Do you enjoy reading? Do you want to read more broadly? Do you want to accelerate your career? If you answered yes to all the questions, then the Read the World Extreme Reading Challenge 2016 may be right for you? The reading challenge is structured so you can start at any time.
In a hurry to get started on the reading challenge?
Below, you’ll find more information on the Read the World Extreme Reading Challenge such as the monthly requirements – reading challenge cards; global reading list; reading challenge ideas, the books I’ve been reading and so much more!
Read the World Extreme Reading Challenge 2016? “Say What….Another Reading Challenge?” you ask. But before you hightail it out of here, hear me out for a second. Yes, there are many Reading Challenges, and many of them are from well-known brands that get a lot of traffic. The traffic that I get on this site is minuscule compared to sites such as Pop Sugar, Book Riot, Bustle and Goodreads.
If you read the requirements of the Book Riot Challenge, they are quite interesting, and will no doubt elevate your level of thinking after completing it. I especially like the idea of reading a collection of essays, and Emerson’s Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson comes to mind. Bustle also has a recommendation to read a book of essays.
Read Challenge Ideas
I am not competing with Pop Sugar, Book Riot, Bustle or Goodreads because I am being very intentional about my Read the World Challenge, an extreme reading challenge.
I am concerned with the violence in the world today, and I am also concerned about jobs being automated. I think by reading the right books, you can develop cultural sensitivity toward those who are different from you, as well as acquire in-demand skills. But cultural awareness is also important in a global workplace.
There are a few reading challenge ideas that I’d like to share with you. One, if you prepare strategically, you can use the reading challenge to accelerate your career. Two, you can use the extreme reading challenge to acquire new skills. Three, you can use the global reading challenge to learn about places and people, who you are curious about.
There are reading challenge cards to alert participants as to what types of books they should be reading each month, however, you still have a lot of flexibility with the books you choose to read.
Although the Read the World Challenge officially started in January 2016, I started in December 2015, so I could identify potential barriers and obstacles. This extreme reading challenge is structured so that you can start at any time. I would love it if you joined this reading challenge today!
Here are the components of the extreme reading challenge.
Month One – Read the World Extreme Reading Challenge 2016
This month we are visiting the continent of Africa. Here are the elements of the challenge for this month.
- Read a book written by an author born in an African country.
- Read a book about your industry/niche that will allow you to develop skills or give you a new understanding about the way the industry works.
- Read a book that will help you to develop your personal brand, and position you as an expert.
- Read a book for entertainment.
- Read a book to improve your writing – written communication is a prized workplace skill.
I am finding that people want recommendations for books, so please check out Library Thing African Literature Reading List
I wanted to learn about virality – how ideas spread – because I am not getting the results that many are achieving online. I want to write articles and blog posts that go viral. I have listened to webinars, read books, but the advice do not really work for me. So, I decided to go back to the basics, and read books that cover the science of virality. Here is the list of books that I read during the first month of the Read the World Challenge 2016. I will be updating this page regularly, so please visit often.
Contagious: Why Things Catch OnThe Misfit Economy: Lessons in Creativity from Pirates, Hackers, Gangsters and Other Informal EntrepreneursNervous Conditions [Import]Non-Obvious: How to Think Different, Curate Ideas & Predict The FutureThe Devotion of Suspect X: A Detective Galileo Novel (Detective Galileo Series Book 1)Several Short Sentences About WritingCreating Fat Content: Boost Website Traffic with Visitor-Grabbing, Google-Loving Web ContentHow to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and DiscoveryHooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products
Month Two – Read the World Extreme Reading Challenge 2016
In Month one of the Challenge, one of the elements was to read a book about personal branding. I read Creating Fat Content because it teaches you how to write to develop authority, so I want to continue with that theme. This month we are visiting Antarctica. Since not many people are known to be born on the continent of Antarctica, we are reading novels that are set there.
- Read a book set in Antarctica.
- Read a collection of comics.
- Read a book that helps you to perform your job better.
- Read a book about current events.
- Read a classic on your bookshelf that you have always wanted to read.
Extreme Reading Challenge 2016 Month Two: Avil’s Books
The Princeling of Nanjing (I have been waiting for a year for the next installment in the Ava Series by Ian Hamilton)
Endure (I was also waiting for the final book in the Defy trilogy)
Month Three – Read the World Extreme Reading Challenge 2016
This month we are visiting Asia. There are 50 countries in Asia, so I have a lot of choice here. Although I now know quite a bit about how ideas spread, I feel like my knowledge is not as well-rounded as I would like. Additionally, I still haven’t read Social Physics, and I own Made to Stick.
- Read a book written by an author born in Asia.
- Read a book written over a century ago, then read a retelling of the book. This counts as two books for the month.
- Read a book that blend disciplines.
- Read a book that you normally would not read.
I have read Growth Hacker Marketing, several ChickLits not worth mentioing, and part of Traction: How Any Startup can Achieve Explosive Growth, when it occurs to me that I haven’t read any of the requirements for this month, and it’s the middle of the month. Note to self: Complete Read the World Challenge requirements before reading other books. Work before play. Must-do before nice-to-do!
Extreme Reading Challenge 2016 Month Three: Avil’s Books
Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing, and AdvertisingThe Theory And Practice Of Gamesmanship; Or, The Art Of Winning Games Without Actually CheatingThe Journey to the West, Revised Edition, Volume 1How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do ItConverge: Transforming Business at the Intersection of Marketing and TechnologyThe Wisdom of CrowdsExtraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (Illustrated)
Month Four – Read the World Extreme Reading Challenge 2016
We are travelling to Australia/Oceania this month through the books we read. There are 14 countries on this continent. When I was reading these books, it was Women’s History Month, so I committed to myself to read seven books by seven women. I also read How to Become an Expert, but it’s out of print, so I do not have an Amazon Affiliate link for it.
- Read a book written by an author born in Australia/Oceania.
- Read a book that will teach you a new, marketable skill.
- Read a book to help you master social media.
- Read a classic literature written by a woman.
- Read a business book outside your industry/niche.
Extreme Reading Challenge 2016 Month Four: Avil’s Books
Month Five – Read the World Extreme Reading Challenge 2016
Europe, here we come! The continent of Europe includes 51 independent states. Many of the classic literature we know of, and have enjoyed, were written by authors born on this continent. You can have a lot of fun this month. I decided to combine Month Five and Month Six, but I did not get through all the latter. I read some extra children’s book as research because I was thinking of writing a children’s book.
- Read a book written by an author born in a European country.
- Read a classic that you have always wanted to read.
- Read a graphic novel that’s a retelling of a classic book.
- Read a book about someone’s journey – inner or outer.
- Read a book about your favorite hobby to become better at it.
Extreme Reading Challenge 2016 Month Five: Avil’s Books
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being CreativeHow to Become an Expert on Anything in Two HoursPromoted: The Proven Career Acceleration Formula ScaramoucheInto the WildThe Grand Tour
Month Six: Read the World Extreme Reading Challenge 2016
This month we are reading North America, which includes the Caribbean and Mexico. There are 23 recognized independent states in North America – the largest are Canada and the United States. Last month I read some of the books for this month (Month Six). This month was supposed to be so much fun, but instead, it was an absolute mess for me. I decided to start reading books from Month Seven and Month Eight, while completing the requirements for Month Six, and I simply lost my way. I continued this way until the middle of Month Seven of the Extreme Reading Challenge. What I should have done, was to complete Month Six, then move on to Month Seven and then Month Eight. This is an important lesson for me to stay the course and don’t try to do too many things at once because then you do none of them well.
- Read two books written by authors born in North America. This counts as two books for the month.
- Read a children’s book that you didn’t read as a child.
- Read a book that was adapted to film. Watch the film, then compare and contrast it with the book.
- Read a book from another industry.
(Note from Avil: I read a lot more books, but they are not worth mentioning because they are mostly mysteries and romance)
Extreme Reading Challenge 2016 Month Six: Avil’s Books
Female Force: Sheryl SandbergFemale Force: Elizabeth WarrenWe Should All Be Feminists (Kindle Single) (A Vintage Short)The Alexandria Affair (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries Book 11)Witch-Doctor’s Apprentice: Hunting for Medicinal Plants in the Amazon (Library of the Mystic Arts)Mail Order Bride Margaret: Sweet Clean Historical Cowboy Romance (Montana Destiny Brides Book 1)Edge of the Heat Series Box Set Volumes 1-4The Black Fox: Run for your life… (Gavin Shawlens Thriller #3)Everything To Lose: The chase is on… (Gavin Shawlens Thriller #2)
Month Seven: Read the World Extreme Reading Challenge 2016
This month we journey to South America where there are 12 independent countries and 3 dependent territories. I mentioned that I messed up in Month Six by combining monthly reading requirements in an unstructured way. I corrected the error the middle of Month Seven. When you look at the books I read, you can see what I am talking about.
- Read a book written by an author born in South America.
- Read a book specifically to solve a work problem that you are having.
- Read a book that has less than 100 pages.
- Read a book about how to learn.
- Read a book about ideas.
Extreme Reading Challenge 2016 Month Seven: Avil’s Books
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar WaoThe MartianManiac MageeA Freelance Writer’s Guide to ResearchingBlogger’s Quick Guide to Writing Rituals and Routines (Blogger’s Quick Guides)The 3D Learner: Transform Stress to Outrageous Success for Your ChildFemale Force: Carrie FisherFemale Force: Best Sellers: JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Anne Rice, and Charlaine HarrisToxic Minds: The damage is done… (Gavin Shawlens Thriller #4)
Month Eight: Read the World Extreme Reading Challenge
This month we are doing something a little different, we are reading women, and we are reading different genres of books written by women. I’ve read books that satisfy all the requirements except for read a classic written by a woman. I am slowly sorting out the mess I created jumping around.
- Read an autobiography/biography of a woman by a woman.
- Read a ChickLit, just for the heck of it.
- Read a murder mystery written by a woman.
- Read a classic written by a woman.
- Read a book that deals with a serious topic that’s written by a woman.
Extreme Reading Challenge 2016 Month Eight: Avil’s Books
Focus on LinkedIn: Create a Personal Brand on LinkedIn The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A NovelHouse of Cards: The dark political thriller that inspired the hit Netflix seriesWill It Fly? How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don’t Waste Your Time and MoneyHow We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It HappensThe Secret (Hesperus Classics)The Outsider
Month Nine: Read the World Extreme Reading Challenge
This month we are reading men, and like last month, we are reading from different genres. If you read what I wrote above, you’ll know by now that I created a mess reading books from different months. So when you see the books that I read in Month Nine, I’m essentially filling in the gaps, to successfully complete the challenge. This month was very difficult for me because I went to a conference in Dallas. The days were extremely long, so when I returned home, I was exhausted.
- Read an autobiography/biography of a man written by a man.
- Read a murder mystery written by a man.
- Read a classic written by a man.
- Read a book that deals with a serious topic that’s written by a man.
- Read a science fiction book written by a man
Extreme Reading Challenge 2016 Month Nine: Avil’s Books
Month Ten: Read the World Extreme Reading Challenge
We are revisiting North America this month, simply because there are so many books that you can easily access. It’s important to do things the right way because it sometimes take a long time to recover. That’s the case with moving around the reading challenge without being strategic about it. I have to complete the books by an author born in Canada and the book that teaches you presentation skills.
- Read a book written by an author born in North America.
- Read a book written by an author born in the Caribbean.
- Read a book written by an author born in Canada.
- Read a book that teaches you negotiation technique.
- Read a book that teaches you how to be a better presenter.
Extreme Reading Challenge 2016 Month Ten: Avil’s Books
I read a few other books, but they were very disappointing, so I’m not including them.
Life Is a Contact Sport: Ten Great Career Strategies That WorkHow to take good notes: The science behind note takingThe Side Hustle Path: 10 Proven Ways to Make Money Outside of Your Day JobSelf-Publishing: The Secret Guide To Becoming A Best SellerHow To Take Great Notes Quickly And EasilyFocus ForwardJust Tell Me Simply: Designing eBook Covers That SellFire BrandSunrise Crossing (Ransom Canyon)
Month Eleven: Read the World Extreme Reading Challenge
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