2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge

At the beginning of this year I set out on a bit of a reading adventure. As I mentioned on my blog in January I’d found a list titled “26 books to read in 2015” and I thought, “why not try it?” On New Year’s Day I spent quite a bit of time choosing books for each category on the list. Of course, when I got to the category “A Book You Were Supposed to Read in School but Didn’t” I was stumped because I would NEVER have failed to do assigned reading! Well, perhaps once or twice I would skim, but skip an entire book? By the way, I ended up reading Lee Harper’s classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, to fill that category. And seriously, what are the odds that I’d finally read a book published 55 years ago the same year that her previously unpublished book, Go Set a Watchman, comes out?

As I gathered ideas for books to put on my 2015 reading list I ended up creating a couple Pinterest boards, “26 Books in 2015” and “Books I’d Like to Read Someday,” the second, of course, to deal with all the suggested books that I wasn’t going to be able to fit into 2015. Truth be told, a person wouldn’t really need to create a Pinterest page of the books they plan to read but I found it a fun way to dream and create my list. And when I was ready to start a new book I didn’t have to spend a lot of time searching for just the right one – I had a ready-made list to choose from.

Overall I really enjoyed this challenge but there were a few adjustments I had to make along the way. For instance, when my pastor’s book came out last spring I wanted to read it even though it wasn’t previously on the list. I’d already read my “Published This Year” book so I eliminated my previous choice for “A Book That Will Make you Smarter” category and inserted “Thrill Sequence” into that category. And, due to what my girlfriend calls my “sensitive spirit” I discovered, after reading three books related to war in just over two months, I was going to have to eliminate all future war books from my 2015 list. I just needed a break from man’s inhumanity to man. I also realized that doing any deep reading in December just wasn’t a good idea so I went rogue and started picking Christmas books that basically read like a Hallmark movie; fun, short and predictable.

At this point in time I’ve only completed 25 of the 26 books but then again there are still four days left in the year and a snowstorm is on the way. Oh, and I’ve listened to three audio books so really, I’ve “read” 28 books, right?

I decided though, to do things a little differently for next year and create my own reading challenge. I have chosen 12 categories for my challenge – one for each month – and for my second book of every month I’m going to decide as I go along. It’ll be easier than having to rearrange my list. And, of course, my Bible is on the list for every day because it’s the greatest book of all time. I set my goal for the year at 24 books hoping I can read more but two books a month is a more realistic pace for me. I do, however, have friends who read 24 books in a month so if you’re one of those people, well, carry on.

My 12 categories for 2016 are as follows:2016 Reading Challenge

  1. An Historical Fiction
  2. A Book That’ll Teach You Something
  3. A Biography
  4. A Book That’ll Draw You Closer to God
  5. A Book From a Series
  6. A Book by Your Favorite Author
  7. A Book That’ll Help You Do Your Job Better
  8. A Devotional
  9. A Book Recommended by a Friend
  10. A Fiction for Fun Book
  11. A Book By A Local Author
  12. A Christmas Book

Would you like to join me? I’ve created a bookmark with the categories that I’d be happy to email to you so you can print it out. Just comment on this blog and let me know you’d like a copy.

I’ve already made my choices for 2016 and created yet another Pinterest board. Please feel free to email me at nancy@nancyholte.com with your choices or suggestions. I love hearing about books that other people have enjoyed.

Happy Reading!

11 comments on “2016 Reading Challenge

    1. Nancy Post author

      I’m glad you’re going to join me. Let me know if you find any awesome books. I’m reading Colleen Coble’s Blue Moon Promise right now. I totally got sucked right in.

  1. Sharron Green

    Enjoyed your blog today. I love to read, your challenge is very interesting. I did pin it on Pinterest. Have you heard of Goodreads? I am a member, they keep track of books you have read, want to read, and are currently reading. A great info site on books and others ratings of them also. Good luck with your challenge!

    1. Nancy Post author

      Do you buy your books from Goodreads? I’m kind of confused by them but I suppose I should go investigate the site more. I actually keep track of the books I read on my computer but I’m kind of odd that way. :)

      1. Sharron

        I use Goodreads as reference only and to record my books. I borrow ebooks from my library and read on my Kindle or listen on my phone. The app to do that is called Overdrive.

        I have the pleasure of being in the panhandle of FL for two months, tough, huh…? Enjoy your MN winter. Later.

  2. Leslie Olson

    Late in seeing this post but count me in as well – I had started my reading list for 2016 and was revising it this weekend so just in the nick of time ……

  3. Lucy Ann

    Just came across you post tonight. I have challenged myself this year to read 12 books. I am on my third one as I type this… Glad to hear others are on a similar journey this year! :)

    1. Nancy Post author

      Good job on your reading! When I got more serious about reading my goal the first year was to read four books all the way through. I just barely made it! Oh, how things have changed. If you read any great books that you love, let me know so I can add them to my already too long list! :)

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