Books on our Reading Challenge Lists

As promised last week when we shared our Reading Challenge, this week we’re sharing the books that are on our lists. As we read through our lists this year we’ll share our thoughts here on the blog.


Jess’ List:

A book about books or reading: Word by Word by Marilyn Chandler McIntyre
A book in a genre you usually avoid: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
A book of poetry, play or an essay collection: Upstream by Mary Oliver
A Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award winner: News of the World by Paulette Jiles
A book published before you were born: East of Eden by John Steinbeck
A book in any genre that addresses current events: Evicted by Matthew Desmond
A book “everyone” has read but you: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
A book that’s currently on the bestseller list: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
A book about a key historical event: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
A book you chose for the cover: Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner
A book published this year: Nothing to Prove by Jennie Allen

Drew’s  List:

A book “everyone” had read: Silence and Beauty by Makoto Fujimura
A book published this year: Dangerous Territory by Amy Peterson
A book about reading: The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs
A book in a genre I typically avoid: 1984 by George Orwell
A book of poetry: New and Selected Poems by Mary Oliver
An award winner: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
A book published before I was born: On the Road by Jack Kerouac
A book that addresses current events: Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall
A book currently on the bestseller list: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
A book about a key figure or event: Hidden Figures by Margo Lee Shetterly
A book chosen for the cover: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

So there you have it. Our current reading lists. We’d love to hear what you’re choosing to read these days as well.

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