read two books about spies, or assassins, or someone in disguise and in hiding. Embrace your dark side.
March: Back To The Future
Read two books set in a world similar to ours, but completely different in many ways. Read something about time-travel or something set in a dystopian universe. Think about how similar our world is to that one and what separates us.
April: And The Pulitzer Goes To…
Okay, so it doesn’t have to be the Pulitzer. Read two books which have won major awards in the literary community. We know how hard it is to keep up with the slew of amazing prize-winning literature, so this is an easy way to check two books off your to-read list.
May: Get Down To The Roots
Movies seem to take inspiration from books all the time, so why don’t we read more of the source material? Read two books which have been made into films; bonus points if you haven’t seen the films already – there’s nothing like being surprised!
June: Destination Unknown
Read two books in which the character takes a trip, or goes on a quest, or finds themselves on a journey towards some distant goals. Mid-way through the year is the best time to look forward to what we want to achieve during the rest of the year and being reminded by your reading helps.
July: Rain, Rain, Go Away
Gear up for the monsoons with two books which revolve around the weather, or a climactic condition. Nothing like reading about disaster to give us perspective about the small leak that’s sprung up on the living-room ceiling.
August: No Way!
Fantasy. Yup, this is the month you spend reading about fantasy of all kinds – epic fantasy, high fantasy, gritty fantasy, whatever kind catches your fancy. If dragons aren’t your thing, there are plenty of forms of fantasy out there that aren’t as outlandish as the classics.
September: Eyes On The Prize
Read two books about games. Whether they be war games, contests between people, or even psychological games – we’ll leave the interpretation up to you.
October: Gives You The Creeps
The monsoons are almost done by now, so make the most of all that time spent indoors by scaring yourself silly. Read two books about ghosts, hauntings, or spirits. The scarier the better!
Take a look at your to-read list and just pick two books from it at random. If you don’t finish reading the books you’ve been putting off reading now, then when will you? For all you know, it could end up being one of the best books you’ve ever read.
December: But I Love Him/Her!
Read two books by your two favourite authors. Consider this reward for being so brilliant about getting through this challenge and reading across a variety of genres and writers. And keep your eyes peeled for another reading challenge from #QueMag around this time next year!
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