I’ve been debating whether I am going to challenge myself to read 60 or 70 books this year. Even though I well surpassed my goal of 50 books last year, and 70 books could be done, I think it would be more beneficial for me to focus on the books that I’m reading rather than reading for the sake of reading.
Whether I read 60, 70, or 100 books I do have some specific goals for the books that I end up reading:
- Read more nonfiction
- Read more classics
- Take more notes while reading
I also happen to work at a library that does a reading challenge every year and I’m participating in it this year. The theme this year is to “Be Well Read.” Which means random categories like a book about food and a book set in Asia.
I’m actually really excited to be participating in this challenge this year. I think it’s really going to make me read some books that I might otherwise not read.
Here’s a list of books that I’m considering for the #Bwellread challenge:
- The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (memoir)
- Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer (memoir)
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (Black History Month)
- 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup (Black History Month)
- The Ruins by Scott B. Smith (Recommended by a librarian, my sister)
- A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie (book about food)
- Soundless by Richelle Mead (set in Asia)
- Hiroshima by John Hersey (set in Asia)
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (re-read from childhood)
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (faked reading in high school)
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer (first in a series)
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown (first in series)
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (first in series)
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (banned at some point)
- The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (graphic novel)
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (National Book Award winner)
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker (National Book Award winner)
- Digital Fortress by Dan Brown (takes place in the state you were born)
- Every Day by David Levithan (takes place in the state you were born)
This is a very short list of goals, but I think they really represent what I want to accomplish and that is to be a better reader.
What are your goals for 2017 reading? What books are you most looking forward to reading?
Even though I work at BCPL, my opinions and posts do not reflect those of Baltimore County Public Library.