Who doesn’t like reading a good book? I’ve not ever tried a particular reading challenge, rather been tossed along as a pebble in a stream from one book to the next. Sometimes getting stuck in a rut and doing a marathon read of an entire series or settling into one particular genre or the other.
This year, POPSUGAR’s 2017 Reading Challenge came through my Pinterest feed right as I was between books, so I decided to add a bit of structure to my reading travels.
Several of the titles can go in multiple categories. I’ll list them under the category to which I’m assigning the title. I’ll also provide a link (affiliate) to the title on Amazon.com and to my review (once I’ve written it).
Yes, I know it’s a going to be a looong list page with a lot of links. Sorry. Nature of the beast.
So far, it’s been a fun. Have a great recommendation for one of the categories? Let me know in the comments.
The Basic Challenge
Without further adieu, here is the challenge:
- A book recommended by a librarian: Presence by Amy Cuddy.
- A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long
- A book of letters
- An audiobook: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King.
- A book by a person of color
- A book with one of the four seasons in the title
- A book that is a story within a story
- A book with multiple authors: The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines.
- An espionage thriller
- A book with a cat on the cover
- A book by an author who uses a pseudonym
- A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read
- A book by or about a person who has a disability
- A book involving travel: Jaywalking with the Irish by David Monagan for Lonely Planet.
- A book with a subtitle: Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running from Madness by Suzy Favor Hamilton.
- A book that’s published in 2017: My Not So Perfect Life: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella.
- A book involving a mythical creature
- A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile
- A book about food: Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichi.
- A book with career advice: Jump: Take the Leap of Faith to Achieve your Life of Abundance by Steve Harvey. Our review.
- A book from a nonhuman perspective
- A steampunk novel
- A book with a red spine: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
- A book set in the wilderness: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.
- A book you loved as a child
- A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- A book with a title that’s a character’s name
- A novel set during wartime: The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah.
- A book with an unreliable narrator
- A book with pictures: Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to American Warriors by George W. Bush.
- A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you
- A book about an interesting woman: The Princes Diarist by Carrie Fisher.
- A book set in two different time periods
- A book with a month or day of the week in the title
- A book set in a hotel
- A book written by someone you admire
- A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017
- A book set around a holiday other than Christmas
- The first book in a series you haven’t read before: The Girl in the Castle by Santa Montefiore.
- A book you bought on a trip: Lone Star Lovers Boxed Set by Jean Brashear.
The Advanced Challenge
Read through all of the above and still have some of 2017 left, here are a few more options.
- A book recommended by an author you love
- A bestseller from 2016: Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher.
- A book with a family-member in the title
- A book that takes place over a character’s life span
- A book about an immigrant or refugee: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. Our review.
- A book from a genre/subgenre that you’ve never heard of
- A book with an eccentric character
- A book that’s more than 800 pages
- A book you got from a used book sale: The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher.
- A book that’s been mentioned in another book: Dream Big by Leslie Zimmerman. Our review.
- A book about a difficult topic: Wish Girl by Nikki Loftin.
- A book based on mythology
Have some good recommendations for any category? Let me know in the comments.