1 Year Reading Challenge

Grab your reading glasses and a steaming cup of tea, because you’re about to embark on a year long literary journey. Burst out of your comfort zone—whether it be romance, suspense, biographies, etc—and try something new. After all, the more books you read, the smarter you are, and that’s just science.



The goal? To read one book a month.

For some of you that’s just too easy, you want a challenge, and for others this might be a stretch. Well, lucky for you folks, because we have two plans available: the Speedy Plan and the Expert Plan. Choose your plan according to your free time and speed of reading.

Speedy Plan—for beginners

Month One: Fiction/Literature

Suggestion: “The Plum Tree” by Ellen Marie Wiseman

Month Two: Biography

Suggestion: “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough

Month Three: Poetry

Suggestion: “Sorrow Arrow” by Emily Kendel Frey

Month Four: Classic

Suggestion: “Tess of the D’urbervilles” by Thomas Hardy

Month Five: Fantasy/Sci FI

Suggestion: “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman

Month Six: Romance

Suggestion: “The Bronze Horseman” by Paullina Simons

Month Seven: Classic

Suggestion: “1984” by George Orwell

Month Eight: Short Story

Suggestion: “A Respectable Woman” by Kate Chopin

Month Nine: Fiction/Literature

Suggestion: “The Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett

Month Ten: Fiction/Literature

Suggestion: “Alice I have Been” by Melanie Benjamin

Month Eleven: YA Literature

Suggestion: “The Westing Game” by Ellen Raskin

Month Twelve: History

Suggestion: “Band of Brothers” by Stephen E. Ambrose

Expert Plan—for veterans

Month One: Fiction Literature (x2)

Suggestion: “Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson

Month Two: YA Literature (x3)

Suggestion: “The 100” by Kass Morgan

Month Three: Fiction Literature (x2)

Suggestion: “Vinegar Girl” by Anne Tyler

Month Four: Romance (x2)

Suggestion: “Eleanor and Park” by Rainbow Rowell

Month Five: Historical Non-Fiction

Suggestion: “Undaunted Courage” by Stephen E. Ambrose

Month Six: Fantasy (x2)

Suggestion: “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas

Month Seven: Sci-Fi (x2)

Suggestion: “Heir to the Empire” by Timothy Zahn

Month Eight: Fiction Literature

Suggestion: “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini

Month Nine: Graphic Novel (x3)

Suggestion: “Watchmen” by Alan Moore

Month Ten: Classic (x2)

Suggestion: “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte

Month Eleven: Memoir

Suggestion: “The Orchard” by Theresa Weir

Month Twelve: Foreign (x2)

Suggestion: “Lovely Green Eyes” by Arnost Lustig



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