2018 Thomas Merton Biography and Diary Challenge

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In 2018, I shall be reading Merton’s autobiography and his journals.

  • The Seven Story Mountain
  • The Sign of Jonas
  • Run to the Mountain: The Story of a Vocation
  • Entering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and a Writer
  • A Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk’s True Life
  • Turning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years
  • Dancing in the Water of Life
  • Learning to Love: Exploring Solitude and Freedom
  • The Other Side of the Mountain: The End of the Journey

The 2018 Christian Reading Challenge

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How It Works

The 2018 Christian Reading Challenge is composed of 4 lists of books, which you are meant to move through progressively. You will need to determine a reading goal early in the year and set your pace accordingly.

  • The Light Reader. This plan has 13 books which sets a pace of 1 book every 4 weeks.
  • The Avid Reader. The Avid plan adds another 13 books which increases the pace to 1 book every 2 weeks.
  • The Committed Reader. This plan adds a further 26 books, bringing the total to 52, or 1 book every week.
  • The Obsessed Reader. The Obsessed plan doubles the total to 104 books which sets a demanding pace of 2 books every week.

LIGHT (One book every 4 weeks)

  • a biography
  • a book about Christian living
  • a book published in 2018
  • a book by an author who is no longer alive
  • a novel
  • a book for teens or young adults
  • a book more than 100 years old
  • a book targeted at the opposite gender
  • a book your best friend recommends
  • a book with at least 400 pages
  • a book of your choice
  • a book about theology
  • a book about current events

AVID (1 book every 2 weeks)

  • a book about Christian living
  • a book of 100 pages or less
  • a book about the early church
  • a book with a picture of the author on the cover
  • a book on the current New York Times list of bestsellers
  • a book written by a Puritan
  • a book by or about a pastor
  • a book of your choice
  • a commentary on a book of the Bible
  • a book about Theology
  • a book that won a prize
  • a book you have borrowed
  • a book about Christian history

COMMITTED (1 book every week)

  • a novel by an author you have never read before
  • a book based upon a true story
  • a book by a female author
  • a play
  • a humorous book
  • a self-improvement book
  • a book about prayer
  • a graphic novel
  • a book about Christian living
  • a book from a theological viewpoint you disagree with
  • a book by or about a politican
  • a classic novel
  • a book with a two-word title
  • a book by a male author
  • a book you are pretty sure you will not like
  • a book of your choice
  • a book about theology
  • a memoir or autobiography
  • a book about Christian living
  • a book published by Christian Focus
  • a book of poetry
  • a book targeted at your gender
  • a book of your choice
  • a book about Christian living
  • a book by R.C. Sproul
  • a book of your choice

OBSESSED (2 books every week)

  • a book you read in the past three years
  • a book of your choice
  • a book by your favorite author
  • a book about science
  • a book written in the nineteenth century
  • a book about Christian living
  • a book by or about a martyr
  • a book about history
  • a book by or about a world leader
  • a book on the ECPA bestseller list
  • a book published by P&R Publications
  • a book about a book in the Bible
  • a book about war
  • a book about Heaven
  • a book from a library
  • a book about relationships
  • a novel for young adults
  • a book of your choice
  • a book about Christian living
  • a book about history
  • a book used as a seminary textbook
  • a book of your choice
  • a book about church history
  • a book by a Southern Baptist
  • a book by an author who is still alive
  • a book for children or teens
  • a book about the church
  • a book about business
  • a novel longer than 300 pages
  • a book about leadership
  • a book you have read before
  • a book by Jerry Bridges
  • a book with a great cover
  • a book by a Puritan
  • a book about animals
  • a book about theology
  • a book of comics
  • a book by Albert Mohler
  • a book about the Bible
  • a book about theology
  • a biography of a Christian
  • a Christian novel
  • a photo essay book
  • a book about holiness or sanctificaiton
  • a book about the Bible
  • a book of your choice
  • a book about money or finance
  • a book you have always wanted to read but haven’t
  • a book recommended by a friend
  • a book about church history
  • a book by a speaker from Together for the Gospel
  • a book your pastor recommends

Book Riot’s Read Harder 2018 Challenge

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  1. a book published posthumously
  2. a book of true crime
  3. a classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, SFF, romance)
  4. a comic written and illustrated by the same person
  5. a book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
  6. a book about nature
  7. a western
  8. a comic written or illustrated by a person of color
  9. a book of colonial or postcolonial literature
  10. a romance novel by or about a person of color
  11. a children’s classic published before 1980
  12. a celebrity memoir
  13. an Oprah Book Club selection
  14. a book of social science
  15. a one-sitting book
  16. the first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
  17. a scifi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
  18. a comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image
  19. a book of genre fiction in translation
  20. a book with a cover you hate
  21. a mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
  22. an essay anthology
  23. a book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
  24. an assigned book you hated (or never finished)

Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge

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  1. a classic you’ve been meaning to read
  2. a book recommended by someone with great taste
  3. a book in translation
  4. a book nominated for an award in 2018
  5. a book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection
  6. a book you can read in a day
  7. a book that’s more than 500 pages
  8. a book by a favorite author
  9. a book recommended by a librarian or an indie bookseller
  10. a banned book
  11. a memoir, biography, or book of creative nonfiction
  12. a book by an author of a different race, ethnicity, or religion other than your own