2016 Reading Challenge Update

It’s time for an 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:

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
A book by a well-known authorSense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
— A book by a little-known author
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
A historical fiction novelThe Confessions of X, by Suzanne M. Wolfe
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
— A self-published book
— A book of poems
— A novel you had to read in school and haven’t reread since
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 author
A book someone recommended to youThink it Not Strange, by various authors
— A commentary on a book of the Bible
A book you once started but never finishedPerelandra, by C.S. Lewis
— A book about productivity
— A comic book or a graphic novel
— 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

So the plan is about halfway done, and we’re not yet in June, so things are looking good. Most of the low-hanging fruit is gone, though: going to have to hunt for a good photo essay book, a good self-pub book, and a good graphic novel to sink my teeth into. How is your own 2016 Reading Challenge going?


1 reply on “2016 Reading Challenge Update”

If you like historical fiction mysteries, I would like to humbly suggest my husband’s book for your self-published category. It follows the career of a small-town teacher in Oklahoma just after the turn of the century through the 70s. It’s called Ballad of Barking Water based on the name of the small town, Wewoka, which means Barking Water in Muscogee Indian. I’d be happy to send you a copy, if you’d let me know where to send it.

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