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Jobe’s 2016 Reading Challenge

Different people have different amounts of time in their lives, but I’m challenging you to participate in either the Jobe 25 Books Reading Challenge or the Jobe 50 Books Reading Challenge. To structure the year, choose your 25 or 50 reads from the following 101 categories, compiled or invented by yours truly.

Like me here, like the blog here, friend me here, join the Facebook READING group here and the Facebook WRITING group here. At any point in time, please let me know your favorite and least favorite categories, and any suggestions for future categories!

Read On, Hard Readers!

  1. A book you chose for the cover
  2. A book you chose despite the cover
  3. A book you weren’t sure you should give a chance
  4. A book with your favorite color on the cover or spine
  5. A book with a color in the title
  6. A book with a number in the title
  7. A book with a one word title
  8. A book with antonyms in the title
  9. A book with an awesome first line
  10. A book with an awesome final line
  11. A book with a nonhuman character
  12. A book with a child protagonist
  13. A book with a character you dislike
  14. A book you’ve been hearing about online or IRL
  15. A book you saw someone reading IRL or on TV
  16. A book set in another country
  17. A book by an author you’ve met
  18. A book by an author who shares one of your names (first, middle, or last)
  19. A book set in the past
  20. A book set in the future
  21. A book based on or turned into a TV show
  22. A book based on or turned into a movie
  23. A book you wish they’d turn into a movie
  24. A book by a female author with a strong female protagonist
  25. A book by or about an LGBTQIA+ person
  26. A book by or about a person of color
  27. A book by or about a differently abled person
  28. A book by or about a non neurotypical person
  29. A book about a character who is different from other characters
  30. A book about a character who is different from you
  31. A book with a character who has an interesting occupation
  32. A book that’s the first of a series
  33. A book that’s the last of a series
  34. A memoir
  35. A non-fiction book
  36. A book based on a true story
  37. A book based on a classic, a faery tale, or mythology
  38. A book categorized as sci-fi or fantasy
  39. A book categorized as mystery, thriller, or horror
  40. A book categorized as romance or erotica
  41. A book categorized as YA or ___punk
  42. A play or a novella
  43. A book of poetry or a book of short stories
  44. A book outside your comfort zone
  45. A book that makes you feel sad or disappointed
  46. A book that makes you feel happy or excited
  47. An award-winning book
  48. A New York Times best seller
  49. A book that “everyone” has read but you
  50. A book that “no one” has read but you
  51. A book that is considered “a classic”
  52. A book with a strong message or theme
  53. A book you can finish in a day
  54. A book with 500+ pages
  55. A book at least 100 years older than you
  56. A book written by someone when they were at or under age 25
  57. A book written by someone when they were at or over age 65
  58. A book someone recommended to you
  59. A book well-loved by a family member, coworker, or classmate
  60. A book published this year
  61. A book published the year you were born
  62. A book that had laugh out loud moments
  63. A thought-provoking book
  64. A book you could not put down
  65. A book that features war
  66. A book that features school
  67. A book that features a holiday
  68. A book that features a romantic relationship
  69. A book that features a marriage or a divorce
  70. A book that features a birth or a death
  71. A book translated into English
  72. A popular author’s first book
  73. A book published by a smaller press
  74. A book that takes place where you live (city or state)
  75. A book that takes someplace you want to visit
  76. A banned book
  77. A book you really should’ve read before now
  78. A book you started but never finished
  79. A book that’s been collecting dust in your to-read pile
  80. A book by an author you love that you haven’t read yet
  81. A book by an author you’ve never read before
  82. A book that’s so good you’re rereading it
  83. Two books by authors who know/knew each other
  84. Two books by authors who know/knew each other
  85. You and a friend read the same book at the same time
  86. A book that strongly features taste
  87. A book that strongly features smell
  88. A book that strongly features touch
  89. A book that strongly features sound
  90. A book that omits a sense
  91. A book that reminds you of an album
  92. A book that reminds you of a certain era of your life
  93. A book that inspires change
  94. A book that predicted something
  96. REPEAT a category of your choice
  97. A book that satisfies three or more categories
  98. A book that satisfies five or more categories
  99. A book with an interesting dedication
  100. A book that no one would expect you to read
  101. Read Chicken by Chase Night


Posted in Reading Challenge

Jobe made it to 50!

50 books read in 2015, that is! Woot! I was so excited I couldn’t wait to share the news. Participating in a reading challenge has really helped me stay on track and make time for my reading, and using has motivated me to keep reading and reach new goals! If you’re like me and love to read but never seem to find the time, these might help you prioritize, too! I’ll be designing my own reading list for 2016 so stay tuned!

2015 50 book pledge

Posted in Reviews

Jobe with More On the Road

This month I focused on two big reading projects, Jack Kerouac’s On The Road and the earlier version, On The Road Scroll. In Novel Revision class, our main purpose was to examine changes between manuscripts as part of the revision process. So as the story goes, Kerouac typed up his notes on a scroll, formed by taping all his paper together, so it would be one long continuous mass coming out of his typewriter coming out of his brain. I was alarmed to find upon cracking this baby open that Kerouac did not make use of the paragraph, so I devised my own breathers after every 25 pgs (it’s about 300 pgs total, so that worked well). In class discussion we concluded that the more polished, finished work that most people are familiar with reads less like a journal and more like a crafted narrative, with intentional focus on particular characters. It also contained the artist’s additions of metaphor, allusion, and so on, and the removal of content that’s less relevant to this particular story. If you’re interested in American music culture and visions of Americana circa 1947 (as told through the eyes of a madman following and even madderman) this book / these books might be for you.