2015 was a year of many changes and bumps in the road. I am very thankful for my family this new year. A family that has grown closer and closer as we lean on each other through trouble and heartache as well as joy and laughter. It will be interesting to see what 2016 brings our way. As my mom says, “It’s going to be a good year!”
This year I want to challenge myself in a different way. It’s time to set some goals and have some fun. I might be getting overly ambitious here but, along with some personal goals, I am joining the Reddit 52 Week Cooking Challenge, creating my own reading challenge, and starting to cook my way around the world! (Monday is Afghanistan.)
Today I completed Week 1 of the 52 Week Cooking Challenge by making Lentil Sweet Potato Soup for lunch. I also put together my own reading challenge book list. My personal rules for this challenge are simple. 1) I have to already own or borrow each book I read. 2) I can’t use one book to complete multiple categories. 3) I can’t cheat and make SciFi/fantasy books fit every category. I’d love for you to join me this year as I work on reading a book from each category! Feel free to follow my rules or come up with your own.
Salt For Flavor 2016 Reading Challenge
Read a book that was published the year you were born
Read a book from a theological viewpoint you disagree with
Read a book that has been translated from another language into English
Read a book about a culture you are unfamiliar with
Read a book you should have read in high school
Read a book recommended by a family member
Read a book that intimidates you
Read a book set in your home state
Read a book of short stories
Read a book recommended by your significant other or best friend
Read a book from a best sellers list
Read a book that is at least 100 years older than you
Read a book published this year
Read a memoir
Read a food science book
Read a play
Read a book that you started but never finished
Read a book recommended by someone you just met
Read a book that you already love
Read a trilogy
Read an autobiography
Read a book about ancient history
Read a book from the Harvard Classics
Read a book that has been turned into a movie
*I’ve posted this list separately and will be updating it regularly with the books that I read.
I’m excited to expand my literary and culinary horizons with these challenges. I’m also hoping to post as many of the recipes as I can (pictures may not be included), so check back in!
There are many more great reading challenges available online. Here are three I especially like:
What are you doing this year to challenge yourself?