Book Challenge 2014...

Lately I've been a little disappointed in myself for not meeting my book reading challenge for last year.  I read 48 out of 50 books!!! Being only two books away from reaching my goal was frustrating, but the problem lies in how many TV shows I was watching versus reading books.  I have recently discovered free e-books through our public library, as well as an e-reader app for my smartphone.  Practically speaking, I may not be able to read 50 books this year, so I'm going to aim for 40 instead. One of my favourite bloggers, Sarah Bessey, is doing a reading challenge with her husband. They have recommended 12 books for the other to read (one for each month of the year). I wanted to do this with Jake, but he suggested less since he doesn't read much. So we've suggested three books each.

 Here are my recommendations to Jake :
1. The Book of Negroes, by Lawrence Hill
2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Steig Larsson
3. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

Jake's recommendations for me are as follows (he actually recommended four because I read more than he does):
1. Spiritual Leadership: Moving People on to God's Agenda, by Henry T. Blackaby
2. Katherine Parr: A Guided Tour of the Life and Thought, Brandon G. Withrow
3. Wheel of Time, by Robert Jordan
4. Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis

The idea is to expand our reading genres, and since I generally read dramatic fiction novels, Jake's got a good list for me with fantasy and some non fiction.  Aside from these three, I also plan to read The Hobbit again (that was a mandatory read in Grade 8), and get into some more Christian life non fiction.

Does anyone else struggle with the idea of re-reading a favourite book? There are so many books to read that it feels like a waste to re-read.  And yet, if you love the book, why not? As Christians, we're constantly re-reading the Bible, and we always get new and fresh truths from it each time.  Perhaps re-reading isn't all for naught after all...


Tena said...

A book that I am truly loving is "one thousand gifts" by Ann Voskamp. It is an easy read, but I love her writting style and the content! God is teaching me a lot through this book!!!

krystle ann-marie said...

Great ideas! I like that you & Jake recommended books for each other. As well lessened your amount of books to read. I too, overestimated how much I could read last year. Going for 14 to start! :)

Susan said...

Fortunately for me I am often half way through a book before I realize I have read it. Ah, the joys of brain fog. I too want to re-read the original Hobbit since I saw the second movie installment on Saturday....by the way, 48 books is an awesome accomplishment. Rejoice in that. Have you never read Mere Christianity? Great read.

Krystal's Chaos said...

Sounds like so much fun! I'm a huge reader so I may just do a challenge too! Brady doesn't read much either. :) as for re-reading, I have my faves that I read over and over when I don't have a new book handy and I've just got to read! I'm sure you know the feeling!

Katrina Veenstra said...

I'm trying to make a list of books to read this year... I was thinking 10 was a reasonable goal... haha. (I am the slowest reader EVER) We'll see, I'm hoping to carve out more time for it this year though!