Happy New Year! I’m kicking off 2015 with my own resolution. This year I’m focusing on progressing my writing career and to celebrate that I’ve decided to add a new feature to the blog called Writer’s Shelf. This will highlight my literary adventures along with the bumps and turns in the road to becoming a published novelist.   But fear not, I have not forgotten my sub box roots so you’ll be seeing plenty of box posts as well.

For my very first feature of 2015, I’ve got a great Reading Challenge from the folks at Popsugar (who you may know from the Popsugar Must Have Boxes). If you want to be a good writer, the first step is to read a lot—including things you hate or things you’d never imagine grabbing from a shelf. This challenge asks us to read books from all the categories listed below. I’m challenging myself to complete a book from each category (so I’m not letting one novel count for more than one slot). If reading more is on your list of resolutions, I invite you to join me.   Here’s a printable list from Popsugar so you can check off as you go.  I’ll be posting with my choices and some book reviews so be sure to check back if you want some suggestions.  Happy Reading!


A book with more than 500 pages
A Classic Romance
A book that became a movie
A book published this year
A book with a number in the title
A book written by someone under 30
A book with nonhuman characters
A funny book
A book by a female author
A mystery or thriller
A book with a one-word title
A book of short stories
A book set in a different country
A nonfiction book
A popular author’s first book
A book from an author you that you haven’t read yet
A book a friend recommended
A Pulitzer Prize-winning book
A book based on a true story
A book at the bottom of your to-read list
A book your mom loves
A book that scares you
A book more than 100 years old
A book based entirely on its cover
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
A memoir
A book you can finish in a day
A book with antonyms in the title
A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
A book that came out the year you were born
A book with bad reviews
A trilogy
A book from your childhood
A book with a love triangle
A book set in the future
A book set in high school
A book with a color in the title
A book that made you cry
A book with magic
A graphical Novel
A book by an author you’ve never read before
A book that takes place in your hometown
A book that was originally written in a different language
A book set during Christmas
A book written by an author with your same initials
A play
A banned book
A book based on or turned into a TV show
A book you started but never finished


Author: Writer Preziosi

Once upon a time, long, long ago, Lisa attended Syracuse University where she studied singing in a giant castle surrounded by ice and snow. After she earned her music degree, she headed to the island of Manhattan, down to the West Village, to a place called the New School. There, she earned another degree in the great art of writing stories for children. She currently works on that same island trying to help real people, while making up stories about imaginary ones. Her first book, “The Ice Maiden’s Tale,” a fairy tale adventure, was released on May 30, 2017 and is up for sale on Amazon.


    1. I guess my suggestions would depend on what type of books you enjoy reading or what type are you interested in grabbing. Literary, romance, fantasy, horror?

      1. For romance, I adore Deborah Smith’s “When Venus Fell”. Another must read in romance is Jude Deveraux’s “Knight in Shining Armor” (that one has time travel).

        I don’t read much in the way of high fantasy, but if you dig vampires – Elizabeth Hunter has a great, grown up take on it with her Elemental Mysteries series. You can get the kindle version for free on Amazon.

  1. Oh my gosh – this challenge is so exciting! I used to read quite a lot when I was younger and I’ve been looking for some encouragement for some time now to help me get back into it. You have no idea how over the moon I am that I stumbled upon your page! I’m going to go print off this list now and see if there’s maybe something similar for movies and comic books. 😀

    1. That’s so great. Please come back and share your selections and your progress. I am just finishing my first choice so I’ll have a review up for it soon!

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