Crossword LTD is a chain of bookstores based out India. Crossword has a reading challenge beginning every year and this year I planned to take this challenge. There are two challenges the beginner challenge and the pro reader challenge. The beginner challenge has around 13 challenges and the pro reader has 25 challenges. What intrigued me and made me participate in the Pro reader challenge is that I loved the challenges as these challenge makes you read books that are diverse, unique and out of one’s comfort zone.

So as we are halfway through the year, this is how I have fared in the Pro reader challenge so far:

Read an internationally acclaimed book by an Indian author

Book Read: Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry


Read a book under 100 pages

Book read: The old man and the sea by Ernest Hemingway


Read a book set in the Indian subcontinent 

Book read: These hills called home: stories from a War Zone by Temsula Ao, The house that spoke by Zuni Chopra, Maharani by Ruskin Bond

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Listen to an audiobook or a podcast you have never heard before

Audiobook: Everything that remains: A memoir from the minimalist by Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus


Read a picture book out loud to someone

Book read: Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman

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Read a book that explores the theme of LGBTQ+

Book Read: Oranges are not the only fruits by Jeanette Winterson

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Read a romance novel

Book read: Someone to love by Ruchita Misra


Read a fiction or non-fiction book about feminism or which explores the theme of feminism

Book read: We should all be feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The second wife by Munshi Premchand

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Read a book based in a neighboring country

Book Read:  The reluctant fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

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Re read a book that impacted you the most in your childhood

Book read: Harry Potter and the philosophers stone by J.K.Rowling

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Read a crossword bestseller

Book read: An era of darkness by Shashi Tharoor

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Read a book recommended by friend

Book read: A tree with a thousand apples by Sanchit Gupta, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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 Challenge update: 12/25 completed 

So are any of you participating in the Crossword Reading challenge?

Beginner Challenge

Pro reader challenge  

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