In September I extended my annual reading challenge. Not just content with reaching a numerical goal (I’ve now read 16 books this year, my target was 15) but looking to vary my choice of book, and challenge myself to pick up something I might usually avoid.

When I set this new challenge there were gaps in my list. So here’s an update with all categories assigned and another couple checked off. The books in bold are those left to read.

  1. Published this year – All That Man Is, David Szalay
  2. Can finish in a day – Politics and the English Language, George Orwell
  3. Been meaning to read – Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
  4. Recommended by your local librarian/bookseller – The Outrun, Amy Liptrot
  5. Should have read in school – Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
  6. Chosen by your partner – Playing to the Gallery, Grayson Perry
  7. Published before you were born – A Gun for Sale, Graham Greene
  8. Was banned at some point – The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
  9. Previously abandoned – Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
  10. Own but have never read – How to Make Sense of Any Mess, Abby Covert
  11. Intimidates you – American Gods, Neil Gaiman
  12. Already read at least once – Rogue Male, Geoffrey Household

I’m confident that I’ll have read the remaining five books by the new year. And I’m already excited for the challenge that 2017 will bring.


Update 04/01/17 – I did it! I finished the last book on the list, Treasure Island (which I loved!) on 27 December.