In early 2007, I launched a Reading Challenge on a private blog on a whim. It was a big success that year. Almost every year since, a group of book loving friends and I have enjoyed challenging ourselves to our personal goals of reading good books.
The challenge itself has evolved some over the years. Sometimes there are prizes, sometimes there’s just the satisfaction of enjoying good reading. But the purpose of the challenge has remained the same. It isn’t about reading the most books so much as about choosing quality books. The motto that first year, and every year since has always been about quality and not just quantity.
“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”- Mortimer Jerome Adler
The guidelines for each annual Reading Challenge were always simple.
Reading Challenge 2017
This year, we’re continuing the new format from last year, with a year of reading themes. You can read 1 book a month or a dozen! But hopefully this will give you ideas on ways to keep your book stacks filled with interest and variety. Check out the Reading Challenge 2017 post for more details! There’s also the Reading Challenge group on Facebook if you want to jump in and share with other book lovers about what you’re taking on during the challenge this year. Click here to join.
Reading Challenge 2016
Set Your Own Goals
Each person picks their own reading goals, their own book list, and their own time schedule. You are your own master in this. The challenge is here just to encourage you to keep reading, to push yourself just a little bit each year to form better reading habits, read more variety, or to read more books in general.The only request is that you keep a list of what you read to help keep yourself motivated–and to share with us all the good reads you’ve discovered during the year!
When you pick your books, try to mix it up a little. Don’t read all fluff. Don’t read all heavy stuff. In other words, don’t read just how-to books, or just romance novels. Take a bit of time to discover new, interesting reading material outside of your usual little reading box. Challenge yourself to learn more about something or someplace. Read books by a classical author you’ve never really taken the time to get to know. Find books on a topic that will get you thinking, or books that will make you laugh a little. Most of all, take time to discover the joy of new books, and have fun! That’s what this reading challenge is about.
It’s for Everyone
This challenge is always open to everyone! You don’t have to have a blog to participate. You don’t have to start at the beginning of the year to join in. You can write your list on paper, in your journal or share it online and link up with me here during the current year’s challenge, or just follow along silently. Consistent participation is not required, but it does make it more fun for all of us if you can! Besides, you might make a new reading buddy, and maybe a few new friends.
Reading is more fun when you can share it with your friends. Feel free to invite your friends to join in. You can share your book reviews and posts by using the #ReadingChallenge2014 hashtag on Twitter or Facebook, too!
So how ’bout it? Want to join me in this year’s Reading Challenge?
Resources & Reading Fun
Reading Challenge Facebook Group
Free eBooks for Christian Readers (an interactive facebook group for booklovers)
Free eBook resources and information
Annual March of Books @ KindredGrace.com
Get free Books to Review (post coming eventually!)
note to authors and publishers
I do a lot of book reviews each year. Contact me if you’re interested in having your book reviewed on my blog or if you’d like to make it available for a giveaway.