Is your to-be-read list as out of control as mine?
I surveyed my lists, shelves, and Kindle on Saturday and made a new list of what I’d really like to read this year (leaving holes for spur-of-the-moment books, of course).
If you need a little push too, here are five reading challenges you might use for extra motivation (thanks, Barbara, for sharing most of these challenges; I’m even copying some of your picks). Books can overlap between categories; just not within categories.
The Goal: Any non-fiction books
Dilettante–Read 1-5 non-fiction books
Since I love non-fiction anyway, I’m aiming for Master here.
What I’ve read so far: Moonwalking with Einstein, His Word in My Heart, Made for Goodness, Strength to Love, Does Jesus Really Love me?, Ethics for the New Millennium, The Explicit Gospel, The Power of Now, Fresh Air, Stuff, Unfollowers, Tuesdays with Morrie, Orthodoxy, Spiritual Misfit, The War of Art, Reimagining Church, Delete, Finding Spiritual Whitespace, Letters by a Modern Mystic, Crazy Busy, Essentialism, Being Wrong, Decisive, Daring Greatly, Let’s All Be Brave, How I Know God Answers Prayer, Bloodlines, Praying in the Reign
The Goal: To finally read 12 books from your “to be read” pile within 12 months. Caveat: They have to have been on your shelf or list for at least one full year. Two alternate titles are allowed.
My picks are: His Word in My Heart, The Brothers Karamazov, Les Misérables, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Orthodoxy, Letters by a Modern Mystic, Fresh Air, Tuesdays with Morrie,The War of Art, The Power of Now, Delete, and Being Wrong. 2 alternates: Reimagining Church, Living God’s Love.
This will be the toughest for me. Here are the requirements plus my pick for each category (overlapping with some above).
- A 20th Century Classic (My Man Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse)
- A 19th Century Classic (The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky)
- A Classic by a Woman Author (The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery)
- A Classic in Translation (Les Misérables by Victor Hugo)
- A Classic About War (The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy)
- A Classic by an Author You Haven’t Read (Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton)
The Goal: One classic per month from the list provided. Choose any or all months. I’m choosing 3 (duplicate books from other challenges): January (The Blue Castle), April (My Man Jeeves), August (The Brothers Karamazov), and October (How I Know God Answers Prayer).
The Goal: Read classic authors from among “the cloud of witnesses,” i.e. dead ones. A great list is provided for starters. I’m choosing only two: Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton and Letters by a Modern Mystic by Frank Laubach.
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Do you know of other reading challenges? Are you participating in any? Please share below.
last updated December 12, 2014
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