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
read 2 books toward her goal of 150 books.
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.
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.
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!
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…
- Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
- Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
- Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15
- Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
- Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
- My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+
- 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?
January 7, 2016 11:21 pm|
150 books! *faints* girl sending you all the love and book reccos your way!
January 7, 2016 11:26 pm|
😀 You read a lot too!! Looking forward to the recommendations from you, Richa ♥
January 7, 2016 11:31 pm|
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!
January 7, 2016 11:38 pm|
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!
January 7, 2016 11:47 pm|
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. ^^^
January 12, 2016 2:03 am|
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 ♥
January 8, 2016 1:15 am|
Woah!! 150 books! Pop Sugar one sounds interestingly challenging! 😉 All the very best!
January 12, 2016 2:04 am|
Thanks a lot for your good wishes, Aditi! need them 😀
January 8, 2016 6:01 am|
Looks like some fun challenges. Glad to have you part of of the Audiobook Challenge. Happy Listening.
January 12, 2016 2:05 am|
Thanks a lot, Melanie. Hope to read all 5 audio books on my wishlist. 🙂
January 8, 2016 8:23 am|
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.
January 12, 2016 2:05 am|
I know you have your hands full, A! Thanks a lot for the good wishes and good luck to you for your reading goals too 🙂
January 8, 2016 9:32 am|
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.
January 12, 2016 2:07 am|
Thank you for your support, Lata. Good luck with your reading goals too. You are particpating HT Brunch Book Challenge, right?
January 8, 2016 12:19 pm|
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.
January 12, 2016 2:08 am|
Thanks a lot for your kind words and wishes, Asha 🙂
January 8, 2016 3:20 pm|
Wow! Good luck with your challenges 🙂
I am taking part in the Goodreads one and another called 2016 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge 🙂
January 12, 2016 2:08 am|
Will check out Monthly Motif Reading Challenge. Thanks a lot and good luck to you too, M 🙂
January 8, 2016 4:03 pm|
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.
January 12, 2016 2:10 am|
Cool. Happy reading, Shubhangi 🙂
January 8, 2016 4:05 pm|
Wow! Now thats a goal! All the best! Looking forward to more reviews this year!
January 12, 2016 2:11 am|
Thank you, Danny 🙂
January 8, 2016 4:29 pm|
I will read more audio books this year. I am also listening to a few podcasts. So too much listening going on nowadays. All the best for completing your challenges 🙂
January 12, 2016 2:15 am|
You know, you inspired me to listen to my first audio-book. Thanks for that. Good luck for your goals too, Rajesh 🙂
January 8, 2016 6:40 pm|
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 🙂
January 12, 2016 2:16 am|
Thanks a lot, ME and best wishes for your goals too 🙂
January 9, 2016 12:00 am|
Tht popsugar list seems very interesting.Am reading Joy luck club by Amy Tan and will higy recomend it to you too
January 12, 2016 2:17 am|
Yes, it is fun. Finding the books fitting the prompt will be all the more fun and challenging. Have TBR the book… thanks for the recco, Meena 🙂
January 9, 2016 4:47 am|
That’s a lot of books! I am hoping to read around 10 books this year. 🙂 All the best, Shilpa.
January 12, 2016 2:18 am|
Thank you, Vinitha and good luck for your reading goals too 🙂
January 9, 2016 8:48 am|
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 😀
January 12, 2016 2:19 am|
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 🙂
January 9, 2016 10:39 am|
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:)
January 12, 2016 2:20 am|
Thank you, Maliny. Fingers crossed. Happy reading to you too 🙂
January 9, 2016 5:33 pm|
Holy moley! 150 books!! That’s impressive. Good luck with it! Will follow your reads and increase my list in the process 🙂
January 12, 2016 2:21 am|
Hahaha! 😀 Thanks a lot, Sanch! You read a lot too. Happy reading this year to you as well 🙂
January 10, 2016 12:41 am|
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 🙂
January 12, 2016 2:22 am|
Thank you, Jyotsana. Hope I am able to achieve all these goals. Good luck to you too and have a good time reading books. 🙂
January 21, 2016 6:21 pm|
My God Shilpa this is a treasure trove of book challenges! Where HAVE I been???? Thanks for sharing. Let me go look if I can join in.
January 28, 2016 4:38 pm|
Hahaha! You have been busy, Tulika!! 🙂
Hope you do join me in these challenges. Looking forward 🙂
January 22, 2016 1:27 am|
Book challenges…YAY! :O)
My GR challenge is only 100 this year because I couldn’t get the 150 last year. But, I was kind of slack on keeping track, so hoping to do better this year!
January 28, 2016 4:40 pm|
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 ♥