Choosing Sixty Books

The books we choose to read, and the reasons we select them, are as individual as we each are. That’s part of what makes Sixty Books so exciting. Sixty Books isn’t about a certain set of books; it’s about making any book you want to read a regular part of your routine.

Sometimes we choose to read books that are of a common genre, style, or theme and other times we choose books for their variety. We may choose to read books because they support our ideas or we choose books that will challenge quote-generator-poster-so-many-books-so-little-timeour ideas. We can opt to read books that are bestsellers and popular or we may choose books for their obscurity.

Every book you choose to read shapes your personal Sixty Books and, in turn, shapes you.

If you are ever stuck on choosing a new book to read, try choosing a book from any of these suggested categories:

  1. Read a book you always wanted to read as a child but never did.
  2. Re-read a book you read and loved as a child.
  3. Re-read a book you hated in high school or college.
  4. Re-read a book you read last year.
  5. Read a book to a child.
  6. Read a book with an elderly person.
  7. Read the book at the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list.
  8. Read the book at the bottom of the New York Times Best Sellers list.
  9. Read the book at the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list the day you were born.
  10. Read the book your boss is currently reading.
  11. Read the book your best friend is currently reading.
  12. Read a book your librarian recommends.
  13. Read a book that Goodreads suggests for you.
  14. Read a book from your local high school’s required summer reading list.
  15. Read a self-published book.
  16. Read a cookbook.
  17. Read a book of poetry.
  18. Read a collection of short stories.
  19. Read a book of plays.
  20. Read a book about history.
  21. Read a book on business.
  22. Read a book on finance.
  23. Read a book about psychology.
  24. Read a book about religion.
  25. Read a book on race relations.
  26. Read a book on art.
  27. Read a how-to book.
  28. Read a book about health or nutrition.
  29. Read a professional development or self-help book.
  30. Read a biography.
  31. Read an autobiography or memoir.
  32. Read some realistic fiction.
  33. Read fantasy.
  34. Read science fiction.
  35. Read a romance novel.
  36. Read historical fiction.
  37. Read a murder mystery.
  38. Read a classic.
  39. Read another classic.
  40. Read some Shakespeare.
  41. Read a banned book.
  42. Read an award winning book.
  43. Read a seasonal or holiday book.
  44. Read a book by an author of a different gender than your own.
  45. Read a book by an author of a different ethnicity than your own.
  46. Read a book by an author of a different faith than your own.
  47. Read a book by an author of a different generation than your own.
  48. Read a book by an author of a different sexual orientation than your own.
  49. Read a book by an author of a different nationality than your own.
  50. Read a book by an author of a different political party than your own.
  51. Read a second (or third or fourth) book by an author you’ve read before.
  52. Read a book translated from another language.
  53. Read a book with illustrations or photographs.
  54. Read a book with interesting cover art.
  55. Read a book with more than 400 pages.
  56. Read a book with less than 100 pages.
  57. Read a book that became a motion picture.
  58. Read a book that was given to you as a gift.
  59. Read an ebook if you only read print or a print book if you only read ebooks.
  60. Listen to an audio book.

Are there other ways you choose your Sixty Books? Let us know in the comment section below or on Twitter using the hashtag #SixtyBooks.

~Melissa

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