Whatever you celebrate, I hope that you had a wonderful and peaceful holiday, and that you got lots of socks for gifts.
Today I was thinking about structure and how it can be both limiting and, somehow, liberating. A conversation on Facebook about children picking up on rigid gender roles delved into the negative aspects of categorization. But although humans are very often too complicated to fit neatly into categories, classifying things in the world helps us make sense of it. And that is how we ended up with phyla of animals and schools of art and the Dewey Decimal System.
Structure can provide a framework in a random and dangerous world, and in a chaotic brain like mine. We will celebrate the same holiday with these same traditions at the same time every year. I will visit a new museum every week. I will write blog posts around monthly themes. I will eventually write about every Metro station.
With that in mind, I’ve decided to try a reading challenge for 2018. There are numerous reading challenges out there, with a list of 2018 reading challenges compiled here. I settled on the Monthly Key Word Challenge hosted by My Reader’s Block. Each month has nine words, and I am not a fast enough reader to read 108 books in one year, but I will try to read a couple or a few books each month containing one of the keywords in the title. I’m counting related words (like plurals, past tenses, compound words, etc.), and I’m making an exception if only one book in a trilogy has a keyword so that I can read the whole trilogy together.
The words are:
January: white, ice, year, baby, hat, dance, top, road, if
February: pink, snow, heart, arrow, point, right, holiday, walk, and
March: green, luck, great, shout, hope, wrong, rope, carry, into
April: clear, rain, lily, basket, out, gather, valley, all, cross
May: pearl, flower, clasp, pale, mountain, one, never, dog, around
June: bell, bird, town, live, river, none, some, bride, when
July: blue, water, desert, apple, many, wood/s, stay, cabin, between
August: yellow, sun, beach, boat, house, few, help, camera, above
September: always, fall, sleep, school, teach, call, leave, chase, below
October: black, mask, ghost, witch, castle, moon, night, haunt, mystery
November: brown, thanks, food, family, table, dream, laugh, town, over
December: red, present, Christmas, party, give, tree, sing, bell, under
Recommendations containing a key word in the title are welcome!