2017 Book Challenge (with so many book ideas)

by Meg

Last year, Tim Challies (a favorite blogger of mine) posted a reading challenge for his followers, with leveLogo_FrenchPressls of reading goals (like “Light Reader,” “Avid Reader,” etc.) and categories of books. I really, really wanted to take the challenge. But in typical Emma Woodhouse fashion, I started out with great plans, but made little headway as far as the chart went.

I did, however, find a few book friends and start a book blog.

And that has gotten me reading in a more disciplined way again. So for this upcoming year, 2017, I’m going to take a modified challenge from Challies’s idea chart. What I’ve listed for you all below is my combined list of books I read LAST YEAR highlighted in blue (ideas for you), and books for me to read THIS YEAR highlighted in red. And that way it fills out almost all of the categories. All books have links so you can read the synopises online (and see if the covers catch your eye). Books that we’ve reviewed this past year also have links to the articles. 

I did have 2 blank spots left, and I would love for some of you to give me some suggestions for those. You can also suggest more ideas for those already filled in! 🙂 So if you have a favorite, let me know.


  • A biography – Pioneer Girl, by Laura Ingalls Wilder (buy it)
  • A book about Christian living – Made for More, by Hannah Anderson (buy it)
  • A book about a current issue – The Fractured Republic, by Yuval Levin (buy it)
  • A book with a great cover – Cinnamon and Gunpowder, by Eli Brown (buy it)
  • A classic novel – _____________________________
  • A book about history – 1776 by David McCullough (buy it)
  • A book with at least 400 pages – All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr (Review) (buy it)
  • A book on the current New York Times list of bestsellers – Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance (buy it)
  • A book of 100 pages or less – Are Women Human, by Dorothy Sayers (buy it)
  • A book that won a prize – Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson (buy it)
  • A book based on a true story – A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War, by Joseph Loconte (buy it)
  • A book about Christian Living – A Loving Life, by Paul Miller (buy it)
  • A book of poetry – Sojourner Songs: Poems, by Ben T. Palpant (buy it)
  • A memoir or autobiography – Light of the World, by Elizabeth Alexander (buy it)
  • A book written by an author with initials in their name – Conscience, by Andrew Naselli & J.D. Crowley (buy it)
  • A book you own but have never read – The Reading Promise, by Alice Ozma (buy it)
  • A book about marriage – Married for God, by Christopher Ash (buy it)
  • A photo essay book – Humans of New York: Stories, by Brandon Stanton (buy it)
  • A book about suffering – Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering, by Tim Keller (buy it)
  • A book about evangelism – Evangelism, by J. Mack Stiles (buy it)
  • A book about history – The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson (buy it)
  • A book about the Bible – I Peter, by Jen Wilkin (buy it)
  • A book about leadership – Designed to Lead, by Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck (buy it)
  • A book for children or teens – The Radical Book for Kids, by Champ Thornton (buy it)
  • A book written in the twentieth century – The Game of Kings, by Dorothy Dunnett (buy it)
  • A book published in 2017 – _________________ (anything good coming out?)


  • A book targeted at your gender – Someday, Someday, Maybe, by Lauren Graham (buy it)
  • A book your pastor recommends – A Quest for More, by Paul David Tripp (buy it)
  • A book more than 100 years old – Pilgrims Progress, by John Bunyan (buy it)
  • A book for children or teens – Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel, by Megan Morrison (buy it)
  • A book of your choice – Vinegar Girl, by Anne Tyler (Review) (buy it)
  • A humorous book – Talking as Fast as I can, by Lauren Graham (Review) (buy it)
  • A book with a one-word title – Onward, by Russell Moore (Review)  (buy it)
  • A novel by an author you have never read before – Land of Silence, by Tessa Afshar (Review) (buy it)
  • A book by a female author – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J.K. Rowling (buy it)
  • A self-improvement book – Do More Better, by Tim Challies (buy it)
  • A book you have started but never finished – Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me, by Karen Swallow Prior (buy it)
  • A book about parenting – What the Bible Says About Parenting, by John MacArthur (buy it)
  • A book about the Second World War – The Boys Who Challenged Hitler, by Philip Hoose (Review) (buy it)
  • A book by your favorite author – Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d, by Alan Bradley (Review) (buy it)
  • A book you have read before – A Jane Austen Education, by William Deresiewicz (buy it)
  • A Christian novel – If I Run, by Terri Blackstock (Review) (buy it)
  • A new children’s book – Circus Mirandus, by Cassie Beasley (buy it)
  • A book about the natural world – Humble Roots, by Hannah Anderson (Review) (buy it)
  • A novel for young adults – Serafina and the Black Cloak, by Robert Beatty (Review) (buy it) (buy the sequel)
  • A book recommended by a friend – Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein (buy it)
  • A book with an ugly cover – I Feel Bad About My Neck, by Nora Ephron (buy it)
  • A book about writing – Areopagitica, by John Milton (buy it)
  • A book about theology – None Like Him, by Jen Wilkin (buy it)
  • A biography of a Christian – The Time Mom Met Hitler, Frost Came to Dinner, and I Heard the Greatest Story Ever Told: A Memoir, by Dikkon Eberhart (buy it)

For the complete Challies Reading Challenge Chart, click here


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