A guide to books we're reading and talking about this year.
Last Updated: Jan 31, 2015
What will you read this year? There is a list out there to suit every interest, with a few ideas below. You can even make Mark Zuckerberg your reading companion by joining his Facebook book club (which BTW has caused Amazon to run out of copies of The End of Power. Wherever those pages take you this year, enjoy the trip!
- Diversity on the Shelf
This list focuses on books by authors of color and works with a main character of color. You choose how many bookshelves you want to build and share your books through a blog.
- Back to the Classics Challenge
This one has apparently been going on for some time but the rules have changed. You can decide how many categories to participate in AND there is a prize drawing. 100 plus eager readers have signed up already.
- Banned Books Challenge
In its third year and in the words of the list sponsor "This is a very low pressure challenge -- the whole idea is to have fun and read some books that censors have tried to keep off the shelves."
- Is the Play your Thing?
If you are feeling a bit dramatic, why not check out this four month challenge!
- What An Animal!
If you like feathered or furry friends, you might like this focus. Read at least 6 books that have any of the following requirements:
a. there is an animal in the title of the book
b. there is an animal on the cover of the book
c. an animal plays a major role in the book
d. a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you'd like).
- PopSugar 52 Book Challenge
In this challenge, you work from a list of book types (funny, one word titles, author's first work, etc.) and go from there.
In 2015, I've decided to travel the literary trails of the U.S.A. with the goal of spending time in a different state approximately every week. Join me on the road trip! You will find many versions of this reading challenge on the Internet (look out below for ideas). I'm thinking that although many of my choices will be novels, there will be lots of memoirs along the route as well as the occasional children's book or young adult pick. As I finish a title, I'll add it and the state to my list in the right hand column. Check out how I'm progressing on this year's reading journey in the column to the right and send me your recommendations for books with a taste for a specific place.
- National Education Association 50 State Booklist
For the younger reader (or the young at heart), here is a year full of suggested titles from Birmingham to the Big Woods.
- A Literary Tour
An eclectic mix of classic and contemporary titles, this list is worth a look.
- The Most Famous?
Although there is little here to document how these choices were determined, the map format and quick list is appealing!
- A Writer's Roots
Want a different take on this challenge? Choose books by authors born in each state.