Are you working through a reading challenge this year? Got your list of books to take with you on vacation? Reading broadens the mind and helps the time pass when you’re stuck on a subway or on a bus in traffic, and the more widely you read, the smarter you’ll be. A reading challenge can be as much as one book per week or as little as ten books per year, so if you’re ready to challenge yourself and broaden your mind, challenge yourself!
1. A book that helps you grow
The Ultimate Blog Plan available here.
This book starts by asking you who you are and what you want to give to the world. Although it’s a book on how to create your own success online, it’ll also help you grow. It’ll teach you how to find your own writing voice, how to take great photos, pick goals for the next five years and more. Plus every chapter contains workbook exercises, so the answers you write down to each question will help you create your own success. Buy it here.
2. A book based on a true story
Burial Rites available here.
The truth is often stranger than fiction. This is the story of Agnes, who was charged with the brutal murder of her former master and was sent to an isolated farm to await execution. As Agnes’s death looms, the other side of the story starts to come out. This book will hook you hard. It’s hard to believe it really happened! Buy it here.
3. A book of poems
Ariel available here.
Reading poetry can change the way you see the world around you. Who doesn’t love the poems of Sylvia Plath, if you need another post-high school reminder why her words inspired generations, read Ariel. Rich, lyrical, sad, mystical and tragic, each poem makes you feel something. Her descriptions of the world around her will inspire you to open your eye and try to see things differently. Buy it here.
4. A book about business
How To Win Friends And Influence People available here.
If you still haven’t picked up this genius book, do it now. It was written way before our time but still applies today. It will teach you how to be a good leader, how to make more friends, how to be likable and how to be more confident. It’s essential reading for any anxious twenty-something! Trust me. Buy it here.
5. A book that’s been made into a movie
Before I Go To Sleep available here.
I’m reading this thrilling book at the moment and I just can’t put it down. I don’t want to spoil too much, but this book is about Christine. Every morning Christine wakes up, she forgets who she is. Her patient husband Ben explains it to her every day, using photographs and a scrapbook to show her shreds of her life. But there’s also a lot missing. Like, how did she end up this way, and what happened to her friends and family? Buy it here.
6. The first book in a series
The Rosie Project available here.
This is the story of Don Tillman, a socially inept professor of genetics who has decided it’s time he gets a wife. It’s a love story, but it’s definitely not conventional. Don is charming, the things that happen to him are funny and emotional, and the girl he eventually finds, well she’s everything he didn’t want! Buy it here.
7. A book written over 100 years ago
Lady Audley’s Secret available here.
It’s hard to imagine this book was written over 100 years ago, it’s suspenseful and thrilling and will keep you guessing until the end. When Lucy marries Michael Audley, her fortune and future look promising! But her past is a blank, and Michael’s nephew Robert finds that suspicious. When his good friend George disappears, he suspects Lucy has something to do with it. Could his darkest suspicions actually be true? Buy it here.
8. A memoir
Ammonites & Leaping Fish available here.
This is a memoir about old age, about a life that’s been lived and what it feels like to approach old age. It’s an important read, just because it shows you a perspective we don’t always see. It might give you a new appreciation of your elderly relatives, or make you appreciate your youth more! Buy it here.