It has been a dream of mine to put together a reading challenge for you and this is FINALLY my year to make it happen! This challenge is a 52-week challenge to help motivate and inspire you to tackle your reading goals.
I am so thankful for what reading has brought to my life. I had such a good chat with my dad on the phone yesterday and, through our conversation, I brought up a bit of my own disappointment in myself for not finishing that college degree.
As silly as it seems, sometimes I wish I could say that I completed something that I had initially walked away from. It isn’t even a field I’m interested in anymore, but it is that sense of completion.
He said, “Amy, you have something way better than a degree. You read. Reading helps shape your viewpoints, it helps you travel, and it gives you so much knowledge to continue growing and learning. So many people don’t have that.”
Even as an adult, who wouldn’t want to hear that from her dad?
Books are my education and my addiction. There are so many books that have challenged my views on life and made me a better person. Challenges, like the one I am sharing today, are intended to push and stretch you even further.
Can you imagine how differently you will view the world after a touching memoir from someone you never knew about, a book on poverty, a book about a religion you are unfamiliar with, a new look at race, or a political memoir? I can’t wait to reflect back on how much this year’s challenge has shaped my new viewpoints!
I’ll try to have a printable diploma for you at the end of this year to hang on your wall. If you read 52 books, you should have that and a printable medal too! Ha!
Not only am I sharing my reading challenge with you, but I am also sharing how I plan to tackle this challenge for myself this year! Of course, do not feel pressured AT ALL to select the same books, but just as ideas if you are looking for a little inspiration in any of these categories!
My Picks for the 2017 MomAdvice Reading Challenge
1. A book about travel- The Geography of Bliss
2. A book that’s more than 500 pages- Illuminae
3. A GoodReads Choice Award Winner (from any year)- A Tale from Time Being
4. A memoir from someone you have never heard of- Alligator Candy
5. A book recommended by a library- Nine Women, One Dress
6. A book you own, but haven’t read- Rebecca
7. An audiobook- The Sound of Gravel
8. A book that’s becoming a film- The Zookeeper’s Wife
9. A book about a culture/religion you are unfamiliar with- Pull Me Under
10. A book that takes place in your state or town- A Girl Named Zippy
11. A book that you loved as a child- Anne of Green Gables (truth be told, I never finished it, but I think I will now!)
12. A book that will help you be a better person- An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth
13. A book on mental illness- The Bell Jar
14. A political memoir- The Speechwriter
15. A book that challenges a viewpoint- Consequence
16. A PEN/Faulkner Award Nominee or Winner (from any year)- Delicious Foods
17. A book about marriage- Commonwealth
18. A classic novel- Jane Eyre
19. A book written by a comedian- The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo
20. A book written by a woman- Another Brooklyn
21. A book written by an author under the age of 30- Homegoing
22. A YA Novel- The Sun is Also a Star
23. A book you meant to read in 2016, but never got to- Lilac Girls
24. A sci-fi/fantasy book- Version Control
25. A book about time travel- Kindred
26. A book that takes place during a war- Mischling
27. A book set in a place you wish you could live- Four Seasons in Rome
28. A book by a debut author- Sweetgirl
29. A story that takes place in a bookstore- Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore
30. A book published this year- Juliet’s Answer
31. A thriller- Her Every Fear
32. The first book in a new series- Red Queen
33. A true crime book- The Stranger Beside Me
34. A book you can read in a day- The Vegetarian
35. A historical fiction novel- Darktown
36. A book recommended on a podcast- Spill Simmer Falter Wither
37. A book of short stories- American Housewife
38. A Southern Gothic book- The Heaven of Mercury
39. A book from the NPR Book Concierge (any year)- Eleanor & Hick
41. A book about financial hardship- The Short & Tragic Life of Robert Peace
42. A Dystopian novel- The Handmaid’s Tale
43. A book with an unlikable narrator- A Pleasure & a Calling
44. A book recommended by a blogger- The Passage
45. A book written by an author that wasn’t alive in your lifetime- Persuasion
46. A National Book Awards Finalist (from any year)- News of the World
47. A book on race- Born a Crime
48. A book about art- The Mirror Thief
49. A book from your TBR (to be read) stack- Brutal Youth
51. A nonfiction book- The Latter Days
52. A book you will be proud to share you finally read this year- Evicted
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Start your engines, friends! I hope this helps you reach your reading goals- xo
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