FATHOM Reading Challenge


by Jess Fankhauser

We’re one month into the new year. Mainstream media and the political landscape of our country can feel overwhelming and disheartening. Here in Indiana it is still cold and dreary. This makes it the perfect time to start reading. (If we’re honest, Drew and I never stop reading, but we thought it would be fun to put out a reading challenge and share what books are on our current reading lists).

Reading is something that should both reflect your personal interests and expand your thinking and ability to live faithfully and thoughtfully in your various contexts. I’m convinced that being well-read only enhances our ability to engage well in our neighborhoods, families, communities and workplaces. 

So to the challenge. There are 11 categories—the goal is to read one book for each category which subsequently is also one book for each remaining month of the year. 

  • A book “everyone” has read but you
  • A book published this year
  • A book about books or reading
  • A book in a genre you usually avoid
  • A book of poetry, play or an essay collection
  • A Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award winner
  • A book published before you were born
  • A book that addresses current events
  • A book that’s currently on the bestseller list
  • A book about a key historical figure or event
  • A book you chose for the cover

[**Note: This reading challenge is adapted from the blog ModernMrsDarcy. Each year she puts out a reading challenge. You can check out her current and past reading challenges here for other great ideas: http://modernmrsdarcy.com/reading-challenge-2017/]

Will you join us? We’d love to hear what you’re reading. #fathomreadingchallenge

Stay tuned—next week Drew and I will share our reading lists. 

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