2018 Reading Challenge

Last year’s reading challenge was a success, so we’re repeating it in 2018, with a modified and longer list this year. The list is below. Any suggestions for additional categories?


2018 Reading Challenge (RSJ style)

  1. A book about or involving a murder (fiction or non-fiction).
  2. A book with a body part in the title.
  3. A book published before 1900.
  4. A book published in 2017.
  5. A book about language.
  6. A non-fiction book about travel.
  7. An author’s debut novel.
  8. A book written by a female author.
  9. A book that is (or is becoming) a film.
  10. A book of non-fiction essays.
  11. A book reviewed and/or recommended by a fellow book-clubber.
  12. A book set in or near where you now live.
  13. A book set somewhere you’ve never been.
  14. A book with someone’s name in the title.
  15. A book with a number in the title.
  16. A book with a colour in the title.
  17. A book with a place name in the title.
  18. A book of short stories.
  19. A book you can finish in a day.
  20. A book with a one-word title.
  21. A book translated from (or in) another language.
  22. A book of poetry.
  23. A memoir, journal or book of letters.
  24. A book written by someone younger than you.
  25. A book about food or cooking (not a cookbook, although it can include recipes).
  26. A book by an author whom you’ve never read.
  27. A non-fiction book about science or math.
  28. A book that was a gift.

General guidelines:
• No more than four books can be ones you’ve read before.
• You can reassign a book from one category to another throughout the year. As your reading progresses, you may decide that your number 7 book would be better as your number 15 book, as you’ve found another male author you’d like to read.
• After completing a book, the reader should email the others with a very brief synopsis and review. This may help others seeking that elusive book-of-poetry-they-can-get-through.

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