It’s that time of the year when we all take a step back and reflect on the year passed. Then we set ourselves a far reaching New Years Resolution that a majority of us fail by the end of January. So why not aim for a resolution for 2017 that you might actually keep? We all read, right? and we all often have trouble deciding what book to read next. So here is an idea for a New Years Resolution that you may actually fulfil!
For the lover of thrillers, consider this challenge:
1. Read Thrillers By A Writer Of A Different Cultural Background
We all tend to read great books from classic Western writers such as Dean Koontz, but we are ignoring a whole range of great thriller novels by authors from all sorts of backgrounds, including Asian, African, Middle Eastern etc. Examples that will broaden your thriller spectrum by race and culture include Shelter by Jung Yun or a book from the Detective Elouise Norton Series by Rachel Howell Hall.
2. Read Some Old Classic Novels
There are some exciting titles set to be released in 2017, but if you are a true lover of the genre, why not dust off some old classics? You can never go wrong with a good Agatha Christie novel and if you want a really old classic, try and get your hands on a copy of H.G Wells’s The War of The Worlds which is a 1898 novel that was one of the first thriller books to make the genre popular.
3. Introduce A Thriller To Your Book Club
Part of the fun of reading is being able to share your thoughts, feelings, and excitement about stories with others. Being in a book club is great fun if you are a lover of all things bookish. And if you aren’t, I recommend joining one. Whether you are a senior member of a book club or a newcomer, why not suggest a thriller novel for the group to sink your teeth into? Everyone will thank you for suggesting such an exciting read.
4. Read The Book Before The Movie
There are masses of psychological thrillers hitting the big screen in 2017. Many people debate over whether it is better to read the book first or watch the film first, though if you are an avid reader, challenge yourself to read the book before seeing watching the film adaptation. The Circle by Dave Egger (the film version stars Emma Watson and Tom Hanks), sounds like it’s going to be a good one.
5. Cross Off A Few From Your TBR List
We all have a few books on our bookshelf that we haven’t gotten around to reading yet. Don’t deny it, there are a few yard sale bargains, or the latest release from one of your favorite thriller authors sitting there just waiting to be read. So for 2017, I suggest refraining from adding to the list (I know it’s hard, believe me), before you’ve crossed a few more off.
6. Read A Thriller Novel In A Different Format
Most of us readers prefer the classic hard copy of a great novel. So for 2017, how about trying out a different reading method? There are lots of different ways to read books these days: Kindle, tablet, phone, laptop, and even audiobook while in your car, on the train, or even walking your dog. The possibilities are endless!
7. Read Different Types Of Thrillers
It’s easy to get stuck reading the same kind of story over and over again to the point that the ending becomes too predictable. There are a few different types of thriller styles out there such as psychological thrillers, techno-thrillers, sci-fi thrillers, and even romance thrillers. One of my favorite authors is Michael Crichton who writes some pretty incredible science and technology-based thrillers. My favorite novel of his so far is Prey.
Many people make the New Years Resolution to read more books. Thrillers are a great genre to hook readers and keep them engaged. So instead of making a resolution that you are probably going to get bored with, take up the Thriller Reading Challenge for 2017!
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