2016 Reading Challenge

Happy Hump Day!

One of my goals from last year that I carried into this year was to read more, so at the beginning of this year I decided to participate in a year-long reading challenge to help me stick to that goal. There were several challenges circulating the internet at the time and so  after looking at several I pieced together my own reading challenge list for me to follow this year. I find that having a guided list keeps me more motivated and also helps me to pick out a new book when I’m in a reading slump.

So far I’ve really been enjoying the challenge and thus I wanted to share it on here with you guys so anyone can participate if they wish! My particular list has 48 different ‘types’ of books to check off, and I chose that number specifically because it was a multiple of 12 and I could evenly divide the reading load up between months. However, if you don’t want to read 4 books a month like me, just make the first 12 on the list your reading challenge!

And remember, ultimately the goal is to just have fun with it :).


  • A book being turned into a movie this year
  • A book a friend recommended
  • A book with a female lead
  • A book with a male lead
  • Your favorite teacher’s favorite book
  • A book recommended by a librarian
  • A book by a female author
  • A book by a male author
  • A book you’ve never read, but whose movie you’ve seen
  • A book with an intriguing cover
  • A book with a one word title
  • A book you can finish in a day
  • A book from your favorite author that you haven’t read yet
  • A YA bestseller
  • A book with a blue cover
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A book set during summer
  • A biography of someone you admire
  • A book that takes place in a made up world
  • A book by a YouTuber
  • A book written by someone under 30
  • A book set in the future
  • A book with a color in the title
  • A book with a love triangle
  • A book with magic
  • A book by an author you’ve never read before
  • A trilogy
  • A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  • A book that you started but never finished
  • A book with a title that describes your life
  • A mystery or thriller
  • A classic novel
  • A book written by an author with your same initials
  • A book that made you cry
  • A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
  • A book written by a celebrity
  • A book based on a true story
  • A memoir
  • A book with more than 500 pages
  • A book that came out this year
  • A book from Emma Watson’s book club
  • A self-improvement book
  • A book with an unappealing cover
  • A book about a current issue
  • A book by Charles Dickens
  • A book published the year you were born
  • A book that will teach you a new skill
  • A book with a title that has more than 5 words

So far I’ve read Wild by Cheryl Strayed and next on my list is The 5th Wave, which is in theaters and I’m very interested to see it!

If you have any book recommendations, I would love to hear them so leave your suggestions in the comments!

<3 Ash



  1. Janice Sacramento
    January 27, 2016 / 11:01 pm

    I like your challenge. I will suggest four books. All fit several categories. One, The Art Forger byB.A Shapiro. It is historical fiction, thriller. Before reading it, go to gardnermuseum.org. It is a art museum of Isabella Stewart Gardner’s collection, in Boston. It is her house, she just kept collecting and adding rooms on for her collection. Here is overview of book: On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there’s more to this crime than meets the eye. Claire makes her living reproducing famous works of art for a popular online retailer. Desperate to improve her situation, she lets herself be lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting–one of the Degas masterpieces stolen from the Gardner Museum–in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when the long-missing Degas painting–the one that had been hanging for one hundred years at the Gardner–is delivered to Claire’s studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Claire’s search for the truth about the painting’s origins leads her into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late nineteenth century may be the only evidence that can now save her life. B. A. Shapiro’s razor-sharp writing and rich plot twists make “The Art Forger” an absorbing literary thriller that treats us to three centuries of forgers, art thieves, and obsessive collectors. it’s a dazzling novel about seeing–and not seeing–the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.Two, Half Broke Horses: A true Life Novel by Jeannette Walls. It is about her grandmother who was a rather remarkable woman during the early 1900s. Setting in New Mexico, Arizona. I really like this story. Life was tough then. She overcame a lot.Three, Henrietta Locks – Immortal cells. True story about the woman whose cells are reproduced in labs all or the world, resulting in the cure for polio and other diseases. Great read. You may already have learned about her in one of your classes.Four, Gift of the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of Charles Lindbergh. She was, I believe, the first woman pilot to fly solo even before Amelia Earhart. Interesting perspective on the stages of a woman’s life. Let me know if you read any of them.Love ya,Gram Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:23:37 +0000 To: janicesac@hotmail.com

    • January 28, 2016 / 5:21 pm

      Thanks for the recommendations! All of these sound super interesting. I’m especially interested in Immortal cells (Surprisingly I haven’t heard about her yet in my Global Health classes! Odd!) and The Art Forger, as Degas is one of my favorite painters. I also love that all these books are about strong women in history, we need more stories like that!

  2. January 27, 2016 / 3:00 pm

    This is such a great idea and sounds like tons of fun! Four books a month? That would totally be too ambitious for me these days! 😀 It’s so funny that you just finished Wild, so did I, and I’m hoping I can get a post about it up this Saturday. It really was a great read! Good luck completing your challenge!

    • January 28, 2016 / 5:16 pm

      Thanks! And don’t worry, I’ve just always been a speed reader haha! I think it’s a really fun idea even if you only read 4 books a year. And I’ll definitely go check out your thoughts on Wild, I love discussing a good book!

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