2021

In an attempt to get out of my routine and try new things, in May 2021 I started One Book One Idea challenge. The plan is to pick one thing from each book I read, one activity, one idea, anything, and do it. I’m keeping this as broad as possible, so the activity can be as simple as making a meal that a character in the book makes, or something more complicated like moving to another country. 

I read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi which can make it difficult to pick something that’s actually possible to do in reality, so as long as the activity is inspired by the book, it works for the challenge. I’ll do this for every fiction book I read from the beginning of the challenge to the end of 2021. Some of my picks can be done in a day but some of them take a while (specifically the ones where I have to learn new skills) – I’ll mark the challenge as done when I feel like I gave it a proper try.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugolearn to do slight of hand tricksDONE – learned 2 coin tricks

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugolearn horse riding

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart meditate every day for 2 weeksDONE, and I’ll keep doing it

Trick by Natalia Jasterlearn to juggle – I really tried. I’m occasionally not horrible at it. I’m gonna consider this DONE.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Noviklearn to sew, at least the basics, I’ll consider this done when I make something that I can actually use

The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett – a trip by myself to a city I’ve never been to

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Blacktry bubble tea

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckettwatch the play, preferably live, but a recording works too

Heat by Nicolina Martingo back to learning Spanish – I’ll consider it done when I read a book in Spanish – IN PROGRESS

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuangbalance training for 1 month (I have issues with balance so maybe this helps)

The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuangread a nonfiction book on Chinese history (so it’s not an activity from the book, but it’s inspired by the book, ok?)

Ruin by Nicolina Martin – make lasagna – for the first time in my life (I think cooking or reading another book will be my go to choices when I don’t know what else to pick)

Shame – The Early Years by Nicolina Martin – try exercising with a punching bag

The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller – take a photography courseDONE

The Parable of the Sower by Octavia W. Butler read a nonfiction book about religions

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harrisgo to therapy – this is the scariest one

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwoodwatch Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – picking the easiest option this time – DONE – turns out it’s not an easy option when the movie sucks

Dune by Frank Herbert get better at chess

Cotilion by Georgette Heyer go to a masquerade party