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Want to Read More This Year? Here’s a Reading Challenge to Inspire You

Want to read more this year? Here's a 2017 reading challenge to inspire you!

Happy New Year, friends! As we embark on a new trip around the sun, I’m thinking about what I’d like to experience and learn this year. Among other things, this includes a friendly and fun reading challenge.

I don’t know about you, but I can sometimes get stuck in a reading rut. For a couple of years after leaving university, I only read psychology and self-help books and didn’t realise how much I was missing all the other genres I’d put aside in the meantime. My reading now is more balanced but I’m always looking to broaden my book-based horizons. This year, I’ve created a reading challenge to jazz up my book list.

The idea behind these challenges is to encourage myself to read books I might usually overlook or wouldn’t otherwise consider. If you’re not a huge fan of reading but would like to try to read more, creating a reading challenge is also a great way of gamifying this activity and making it more fun.

There are two versions of this challenge you can try depending on how ambitious you’re feeling. The first is a 26-book version, which evens out at a book once every two weeks. The second is the 56-book version, which is the equivalent of a book a week. I’m planning to start with the 26-book version and see how things go. Join me?

The 26-book 2017 reading challenge

  1. A book you read in school
  2. A book from your childhood
  3. A book published over 100 years ago
  4. A book published in the last year
  5. A non-fiction book
  6. A book written by a male author
  7. A book written by a female author
  8. A book by someone who isn’t a writer (think Paul Kalathani or Richard Branson)
  9. A book that became/is becoming a film
  10. A book published in the 20th Century
  11. A book set in your hometown/region
  12. A book with someone’s name in the title
  13. A book with a number in the title
  14. A book with a character with your first name
  15. A book someone else recommended to you
  16. A book with over 500 pages
  17. A book you can finish in a day
  18. A previously banned book
  19. A book with a one-word title
  20. A book translated from another language
  21. A book that will improve a specific area of your life
  22. A memoir or journal
  23. A book written by someone younger than you
  24. A book set somewhere you’ll be visiting this year
  25. An award-winning book
  26. A self-published book (may I suggest this one? :))

2017 Reading Challenge! Are you ready for a 2017 reading challenge? Click through to get your 26-book and 52-book challenge checklists...

The 52-book 2017 reading challenge

  1. A book you read in school
  2. A book from your childhood
  3. A book published over 100 years ago
  4. A book published in the last year
  5. A non-fiction book
  6. A book written by a male author
  7. A book written by a female author
  8. A book by someone who isn’t a writer
  9. A book that became/is becoming a film
  10. A book published in the 20th Century
  11. A book set in your hometown/region
  12. A book with a name in the title
  13. A book with a number in the title
  14. A book based on a true story
  15. A book someone else recommended
  16. A book with over 500 pages
  17. A book you can finish in a day
  18. A previously banned book
  19. A book with a one-word title
  20. A book translated from another language
  21. A personal growth book
  22. A memoir or journal
  23. A book by someone younger than you
  24. A book set somewhere you’ll visit this year
  25. An award-winning book
  26. A book you were supposed to read in school but haven’t yet
  27. A book with a character with your first name
  28. A book with a place in the title
  29. A book set in the future
  30. A play
  31. A scary book
  32. A funny book
  33. A book of short stories
  34. A trilogy or series
  35. A bestseller
  36. A book you own but haven’t read yet
  37. A book about philosophy
  38. An epic poem
  39. A Victorian novel
  40. A book of poetry
  41. A book with a colour in the title
  42. A book with an appealing cover
  43. A book about psychology
  44. A book about science
  45. A graphic novel
  46. A self-published book
  47. A book based on a true story
  48. A famous author’s first novel
  49. A book of non-fiction essays
  50. A book by an author you haven’t read before
  51. A book set in a country you’ve never been to
  52. A book set in the place you live today

2017 Ultimate Reading Challenge! Are you ready for a 2017 reading challenge? Click through to get your 26-book and 52-book challenge checklists...

 

So what do you think? Are you planning to do a 2017 reading challenge? Leave a comment and let me know!

Further reading: 7 must-read books that will better your relationshipmy favourite books on creativity and personal growth from 2015


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