The 2016 Reading Challenge

In the process of listening to tons of reading- and book-themed podcasts (and there are many) for a future post, I came across Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy. By virtue of loving her podcast (more on that later), I spent a good deal of time getting familiar with her website as well. I may be a month late to the game, but I’m going to participate in her 2016 Reading Challenge. It’s a great combination of comfort reading and books that might be more of a stretch. My list of “books I should have read in school” is quite long, so narrowing it down to just one will be an adventure.

The challenge is to read 1 book each from 12 categories, effectively covering 12 different types of reading over the course of the year. As I complete the challenge, I will add links to my review of what I read:

  1. A book published this year
  2. A book you can finish in a day
  3. A book you’ve been meaning to read
  4. A book recommended by your local librarian or bookseller
  5. A book you should have read in school
  6. A book chosen by your spouse, partner, sibling, child, or BFF
  7. A book published before you were born
  8. A book that was banned at one point
  9. A book you previously abandoned
  10. A book you own but have never read
  11. A book that intimidates you
  12. A book you have already read at least once

I’ve never been one to back down from a reading challenge, having followed along with the Morning New Tournament of Books off and on for 6 years now. (I missed last year. After looking at the brackets this morning, I see that was a mistake.) Since I’m coming to the game on February 1st, I’m going to have to knock two books out at once. An obvious choice will be “a book you can finish in a day” in addition to one of the other list items.

Off I go to scour my shelves and to-read lists. Happy reading!


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