Monday, January 8, 2018

Read the Year with Penguin

Just found this one now. I wasn't sure I wanted to do anymore monthly or checklist challenges, but this one sounds good.

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: Sitting Bull--Susan Bivin Aller

December: Finish the year with a book that embodies the festive spirit: Yuletide Twins--Renee Andrews

Challenge completed on December 12


  1. LOVED The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. I will be interested to hear what you think.

  2. I read over break, and it was glorious. I'm back to editing and working on my own books now, so reading for pure enjoyment is tabled at the moment. Though I do love my clients books (and my own!) so I can't complain.