Perhaps you have seen Tim Challies‘s 2017 Reading Challenge. Inspired in part by an original PopSugar reading challenge, Challies has broken his challenge down into different levels of readers: those who might just want to tackle one book a month (“Light”) all the way to those who want to read two books every week (“Obsessed”). The goal, in part, is to encourage us to read a wider variety of books than those we normally choose. The rules are simple: choose your category (or mix them up) and read! [note: this is the original post from December 2015 with updated links to Challies’ new plan]
We wanted to get young readers involved, too. With Challies’s blessing, we have taken his original 2016 challenge list and converted it to a list that will work for everything from picture books through middle grade titles and more. No matter where your children are on the reading spectrum, they should be able to find books in the categories on our list (even if you are still reading all their books to them).
Let your younger children choose from our kid-friendly list, you and your teens choose from Challies’ original list, and those kids in the middle choose which list/topics fit them best. The key differences between the two lists include a reduction in the specific theological topics/figures (i.e. grouping the Puritans and Reformers together), more kid-friendly topics in place of such ideas as “philosophy,” and a broadening of such topics as “abortion” to “babies.” The lists follow roughly the same order. If you have good access to Christian titles and/or children’s titles in some of the more obscure and/or mature topics, by all means use them. Our kid-friendly list simply reflects a broader maturity range and availability of titles in the given subject areas.
While we will not be monitoring this challenge in any formal manner, you are welcome to connect with one another via Twitter using #3RChallenge (for Redeemed Reader Reading Challenge). If you are using Tim Challies’s list, the hashtag is #vtReadingChallenge. Let us know in the comments if you are planning to accept the challenge!