For the new year, I don’t think any of us need to bother making statements like, “This year, I resolve to read!” since that’s pretty much a given. (Then again, everyone needs a resolution they can check off right away. It’s good for self-esteem. I always put “Eat chocolate” on my list for this very reason.)
However, I noticed some fun Reading Challenges going around on social media, and I was inspired to create my own. For those of you up for a novel dare, here is the Unofficial 2015 Bethany House Reading Challenge! Print it out, keep it on your fridge, tuck it in your ereader, share it with your friends! I’m going to give it a try myself.
A few rules (since this is such a serious and official endeavor): You may re-read books for this (but try to make at least half new books). You don’t have to read just BHP books. And a book may only fulfill one category. So, for example, if you read Les Miserables, which made you cry and has been made into a movie and is way more than 500 pages, and you’re from France and don’t normally read in that genre…it still only counts once. Nice try.
And, finally, some helpful tips…here’s a list of BHP books by state (with a new list coming out this April!). If you need a book by a new-to-you author, I just loved these two debut novels: Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas and For Such a Time by Kate Breslin. Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg has a Christmas scene that had me laughing out loud. And for child characters, the 2014 new releases that come to mind are Meant to Be Mine (Becky Wade), Love Unexpected (Jody Hedlund), and Child of Mine (David and Beverly Lewis), all of which feature adorable children.
Now’s your turn, readers! Do you have a recommendation of a book that fits one of these categories?