2016 Reading Challenges
January 3, 2016
Welcome to 2016! As I reflected on my 2015 reading challenges, I decided that I actually wanted to challenge myself a bit more this year (but I really need to up my game in some other areas of my life so I’m not going to go too crazy). I like tracking different aspects of me reading, and it has made me more aware of some of the choices I’m making and how I like to spend my reading time. One of my favorite part of challenges is the connections that you make with other readers and bloggers. I’m looking forward to connecting with more people this year over one of my favorite loves – reading!
So many of you are on Goodreads, and this is the easiest challenge! You simply determine how many books you want to read in 2016 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 stick with my goal of one book for per week, which would be 52 books in 2016. Initially I was going to go for the gusto with 100 books, but I really need to be prioritizing some other aspects of my life this year!
This challenge hosted by Literary Escapism was one of my favorite challenges of 2015. I discovered over 70 new authors last year alone, and I’m excited by the prospects that 2016 holds. Although I had a great number last year, I’m hoping to catch up on some of the other reads from those authors that I discovered. I am going to aim for 25 new authors this year. 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).
Hosted by Entomology of a Bookworm, this challenge is designed to help you clear your e-reader of the books that you often forget about if you are a paper reader like myself. I have so many books on my Kindle that I could never get to them all by the end of March (which is when the challenge ends), but I’m hoping to make it my priority to start the year with at least 6 books read from my Kindle during this time.
Hosted by My Reader’s Block, this challenge will pair well with the Clean Your Reader Challenge. I have so many books that I have purchased or won or been gifted that I just haven’t gotten to. This is my year to catch up on some of these books that I’ve heard amazing things about! This one is fun because I am going to climb mountains based on the number of books that I get to. Even though I have far more than this, I am going to shoot for reading 24 books that I already have in my possession (which will take me to the top on Mount Blanc). Fingers crossed that I don’t get too distracted by new and flashy reads that come my way!
Hosted by one of my favorite blogs Modern Mrs. Darcy, I like that this challenge gives me some flexibility month-to-month, and that I can pair it with other challenges above. I hope to spend some time planning out a strategy for this one so that I don’t lose some of these check boxes in the reading frenzy!
Hosted by The Introverted Reader, I thought this challenge would pair well with Nonfiction November. I am a big fan of memoirs and motivational/inspirational books, and I am curious to see how many I pick up this year overall. I am going to aim for 6-10 nonfiction books this year, which would put me at the Explorer level.
Although I’m not a fan of the graphic for this challenge (so sorry), I want to support the blog Passages to the Past, who is hosting this particular challenge. I’m a big fan of historical fiction, and I know that I will read at least a couple of books from this genre this year. I will commit to 2 books this year, which will put me at the level of a 20th Century Reader. I’m hoping to read more, but again, I have to prioritize some other personal goals this year as well.
Well, based on the above list, this challenge by Reading Challenge Addict almost seemed like it had to be joined. I’m obviously taking on more than a couple of challenges, but I do believe that what I’ve taken on is doable. For this challenge, I’m aiming to complete 6-10 challenges, which would take me to the level of On the Roof.
I will soon be setting up a separate page where you can monitor my progress on all of these challenges throughout the year. Feel free to call me task if you think I need to be . Happy 2016 to all of you!
What reading challenges do you have in mind for this year?