2019 Reading Challenge

Tim Challies has once again offered his Christian Reading Challenges. He sets these at different levels, so that you can choose one which is both challenging and achievable for you. I generally don’t have a problem reading enough, though my reading does tend to a certain predictability. So, what I have done is take his ‘Obsessed’ level challenge and compared it with my 2018 reading. Then I’ve extracted the categories I didn’t manage, which leaves me with 46 entries. I have eliminated the categories I am never, ever going to read: a book about sports, a biography of a US president etc. I’ve also eliminated the categories I did read, just fewer times than he listed them. I’ve also excluded the ones based on specific authors and publishers. I think that’s a perfectly valid challenge, just not one that I’m interested in doing. That leaves the following:

A BOOK BY OR ABOUT A MISSIONARY
A BOOK RECOMMENDED BY A FAMILY MEMBER
A BOOK ABOUT AGING
A BOOK PUBLISHED IN 2019
A BOOK OF POETRY
A BOOK BASED ON A TRUE STORY
A BOOK ABOUT FRIENDSHIP
A BOOK YOU OWN BUT HAVE NEVER READ
A BOOK ABOUT CHURCH HISTORY
A BOOK ABOUT CANADA, SET IN CANADA, OR WRITTEN BY A CANADIAN
A BOOK ABOUT EUROPE
A BOOK ABOUT BOOKS OR READING
A BOOK ABOUT EVANGELISM
A BIOGRAPHY OF A CHRISTIAN
A BOOK ABOUT SCIENCE
A BOOK ABOUT GENDER OR SEXUALITY
A NOVEL LONGER THAN 400 PAGES
A BOOK ABOUT MONEY OR FINANCE
A BOOK BY A PURITAN
A BOOK ABOUT WRITING
A BOOK ABOUT A CITY, COUNTRY, OR REGION

Some of these I’m kind of embarrassed that I didn’t read in 2018: book by a missionary, book about evangelism, book about church history. Some I’m intrigued by: book about aging, books about reading and writing. Some I’m not sure if I will want to bother with: books about Canada, Europe, some other place, book about money.

There are some I already have plans for, e.g. Why Can’t We Just Be Friends by Aimee Byrd. I’ve got this on the kindle already. I’ll probably try Karen Swallow Prior’s On Reading Well at some point. I know I’ve got to read the CEEC book on sexuality for the Church Society podcast next month.

So I’ll see. I guess the point of a challenge like this is to get you reading out of your comfort zone. Mostly it makes me want to assert my freedom to read whatever I want, whenever I want to.