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2016 Reading Challenge- Update

UPDATE– Well, December 2016 has started.  The weather is turning colder, soon snow (at least in our area) will be coming soon. Not too thrilled about that! Schools will be letting out for winter breaks, which means that high school students will be taking their finals. Christmas will be here before we know it.  The last few years we have been trimming Christmas down, spending less on gifts and more on time and making meaningful memories. And before we are ready New Years day will be here and we will be starting a new month and a new year. That means my 2016 Reading Challenge is coming to an end. How did I do? I am not sure yet, I will need to go through and total up and make sure I have recorded all my books.  I am going to venture a guess that I did not do as well as I would have liked. I can say that I have realized that I while I love to read, I tend to stick within the same types of books and I am more of a fiction reader than I am a non-fiction reader. Which isn’t really a problem, but when you are trying to change that it makes it tough to stray from your normal. So check back at the end of the month to see how I finished.


So I joined this reading challenge for 2016. It actually runs from December 10, 2015 to the end of December 2016.  It has a few different levels that you can choose from, the easiest being 13 books for the year and the hardest being 104 books for the year! So I am listing the reading challenge below. I like that it is not specific book titles and is just suggestions on the kind of book.  I also like that is broke down into different commitment levels. I plan on trying for The Committed Reader which is 52 books in a year.

I will place a check mark in front of the commitment when I have completed it. If you see a book listed but no check mark, that just means that I plan to read that book to fulfill that commitment.

The Light Reader
√ 1. A book about Christian living- Humbled Roots by Hannah Anderson (October 2016)
√ 2. A biography- Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce by John Piper (October 2016)
√ 3. A classic novel- The Scarlet Letter by  Nathaniel Hawthorne (August 2016)
√ 4. A book someone tells you “changed my life”- Humility by Andrew Murray
_ 5. A commentary on a book of the Bible
√ 6. A book about theology- The Ology: Ancient Truths Made New by Marty Machowski (October 2016)
_ 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- In Search of the Great White Tiger by Sheila Walsh (March 2016)
_ 11. A mystery or detective novel
√ 12. A book published in 2016- Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak (December 2016)
_ 13. A book about a current issue-

The Avid Reader
√ 14. A book written by a Puritan- Communion with God by John Owen (March 2016)
_ 15. A book recommended by a family member
√ 16. A book by or about a missionary- God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew (February 2016)
√ 17. A novel that won the Pulitzer Prize- Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (February 2016)
√ 18. A book written by an Anglican- The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis (July 2016)
_ 19. A book with at least 400 pages
√ 20. A book by C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien- Tales from the Perilous Realm by J.R.R Tolkien
√ 21. A book that has a fruit of the Spirit in the title- Count it All Joy by David Jeremiah (January 2016)
_ 22. A book with a great cover
√ 23. A book on the current New York Times list of bestsellers- Blue by Danielle Steel (December 2016)
_ 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- Fervent by Priscilla Shirer (July 2016)
_ 30. A book about worldview
√ 31. A play by William Shakespeare- Macbeth by William Shakespeare (March 2016)
_ 32. A humorous book
√ 33. A book based on a true story- The Witness Wore Read by Rebecca Musser (July 2016)
√34. A book written by Jane Austen- Pride and Prejudice (October 2016)
_ 35. A book by or about Martin Luther
√ 36. A book with 100 pages or less- The Garden, The Curtain and The Cross by Carl Laferton (September 2016)
√ 37. A book with a one-word title- Uninvited by Lisa TerKuerst (September 2016)
_ 38. A book about money or finance
√ 39. A novel set in a country that is not your own- The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson (July 17 2016)
_ 40. A book about music
_ 41. A memoir
√ 42. A book about joy or happiness- Happiness by Randy Alcorn (February 2016)
√ 43. A book by a female author- Wild Obedience by Katie Orr (May 2016)
_ 44. A book whose title comes from a Bible verse
_ 45. A book you have started but never finished
_ 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- Abortion: A Rational Look at An Emotional Issue by R.C. Sproul (February 2016)
_ 50. A book targeted at the other gender
√ 51. A book by a speaker at a conference you have attended- Blessed, Blessed, Blessed by Missy Robertson (March 2016)
_ 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
_ 57. A book used as a seminary textbook
_ 58. A book about food
_ 59. A book about productivity
_ 60. A book about 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- Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Deibler Rose
_ 70. A book about sports
√ 71. A book by or about a pastor’s wife- You Can Still Wear Cute Shoes by Lisa McKay (February 2016)
_ 72. A book about suffering
_ 73. A book by your favorite author
_ 74. A book you have read before
_ 75. A book about homosexuality
_ 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
_ 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- The Best Yes by Lisa Terkeurst (February 17 2016)
_ 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
_ 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

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