Cold weather like today’s means the winter reading challenges are near. I am doing this one by Megan that starts on November 1st and goes to January 31, 2017. If you’re in the mood for a reading challenge, click to sign up too.
5 points: Book that is at least 150 pages long – Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
10 points: 2016 finalist for a literary prize: National Book Award, Man Booker or Man Booker International The Vegetarian by Han Kang
10 points: Brand-new release (published between November 1, 2016, and January 31, 2017) The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
15 points: Author of a different race or religion than you And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini – Afghani Muslim
15 points: Book featuring a main character who is of a different race or religion than you – Confess by Colleen Hoover
20 points: Modern retelling of a classic – Shylock Is My Name by Howard Jacobson (retelling of The Merchant of Venice) or Hag-seed by Margaret Atwood (retelling of The Tempest)
25 points: Book with an alcoholic beverage (neat or cocktail) in the title. — A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith (after a cocktail named Brooklyn)
30 points: Book with a character that shares your first or last name. Sula by Toni Morrison which has a character named Nel Wright (thanks to Erin for the recommendation)
30 points: Read two books: a nonfiction book and a fiction book with which it connects. Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer (NF) and The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict (Fiction)
40 points: One by an author whose first name is the same as the last name of the author of the other book. Unburnable by Marie-Elena John and An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
I am drawing a blank on fictional characters with named Karen or Wright so that’s where I need your help. Can you think of any books that meet this criteria that I might want to read for the challenge? Leave me a comment below. Thanks. Updated: Erin recommended that I read Sula (see above). How do other people find books that fit this category?