52 Week Reading Challenge

I often post on my blog different challenges that I participate in. To date, ALL of those challenges have been FITNESS challenges. But here's a new challenge for all my readers. This is a READING challenge.

Technically you should read 52 books in a year, so one book a week. But like ALL challenges, this belongs to you. If reading 52 books in one year, or one book a week seems too daunting, then use one book for multiple weeks. You make this challenge YOURS! 

I'll update this post throughout the weeks with books that I read for the challenge. You DO NOT have to read them in this order. 

1. a book with more than 500 pages COMPLETED. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker 
2. a romance COMPLETED. Grey 😂
3. a book that became a movie COMPLETED. Alligent.
4. a book published this year COMPLETED. The Nightingale. Probably my favorite book this year.
5. a book with a number in the title COMPLETED. Seven Years by Dannika Dark.
6. a book written by someone under 30 COMPLETED Stolen by Lucy Christopher
7. a book with nonhuman characters COMPLETED Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes by Johnathan Auxier
8. a funny book COMPLETED Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
9. a book by a female author COMPLETED Anything but Ordinary by Lara Avery
10. a mystery or thriller COMPLETED The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
11. a book with a one-word title COMPLETED {The} Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
12. a book of short stories-COMPLETED Rogue edited by George R.R. Martin
13. a book set in a different country COMPLETED Family Life by Akhil Sharma
14. a nonfiction book COMPLETED Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival
15. an author's first book-COMPLETED Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson
16. a book from your favorite author that you haven't read yet 
17. a book a friend recommended COMPLETED The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
18. a Pulitzer-prize winning book COMPLETED The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
19. a book based on a true story COMPLETED Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me by Mindy Kaling

20. a book at the bottom of your to read list

21. a book your mom loves (changed this to a book my daughter loves) COMPLETED Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eye by Jonathan Auxier
22. a book that scares you 
23. a book more than 100 years old COMPLETED. Pride and Prejudice.
24. a book based entirely on its cover-
CompletedYou Have to F**king Eat

25. a book you were supposed to read in school but didn't COMPLETED Pride and Prejudice
26. a memoir COMPLETED Yes Please by Amy Poehler
27. a book you can finish in a day COMPLETED The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
28. a book with antonyms in the title COMPLETED Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
29. a book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit COMPLETED The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
30. a book that came out the year you were born COMPLETED. Come Back,  Amelia Bedelia
31. a book with bad reviews COMPLETED The Handmaid's Tale (from a list found here)
32. a trilogy (the first) COMPLETED Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
33. a trilogy (the second) COMPLETED Authority by Jeff VanderMeer
34. a trilogy (the third) COMPLETED Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer
35. a book from your childhood COMPLETED Little House in the Big Woods. 
36. a book with a love triangle COMPLETED Twilight (read this one with Haley).
37. a book set in the future COMPLETED Divergent 
38. a book set in high school COMPLETED Vampire Academy
39. a book with a color in the title COMPLETED Green Eggs and Ham
40. a book that made/makes you cry COMPLETED The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
41. a book with magic COMPLETED Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
42. a graphic novel COMPLETED Persepolis
43. a book by an author you've never read before COMPLETED Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline
44. a book you own but have never read COMPLETED The Night Circus 
45. a book that takes place in your hometown COMPLETED Skyway by Bill DeYoung
46. a book that was originally written in another language COMPLETED The Count of Monte Cristo
47. a book set during Christmas (or similar holiday) COMPLETED. That Holiday Feeling 
48. a book written by an author with your same initials COMPLETED I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, by Jennifer Hudson

49. a play COMPLETED Cyrano de Bergerac

50. a banned book COMPLETED And Tango Makes Three
51. a book based on OR turned into a TV show COMPLETED Darkly Dreaming Dexter
52. a book you started but never finished COMPLETED A Game of Thrones Book One


Are you in???


Comments (6) -

  • I am in, sort of.  I have embraced daily reading and I'm trying to go to the library weekly with my kids to instill that reading is a life-long thing.  I am almost done with Unbroken and will be sad when it is done.
  • This is awesome. I've seen other book challenges like this. I want to participate, but feel like I'll fail miserably (because I subscribe to too many magazines). I miss reading books!
  • Fun! I won't lie, many weeks finishing a book just isn't an option with all the life stuff. If it helps, some of my favorites this year were The Goldfinch (well over 500 pgs but my fave pic for 2014 & a Pulitzer winner), Gone Girl (made into movie this year, female author,etc), The Ocean At The End of the Lane (good for #27 but a contender for fave book I read too), Wolf Hall, Age of Wonder, Deborah Harkness'  All souls trilogy (loved book 2). Right now I'm into the George Martin Song of Fire & Ice (Game Of Thrones) books.  SandBookWich is a great source of book suggestions too. I often find we agree on a lot of reads
  • You really over-think things. How about reading some books that you would simply enjoy instead of focusing on books with one word in the title and etc.

    How about reviewing an interesting book that you recently read? Share your thoughts and insight on it, people might actually read it.
  • Thanks for the suggestions, Stacey!

    James, the idea is for me to try to read books that are typically out of my comfort zone. Instead of always grabbing historical fiction, or dystopia, I'm trying to broaden my reach. But as always, I appreciate your candor ;)
  • Liz
    This is awesome! Love the idea of a book challenge Smile

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