April 22, 2017 8:10 am

Louellen Coker
Books and an ereader on a table.
Oh, the places you can go in the pages of a good book!

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.

I’m currently reading The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown and Presence by Amy Cuddy.

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:

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.

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