Hi, I’ve been inspired by the In Case You Missed It challenge to try a personalized version of it this year. I’d been thinking I should read more books by Irish authors (I’m Irish), so I’ve picked books for each year from 2012 to 2023 to read over the next twelve months. Just finished the first one, One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern, published in 2012. It’s a popular-level fiction work about a journalist who’s got herself in a mess, professionally, and is trying to redeem herself by fulfilling the dying wish of her former editor and mentor. The wish revolves around a list of 100 people with no apparent connection to each other… Can Kitty find out why they are all on this list? It has a pretty happy ending for most people, and it got me out of a bit of a post-Christmas reading slump, so that’s good.
I did something similar. I’m doing the “standard” ICYMI challenge, picking a book from the list provided by Read with the Book Girls. And I’m also reading the annual Newbery Award books from the same year. So for January, I read the 2012 Medal book, Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos. For February’s 2013 Newbery, I had already read the Medal book, so I’ve selected one of the Honor books to read.