As a new year approaches, it’s natural to think about reading resolutions – whether it’s to try a new author or genre, get started with a classic you’ve been meaning to read or finally pick up those books on your to-be-read pile.
Whatever your resolutions, our Read the Year challenge is all about trying something new. From starting the year with a book about new beginnings in January through to getting stuck into a story that embodies the festive spirit in December via strong female characters, world (or space!) travel and more, we hope this challenge will inspire you to see the world from a new perspective.
Download our reading diary to see each month’s prompt. There’s space for you to fill in what you’ve read and if you’re not sure where to begin, we’ve suggested a few books to get you started.
January: Start the year with a book about new beginnings: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas--John Boyne
February: Get stuck in a story of obsessive love: The Best of Me--Nicholas Sparks
March: Read a book about a woman you hadn't previously heard of: Brain on Fire--Susannah Cahalan
April: A book that will help you explore your creativity: Scrap Basket Crafts--Nancy Reames
May: Use a book to get closer to nature: The Gathering of Zion--Wallace Stegner
June: A book that delves into the experience of fatherhood: Her Secret, His Baby--Tanya Michaels
July: Travel anywhere in (or out of) the world with a book: Carmilla--J. Sheridan Le Fanu
August: A book which tells a migration story: The Namesake--Jhumpa Lahiri
September: Dive into a coming of age story you haven't read before: The Last of the Menu Girls--Denise Chavez
October: 'Tis the season for spooky stories. Take your pick: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies--Seth Grahame-Smith
November: Pick up a book about the country you live in
December: Finish the year with a book that embodies the festive spirit