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2017 Reading Challenge: May 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, as of the end of May I’m still on target to complete the challenge by the end of the year.

You can read more about the challenge and how I’m managing it all here.

2017 Reading Challenge Breakdown & Favorites

Goal: 104 books
Current Books Read: 40
Number of Books to Go: 64

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

What I Read in May:


Abortion: A Rational Look At An Emotional Issue, by R.C. Sproul

Anywhere Faith: Overcome Fear, Insecurity, and Excuses and Say Yes to God, by Heather C. King

Great Books for Boys, by Kathleen Odean

The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, by Susan Wise Bower

The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Woman Survived the Jewish Holocaust, by Edith Hahn Beer

Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers

Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson

The Hundred Dresses, by Eleanor Estes

On the Banks of Plum Creek, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J.K. Rowling

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

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: The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Woman Survived the Jewish Holocaust, by Edith Hahn Beer*
  • 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: The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, by Susan Wise Bower*
  • 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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  1. Congratulations on your reading accomplishments! I know it’s difficult with three little ones. FYI, there is a sequel to The Kitchen House. It’s entitled Glory over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House. Kathleen Grissom lived in Forest, VA, where I was a librarian for many years. She may still; I am not sure. We tried to have her come speak to our students, but there were scheduling conflicts.
    One of my favorite nonfiction books is Travels with Charley by Steinbeck. It’s a quick read with references to the Civil Rights Movement. In fact, there’s a YA novel called My Mother the Cheerleader, whose title comes from Steinbeck’s description of the women who heckled poor little Ruby Bridges. Enjoy your summer!

  2. This is a great list of books! Definitely pinning it for later. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also loved the Ann Hathaway reading of The Wizard of Oz! She was so good! I am doing the Goodreads challenge this year: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/18365376-tara-s-aty-in-52-books

    I am a little behind but that’s because I keep reading books that aren’t in any of the categories. Oops! But I am glad I started the challenge – the whole point is to read more variety and I think I have done that so far! Good luck with the rest of your challenge!

  3. I just finished Wisdom Hunter by Randal Arthur. It was by far the best book I have read in years and it said a lot to me about church and my faith.

  4. I am impressed! I have 3 littles and I cannot even finish a book a month. I am trying to fit in some homeschool helps/parenting/encouragement books because I just feel like I have no idea what I am doing.

    Keep up the good work!

  5. Thank you for so many wonderful recommendations! I always try to load up on good books during the summer….not that summer affords me any more time to read than the rest of the year, mind you! But I am always hopeful and always searching for a wonderful read!