What are you doing for the next few years?


We’re reading.

Well, yeah, we’re always reading, but H told me about this 2015 Reading Challenge and it looked like fun, except I didn’t really want the pressure of reading an assigned book a week (even a self-assigned one) since I already have a big pile of books I want to read. The last thing I want to do is add more pressure to my life, or anyone else’s.

So, instead, we’re going to take it nice and slow, and read one book a month. By my reckoning, we’ll be finishing this challenge in 2019. H will be in college.


Maybe I shouldn’t have done the math.

Anyway. This particular challenge is by category, not specific title. For instance, it asks you to read a book a friend recommended, or a memoir, or a book based on a true story. This gives you a lot of leeway in choosing a book — you can read anything that strikes your fancy as long as it fits somehow into the category.

(Notice how I slipped the word “you” into that last sentence?)

Want to join us?

Here’s how it’s going to work:

We’ll pick a new category on the 9th of every month. Why? Because. That’s why. (Also, I didn’t get my act together until today, so today’s as good a day to start as any.)

For the first month, I’ll choose the category (the challenge is a checklist, not a numbered list, so we’re going to attack in the order that pleases us). Then we all select a book that fits in that category and read it.

At the next 9th, I’ll post our selections here, our thoughts on what we read (if we have any), and the category for the next month (M will choose the category for the second month, H for the third, then back to me for the fourth, and so on).

If you’re joining us, you can use the category we choose, or choose your own. You can go faster or slower than we do. You can comment here to tell us what you’re reading or what you thought of your book, or you can just be a lurker.

It’s a no pressure book club.

But I’d really love it if you’d join us. How much fun would it be to talk about books together?

C’mon. Pleeeeze?

Okay, even if you don’t want to, WE are going to, and you can read about it here.

The first category is………

A book set in a different country

Now, let’s get reading!


    1. Rebecca says:

      Yay!! Can’t wait to see what you’re reading!

  1. cindy says:

    I will join and hope to remain a participant until i crack under the “pressure” of completion. ha!

    1. Rebecca says:

      Oh yay! And no pressure. Read when you want, skip a month or two. We’ll be here, waiting 🙂

  2. kelseyen says:

    I’m in, too! Love this idea. I’m going to start with “A book with antonyms in the title” as I just picked up “Give and Take” by Adam Grant, but I’ll do a book set in a foreign country after that!

    1. Rebecca says:

      This is great! Happy to have you, Kelsey!

  3. Kayte says:

    Well, after I read this again and try to figure out exactly what it is that I have to do…I’m probably in…a book a month seems very manageable here. And it sounds a whole lot better on my waistline than another cooking blog. lol So let me try and figure this out. I got the part about reading a book this month a book set in a different country.

  4. nruit says:

    As a young adult librarian, I love the idea! I don’t have any other book groups going right now. Thanks!

    1. Rebecca says:

      Hurrah! Welcome to our group!

  5. JPei says:

    Didn’t know about the 2015 Book Challenge, but thanks for sharing – I always love a good challenge!


  6. Lolo says:

    Funny, I just started reading a Haruki Murakami book so was already in without knowing it 🙂

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