September Reading Challenge: Discover Some New Books


Discover some new books by joining our September Reading Challenge. Each week, we have a different topic and some book suggestions just for you!

This year, I committed to read a book a week for our 2019 Reading Challenge. I’ve got my checklist right here, and seeing all those little boxes checked really is a heart-warming sight.

Now’s not the time to slack off. Just the way the chips fall, I have 5 more books to read this month. Check out the five categories I’m reading for the September Reading Challenge.

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September Reading Challenge

1. A Book Set in Another Country

You know that song in Aladdin that says, “I can show you the world.” That’s what books have done for me.

Other than a brief trip to the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls, I never traveled outside the United States until I was married. Even now, I’ve only been outside the country 3 times since.

For me, books have been a crucial way I’ve been able to explore the world. Reading books set in far away places like Cambodia or Germany inspires me to visit there someday. Hopefully you will feel the same when you read a book set in another country.

Book Suggestions

Book cover for The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
Perfect Beach Reads: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Book cover for The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


2. Reread a Favorite Book

Can I admit that this might be the single category of the 2019 Reading Challenge that I’m most proud of?

As a book blogger, I read lots of books. A seemingly insane amount that I’m afraid to admit to people in real life how much I read. I hear of a book, and I immediately have to read it for myself.

With so many books coming out all the time, I rarely reread books anymore. I get so easily distracted by the desire to find my next favorite read that I never pause to enjoy books I already love.

Take a moment with me for the September Reading Challenge to reread a favorite book. Fall in love with it all over again. It’s your favorite after all.


3. A Book by a Local Author

Support small business. Eat locally sourced food. Cheer on the home team. All of these are common community building activities that I think we should adopt more often. Yet, have you ever tried to use this same concept and apply it to your reading?

I love reading bestsellers as much as the next guy, but I have never stopped to read a book by a local author. Time to change that. For the September Reading Challenge, find a book by a local author and try it out. You might be surprised to find such talent close to home. Or it might be drivel. Either way, you’ll never know until you try.


4. A Banned Book

This year, September 22-28 is Banned Books Week. Now’s the perfect time to take a stand against censorship and fight for the freedom of speech.

I agree that age appropriate material should be taught in schools, and people will have different views on what is age appropriate. Yet, books that express unorthodox ideas or unpopular opinions should never be banned. Being able to take a book you clearly disagree with and discuss its content is an important skill for students to learn.

Also, as a side note, just say no to abridged books. It’s just wrong.

Book Suggestions

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


5. Narrative Nonfiction

Do you love reading fiction and struggle to get through nonfiction books? Then combine the two with narrative nonfiction.

Narrative nonfiction, sometimes referred to as literary nonfiction or creative nonfiction, is a style of writing where the author makes the story read like a novel. Although the book deals in facts (hopefully), the pacing and wording flow like fiction. Think of an amazing history professor telling the story in a fascinating manner versus just reading a cut and dry textbook.

If you haven’t yet, give narrative nonfiction a try. You might be surprised how much fun nonfiction can be.

Book Suggestions

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

What books will you choose for the September Reading Challenge?

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  • Reply Terra W September 2, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    1. Book Set in Another Country -> “Chocolat” by Joanne Harris
    2. Reread a Favorite -> I have over 100 paper books in my possession right now – I was almost ready to make a RE-READ selection – but decided against it as I have so many others – so I have changed this one to “In my possession/Borrowed from my mom” -> “Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn
    3. Book By Local Author – “Fragment” by Craig Russell – never have I read a book where part was in the perspective of a whale!!
    4. Banned Book – “1984” by George Orwell
    5. Narrative Non- Fiction -> “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly

    • Reply Kelly E. September 2, 2019 at 10:15 pm

      I have been struggling with the Narrative Non-fiction category, but Hidden Figures is on my TBR, so might be a good option. I have also been wanting to read Unbroken, so that gives me two options. Thanks ladies!

  • Reply Rachel @ Never Enough Novels September 5, 2019 at 10:15 am

    I love rereading books! Even with my book blog, I still enjoy showcasing old favorites that might be new to some readers. Also I had no idea narrative nonfiction was a genre, but it’s pretty much the only nonfiction I read haha.

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