Reading Challenge for Writers


Reading Challenge

Try this reading challenge, designed especially for writers

Click here for a downloadable copy of the reading challenge: Challenge Category List. Choose a category that feels right for you and find a book you haven’t read that fits it (no fair listing books you’ve already read!). Get suggestions from local booksellers and librarians. Follow the Cat & Mouse Press Facebook page for suggestions of books that fit various categories and feel free to suggest books in the comments areas for posts about the challenge.

Books/Resources suggested by Cat & Mouse Press or participants

1. A book recommended by a librarian or indie bookstore employee

Indie Store Finder

Books librarians recommended in 2017

Diamond Ruby, by Joseph Wallace, recommended by Susan at Browseabout Books

2. A book by William Zinsser

List of books by William Zinsser

3. A collection of short stories

10 Best Short Story Collections as chosen by The Guardian

American Short Story Masterpieces, edited by Raymond Carver

Trash, Dorothy Allison
Cowboys Are My Weakness, Pam Houston

Selected Stories, Saki

4. A book from a genre you’ve never read

List of literary genres

5. A book published more than 100 years ago

6. A book featuring a character who is an author

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon
The Shining, Stephen King
The Accidental Tourist, Anne Tyler
The Hours, Michael Cunningham

7. A classic fairy tale or book of fairy tales

The Blue Fairy Book, Andrew Lang

8. A book on the craft of writing

Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process, John McPhee

A is for Author: 333 Must-Know Tips for Savvy Writers, Shayla McBride

9. A biography or autobiography of a writer

10. A book for children

11. A book about books

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, Katarina Bivald

12. A memoir recommended by som, eone whose opinion you respect

13. A book a friend considers a “must read”

14. A nonfiction book that relates to one of your characters (occupation, setting, time period, etc.)

Coming to Our Senses, Jon, Kabat-Zinn (for a character who is a yoga teacher)

15. A book on the business of writing

16. A book featuring characters different from your race, religion, or sexual orientation

17. A book about organizing

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo

18. A book of poetry

Fugues, by Claribel Alegria

Traveling Moons, Mary Pauer

19. A book that won a major literary prize

20. A book you had to read in high school and didn’t like

Lord of the Flies, William Golding

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