My 2016 Reading Challenge

I spent a goodly amount of time Googling different reading challenges so that I could decide which one I wanted to try for 2016. Ultimately, I decided to make my own! I borrowed and stole multiple reading tasks from other challenges and then added some that I came up with myself. I chose a total of 50 to include in my list, but I think you should choose a number that’s best for you. Fifty books isn’t a feasible goal for everyone, and that’s perfectly fine! Choose some that you think you can do, then choose some others that will be out of your comfort zone. It is a reading challenge after all!

  1. A winner from the 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards
  2. A book about books
  3. A book from the Rory Gilmore Challenge
  4. A book with one of the 5 W’s in the title (who/what/when/where/why)
  5. A book set more than 100 years ago
  6. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you
  7. A book by an author who writes under more than one name
  8. A fairytale from a culture other than your own
  9. A historical fiction book
  10. An award winning book (ex: Newberry Medal, National Book Award, etc.)
  11. A book you’re embarrassed to read in public
  12. A book published in 2016
  13. A book with a blue spine or cover
  14. A book with a horrible/ugly cover
  15. A book picked for you by someone else
  16. A favorite book you read for a second time
  17. A book you feel that everyone has read but you
  18. A book recommended by a famous person
  19. A book you know nothing about
  20. A book set in the country of your ancestors
  21. A book with a child as the main character
  22. A book with an unreliable narrator
  23. A book whose main character shares your name (first, middle, or last)
  24. A book set during a war (historical or fictional war)
  25. A chick-lit book
  26. A book written before you were born
  27. A collection of poems
  28. A book outside your comfort zone (genre, topic, number of pages, etc.)
  29. A book about second chances
  30. A prequel to a book series
  31. A book that has more than one author
  32. A book by an author who is from a different country
  33. A book that’s an author’s debut novel
  34. A book that you got for free
  35. A book that was made into a TV movie, series, or mini-series
  36. A play that was adapted into a musical or a movie
  37. A book that’s on the bestseller list
  38. A book spun off from another book  (examples: Death Comes to PemberleyPride & Prejudice & ZombiesConfessions of an Ugly Stepsister)
  39. A book that made you laugh out loud
  40. An audiobook
  41. A book your grandma (or other family member) loves
  42. A book with a nonhuman protagonist
  43. A book that takes place at a university
  44. A mystery or thriller
  45. A book recommended by a blog or Booktube video
  46. A book that takes place during a holiday
  47. A book you own, but haven’t read
  48. A book that you’ve “been meaning to read”
  49. A book you read with a friend or a book club
  50. A book you saw someone reading

Will you be doing a reading challenge in 2016? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading! – Caitlyn


8 thoughts on “My 2016 Reading Challenge

  1. Just FYI, I was thoroughly underwhelmed by Death Comes to Pemberley, if that’s one you’re really considering. The reviews were all glowing, and I kept waiting for it to get good, and that just kind of never happened.


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