December 30

2015 Reading Challenges Wrap-Up

December 30, 2015

As I begin to decide on the reading/blogging challenges I will take on in 2016, I decided to take a moment and reflect on what I took on in 2015. Overall, I am very pleased with my success. Granted, I did take on challenges that I knew would fit with my reading style, and I didn’t really set any goals that I wouldn’t be capable of achieving. Now I just need to decide how far I want to push myself in 2016 (post coming on that soon). Here is my original post with a brief wrap up attached (you can also see a more detailed summary on my 2015 Challenges page – click on the link in the upper right hand corner)

Book Blogger Organization Challenge

This challenge hosted by Brittany over at The Book Addict’s Guide is the one that got me started on 2015 challenges, and this is the one I am most excited about. As a new blogger, I think this will teach me so much about blogging, reading, and connecting with people (as well as getting me organized and on top of my blog)! Brittany has one of my favorite blogs, and I’m looking forward to the process of this challenge! As part of the January challenge, I have set my goals for 2015 and I am committing to my challenges today. I still need to think more about the organization of my posting as well as documenting more of the specifics of my reading (I didn’t participate in any end-of-the-year wrap-ups because it would have taken me FOREVER to track down the info required). This challenge is definitely a process, and I will share my journeys as I move forward through it!

WRAP UP: This is the challenge that I had the least results in. Although there were no boxes for me to check off, I still didn’t make the most of the posts that Brittany shared, despite my good intentions. Brittany is not hosting this challenge again, but I may go back to some of her posts in the future if I look to improve my blog more.

The 2015 Goodreads Reading Challenge

 So many of you are on Goodreads, and this is the easiest challenge! You simply determine how many books you want to read in 2015 and declare it on the site. Goodreads does all of the tracking for you, and provides you a nice graphic illustrating how far along you are in reaching your goal! Since many of you are already logging your reads here, it doesn’t get much easier than this. I have decided to aim for 52 books in 2015 – one per week. I know that I will sometimes do better, and sometimes do not as well, but I feel like this is an attainable goal for me. In addition, Goodreads offers many widgets for book bloggers, and I will be investigating these options as part of my organization challenge in January.

WRAP UP: I rocked this challenge out. I have never read so many books in one year – EVER! I am currently at 90 books, and I will probably finish 1-2 more by the end of the year! How much should I up the ante for next year?

Jazz Age January

I actually love reading about this period of time in history! When I saw this challenge only required me to read 1 book, of course I was in! Hosted by Leah over at Books Speak Volumes, this will be a quick one that is checked off my list soon! I am planning to read Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler, and I hope to get this book at the library in the next few days!

WRAP UP: I met my goal of reading 1 book. I was hoping that Leah would host this challenge again, because it gave me so many good ideas for future reads, but unfortunately she is not. I even had the book picked out that I wanted to start with.

Around the World 2015 Reading Challenge

This is another challenge hosted by All About Books that doesn’t necessarily add to your reading load (unless you take on some of the mini challenges suggested). I have simply set up a google map and will track the places that my book adventures take me! I am interested to see how many different locations I will visit over the course of a year. I am not going to commit to any of the mini challenges at this point – I simply want to get more of a baseline as to where my reading occurs. I’m still trying to figure out how to embed the map on my blog so that you can follow along (some things that seem so simple are really not!).

WRAP UP: So really there was no way for me to not succeed at this one since I was just documenting on a map where my reads happened. I did manage to hit 6 of 7 continents this year, which I think is awesome. This challenge was interesting as I watched the stars on my map increase. I’m not exactly sure yet what I’m going to do with this next year.

2015 Library Challenge

Hosted by Book Journeythis challenge simply encourages you to use your local library more. Those of you who know me well, know that I am a HUGE fan of my local library! I use the Palatine Public Library, and the resources are simply amazing (more on this in another post). I like to encourage library support whenever I can, and that’s why I’m taking this challenge on. Plus, this is something I already do, and all I have to do is keep track of my checkout numbers. I’m going for the gusto on this one with 28 checkouts (which would give me the title of Going Pro!). I check out many books that I never get to (I am a mood reader, and I like to have options when I pick up my next read), but I won’t count the books that I don’t read :) .

WRAP UP: This is another challenge that I rocked out. I do love my library, and I am a frequent visitor there. I am currently at 59 books checked out and read, but I might potentially add 1 more before the end of the year.

New Authors Challenge

Throughout 2014, I discovered many new authors, and I want to continue this trend in 2015. My books so far have already been by new authors! Hosted by Literary Escapism, this challenge will keep me accountable on tracking new authors. I am also excited about the potential for discovering new authors from others as well as making more connections in general within the book blogging community. The two facets that I like most about this challenge is that you can select authors that are new to you (not just debut authors), and you can select the number of new authors you want to aim for (15, 25, or 50). Since it is my first year, I am going to shoot for 15 new authors (though I anticipate that I will exceed this number).

WRAP UP: I also rocked this one out!!!! I am currently at 70 new authors, and I should get in 1-2 more before the end of the year. It’s kind of cool that I have discovered that many new authors this year (having read 90+ total books)!! I’m very pleased with my results in this area.

Banned Books Challenge

I know, you all are thinking I’m getting carried away, but I seriously haven’t really pushed out my comfort zone yet. This challenge hosted by Buckling Bookshelves  is the only challenge that I’m signing up for that will require me to seek out books that might not necessarily be included in my daily reading. I want to read more banned books so I’m excited about what I might find on this challenge. Again, since it is my first year, I’m aiming low with 1-2 banned books (which will earn me the title of Making Waves). 

WRAP UP: I read at least 6 banned books this year (it’s actually hard to know the real total because it totally depends on what list you are looking at). I probably have more than 6 if I were to research it a little more. Although I will make it a point to read banned books, I do not think I’ll do this challenge again because it’s a little too ambiguous for me.

How did you do with your reading goals for 2015?

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Posted December 30, 2015 by Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings in category "2015 challenges


  1. By Sarah's Book Shelves on

    Oh my gosh – you rocked the challenges! I only ever participate in the Goodreads challenge…they kind of stress me out and I didn’t even reach my Goodreads goal this year. Oh well.

  2. By Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction on

    I loved the idea of the organization challenge too but, like you, I didn’t manage to follow through with it much. It’s a shame because it was such a great concept – I’m disappointed I didn’t make better use of it!


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