Good books have been some of my best friends, mentors, comforts, and sources of enjoyment throughout my life. But perhaps the greatest thing they have been is my teachers.
We can learn so much from any type of book! Fiction can help us better understand other personalities, explore different areas of the world, and learn how to deal with various real-life situations. Nonfiction can teach us about great people and great events, guide us in discovery about the world and ourselves, help us improve in a skill or pursue a hobby, and teach us how to think through various topics or concepts.
Reading a variety of genres and topics will not only stretch our minds and mature our thinking, but it will also craft us into more well-rounded people with greater understanding about the people and world around us. And as with almost anything else worth doing — the more you read, the more you’ll want to read.
The more you exercise your reading muscles, the greater number and variety of books you’ll be able to enjoy. The more you feed on quality books, the more you’ll refine your “book tastebuds.”
So to keep feeding my brain and stretching my reading muscles, I’ll be pursuing a variety of book genres and topics yet again. I created the 2017 reading challenge based on my final results from #Read2016. It includes many of the same categories, along with a few new topics, to make it a bit more well-rounded and balanced between fiction and nonfiction.
My goal for 2017 is to read at least one new-to-me book in each of these categories:
I’m curious to see what I’ll end up reading, and how it will shape my thinking and grow my understanding! I will try to share updates throughout the year, as I did in 2016, with capsule reviews every month or two, as well as full-length reviews of anything I want to really highlight for you.
Want to join me?
Feel free to download the image (just right click and choose ‘Save As’), and print or share it with others. You can also grab the text-only list to download or share. Then share your progress on my bi-monthly updates, or post it on your own blog and send me the link!
Invite others to join the reading challenge!! Click here to tweet about it, or write your own with the hashtag #Read2017.
What do you hope to read in 2017?