2016 Reading Challenge

I loved to read when I was a kid. I used to devour books. But at some point during college — whether from a hectic schedule or from textbook fatigue I’m not entirely sure — I stopped reading other than what I had to for school. When I would try to pick up a book to read, I would quickly get bored or find myself too busy thinking about my growing to-do list to actually enjoy the book.

But here I am, almost two years after graduating from college, deciding to take on a personal challenge of reading 52 books this year. Maybe a little ambitious after not much reading over the past 5 years, but even if I don’t reach 52 I’ll have read way more books than the last few years combined most likely.

It started with my yoga training. When I started my training, I had quite a few books I needed to read for the course. As I dove into my reading homework, I found my desire to read returning. And when I completed my assigned books, I was itching to get another book in my hands (not an ebook fan). My friend send me Popsugar’s 2016 read challenge, and I decided that it would be a fun way to get myself back into reading with a variety of types of books. Then somehow I got it into my head that I wanted to read 52 books this year. So my goal for 2016 is to read 52 books while completing Popsugar’s challenge:


✓A book based on a fairy tale
✓A National Book Award winner
✓A YA bestseller
✓A book you haven’t read since high school
☐A book set in your home state
✓A book translated to English
✓A romance set in the future
✓A book set in Europe
✓A book that’s under 150 pages
✓A New York Times bestseller
✓A book that’s becoming a movie this year
☐A book recommended by someone you just met
✓A self-improvement book
✓A book you can finish in a day
☐A book written by a celebrity
☐A political memoir
☐A book at least 100 years older than you
✓A book that’s more than 600 pages
☐A book from Oprah’s book club
✓A science-fiction novel
✓A book recommended by a family member
☐A graphic novel
✓A book published in 2016
☐A book with a protagonist who has your occupation
✓A book that takes place during summer
✓A book and its prequel
☐A murder mystery
✓A book written by a comedian
✓A dystopian novel
✓A book with a blue cover
☐A book of poetry
☐The first book you see in a book store
☐A classic from the 20th century
✓A book from the library
✓An autobiography
☐A book about a road trip
✓A book about a culture you are unfamiliar with
☐A satirical book
✓A book that takes place on an island
✓A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy


At the end of January, here’s where I’m at [UPDATED Sept. 7]:
  1. Rogue Squadron by Michael Stackpole
  2. Awe by Paul Tripp
  3. wild by Cheryl Strayed
  4. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
  5. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  6. Wedge’s Gamble by Michael Stackpole
  7. The Peacemaker by Ken Sande
  8. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  9. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  10. Miraculous Movements by Jerry Trousdale
  11. The Kill Order by James Dasher
  12. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  13. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  14. Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman
  15. Living with Less by Joshua Becker
  16. The Krytos Trap by Michael Stockpile
  17. A Praying Life by Paul Miller
  18. Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  19. The Serpent of Paradise by Erwin W. Lutzer
  20. Stolen by Katariina Rosenblatt
  21. Infected by Scott Sigler
  22. Inferno by Dan Brown
  23. Breathe by Keri Wyatt Kent
  24. Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
  25. Contagious by Scott Sigler
  26. Cinder by Marissa Meyers
  27. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  28. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
  29. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
  30. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
  31. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  32. Community by Brad House
  33. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
  34. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
  35. At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen
  36. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
  37. Overcoming Trauma through Yoga by David Emerson and Elizabeth Hopper
  38. Redeployment by Phil Klay
  39. The Sacred Romance by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge
  40. Pandemic by Scott Sigler
  41. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  42. Lost Women of the Bible by Carolyn Custis James
  43. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
  44. What Does He Do That? by Lundy Bancroft
  45. Tracks by Robyn Davidson
  46. The Alchemist by Paula Coelho
Know any good books that I can add to my list or that will fulfill one of the Popsugar Challenge books? Comment below or recommend it to me on Goodreads! And you may or may not get a message from me asking to borrow it if the library doesn’t have it 😉

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Michael Borneman says:

    One second later is a good book. I just finished it over Christmas. Unfortunately it is on my Kindle so I can’t lend it

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kayla Sheely says:

      I will have to add that to my list! Thanks!


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