Expand Your Horizons: A 2018 Reading Challenge


I’ve been thinking lately about how many types of books I’d like to read more of, yet never seem to make time for. I thought that next year, I should read one book from outside my comfort zone a month.

But then I realized this would make a great reading challenge to share. It’s lightweight, easy to personalize, and even stackable, if you want to take on more than one category of books you’ve been meaning to read.

So I invite you to join me on a reading challenge adventure in 2018!

Some category suggestions to get you started:

  • Non-fiction
  • Banned books
  • PoC Authors/Protagonists
  • LGBTQIA+ Authors/Protagonists
  • #ownvoices in general
  • Classics
  • Poetry

I’m definitely leaning towards non-fiction, classics, and/or banned books myself. But you can customize the categories to make them broader or narrower depending on what interests you, and of course there’s all sorts of things I didn’t list because I already read them. You could use this as a platform to try any sort of genre fiction you haven’t read, or you could decide to read Man Booker Prize or any other award winners, or back-catalog books from Oprah’s Book Club, if that’s what you want.

Simply choose (or create!) one or more categories, commit to reading one a month in 2018, and let me know you’re participating on social media with the tag #horizonsreadingchallenge.

Let me know what you think, and feel free to suggest more categories in the comments!


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