Into the Book


It’s time for another update on the ItB New Year’s Reading Challenge. Modeled after Tim Challies’ challenge, the idea is to read a certain number of books over the entire year. We had several options to choose from: The “Normal” Reader, the “Fast” Reader, and the “Insane” Reader. Here’s an update on how the “Fast” tier has been working out for me:

I’ve linked to the review of the book where applicable.

The “Fast” Reader

26 books total: 1 book every 2 weeks (includes all of Normal + 13)
— A book you found here on Into the Book (will be The Idiot, by Fyodor Dostoevsky)
A book by a well-known authorSense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
A book by a little-known authorThe Confessions of X, by Suzanne M. Wolfe
A book that looks interesting despite a bad coverThe Comeback, by Louie Giglio
A book from the Rabbit RoomThe Warden and the Wolf King, by Andrew Peterson
— A book on writing (will be Teaching a Stone to Talk by Annie Dillard)
A historical fiction novelThe Paris Wife, by Paula McLaina
A book by C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. TolkienThat Hideous Strength, by C.S. Lewis
A book on cultureWe Cannot be Silent, by Al Mohler
— A biography (will be Confessions, by Augustine)
— A self-published book
— A book of poems (will be Hopkins, by Gerard Manley Hopkins)
A novel you had to read in school and haven’t reread sincePerelandra, by C.S. Lewis
A science fiction novelOut of the Silent Planet, by C.S. Lewis
— A book on the English language
A book about familyOrbiting Jupiter, by Gary Schmidt
A novel by a foreign authorThe Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
A book someone recommended to youThink it Not Strange, by various authors
— A commentary on a book of the Bible (will be Christ-Centered Commentary (James) by David Platt)
A book you once started but never finishedPerelandra, by C.S. Lewis
A book about productivityCrazy Busy, by Kevin DeYoung
— A comic book or a graphic novel (will be Manga Shakespeare – Hamlet, by Shakespeare)
— A novel by Charles Dickens
— A photo essay book
A novel written in the 20th centuryThe End of the Affair, by Graham Greene
— A play by William Shakespeare (will be Macbeth, by Shakespeare)

Books that don’t fit into the list:
Dune, by Frank Herbert
Dune Messiah, by Frank Herbert
Friday, by Robert Heinlein
The Four Loves, by C.S. Lewis
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, by Anthony Marra
At the Back of the North Wind, by George MacDonald

Not the greatest progress through September — still eleven books to go in a little under three months. Unfortunately, I’ve also amassed too many books that don’t apply to the list: need to be more disciplined about staying on the list! Still, got to get as far as possible! How is your own 2016 Reading Challenge going?


Published on 5 October, 2016. Last updated on

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