My Book Reading Challenges for 2016

If I have to pick up one word that I want to dominate my life this year, it would be BOOKS. I want to read all the good books I can lay my hands on. I can see that I am getting addicted to the written words more with each passing year. And off late this addiction has taken me by a storm. So, I am planning to read new authors, favorite authors, different genres (biographies, classical literature, self-help, non-fiction), re-read some books, big fat books, ebooks, audio books; read for fun and entertainment, read to explore and learn, read to soak in the emotions and to be at peace, read and read much more.

To chart the progress of my reading this year, I am taking 6 reading challenges.

1. Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge

I plan to read 150 books this year. I know, it’s a bit steep, but I am all for it.

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
Shilpa has
read 2 books toward her goal of 150 books.

2. HT Brunch Book Challenge

It’s a simple one. All one has to do is read at least 24 books before the end of the year and at least three of those 24 books must be Indian

3. Pop Sugar : Now this one is pretty interesting and creative. I had taken it up last year too and had ticked off most of the books listed in the challenge. This year, I want to focus on it and check all the books that would fit for each book prompt.

Pop Sugar 2016 Reading Challenge

4. New Authors Challenge : I found this reading challenge at my April AtoZ Challenge Co-wHooligan, LuAnn’s blog.  Literary Escapism is hosting this challenge! The premise of this challenge is to read books by authors you’ve not read before. I am planning to read 20 New Authors this year.

New Authors 2016

5.  2016 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge : This is hosted by the lovely and inspiring Corinne. This challenge has 4 levels :

Getting My Heart Rate Up: read 1–5 more books (or 250–1,499 more pages)
Out of Breath: read 6–10 more books (or 1,500–2,749 more pages)
Breaking a Sweat: read 11–15 more books (or 2,750–3,999 more pages)
I’m on Fire!: read 16+ more books (or 4,000+ more pages)

And no marks for guessing that I’ll be on Fire for this one!

Corinne Rodrigues


6. Audiobook Challenge 2016 : I have read just one audio book so far. I want to explore more of them, so signing up for this one too.


This challenge has various levels…

  1. Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  2. Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  3. Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15
  4. Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
  5. Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  6. My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+
  7. Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+

  And I’ll give it a try so 5 audiobooks it will be for me this year!

I am now stepping away from my laptop and curling in my bed with a cozy blanket and a brand new book. 

Are you taking up any book reading challenge this year? How many books are you planning to read?

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43 thoughts on “My Book Reading Challenges for 2016

  1. I am only taking the GoodReads and the Brunch Book Challenge – the main reason being that I can’t keep track of any more than two external challenges. I am creating a Bookish Bingo Board for myself (which will go up on the blog coming Monday) – so that’s one more.

    Good luck with your reading goals.

    P.S. I am planning to dive into audiobooks too. So much untapped (by me) reading (listening) potential there!

    • LuAnn, my friend has made posts for each challenge (and she is taking a lot of these reading challenges).She will be charting her reading progress in each of these posts, which is a cool idea actually. I’ll do the same too a bit later and they’d serve as my reference points and reminders. Looking forward to your Bookish Bingo Board. Thanks, Shantala, I need all the good wishes!

  2. Cool! I see many of the same on our lists of challenges, Shilpa! I’m going to join YOU at the PopSugar one. I participated last year, but hadn’t heard about it this year so far. I know, I know, like I really ‘need’ another challenge, but I see where several of the PS categories can cross over to other challenges as well. Awww, and thanks for the kind words up there. ^^^

    • Oh, you are a master at reading challenges. Saw some really challenging reading challenges on your blog. It is you who inspired me to take up some of these challenges, dear LuAnn! Thanks for the nudge and push. Hope we both are read up all that we wished for us this year ♥

  3. I have signed up for 52 books on goodreads this time. Even that sounds too ambitious considering my plans for this year. Good luck for your challenges! Popsugar one sounds interesting, might take it up next year.

  4. 150 books is quite a target!! But the list of challenges here is very good. Though not participating in all, I like the pop sugar list and will come back to check.

  5. OMG! !50 books amongst the many hats you don….that’s quite a target, Shilpa. But like all things you will ace through the challenge. Good luck.

  6. Your reading speed has me inspired too…(eeks what a twisted sentence!) towards the later half of the last year, I kind of got into my groove too…and hopefully, I’ll keep up the pace. I haven’t taken up a challenge though.

  7. Wow! 150 books in a year is awesomeness.
    I am hoping on reading a humble 30- 50 books only.
    I loved the idea of the Pop Sugar book challenge and will be keeping an ey on it for inspiration.
    Now that you’ve mentioned, you have my full attention on you for book recommendations 😀
    Happy Reading Shilpa 🙂

  8. Wow! I like the different challenges you have joined. I had joined the 2015 outdo you reading challenge last year but could not follow it so nothing except the Goodreads one for me.
    All the best to you.
    Will follow your books 😀

    • Glad you liked the various challenges that I am taking up here. Your reading goals are pretty impressive too. Good luck to both of us as we read more and more books this year 🙂

  9. I havenot taken up any challenge. But I do intend to read atleast thirty to fourty books this year. It was a really inspiring post. I hope you keep up with the challenge. Have a beautiful year ahead too:)

  10. You sure are on fire with so many challenges. 150 books??? Like wow. I too have taken the Goodreads and HTBookbrunch Challenge. I got to know the remaining ones from your post. So thank you for that. Hope you succeed in your challenge. Good luck 🙂

    • You know it is you who has inspired me to take these challenges. You are my role model on book reading and reviewing. Thanks for inspiring and hope you achieve all your reading goals and challenges, LuAnn ♥

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