2016 NZ Booklovers’ Reading Challenge

For me, 2015 was the year I failed miserably at reading. This year, I am doing everything in my power to increase how much I read. If, like me, one of your New Year’s resolutions is to read more in 2016, then this list might help you. It challenges you to read a book a week, and if you are the type to stick to one or two genres (also like me), it might also broaden your literary horizons.

If there’s something I love equally as books, it’s lists – which is why this particular method of increasing my yearly book tally to one a week is compelling to me, and why I feel like I am up for the challenge and ready to take on the year. The biggest question now is where do I start? Do I start with the intriguing romance novel set in the past, or a book set in a country I’ve never visited but always wanted to?

52 books to read in 2016:

  • A book by a New Zealand author
  • A book you haven’t read since high school
  • A book based on a movie
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A self-help book
  • A book published in a different century than what you were born in
  • A book with a purple cover
  • A book with a protagonist who is the same age as you
  • A book with a protagonist who is half your age
  • A book whose main character is an anti-hero
  • A young adult bestseller
  • A New Zealand Book Awards winner
  • A book set in New Zealand
  • A book set in your home town
  • A book translated into English
  • A mystery novel set in the future
  • A romance novel set in the past
  • A non-fiction book related to your occupation
  • A biography
  • A book written by a celebrity
  • A book set in a country that you’ve never visited but want to
  • A novella
  • A book over 600 pages
  • A book with a protagonist who is the opposite gender to you
  • A book written by a female author
  • A book written by an author with a pseudonym
  • A book that is based on a film coming out this year
  • A book published this year
  • A book recommended by a stranger
  • A book recommended by a family member
  • A book you can finish in a day
  • A graphic novel
  • A steampunk novel
  • A horror novel (read with the lights off)
  • A novel where the protagonist isn’t human
  • The first book you see in a bookstore or library
  • An e-book
  • A paperback
  • A hardback
  • One of the classics
  • A book that takes place in a remote location (on an island, in space, underwater etc)
  • A book that takes place in winter
  • An Oprah’s book club title
  • A book you discovered on social media
  • A book where the protagonist has your name (or a version of your name)
  • A travel novel
  • A book that is guaranteed to make you cry
  • A book that is guaranteed to make you laugh
  • A book from the point of view of a villain
  • A book written in second person perspective
  • A book by your favourite author
  • A book reviewed by NZ Booklovers

Download a printable version of this list (with tickboxes!).

2 comments… add one

Jessica Ellen Jessica loves candlelit dinners and long walks on the beach but if you really want to win her heart you’ll need to drive a 67 Impala. Oh, and read books. Her tastes include young adult fiction and trashy novels that she would never be caught reading in public (but that is what dust jackets off other books are for).

  • Tony January 7, 2017, 10:11 pm

    Nice challenge, thanks! Is there a 2017 version coming?

  • Tony January 12, 2017, 9:49 pm

    Is a 2017 challenge coming?


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