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Wrapping Up the Year: Our 2016 Book Challenge


DSC_0318This year is coming to a close and so is our 2016 Book Challenge. I’m so glad my friend made the suggestion, organized it and kept us all on track. She even created a private Facebook page where we could leave book quotes or find the encouragement we needed to get through  thousand-plus page books!

Doing it with friends was great too! There was never a lack for conversation (as if there usually is, haha). We enjoyed telling each other about the books we read or were reading, and didn’t fail to highlight the ones we especially liked. This is made apparent by the list you’ll see below – quite a number of titles obviously got talked about a lot! 

As promised, I’ve provided our favorites from this year. That’s right; this is a list of only the real goodies! So when you notice that a category below doesn’t have a title included, it’s because the book we selected for it was just so-so. When you see a title mentioned a few times, that’s because it was an uber popular favorite and means that you should probably read it too! Enjoy!

  1. A book you own but haven’t read
    • Tarah: Cheaper by the Dozen
  2. A book that was made into a movie
    • Cate: Cheaper by the Dozen
  3. A book you pick solely because of the cover
    • Luisa: The Children of Noisy Village
  4. A book your friend loves
    • Tarah: Rebecca
    • Luisa: The Brothers Lionheart
  5. A book published this year
  6. A book by an author you’ve never read before
    • Luisa: All-of-a-Kind Family
  7. A book by an author you love
    • Cate: The Great Bridge
    • Luisa: The Wright Brothers
  8. A book bat the bottom of your “to-read” pile
    • Cate: Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?
  9. A book with a color in the title
    • Cate: The Blue Castle
  10. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
    • Cate: Anne of Avonlea
    • Luisa: The Railway Children
  11. A book you started but never finished
    • Tarah: The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  12. A book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe
    • Luisa: The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  13. A book with a female heroine
    • Cate & Luisa: Counting by 7s
  14. A book set in the summer
  15. A book of poems
  16. A book you learned about because of this challenge
    • Luisa: Dead Wake
  17. A book that will make you smarter
    • Cate: Atlas Shrugged
    • Tarah: Coolidge by Amity Shlaes and Calvin Coolidge’s almanac
    • Luisa: New Deal or Raw Deal
  18. A book with a blue cover
    • Cate: The Great Gatsby
  19. A book you were supposed to read in school, but didn’t
    • Luisa: Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?
  20. A book “everyone” but you has read
    • Luisa: Betsy-Tacy
  21. A book with a great first line
  22.  A book with pictures
    • Luisa: The Cricket in Times Square
  23. A book from the library
  24. A book you loved… read it again!!
    • Cate & Tarah: The Hiding Place
  25. A book that is more than 10 years old
  26. A book based on a true story
    • Cate: Patient HM

We hope this inspires your reading list for the coming year!

Hi! I’m Luisa and I’ve always been an avid reader and lover of books. Well… at least that is to say since I was about eight years old when my mom encouraged my sister and I to do a summer reading challenge. After that, I was always getting in trouble for not doing my chores, my school, or staying in the bathroom too long haha, because of a book! Read more about me here