2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge


I’ve been thinking through this idea for a few weeks and I’m so excited to finally share it with you!

For as long as I can remember, every year I’ve added “Read More” to my list of New Year’s Resolutions. This year is no different. To achieve my goals, I’ve learned that I need external accountability. In this case, I need to be liable to a group of readers or library due dates. Otherwise, reading starts to tumble down toward the bottom of my to-do list.

So, this year, I’m creating a reading challenge and inviting (begging!) you to join me. I’ve tried to create an interesting and fun challenge that anyone can try, whether you’re a #booknerd (like me) or not.

There are other reading challenges out there. (I’m always a little bit late to the party, ha!) But, here’s the thing, I want to do this with YOU! I want to do this with my little blog community. I hope you’ll join me. Also, please feel free to share this with your friends. The more, the merrier. I love seeing the exchange of ideas and different perspectives.

This is how it’s going to work: I’ve created 12 challenges, one for each month of the year. At the beginning of the month, I will check in with a reminder of the challenge for that month, which book I’ll be reading and listing some suggestions for you. You’ll comment which book you’ll be reading – for accountability and also to exchange ideas among the group – and then we’ll check in at the end of the month with thoughts about the books we read.

Here’s the entire 2016 Reading Challenge:

January – A Classic Book You Never Read

February – A Memoir

March –A Book From the Goodreads Choice Awards – Best Books of 2015

April – Children’s Literature: Reread a Book You Loved as a Child

May – Read a Cookbook

June – A Book *Everyone* Loves that You Have No Interest in Reading

July – Read a Book Aloud to Someone in Your Family

August – Judge a Book By Its Cover: Pick A Book With a Great Cover

September – A Book You Already Own

October – Read a Book About a Missionary Or Any Non-Profit Service Organization

November – Read a Book Released in 2016

December – Try an Audio Book

I’ll check back on Saturday to discuss the challenge for January. Can’t wait to get started!

12 thoughts on “2016 Reading Challenge

  1. I’m in! One thing I’ve always loved about my book club is that it gets me to read books I might otherwise skip. This raises it to a whole new level of challenge!


  2. I recently concluded I don’t read enough. I think this would surprise some who know me. Over the last twenty years I’ve drifted away from reading fiction. I no longer read for entertainment or for reading’s sake; there must be an immediate interest in the subject. I’m a slow reader because I stop often to re-read and digest every paragraph, often multiple times. Reading is rarely fluid for me. Because of this it can take forever to get through a single book. My solution has been to read several books concurrently (not simultaneously, of course). This doesn’t work well for fiction where the flow of narrative is essential. But recently I’ve begun to feel confined and isolated by this habit, and I’ve given serious thought to breaking it. Reading this challenge has provided further inspiration. It’s a new year. I’m not big on resolutions. I don’t like making frivolous commitments and I’m a procrastinator, but when I do resolve to do something it’s usually with real gusto. A book a month? Impossible for me (at least immediately). But I can commit to reading more fiction. Thanks for the inspiration. The timing is good for me.


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