Reading Challenge

Reading Challenge | Get out of your comfort zone

Join in a reading challenge with me!

Reflecting on my reading habits, I felt as if I had become stuck in a comfort reading rut.  There are so many fabulous books being published all the time aren’t there! as well as books available from back catalogues.  But I’ve had a tendency to stick to the same genre with the odd foray into fantasy or YA novels.  To shake myself up and help me step out of that rut I’ve created a reading challenge.

Anyone can join in with me at any time of the year!  I do hope to be able to cross them all off by the end of the year but I will continue until the challenge is complete.

Reading Challenge


Reading Challenge
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Add your own in, change my ideas.  It’s important that a challenge is something you can achieve so be realistic.

Let me know how the reading challenge works out and if you’ve set yourself any reading goals.

I’d love for you to share recommendations and ideas.

Here’s my challenge:

A biography/memoir:

Talking to Gina by Ottilie Hainsworth


A book based on a true story:

The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown

The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola

The Last Hours by Minette Walters


A non-fiction book:

Colour Psychology Today

Design your own crochet projects by Sara Delaney

The Girlboss Workbook by Sophia Amuroso


A book based on a fairytale:

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden


A Young Adult book:

The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

See you in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

The Broken Bridge by Philip Pullman

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

The Luster of Lost Things by Sophie Chen Keller


A science-fiction book:


The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman


A crime/thriller book:

The Disciple by Stephen Lloyd Jones (also science fiction!)

The Orphans by AnneMarie Neary

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

Behind the Lie by Amanda James

Can you keep a secret? by Karen Perry


A book of Poetry:

The Bedtimeasnauras by Mike Bayliss


A book someone tells you ‘changed my life’:



A book someone recommended in your network:



A book chosen for you:

As Weekends Go by Jan Bridgen


A book with one word in the title:

Sea by Sarah Driver


A book with a colour in the title:



A book with a number in the title:

The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams

The Thousand Lights Hotel by Emylia Hall


A book with a predominantly green cover:

The Last Day I Saw Her by Lucy Lawrie

The Last Piece of my Heart by Paige Toon


A book set in a country that is not your birth country:

Christmas Under The Stars by Karen Swan

The Romance Reader’s Guide to Life by Sharon Pywell

Under a Sardinian Sky by Sara Alexander

A Year and a Day by Isabelle Broom

The Little Theatre by the Sea by Rosanna Ley


A book translated to English:



A book that became a movie:



A book you own but haven’t read:



A book from the library:



A book of short stories:

The Christmas Stocking and other stories by Katie Fforde


An audiobook:

Meeting Lydia by Linda MacDonald


A book from an author you’ve never read before:

The Buttonmaker’s Daughter by Merryn Allingham

The Secret of Summerhayes by Merryn Allingham


A bestseller from a genre you don’t usually read:



If the majority of books you read are female authors, a book from a male author and vice versa:

The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion


A book with a dual timeline:

The Silent Fountain by Victoria Fox


A book set in the past during a time of turmoil:

Before the Rains by Dinah Jefferies


A book with an unreliable narrator:

The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola


A trilogy or series of books:

The Kingmaker Trilogy by Amanda Bouchet (A Promise of Fire)

The Kingmaker Trilogy by Amanda Bouchet (Breath of Fire)


A novella:



Other novels I have read in 2017:

Historical Fiction

The Night Brother by Rosie Garland

The Silk Weaver by Liz Trenow

Widdershins by Helen Steadman

The Returning Tide by Liz Fenwick

The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown

The Outcasts of TIme by Ian Mortimer


Women’s Fiction/Romance

Holiday in the Hamptons by Sarah Morgan

The Kicking the Bucket List by Cathy Hopkins

The Secret of Villa Rosso by Linn B Halton

Me You and Tiramisu by Charlotte Butterfield

Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses by Carole Matthews

The Legacy of Lucy Harte by Emma Heatherington

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Meet Me At Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt

White Lies and Wishes by Cathy Bramley

Watercolours in the Rain by Jo Lambert

One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill by Mandy Baggot

Christmas at Woolworths by Elaine Everest

Coming Home to the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson


Children’s Fiction

The Warrior in the Mist by Ruth Eastham


Happy Reading!