I am going to try something new. I don’t know how this will go or if I will keep it up, but I thought I’d share a fun reading habit I’ve been doing lately.
As recently mentioned, I tried a couple reading groups on goodreads to sort of spice up my reading life. The first one (The Seasonal Reading Challenge, in case you’re interested) contained challenges where you had to find books that fit into certain categories, like genres, page totals, book cover art, and titles or author’s names that spell out certain words. This would probably appeal to folks who don’t know what to read next or who want to expand their reading comfort zones. I did not make it very long in this group mainly because of my strict adherence to my own lists. The second group also has rigid rules but they do have one particular challenge I’m liking: word scavenger hunts!
Every month (and other alternative timelines), they provide new scavenger lists of up to 50 words to look for while reading whatever you choose to read (for example, the current list includes the word “bells”). If I come across that word while reading, I mark it down. It’s fun to see how many I can find by the end of the month. This works well if you have more than one book going at a time like me, or read very fast. I do it along with another person I know and we compare lists to see who found the most words.
I have found that one of the benefits of practicing these scavenger hunts is that I pay much more attention to the particular words I read. In addition to the monthly lists, I also participate in a long-term Color Word list and am enjoying the wonderful descriptions I come across.
My findings don’t qualify to enter in the group forum because they have a few more rules than I care to follow, so I will just log it in my own post here. But for those interested, the goodreads group is called “The Lost Challenges”. There are far more reading games than just hunting for words and they may appeal to you more. Are there any reading challenges you’re enjoying in this new year?