Throughout 2016 I’ve enjoyed participating in the reading challenge issued by the Mint Hill Branch of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library. The year is quickly drawing to a close. I have not yet fully met the challenge, but I have four days left.
I designed the following reading challenge for 2017:
- A book of poetry
- A Sci-Fi book
- A nonfiction book
- Books by 12 authors I’ve never read
- A novel set in each of the seven continents
- A novel by a North Carolina author
- A novel set in North Carolina
- Re-read a favorite book
- A book written in the 1700s
- A book written in the 1800s
- A book written in the 1900s
- A biography, autobiography, or memoir
- A book about a religion other than my own
- A book that might change my mind
- A book just for fun
- A book that will teach me a new skill
- A book that was originally written in a language other than English
- A book written in Spanish (a language I haven’t studied since 1973)
- A book published in 1953 (the year I was born)
- A book that is the first in a series I haven’t read any of before
- The second book in a series of which I’ve read the first book
- A book written by an author I’ve met
- A book of short stories
- A book published in 2017
- A book about the craft of writing historical fiction
- A Nobel Prize winner
- A political thriller
- A sequel to a book I’ve read
2017 – My Goal and Objective
I used to set a goal of reading a book every week, but in 2017 I’m going for quality and variety instead of volume. My goal isn’t to check off every category. My reading goal is to expand into areas and subjects I might not normally consider. My personal objective in 2017 is to become less judgmental. I think reaching my reading challenge goal will enable me to accomplish my objective. It will, no doubt, be an objective I will never fully attain. I am a work in progress.
Join me for the 2017 reading challenge I’ve planned or design one of your own. Tell your friends about my blog and my reading challenge. Let’s get some conversations going about the books we’re all reading!
Everyone in the world does not have equal access to books so, now more than ever, it is incumbent upon those of us blessed to live in free societies and those of us blessed to live in countries with free public libraries and/or the financial means to have access to books to make the most of that privilege.
Until my next blog post, I hope you have a good book to read. If you’re a writer, I hope you have productive writing time.