I can’t believe it’s already 2016, where does the time go? With the new year comes new reading challenges, and I’m really looking forward to the year ahead. I had a great time doing the reading challenges I signed up for last year, which I’ll recap sometime soon, and I wasn’t going to miss out this year! If you’re looking for a comprehensive list of all the reading challenges for 2016, you can find a compilation on A Little Reading as complied by JLS Hall. Here are the challenges I’ve signed up for so far for 2016…
Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge
Every year I set a target on Goodreads of what I plan to read, and most years I freak out and don’t get anywhere near my target. Well not last year! Last year I smashed my target of 50 books, reading 83 books by the end of 2015. The trick for me is not to set the bar too high, that way if I start to fall a bit behind I won’t freak out and fall WAAAAY behind, like I have in the past. This year I’m aiming to read 75 books, which I think is doable 🙂
12 Month Classics Challenge 2016
The 12 Month Classics Challenge 2016 is hosted by Lois at You, Me and a Cup of Tea. Each month has a theme, and hopefully by the end of the year I’ll have read at least 12 classics, one per month. That’ll be 12 more than last year! Hence why I’m doing this challenge – I used to love reading classics, and I think I just need a bit of motivation to prioritise them a bit.
2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
I looked at a lot of TBR Pile reading challenges before settling on this one, hosted by the lovely ladies at Bookish Lifestyle. This challenge has levels that you can aim for, and I’m going to aim to read 11-20 books (A friendly hug!) from my bookshelf purchased and released pre-2016. This challenge also has a book club associated with it, running every second month, which I hope to join in on. The book for January is Pivot Point by Kasie West for anyone interested!
Contemporary Romance 2016 Reading Challenge
Contemporary romance is my jam, my all time favourite! That’s why I knew I just HAD to sign up for this challenge, hosted by Jess of Gone with the Words and Danielle of Love at First Page. I’ve chosen 3rd base as the level I’m going to aim for, which equates to 11-15 books. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if I smashed that out of the park, but I’ve learnt to to put too much pressure on myself with these challenges.
Re-Read Challenge 2016
I participated in this challenge last year, and while I did a great job re-reading, I didn’t do such a good job keeping up with the rest of the challenge’s requirements. This year, I plan to do better! Hosted by Belle of the Literati, I’ve set my target at 15 re-reads for 2016.
Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2016
I branched out into a lot of fantasy last year, and I thought this challenge would be a nice way to continue that. The challenge is hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Chelly, and I’ve chosen to aim for 15 books. There’s a lot of books coming out this year that would fit into this quite neatly, I can’t wait to read them!
The 2016 Bookish Bingo Challenge
Edit 17/1 – I’ve now signed up for this challenge too! It sounds like a lot of fun, reading different books to get a bingo and hopefully the whole card. Standard bingo ruls apply and each square has a theme for a book to read. Hosted by The Girly Geek Blog, I can’t wait to get started on this one.
A – Z Challenge 2016
This is the third year in a row where I’ve done this challenge, and I love it. Hosted by the Young Adult Book Club group on Goodreads, this challenge runs all year and the premise is incredibly simple. I simply have to read 26 books, one for each letter of the alphabet, and the letter can come from the first letter in the book’s title (omitting ‘the’ and ‘a’) or the first letter from the author’s first name or surname. Q, X and Z can be found anywhere in the title or name and 50% of the books must be YA. It’s great fun trying to make it all fit 🙂
Quarterly Challenge #20
Another challenge run by the Young Adult Book Club, however this challenge runs from December 1 to February 28. To complete this challenge, I have to read 10 books with each book matching a specific theme. So far I’ve already checked off 3 books! I’ll probably sign up to do more of these quarterly challenges as the year goes on.
Australian YA Bloggers and Readers Book Club Challenge
Technically I haven’t signed up for this challenge yet, because it hasn’t started yet. However, I’m mentioning it now because once sign-ups are available, I will definitely be signing up. I had a blast doing this challenge last year, and my reading numbers drastically improved as a result. I’m not quite sure what the format will be this year, but you can read all about last year’s challenge themes and rules if you want to find out more.
Edit 17/1 – This challenge is now open, read more about it here!
There you have it, those are my reading challenges thus far for 2016. I’ve got a diary ready to go to track my progress and I’m pumped! It’s all very exciting 🙂
Have you signed up for any challenges? Any other challenges I should know about?