Amy’s 2016 Reading Challenge

Last year, I tried a reading challenge from another site. It was interesting and got me reading books that I wouldn’t have otherwise read. This year, I decided to create my own challenge to push myself a little further. I’m putting it out here in case anyone else would like to give it a shot.

Here are The Rules:
1. You do not get to complain about what is/is not on this list. If you want a challenge 100% suited to you, make your own. No one is forcing you to participate.

2. Yes, some of these will be difficult to find/source or will take you out of your comfort zone. That’s also part of the challenge.

3. No “double counting.” Some books will hit multiple items on this list. You can choose how to count it (and you can retroactively change how you counted it) but one book cannot cover more than one item on the list. While we’re talking about counting, all books count: adult books, young adult books, picture books – as long as they meet the criteria.

4. It’s OK to not finish. The challenge I did last year was 50 books. I read 36. The year before I think I read 20ish. So I didn’t complete the challenge but I made forward progress. Don’t let pessimism about your ability to finish keep you from starting.

5. Last, it would be quite excellent if you tracked your progress on Good Reads. Extra good if you added me as a friend so I could see your reviews as you post them. Extra extra good if you tag your reviews with #amys2016bookchallenge.

Here is The Challenge:

  1. Read a book from a genre you’ve never read from before
  2. Read a book written by someone with whom you disagree politically
  3. Read a book that documents the building/construction/destruction of a human-made, historical structure (functional or purely artistic is fine)
  4. Read a book that starts with an epigraph
  5. Read a book about race
  6. Read a book written by someone from a country you’ve never been to before
  7. Read a book one of your grandparents’ liked (or aunts, uncles, other family/family-by-choice)
  8. Read a distopian book
  9. Read a book set in the present time period
  10. Read a book for which the movie rights have been optioned, but the movie has not been made
  11. Read a book written by a woman younger than 40 years-old
  12. Read a book written by a woman older than 40 years-old
  13. Read a science-fiction book by a written by a non-white woman
  14. Read a book written by a disabled person (not necessarily about disability)
  15. Read a book about an idea (real or fictional) that failed
  16. Read a book written by an author who died by murder
  17. Read a memoir or biography about an author
  18. Read a book where art, or a specific work of art is the main topic
  19. Read a book your kid likes (If you are not a parent, ask a kid you know. If you don’t know any kids, read up on which books have been recently popular.)
  20. Read a book with a season or month in the title
  21. Read a book with that has a food item in the title
  22. Read a book that was published during a war (not necessarily about war)
  23. Read a book written by a medical doctor (on any subject)
  24. Read a book that has an animal as a main character
  25. Read an anthology or any collection that contains writing from multiple authors
  26. Read a book where the main character has a job/career that you couldn’t realistically get today (either because the book is so far in the past that no one does this job any more or because the book is so far in the future that the job doesn’t exist yet)
  27. Read a book entirely while in transit (while in the car, on a train, on a plane, etc.)
  28. Attend a book reading and read the book that the author is presenting
  29. Go to the library and read a book from the shelf of recommended books or ask a librarian for a recommendation
  30. Read a work of derivative fiction (i.e. fan fiction, or a work that features an established character in a new story by a new author)
  31. Read a fantasy book written by a non-American woman
  32. Read a book by a person whose name you can’t (or don’t know how to) pronounce
  33. Read a book written by someone from your home state (or country/country/province)
  34. Ask a teacher you know for a book recommendation, then read it (does not have to be a teacher who taught you – can be any person working as a teacher who you know)
  35. Read a book published the year you graduated high school
  36. Select a book entirely based on its cover, and read it
  37. Read a banned book
  38. Read a book about any kind of sport or a book written by a current/former athlete (on any subject)
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Women’s reading room, Carnegie Library and Music Hall, Alleghany City, Pennsylvania

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