Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Helmet 2017 Reading Challenge

Hello again!

I decided, out of general interest, to participate in the Helmet 2017 reading challenge. (Helmet means pearls, for those interested!) It's arranged by the Helmet libraries of Finland, and you can find the challenge in English here.

The idea is to be inspired by some/all of the fifty categories and read books from them. I copy-pasted the categories here, along with the books I thought I might read for each of them. Subject to change when I read something out of the list or just change my mind & I'll link the reviews here too when I get around to reading them!

1. A book’s name is beautiful
2. A book discussed in reading blogs - Senlin Ascends, Josiah Bancroft
3. Finnish classics - Tuntematon sotilas, Väinö Linna 
4. A book inspiring wellness and wellbeing - We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
5. A book about travelling in the wild - The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan
6. A book with many storytellers - Carry On, Rainbow Rowell
7. A book written under a pen name
8. A book about Finnish history - Akvarelleja Engelin kaupungista, Jukka Viikilä
9. A book inspired by some work of art - The Story of Kullervo, J.R.R. Tolkien
10. A book with a beautiful cover - Charisma, Jeanne Ryan
11. A book written by an acknowledged professional - Shadowmagic, John Lenahan
12. A book about politics and politicians
13. ”Your story” book
14. A book you’d choose by its summary on the book cover - Heartless, Marissa Meyer
15. A book about a hobby
16. A book which has got some award abroad - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman
17. A book cover colors are blue and white - Eurooppalaiset unet, Emma Pulkkonen
18. There are no less than four words in a book’s name - The Reason You're Alive, Matthew Quick
19. A “one day story” book - Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher
20. A book about a disabled or seriously ill person
21. A hero story or a book about a brave person - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling
22. A book with illustrations
23. A translated book - The Danish Girl, David Ebershoff
24. A book about solving a crime - I Let You Go, Clare Mackintosh
25. A book where nobody dies - Pollomuhku ja posityyhtynen, Jaana Kapari-Jatta
26. A family story - Rikki, Reija Glad
27. A book about a place where you live (or where you come from) - Metsäjätti, Miika Nousiainen
28. You have read only one book by this author before - Totta, Riikka Pulkkinen
29. A book’s main character can do something which you would like to learn - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K Rowling
30. There is a word ”feel/feeling” in a book’s name
31. Fantasy book - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling
32. A book that has inspired a work of art - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling
33. A book about India - A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
34. A book about the times when you were not born yet - A Study in Scarlet, Arthur Conan Doyle
35. There is a proper noun in a book’s name - The World According to Bob - James Bowen
36. A biography or memoir - Geisha of Gion, Mineko Iwasaki
37. A book by an author who has written more than 20 books - The Lady in the Van, Alan Bennett
38. There is a wedding in a book - Kissani Jugoslavia, Pajtim Statovci
39. A book about aging
40. A book by a writer who comes from a different (from yours) culture - In Order To Live, Yeonmi Park
41. There is an animal on a book’s cover - Animal Farm, George Orwell
42. A debut book - Ruskeat Tytöt, Koko Hubara
43. A book that you have planned to read for a long time The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien
44. A book about faith or religion
45. A book about a Finnish woman - Paras mahdollinen maailma, Riikka Pulkkinen
46. A book by a writer from Oceania - The Bone Sparrow, Zana Fraillou
47. A book that would cover two subjects from the challenge list
48. A book about something which you know only a little bit - Yhden lapsen kansa, Mari Manninen
49. A new book of 2017 - Caraval, Stephanie Garber
50. A book recommended by a librarian
Anyhow, I can't think of any good finishing words for this so I'll just leave it to be. Have a good day, you!

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