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. Since then, I’ve moved our little group to facebook and we all pick our own pace and challenge and have a blast talking about everything we’ve been reading.
“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
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. 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 group is all about!
Resources & Reading Fun
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- Christmas Christian Fiction That Will Warm Your Heart
I do a lot of book reviews each year not only on my own blog, but around the web as well. I have done extensive book list posts for Club31Women.com and KindredGrace.com. I am a GoodReads Librarian and have had the absolute joy of managing multiple book launches for authors over the years. Contact me if you’re interested in having your book reviewed on my blog or if you’d like to talk about hiring me to help with your upcoming book launch!