January 9, 2016

2016 Reading Challenge

Happy New Year everyone! Hope the start of your year is going well.

I thought it would be fun to share this check list I found at Tim Challies website HERE. I've never done a reading challenge before, so I'm only committing to 'The Light Reader' though I will probably read more than 13 books this year.

The rules are flexible, so instead of just picking my 13 books from the light reader section, I'm going to choose a few books per-section. I've added mine in pink to the category. Feel free to use this list to challenge yourself this year as well.

The Light Reader

_ 1. A book about Christian living
_ 2. A biography
3. A classic novel - 'Ruth' by Elizabeth Gaskell
_ 4. A book someone tells you "changed my life"
_ 5. A commentary on a book of the Bible
6. A book about theology - 'Housewife Theologian' by Aimee Byrd
_ 7. A book with the word "gospel" in the title or subtitle
_ 8. A book your pastor recommends
_ 9. A book more than 100 years old
_ 10. A book for children
_ 11. A mystery or detective novel
12. A book published in 2016 - 'The Preacher's Lady' by Lori Copeland
_ 13. A book about a current issue

The Avid Reader

_ 14. A book written by a Puritan
15. A book recommended by a family member - 'The Immoral Life of Henrietta Lacks' by Rebecca Skloot
_ 16. A book by or about a missionary
_ 17. A novel that won the Pulitzer Prize
_ 18. A book written by an Anglican - 'Holiness' by J.C. Ryle
_ 19. A book with at least 400 pages
_ 20. A book by C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien
_ 21. A book that has a fruit of the Spirit in the title - 'God's Love' by R.C. Sproul
_ 22. A book with a great cover
_ 23. A book on the current New York Times list of bestsellers
_ 24. A book about church history
_ 25. A graphic novel
_ 26. A book of poetry

The Committed Reader

_ 27. A book from a theological viewpoint you disagree with
_ 28. A book written by an author with initials in their name
_ 29. A book that won a ECPA Christian Book Award
_ 30. A book about worldview
_ 31. A play by William Shakespeare
_ 32. A humorous book
_ 33. A book based on a true story
_ 34. A book written by Jane Austen
_ 35. A book by or about Martin Luther
_ 36. A book with 100 pages or less
37. A book with a one-word title - 'Thrive' by Mark Hall
_ 38. A book about money or finance
39. A novel set in a country that is not your own - 'So Shines the Night' by Tracy L. Higley
_ 40. A book about music
_ 41. A memoir
_ 42. A book about joy or happiness
_ 43. A book by a female author
_ 44. A book whose title comes from a Bible verse
45. A book you have started but never finished - 'All the Lights We Cannot See' by Anthony Doerr
_ 46. A self-improvement book
_ 47. A book by David McCullough 
_ 48. A book you own but have never read
_ 49. A book about abortion
_ 50. A book targeted at the other gender
_ 51. A book by a speaker at a conference you have attended
_ 52. A book written by someone of a different ethnicity than you

The Obsessed Reader

_ 53. A book published by The Banner of Truth
_ 54. A book about the Reformation
_ 55. A book written by a first-time author
56. A biography of a world leader - 'A. Lincoln' by Ronald C. White
_ 57. A book used as a seminary textbook
_ 58. A book about food
_ 59. A book about productivity
_ 60. A book about or relationships or friendship
_ 61. A book about parenting
_ 62. A book about philosophy
_ 63. A book about art
_ 64. A book with magic
_ 65. A book about prayer
_ 66. A book about marriage
_ 67. A book about a hobby
_ 68. A book of comics
_ 69. A book about the Second World War
_ 70. A book about sports
_ 71. A book by or about a pastor’s wife
_ 72. A book about suffering
_ 73. A book by your favorite author
_ 74. A book you have read before
75. A book about homosexuality - 'The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert' by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
_ 76. A Christian novel
_ 77. A book about psychology
_ 78. A book about the natural world
_ 79. A book by or about Charles Dickens
80. A novel longer than 400 pages - 'Five Brides' by Eva Marie Everson
_ 81. A historical book
_ 82. A book about the Bible
_ 83. A book about a country or city
_ 84. A book about astronomy
_ 85. A book with an ugly cover
_ 86. A book by or about a martyr
_ 87. A book by a woman conference speaker
_ 88. A book by or about the church fathers
_ 89. A book about language
_ 90. A book by or about a Russian
_ 91. A book about leadership
_ 92. A book about public speaking
_ 93. A book by Francis Schaeffer
_ 94. A book by a Presbyterian
_ 95. A book about science
_ 96. A book about revival
_ 97. A book about writing
_ 98. A book about evangelism
_ 99. A book about ancient history
_ 100. A book about preaching
_ 101. A book about the church
_ 102. A book about adoption
103. A photo essay book - 'Humans of New York' by Brandon Stanton
_ 104. A book written in the twentieth century

Extra Credit

_ 105. A book from a library
_ 106. A book about business
_ 107. A book by an author less than 30
_ 108. A book published by a UK-based publisher
_ 109. A book you borrow

*Also feel free to leave a comment with some books on your list for 2016. I would love to hear about what you are planning on reading this upcoming year. : )


  1. Wow! That is quite a reading challenge. I tried one last year that was focused on reading different genres. I did not do very well, but it did help me think through the kind of books I was reading. God luck on your challenge. I hope you enjoy it!

    1. It is quite the challenge! I can't imagine doing the whole thing. Thanks for stopping by Kali. : )

  2. Love the painting at the top. I imagine her taking a trip through all those worlds on her bookshelf.

    Hope you meet your challenge!

    1. I really love that painting too. I love the light and colors.

      Thanks for the encouragement on my reading challenge! : )

  3. Hey!! Stopping over from Spiritual Sundays... this sounds hard! But now you have me thinking... God Bless!!!

    1. The challenge gives you a few ideas to look for in reading, that's for sure! Glad you stopped by Jacque. : )

  4. What a fabulous challenge! Thanks for sharing at #LMMLinkup.

    1. I thought it was a great challenge too! Thanks for stopping by. : )

  5. I want to do this challenge! How amazing! Thank you for letting me know about it. And good luck with your challenge :)

    1. Thanks Joanna! Hope you have fun with this challenge too. : )

  6. Hi Cathy! I'm so glad I found you through Forever Joyful link up. We both share a passion for reading. I'm now following your blog :) Many of your favorites are mine too. I'm a freelance writer and blogger. I'm also writing a YA novel and a women's Bible study.

    1. Hi Beckie, glad you found my blog! I will have to stop by yours sometime. Thanks for the follow. : )

  7. I'm participating in a couple of book challenges, but this one seemed too big for me - though it would probably overlap with the other things I am reading. I may go ahead and jump into it at some point. Loved Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert - it was one of my favorites of the year I read it. I have heard All the Lights We Cannot See is good but I haven't read it yet. I've loved the Elizabeth Gaskell books I have read (Wives and Daughters and North and South) but have not seen that one - will have to look it up!

    1. I agree it's a big challenge! That's why I just picked 13 books from the list for now. : ) I'm half way through 'Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert' and loving it. God is good.

      I haven't read any of Elizabeth Gaskell's books and a fellow blogger recommended 'Ruth' so I thought I'd start with that one. Hope it's good!

  8. I have to say that is the most intense reading challenge I've ever seen! Best of luck! Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!

  9. Looks like a fun challenge but it is one I know, without a doubt, I would fail. :)

    1. I don't think I could do the whole thing either, but it has some great suggestions! : )


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