Bullet Journal reading challenge 2017!
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2017 Reading Challenge: April Update

At the beginning of this year I set a lofty reading goal. I felt like a kid at the start of a summer reading program where personal pan pizzas were the reward.

What was the goal?

Well, it’s to read 104 books by the end of this year. And not just any 104 books, but a variety of books from several different categories.

After much deliberation, I decided to complete Tim Challies’ 2017 Reading Challenge, going for The Obsessed Reader Award, and crowning myself utterly insane. I mean, three little kids. Enough said.

But to my surprise, I’m off to a pretty steady start, and as of right now I’m still on target to complete the challenge by the end of the year.

I’m keeping track of the actual challenge and each category on the printable I downloaded from Challies’ website. It has all the categories broken down for me.

I also share my progress on Goodreads, which is my favorite way to keep a record of what I’m reading along with seeing what other people are reading and recommending.

Bullet Journal reading challenge 2017!

But because I also love my Bullet Journal and am slowing growing more and more obsessed with it, I also keep a running log of the books I’ve read in my Bullet Journal. I sometimes write down quotes as well as my own thoughts after reading a book, so the Bullet Journal is the best way way for me to track all that.

Since I took a nice little blogging hiatus, I thought I’d catch you up on what I’ve read so far through April. Then, each month I’ll check back in, sharing what I’ve been reading and passing on some recommendations as I come across them. Plus let’s be honest, I’m really obsessed with keeping this log secure. ha!

2017 Reading Challenge Breakdown & Favorites

Goal: 104 books
Current Books Read: 34
Number of Books to Go: 70

Best Books Read So Far (best books determined by inability to put it down):

2017 Reading Challenge Complete Log

There are more books I’d recommend reading, so I’ve used asterisks to help denote which ones. I also share if I’ve found a deal on Kindle along with any “heads up” you  might need before diving in.

* Books I recommend reading
** Books I recommend reading aloud with your kids

The Light Reader

The Avid Reader

  • A book written by a Puritan:
  • A book by or about a missionary:
  • A book about Christian living: Side-by-Side: Walking in Wisdom and Love, by Edward T. Welch*
  • A commentary on a book of the Bible:
  • A book about the Reformation:
  • A book about theology:
  • A book recommended by a family member:
  • A book with a great cover: The Muse, by Jessie Burton* (Heads up: There are a couple of “romantic” scenes. I skipped them when I came to them, and I didn’t feel like I missed a thing.)
  • A book on the current New York Times List of bestsellers:
  • A book about church history:
  • A book of 100 pages or less: Mummies in the Morning, by Mary Pope Osborne
  • A book of your choice: The Pleasures of Reading in the Age of Distraction, by Alan Jacobs
  • A book that won a prize: On the Banks of Plum Creek, by Laura Ingalls Wilder** (so far this is my favorite of the Little House Series)

The Committed Reader

  • A book from a theological viewpoint you disagree with:
  • A book about Christian living:
  • A book about apologetics:
  • A book of your choice: Peter Nimble and the Fantastic Eyes, by Jonathan Auxier**
  • A humorous book: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, by Betty MacDonald** (This one even hooked in my three year old!)
  • A book based on a true story:
  • A book about prayer: Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer, by Priscilla Shirer*
  • A book of poetry:
  • A book with a one-word title:
  • A book by Sinclair Ferguson:
  • A novel by an author you have never read before: Whose Body?, by Dorothy L. Sayers* ($0.99 on Kindle right now!)
  • A book about Christian living:
  • A memoir or autobiography:
  • A play by William Shakespeare:
  • A book of your choice: Leonardo da Vinci: Giants of Science, by Kathleen Krull** (Heads up: I skipped the chapter on Leonardo’s romantic proclivities and scandal.)
  • A book written by an author with initials in their name:
  • A book by a female author: The Hundred Dresses, by Eleanor Estes** (Fantastic book to build empathy!)
  • A book about theology:
  • A book published by Crossway:
  • A self-improvement book:
  • A graphic novel: Rapunzel’s Revenge, by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale** (My son loves graphic novels. I don’t care for them, but he loved this one and much to my surprise, I did too. I read it after him just to knock this off my list.)
  • A book you own but have never read:
  • A book targeted at the other gender:
  • A book about Christian living:
  • A book of your choice:
  • A book about race or racial issues: The Kitchen House, by Kathleen Grissom*

The Obsessed Reader

  • A book you have started but never finished:
  • A book about church history:
  • A book about holiness or sanctification: Holiness: The Heart God Purifies, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss*
  • A book about science:
  • A book used as a seminary text:
  • A book on the ECPA bestseller list:
  • A book about productivity or time management:
  • A book of your choice:
  • A book about spiritual disciplines: Praying the Bible, by Donald Whitney*
  • A book about parenting:
  • A book about Christian living:
  • A book by Iain Murray:
  • A book about business:
  • A book about theology:
  • A book about marriage: You and Me Forever, by Francis and Lisa Chan*
  • A photo essay book:
  • A book of comics:
  • A book about the Second World War:
  • A book by a Puritan:
  • A book about preaching or public speaking:
  • A book of your choice:
  • A book about suffering:
  • A book about evangelism:
  • A book by your favorite author:
  • A book you have read before: Stepping Heavenward, by Elizabeth Prentiss* (This is my all time favorite book!)
  • A Christian novel:
  • A biography of a Christian: The Apostle: A Life of Paul, by John Pollock*
  • A book about the natural world:
  • A novel for young adults: Prince Caspian, by C.S. Lewis**
  • A novel longer than 400 pages:
  • A book about history:
  • A book about the Bible:
  • A book recommended by a friend:
  • A book published by P&R Publications:
  • A book with an ugly cover:
  • A book by or about a martyr:
  • A book of your choice:
  • A book about Christian living:
  • A book about church history:
  • A book about money or finance:
  • A book about leadership:
  • A book by John Piper: Seeing and Savoring Christ, by John Piper*
  • A book about theology:
  • A book for children or teens: Waiting for the Magic, by Patricia MacLachlan** (This is cute for kids to read, but I don’t know that I’d read it aloud to the kids.)
  • A book about sexuality:
  • A book about writing:
  • A book about current events: Abortion, by R.C. Sproul* (FREE on Kindle!)
  • A biography of a world leader:
  • A book about the church:
  • A book of your choice:
  • A book about a hobby:
  • A book written in a twentieth century:

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What about you? Are you doing a reading challenge this year? What are some of the best books you’ve read this year?

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