The Everygirl’s 2016 Reading Challenge

It’s that time of year. With 2016 ahead of you, you’ve probably looked at the year ahead and considered all the goals you want to accomplish.

Maybe you’re headed back to the gym, taking some cooking classes, or finally buckling down to teach yourself Italian. Whatever your plans, we think there’s one goal you shouldn’t leave off of your list of resolutions this year:

Read more books!

It sounds simple, we know, but the truth is that diligent, consistent book reading has become something of a lost art.

The benefits of reading real books are too great to ignore.

There are just so many other ways for us to entertain ourselves nowadays; who needs to read a book at night when we can lie in bed scrolling through Instagram before we fall asleep? No matter how strong your love of Snapchat, the benefits of taking the time to read real books are too great to ignore. Not only does reading widen your perspectives and educate you on new topics, it also keeps your mind active, improves your comprehension, increases your vocabulary, and heightens your ability to think on your feet. Really, says science.

Oh, and it’s fun. Reading is really, really fun.

Have we convinced you yet? If you’re ready to jump back into bookworm life with us, join our 2016 reading challenge.

The Challenge

  1. Read at least one book every month in 2016.
  2. Get out of your comfort zone! If you normally stick to young adult fiction, try reading a few classic novels. If you’re usually a memoir girl, try something historical. Heck, give Sci-Fi a try if you want to. Why not?
  3. Choose books written by authors with diverse perspectives. Incredible literature crosses borders, race, age, ability status, and gender. Read books written by people of color. Read books written by people from other places. Oh, and please, read more books written by women! If you’re not sure what authors to start with, I love Jhumpa Lahiri, Isabel Allende, and Maya Angelou.

How it works

  1. Though we don’t necessarily need to read the same books, I’ll be doing the challenge right along with you. In January, I’m going to read Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

    I fell in love with Adichie’s writing after I read Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists (both of which I would HIGHLY recommend). She is a Nigerian author who somehow manages to weave biting, eye-opening commentary on race and gender with page-turning narratives that hook you right from the beginning.

  2. If you don’t want to read Half of a Yellow Sun with me, feel free to to pick out a book of your own. Here’s our winter reading list if you need suggestions. Either way, let me know in the comments what you’ll be reading in January!
  3. I’ll be posting to Instagram and Twitter throughout the month about my progress. I hope you do too, so we can chat about it. Sharing what we like, what we don’t, and trading suggestions is the fun part. Use #TheEverygirlReads so we can find each other’s posts and interact!
  4. On the last Friday of every month, I’ll write a review about the book I read and announce what book I’ll be reading next. If you’ve written a review too, you can post a link in the comments for others to read.
  5. Have fun! This is a great way to connect with other book lovers and start some great discussions, all while staying accountable to your reading goals.

Are you in? What books do you want to read in 2016? What books do you think I should read? What books would you like to see reviewed?

Let’s get talking.