Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Sisters' Fall Reading Challenge

I had so much fun reading in this summer. We had purposely kept the challenges lighter because our summer was intense, but now both Charity and I are ready to give a bit of challenge to our reading life. 

The goal of our fall challenges is to stretch ourselves a bit beyond our bookshelves. I can't wait to meet some new book friends. 

Sisters' Fall Reading Challenges 

1. Read a book that intimidates you.

The book could intimidate you because of its length or its topic or genre or author. More than once, when I've pushed myself to read a book that intimidates me, I've found a treasure. I think I'm going to choose a Dicken's book for this challenge.

2. Read a book about a founder of a ministry or nonprofit organization. 

If you don't have a book in mind, check your libraries nonfiction shelf. There are many books that would fit this category. It could be a missionary such as Amy Carnichael or Hudson Taylor or a humitarian organization founder like Clara Barton. Choose someone who lived years ago like William Booth or a still alive today like Joni Erickson Tada.

3. Read a book published in your birth year. 

This might be one of the most challenging because we don't typically categorize books by their publication date. One idea to find a book on your birth year is check out the Newberry or Pultizer prize winners. (You may have to check the year after your birth since the awards are usually given the year after.)

4. Read a book that others have raved about.

You can interpret this as you wish. It could be a book that got a lot of publicity on a best seller list. Or maybe a book that your mom or your brother or you friend keeps talking about.

5. Read a book set in your state or province.

This too may be challenging, at least I don't have a book immediately in mind for this challenge. Your local library may have a section devoted to local books. 

If you don't live in the United States or Canada, feel free to interpret this challenge as you wish. You may choose a book set in your country.

6. Read a book that addresses an area you want to grow in. 

Sometimes I gravitate toward books on my favorite topics, so here is a chance to read a book about a topic that I'm weak in.

7. Look up the definition of a word that you read in a book.

I usually just guess a word's meaning from the context, but I want to challenge myself to ocasionally look up the definition.

8. Carry a physical book with you.

When I unexpectantly have a few extra minutes, I usually reach for my phone because I always have it with me. I'm going to intentionally try to keep a book with me more often so that I reach for a book instead of my phone. So if you see me in the Walmart line this fall, I just might have my nose in a book. 

I might even try to keep a book on my kitchen counter, so that a book, not my phone, is the closest thing at hand.

I'd love to hear what you intend to read this fall. If you need any book suggestions for any of these challenges, just ask. We love to talk books!


  1. These are some good fall challenges. I have several books on my bookshelf that I could use to complete the challenges. Can you recommend some books for number 4? Preferably Anabaptist ones but they don't necessarily have to be. Thank you Gina!❤

    1. A brand new book that I'm hearing a lot about is Kidnapped by Katrina Hoover Lee about the Haiti kidnapping this past winter.
      An older book that I've never read but have heard recommended repeatedly is God and Uncle Dale by Lester Bauman.
      I'll try to think of some more!

    2. Thank you Gina. I've been thinking about that book too. God and Uncle Dale sounds interesting. Thank you again.

  2. I have a few books picked out for some of the categories.1. A book that intimidates me : I am Malala by Malala Youafzai. I guess I'm intimidated because I'm not sure what to expect. 2. A book about the founder of a ministry or nonprofit organization: Love Without Limits by Nick Vujicic who is the director of the nonprofit Christian organization Life Without Limbs. I've much about this amazing man of God and was thrilled for the chance to buy this book at a very low cost.
    #3 and #5 I haven't decided yet
    #4 I hope to buy Kidnapped by Katrina Hoover Lee.
    6. A book that addresses the area I want to grow in: Becoming a Titus 2 Woman by Martha Peace. I'm this one could also be intimidating however I really do need help in this area.
    #7 Look up a word in a book I read.: I like to read classic books and many of them have words I never heard of.
    8. Carry a book with you: It will either be a book from my challenges or a book I want to read.


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