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Reading Challenges for 2024

Happy January! Here are three reading challenges that I am going to try to complete. It will probably not happen, but I am excited to try some more purposeful reading this year! I will be using some books in multiple challenges to help out with the amount. Here are my tentative plans. Maybe you'll find something that piques your interest! Happy new year reading!





52 Books in 52 Weeks (I will be doing this with my lovely mom.)


  1. Locked room mystery: Cover Her Face by PD James

  2. Bibliosma: The Sweet Life in Paris

  3. More than 40 chapters: Moby Dick by Herman Melville

  4. Lowercase letters on spine: Just Thinking: about the state by Darrell Harrison and Virgil Walker

  5. Magical realism: The Secret Recipe of Ella Dove by Karen Hawkins

  6. Women in stem: Women in White Coats by Olivia Campbell

  7. Four different POV: The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

  8. Features the ocean: The Glass Ocean by Williams, Willig, and White

  9. Character-driven novel: Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

  10. Non-chronological order: Tomorrow, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

  11. Title with letter 'k': Killing the Legends by Bill O'Reilly

  12. Title with letter 'L': The Library Book by Susan Orleans

  13. Academic thriller: Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers

  14. Grieving character: No Two Persons by Erica Bauermeister

  15. Part of duology: The Princess and Curdie by G.K. Chesterton

  16. Omniscient narrator: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  17. Booker prize: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

  18. Apostrophe in title: La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith

  19. Buddy read: something by Heather Webber with mom

  20. A revenge story: The Iliad by Homer

  21. Ghostwriter: Will by Will Smith

  22. Plot similar to another book: The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

  23. Other book: How High the Moon by Karyn Parsons

  24. Cover without people: Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

  25. Author 'everyone' has read but me: 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson

  26. Hybrid genre: Perelandra by C.S. Lewis

  27. Neurodivergent author: Crispin and the Cross of Lead by Avi

  28. Yellow spine: The Jasmine Farm by Elizabeth von Armin

  29. Year of the dragon: Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

  30. Without reading blurb: The Hidden Prince by Tessa Afshar

  31. Personal phobia: How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

  32. Week or less timeframe: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

  33. Abrupt ending: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

  34. Landlocked country: The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin

  35. Title matching lyrics: One LORD, One Faith, One Baptism by J.R. Miller

  36. Futuristic technology: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

  37. Palindrome: The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer

  38. Hachette: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

  39. Non-fiction rec: The Unseen Realm by Michael Heiser

  40. A Holiday I don’t celebrate: The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad

  41. Sticker on cover: Reef Road by Deborah Goodrich Royce

  42. Author debut in 2024:

  43. Finding identity: The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield

  44. Includes a wedding: The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner

  45. Chapters with dates: Then They Came for Me by Matthew D. Hockenos

  46. Indigenous culture: The New Trail of Tears by Naomi Schaffer Riley

  47. Author self-insert: Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger by Louis Sachar

  48. 'Secret' in title: The Secret Pilgrim by John Le Carre

  49. Set in 'm' city: The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

  50. Musical instrument on cover: A String in the Harp by Nancy Bond

  51. Related to 'wild': Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughgrean

  52. Published in 2024: KM Shea new trilogy





Tim Challies Reading Challenge (I love challenging myself with these prompts.)


  • Current issue: Just Thinking: about the state by Darrell Harrison and Virgil Walker

  • Biography: Being Elisabeth Elliot by Ellen Vaughn

  • Classic novel: Watership Down by Richard Adams

  • Book about history: The New Trail of Tears by Naomi Schaffer Riley

  • Book targeted to females: When Strivings Cease by Ruth Chou Simons

  • Theology: Living Faith by Helen Roseveare

  • 400 pages: The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

  • Pastor recommends:

  • Christian living: (A)typical Woman by Abigail Dodds

  • 100+ years old: The Iliad by Homer

  • Published 2024: KM Shea new trilogy

  • Book for children: Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

  • My choice: Cover Her Face by PD James

 

  • 100 pages or less: That Which Is Seen and That Which is Not Seen by Bastiat

  • Church history:

  • Written by a Puritan: The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs

  • By or about a missionary: The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson

  • Christian Living: The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee

  • Commentary on book of the Bible: Revelation by David Jeremiah

  • Reformation: The Reformation: How A Monk and a Mallet Changed the World by Stephen j. Nichols

  • Theology: The Case for Christian Nationalism by Stephen Wolfe

  • Recommended by family: The Unseen Realm by Michael Heiser

  • Great cover: The Secret Recipe of Ella Dove by Karen Hawkins

  • On current NYT list: The Woman in Me by Britney Spears

  • My choice: No Two Persons by Erica Bauermeister

  • Won a prize: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

 

  • Theological view I disagree with:

  • Christian living: Home-Making by James Russell Miller

  • Apologetics:

  • My choice: Becoming Free Indeed by Jinger Duggar Vuolo

  • Humorous: Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger by Louis Sachar

  • Based on true story: Reef Road by Deborah Goodrich Royce

  • Prayer: The power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian

  • Poetry: Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • One-word title: Will by Will Smith

  • Sinclair Ferguson:

  • Author I've never heard of: Shannon by Campbell McGrath

  • Christian Living: Christian Love by Hugh Binning

  • Memoir/autobiography: The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield

  • Shakespeare: Twelfth Night

  • My choice: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • Author with initials: One God, One Faith, One Baptism by J.R. Miller

  • Female author: Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers

  • Theology:

  • Published by Crossway:

  • Self-improvement: The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi

  • Graphic novel: Big Nate

  • Own but haven't read: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

  • Book targeted to males: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

  • Christian living: The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis

  • My choice: The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

  • Race/racial issues: Black and Tan by Douglas Wilson

 

  • Started but haven't finished: Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

  • Church history:

  • Holiness/sanctification: The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer

  • Science: Women in White Coats by Olivia Campbel

  • Used as seminary textbook:

  • ECPA bestseller list: After the Rapture by David Jeremiah

  • Productivity/time management: Simplified Organization by Mystie Winkler

  • My choice: The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin

  • Spiritual disciplines: Learning Contentment by Nancy Wilson

  • Parenting: Fit to Burst by Rachel Jankovic

  • Christian living: Angels in the Architecture by Douglas Wilson

  • By Iain Murray:

  • Business:

  • Theology: Christians and Exiles: Christian Faithfulness in God's Two Kingdoms by Scott Aniol

  • Marriage: Marriage to a Difficult Man: The Uncommon Union of Jonathan and Sarah Edwards by Elisabeth Dodds

  • Essay book:

  • Comics:

  • WWII: Then They Came for Me by Matthew D. Hockenos

  • By a Puritan:

  • Preaching/public speaking:

  • My choice: Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

  • Suffering: Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughgrean

  • Evangelism: Tactics by Gregory Koukl

  • By my fave author: The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner

  • Reread: The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer

  • Christian novel: The Hidden Prince by Tessa Afsha

  • Bio of a Christian: The White Horse King by Banjamin Merkle

  • About natural world:

  • YA: A String in the Harp by Nancy Bond

  • 400+ pages: Moby Dick by Herman Melville

  • About history: Killing the Legends by Bill O'Reilly

  • About the Bible: Musing on God's Music: Forming Hearts of Praise with the Psalms by Scott Aniol

  • Rec by friend: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

  • P&R Publications:

  • Ugly cover:

  • About a martyr:

  • My choice:

  • Christian Living: Christian Modesty by Jeff Pollard

  • Church history:

  • Money/finances: Redeeming Money by Paul David Tripp

  • Leadership:

  • John Piper:

  • Theology: On Grace and Free Will by St. Augustine

  • For kids or teens: How High the Moon by Karyn Parsons

  • Sexuality: Strange New World by Carl R. Trueman

  • About writing: The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings by Philip and Carol Zalenski

  • Current events: In the Shadow of Plenty: Biblical Principles for Caring for the Poor by George Grant

  • About the church:

  • My choice: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  • About a hobby:

  • Written in 20th century: Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers



The Literary Life Reading Challenge (Listening to the Podcast episodes help me a lot!)


  • Mythology: D'aulaires Greek Myths

  • The Ancients: The Iliad

  • Biblical Times: God King

  • Early Middle Ages: King Arthur by Roger Lancelyn Green

  • 14th Century: Kristin Lavansdatter by Sigrid Undset / A Beginner's Guide to Dante's Divine Comedy by Jason Baxter

  • 15th Century: Everyman Plays / The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis

  • 16th Century: Twelfth Night by Shakespeare / The Immortal Tartuffe by Moliere

  • 17th Century:  / Paradise Lost by Dante

  • 18th Century: Declaration of Independence / Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Coleridge

  • 19th Century: Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte / Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  • 20th Century: Howard's End by E.M. Forrester / Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers

  • 21st Century: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling

 

 

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