2017 Reading Challenge

I am the first person to admit that I don’t read as often as I should. I have worked for a publishing company, an online library, and two major bookstore chains, so I have accumulated a ton of books over the years that I have barely even flipped through let alone read. I would feel more guilty if I didn’t regularly donate them or give duplicate copies to friends; however, I do need to be more mindful about keeping up with the books that I already own rather than always running to a bookstore or library for a new fix (I’m sure some of you can relate to that shopping high!). Since I was in grade school, I have had reading ADD — meaning that I cannot keep my mind occupied on just one book at a time. I have the need to read a suspense novel the same week as a rock ‘n’ roll biography and a new writer’s debut book of short stories (…this is the actual predicament that I’m in at the moment). What ends up happening is that I step away from them all and get lost in work and weekends. It is then difficult to get back into any of the books that I was reading weeks prior. My reading ADD is certainly not my worst (or only) vice, but it is something that I want to fix in 2017. I’m not one to usually make New Year’s resolutions, but I want to be better at how and what I read so why not have a new year be the excuse?

Since it’s easier to keep a resolution if you have some support, I will be extending this 2017 reading challenge to anyone else who is trying to be a better reader or writer. If you do plan on participating, let me know in the comments or via email what you’re reading and how your year is progressing and I’ll do the same. So here it is…get ready to start thinking and shopping!

  • a book you chose for the cover
  • a book that a friend won’t stop raving about
  • a book whose location takes place somewhere that you’ve always wanted to visit
  • a book you were forced to read in high school or college
  • a memoir about someone famous that you’re not familiar with
  • a book in a genre that you usually avoid
  • a book about a topic or subject that you love
  • a book that is over 500 pages
  • a book that is under 200 pages
  • a book that was translated from a foreign author
  • a book that has just been released
  • a book that you started reading and then never finished
  • a book about a subject that you know nothing about
  • a book on a bestseller’s list
  • a book that was turned into a movie
  • a book you loved as a child
  • a book by your favorite author that you have never read

If you have any other suggestions to add to the list once you’ve gotten started, go for it! And if you’re not a big reader, it might still feel good to get a few of these knocked off your list. I think this is one challenge in the new year that I’m actually looking forward to 🙂 Happy reading!

4 thoughts on “2017 Reading Challenge

  1. Bridget says:

    I’m so sad when people say they don’t like to read or don’t have time to read. Man I could spend a whole weekend with a good book or e-book! And I’m not too proud to admit that I almost exclusively read page-turner fiction and nothing that would make my college professors proud.

    a book that a friend won’t stop raving about: What the Lady Wants: A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age
    a book whose location takes place somewhere that you’ve always wanted to visit: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – got to fulfill that dream last year in Savannah!
    a book you were forced to read in high school or college: War and Peace – hated, never finished, and Crime and Punishment, loved
    a book in a genre that you usually avoid: historical fiction or biographies
    a book about a topic or subject that you love (a book I thought I’d love but didn’t): Spark Joy, Marie Kondo
    a book that has just been released: LOVING The Wangs Against the World
    a book that you started reading and then never finished: Gillian Flynn Dark Places – gave me nightmares
    a book about a subject that you know nothing about: The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House (will read this next)
    a book on a bestseller’s list: Homegoing – best thing I read last year
    a book that was turned into a movie – Wild – movie was better than the book
    a book you loved as a child: I read this series called Cam Jansen, child detective with a photographic memory. I read every one in the library.
    a book by your favorite author that you have never read: Tie between whatever new material David Sedaris has out, and Emma by Jane Austen

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    • lisaluea says:

      I completely agree. There’s time for anything if you make time for it. I used to read a lot more when I took the subway to school or work, but now I live off of eBooks and audio books for when I’m around the house or in the car — always be multi-tasking. I think it’s also hard to get over that feeling of guilt for reading at home instead of cleaning, or washing dishes, or doing errands. And hey, page-turner fiction is allowed after trudging through what it took to get an English degree 😉 Thank you so much for the list of suggested books! I’ve read some and have been curious about the rest (I’m halfway through WILD and think I prefer the movie, too). Hopefully we can all get in a little more reading this year. xoxo

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