2017 Reading Challenge

I have undertaken Tim Challies’ 2017 Reading Challenge as a way to force myself to more disciplined about reading (and get through the huge number of books in my personal library that I’ve never read). As a way to keep myself accountable (and keep you, my dear reader, in the loop), I will update this list with titles and Amazon links as I finish books. If you want to know my thoughts on the books, check out my Goodreads page for ratings and the occasional review.

Challies’ advice is to set a goal at the start of the year for how many of the books you want to read, but this year is going to be hectic and full of change for my family, so instead I’m going to start reading at a pace to complete the entire list this year (2 books a week) and see how many I get done. I’ve set my Goodreads goal for the year at 52 books. I’m not taking the lists one at a time, because I’m also trying to put together some reading lists for other projects, so I’ll be bouncing around on the list.

The Light Reader

A biography 
A classic novel 
A book about history 
A book targeted at your genderThe Quotidian Mysteries
A book about theologyThe Singing God
A book with at least 400 pages 
A book your pastor recommends 
A book about Christian livingExtravagant Grace
A book more than 100 years old
A book published in 2017  
A book for children or teensHalf Upon a Time (recommended by my children)
A book of your choiceWe, the Final Few
A book about a current issue

The Avid Reader

A book written by a PuritanThe Heart of Christ
A book by or about a missionaryBruchko
A book about Christian living
A commentary on a book of the Bible
A book about the Reformation
A book about theology
A book recommended by a family member
A book with a great cover
A book on the current New York Times list of bestsellersBig Little Lies
A book about church history
A book of 100 pages or lessWho Am I?
A book of your choice
A book that won a prizeSleep Like a Tiger

The Committed Reader

A book from a theological viewpoint you disagree with 
A book about Christian living
A book about apologetics
A book of your choice
A humorous book
A book based on a true story
A book about prayer
A book of poetry
A book with a one-word titlePastrix
A book by Sinclair Ferguson
A novel by an author you have never read beforePraying Drunk
A book about Christian living
A memoir or autobiography
A play by William Shakespeare
A book of your choice
A book written by an author with initials in their name
A book written by a female authorThe Scars That Have Shaped Me
A book about theology
A book published by CrosswaySide by Side
A self-improvement book
A graphic novel
A book you own but have never readSlave
A book targeted at the other gender
A book about Christian living
A book of your choice
A book about race or racial issues

The Obsessed Reader

A book you have started but never finishedWe Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
A book about church history
A book about holiness or sanctification
A book about science
A book used as a seminary textbook – Counseling the Hard Cases
A book on the ECPA bestseller list
A book about productivity or time management
A book of your choice
A book about spiritual disciplines
A book about parenting
A book about Christian living
A book by Iain Murray
A book about business
A book about theology
A book about marriage
A photo essay book
A book of comics
A book about the Second World War
A book by a Puritan
A book about preaching or public speaking
A book of your choice
A book about suffering
A book about evangelism
A book by your favorite authorOtherworld
A book you have read beforeEmbrace Me
A Christian novelResurrection in May
A biography of a Christian
A book about the natural world
A novel for young adultsWe, the Grateful Few
A novel longer than 400 pagesThe Book of Strange New Things
A book about history
A book about the Bible
A book recommended by a friend
A book published by P & R Publications
A book with an ugly cover
A book by or about a martyr
A book of your choice
A book about Christian living
A book about church history
A book about money or finance
A book about leadership
A book by John Piper
A book about theology
A book for children or teens
A book about sexuality
A book about current events
A biography of a world leader
A book about the church
A book about a hobby
A book written in the twentieth centuryThe Forever War

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