What books do you want to read in 2016?
If you read better with some accountability, here are some great reading challenges for 2016 that I’ll be participating in. Look up the details at their individual sites to see if they’d be right for you, too.
Some have rigid rules; others are super flexible. Books can overlap between challenges (I have lots of overlap). You don’t have to have a blog to participate.
These are books I will attempt to start this year; I make no promises about finishing.
Read 12 (or more) books from your To-Be-Read pile (books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2016; no library books count). Most will be from my Kindle. Previous years of TBR challenges have knocked quite a few books off my real shelves.
The Fellowship of the Ringby J.R.R. Tolkien The Do What You Can Planby Holley Gerth The Confessions of St. Augustineby Augustine of Hippo Jesus > Religionby Jefferson Bethke Living God’s Loveby Gary Holloway & Earl Lavender Running Scaredby Ed Welch Tell Your Timeby Amy Andrews 10 Things Jesus Never Saidby Will Davis, Jr. Beauty Will Save the Worldby Gregory Wolfe Habit: The 95% of Behaviorby Neale Martin
- The Addicted Brain by Michael Kuhar
The Colors of Hopeby Richard Dahlstrom
- Finding Eve by Rita Springer
The Day the Angels Fellby Shawn Smucker
Read books released in 2016 (minimum 100 pages). Of the 4 levels (from 1-45+ books), I’m choosing the New Release Newbie category (1-15 books).
- (No way to predict yet; I’m aiming for 5 new releases)
Breaking Busyby Alli Worthington Habits of Graceby David Mathis Spark Joyby Marie Kondo Whispersby Jean Wise The Blessing of Humilityby Jerry Bridges The Contemplative Writerby Ed Cyzewski Understanding Exposureby Bryan Peterson Unstuffedby Ruth Soukup The Happiness Effectby Donna Freitas The More of Lessby Joshua Becker Underground Airlinesby Ben H. Winters Everyone Brave Is Forgivenby Chris Cleave The Road Back to Youby Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile The Underground Railroadby Colson Whitehead The One-in-a-Million Boyby Monica Wood The Serpent Kingby Jeff Zentner Hillbilly Elegyby J. D. Vance Before the Fallby Noah Hawley The Bridge to Brillianceby Nadia Lopez How to Be Hereby Rob Bell Love Warriorby Glennon Doyle Melton Pursuing Health in an AnxiousAge by Bob Cutillo 7 Days of Soul Careby Dolly M. Lee Tribeby Sebastian Junger The Great Spiritual Migrationby Brian D. McLaren
Discover new genres, authors, and books you wouldn’t normally read for shifts in perspective. Out of 24 categories, I hope to meet 8-12. [Download the PDF at BookRiot.] The New York Public Library has a list of reading suggestions.
My Picks: (subject to change)
- Middle grade novel: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
- Nonfiction book about science:
The Wisdom of the Enneagramby Don Richard Riso
- Set in the Middle East:
I Am Malalaby Malala Yousafzai
- Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award:
Yes, Pleaseby Amy Poehler
- A book under 100 pages:
The Do What You Can Planby Holley Gerth
- Book by or about a person that identifies as transgender:
Georgeby Alex Gino
- Historical fiction set before 1900:
The Marriage of Oppositesby Alice Hoffman
- First in a series by a person of color:
Belovedby Toni Morrison
- Book about religion:
Christianity After Religionby Diana Butler Bass
Re-read a book you’ve read before. I’m choosing Level 1 (0-15 books), hoping to re-read 6 books that deserve a second look.
The Jesus Creedby Scot McKnight A Return to Loveby Marianne Williamson Unoffendableby Brant Hansen The Prophetby Kahlil Gilbran The Search for Significanceby Robert McGee The Words of Gandhiby Mahatma Gandhi Reliving the Passionby Walter Wangerin, Jr.
Read a minimum of 6 classic books (1966 is the cut-off date). Of the 12 categories to choose from, I’m picking 8.
1. A 19th Century Classic –
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
2. A 20th Century Classic –
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
3. A Classic by a Woman Author –
Persuasion by Jane Austen
4. A Classic in Translation –
The Confessions of St. Augustine by Augustine of Hippo
5. A Classic by a Non-White Author –
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
7. A Fantasy, Science Fiction, or Dystopian Classic –
A Fellowship of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
9. A Classic Which Includes the Name of a Place in the Title –
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
10. A Classic Which Has Been Banned or Censored
Not a reading challenge per se, but 6 incredible books chosen by SheLoves Magazine to read together.
The Irrational Seasonby Madeleine L’Engle
Between the World and Meby Ta-Nahesi Coates
Life Pathby Luci Shaw
I Am Malalaby Malala Yousafzai
- September: Too Heavy a Yoke by Chanequa Walker-Barnes
- November: The Reluctant Pilgrim by Enuma Okoro
This is not an official challenge, but something I just want to do.
- 2010 Newbery Medal Winner:
When You Reach Meby Rebecca Stead
- 2011 Newbery Honor:
One Crazy Summerby Rita Williams-Garcia
- 2012 Newbery Honor:
Breaking Stalin’s Noseby Eugene Yelchin
- 2013 Newbery Honor:
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weaponby Steve Sheinkin
- 2014 Newbery Medal:
Paperboyby Vince Vawter
- 2015 Newbery Medal:
The Crossoverby Kwame Alexander
- 2016 Newbery Honor:
The War that Saved My Lifeby Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
And of course I’ll read random library books and books to review. Who knows what the year holds?
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Want even more challenges? Here are more 2016 reading challenges to choose from!
Which book do you want to read in 2016? Are you participating in any challenges? Please share in the comments.
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