I generally avoid reading challenges because my reading list is constantly evolving and I’ve learned from experience that I rarely stick to the reading list I plan in advance.
But this one was just too much fun to ignore.
Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy has put together a 2015 reading challenge with just 12 categories (and a fun Pinterest board for quick inspiration!). It sounds simple enough, but selecting books for the challenge was harder than I expected!
After much procrastination and deliberation, here’s my list:
A book you’ve been meaning to read…
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
This one has been on my list since before it was published, and every time I read an essay by author Greg McKeown (of which there are many in the blogosphere!), I wonder why I haven’t yet read it. Adding it to my “definitely going to read in 2015” list!
A book published this year…
The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica N. Turner
I’d like to think I’m pretty good at squeezing every ounce out of every minute of every day, but I’m not always good at finding minutes for self-care. That, along with rest, are among my battle cries for 2015, and I’m looking forward to discovering whether Jessica has tips and strategies to offer that I’m currently missing.
A book in a genre you don’t typically read…
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
Funny enough—since this blog first launched as Organizing Your Way—I don’t read a lot of decluttering, organizing and home management books. Those are skills that come to me naturally, so reading about them often feels a bit redundant. That said, so many people have recommended this book as a unique spin on the topic that I’m anxious to dive in and see what the fuss is about.
A book from your childhood…
The Diary of a Young Girl (aka The Diary of Anne Frank) by Anne Frank
Because I’m currently obsessed with reading and learning all I can about World War II (and trying to understand the horror of it all), The Diary of a Young Girl, which I read several times when I was in school, seems like the obvious choice here.
A book your mom loves…
Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are by Shauna Niequist
My mom laughed when I asked for her favorite books because my love of reading is just one of the (many) ways we’re different. Because she’s not much of a reader, I decided to switch this category to “a book you think your mom would love,” and my nomination is this coming devotional from Shauna Niequist, which includes content from her other books as well as new content in a simply daily devotional format. I love Shauna’s writing and her heart, and I think my mom would enjoy this one—and the accompanying recipes—as well. Maybe I’ll get us each a copy for Mother’s Day this year!
A book that was originally written in a different language…
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
This category was so hard for me. I’m sure I’ve read books that were written in a different language before, but it’s just not something that stands out to me when reading book descriptions, and picking up a heavy classic did not appeal to me. Then I came across this one, which sounds just like the type of quirky book I’d read anyway, making it a shoo-in for this category.
A book “everyone” has read but you…
Bonhoeffer: A Biography by Eric Metaxas
I feel left out of enough conversations that reference Bonhoeffer to move this one up my list as a book that “everyone” has read except me.
A book you chose because of the cover…
The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel
As I looked through the books in my reading pile and wishlist, I really couldn’t pinpoint a single book that I’d chosen because of the cover, so I headed to the 2015 Reading Challenge Pinterest board to choose one from there instead. This cover jumped right out at me and made me want to learn more, so here it is!
A book by a favorite author…
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
I fell in love with Liane Moriarty’s writing last year—or more accurately, her insight into personalities, motivations and relationships—but The Husband’s Secret is one I haven’t yet read. In all honesty, the descriptions of her books never really make me want to read them, even though I have enjoyed every one so far. This one is no different in that regard, but I’m fairly confident that I’ll enjoy it anyway!
A book recommended by someone with great taste…
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Anne Bogel, Modern Mrs. Darcy herself, recommended this as one of her top reads of 2014. My goal is to read more nonfiction in 2015, and I love history with a passion, so it was an easy choice for this list.
A book you should have read in high school…
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
On the comments of a recent list of “classics you should have read,” several of my friends recommended To Kill a Mockingbird as one that’s both enjoyable and poignant. I have quite a few classics on my to-read list this year, but I think this one probably fits this category the best.
A book that’s currently on the bestseller list…
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
I almost bought the Kindle version of this a few weeks ago when it was on sale, and I’m not sure why I didn’t. But I’m intrigued enough by the story—and it’s continued success as a bestseller—to make sure I grab it next time the price drops!
Are you participating in this reading challenge? I’d love to hear what you’re planning to read!