2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge | Nevermore Lane


Scrolling through my Pinterest feed the other day I came across this Pop Sugar pin about their 2016 Reading Challenge. I am a reader, but these last few years my reading for personal enjoyment has fallen to wayside.  In years prior I was able to use school as an excuse. With so many textbooks and paper writing I had to do, reading wasn’t on the extracurricular activity list. I’m starting to think that my own writing is starting to hit more brick walls because I haven’t been feeding my brain with creativity. So, in 2016 I want to change that.

There are quite a few reading challenges floating around. I’m not sure what it was about this one that struck me as the one I wanted to follow other than being a Pop Sugar challenge I have a feeling quite a few people (bloggers!) will be accepting the challenge and writing about it. My hope is to connect with a few of them.


2016 Ultimate Reading Challenge

Pop Sugar has a printable version of this list on their post “Take 2016’s Ultimate Reading Challenge!

I have printed mine out and put it on a clipboard and hung it on my wall so that I can start checking them off as I go! You can also follow along with me on GoodReads.

I see a few on the list that I am anxious to get started on. In the Fall of 2015 I started reading 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz.

2016 Book Challenge | Nevermore Lane


And by started I mean I have put this book, which has its own interactive website, down and picked it back up a few times so I am going to have to focus on this book and check off one of the items on this list. I believe this will satisfy the a couple of the items on the challenge list, so I will have to decide which one after I finish it. I also have a few book review books. One I just finished and one it almost finished. Those will check off a few. I did pick up a dark romance series box set that was on sale for 99 cents. Almost done with that as well.

I see it could fit in a few of the items on the list. But, one I am anxious to get started on is the one that says “a book that you haven’t read since high school.” One of my favorite books from that time is The Great Gatsby. I have read it numerous times over the years so I always welcome a chance to read it again. It’s starting to collect dust on my bookshelf, so seems like a good opportunity to dust it off.

Another one I am looking forward to is the “A book that is at least 100 years older than you.” Because….well..I love the classics!

Are you going to take any challenges in 2016? Please let me know if you are going to be doing this reading challenge. 


Here’s the list. As the year goes on I’ll come back to update and link.

  • 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 best seller
  • A book that’s becoming a movie this year
  • A book recommended by someone you just met
  • A self-improve 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 that is published in 2016
  • A book with a protagonist who has your occupation
  • A book that takes place during Summer
  • A book at its prequal
  • 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 bookstore
  • A classic from the 20th century
  • A book from the library
  • A autobiography
  • A book about a road trip
  • A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with
  • A satirical book
  • A book that takes place on an island
  • A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy

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  1. That sounds like a fun challenge for people who like to read. My husband definitley falls into that category!

  2. I love this idea. I’m a huge reader, but I rarely have the time to actually read. This would help me to make time for it.

  3. That’s an awesome challenge and it will definitely be satisfying to mark each book off the list. I started my first book of the year a few days ago but I’ve been going at a casual pace.

  4. Like you my ‘reading for fun’ days are long gone. I read all day long on my computer but no varieties. They have summer programs like this for kids to expand their reading genres. Think I might give it a go too!

  5. I always find challenges to be so motivating and would love to make more time to read. I did complete the 100 Happy Days photo challenge some time ago and am doing a weekly savings challenge this year as well.

  6. As much as I would love to do this, as it is an awesome challenge, I doubt i would succeed. I have this one book I have been trying to finish for over a year and it seems between the three kiddos, the dog, my job and my self employment work, reading has just been something that doesn’t make me money so I can’t do it 🙁 I hope by mid year I can get back into reading then I will come to revisit this challenge!

  7. I love to read but have trouble making the time for it. I joined a book club so I read one book a month so I can discuss it with friends. That helps keep me reading regularly.

  8. This indeed is a great challenge and I too have not been reading in my spear time in a couple of years. The printable is an awesome tool for this challenge too. Thanks for sharing it.

  9. This is a great idea to concoct such a comprehensive and diverse task list, all honing on increasing your reading!
    My husband is making this one of his top priorities also in 2016 – reading more – although, he tends to go toward the learning/self-improvement types.

  10. I would love to do this! I used to read all of the time but haven’t had the chance to lately and I miss it! This would be a great way to get back on track with it!

  11. This challenge seems like a great idea! I love to read, but have been reading business books only! I definitely need to start reading more fiction and other topics, love the challenge!

  12. I would LOVE to read more. I wish I had the time, I think I’m going to try to make some time for myself and reading. Its so relaxing and gets me in a great mood.

  13. That is a neat idea. A challenge to encourage reading and spending more quiet time with a good book. I may try this or at least read a few of these books!

  14. This is a great challenge and really encourages you as a reader to read outside the box. I know personally I typically read one type of book and this would really make me broaden my horizons.

  15. This is a great challenge to try. I love to read and so do my kids. I will have to share this with my friends.

  16. This sounds like so much fun. I have a tendency to stick to the same type of book, so I appreciate the nudge to step outside the norm.

  17. This is so cool! I love reading and used to all the time, not so much anymore but I want to change that. Thanks for this.

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