During 2015, one of my resolutions was to meet new friends. I did this by joining in some reading challenges. It was the first time I had done so, other than the obvious Goodreads Reading Challenge. I had so much fun doing the #COYER challenges and other mini-challenges through out the year that for 2016 I wanted to join a few year-long challenges.
2016 Reading Assignment Challenge
For this challenge, you create a list of books that you commit to read throughout the year. You determine the number of books you will read per month and choose books from your list to read. It is hosted by Berls @ Fantasy is more fun and Michelle @ Because Reading. You can sign up anytime, but can only start the challenge for the month after you sign up (ex. if you sign up in Feb, you cannot count books read in January).
- The 2016 Reading Assignment Challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st 2016.
- You may sign up anytime between now and July 1st. You may only participate for the months AFTER you sign up (so if you sign up in February, January doesn’t count)
- Commit to reading 1, 2, 3, or 4 books a month and MAKE A LIST of the SPECIFIC books you will read in 2016. This is the point of the challenge: you’re committing to reading a set list of books and a certain number of them each month. It’s your chance to finally hold yourself accountable for those books you keep promising you’ll read! You may read any genre or any format (i.e., eBook, Audiobook, Paperback, Hardcover). But they must be published before January 1, 2016 and they must be at least 100 pages.
- Pick a level and make your list. REMEMBER: you’re committing to not just those books, but that number of books a month. You CANNOT read them all in one month.
- At the end of each month, cross off the book(s) you read. Link-up your progress each quarter.
My goal is to read 2 books a month (Reading Level 2) from the following list:
- Sound by Juliet Madison
- Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
- The Earth Dwellers by David Estes
- City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
- City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
- Consuming Fire by Isabella Modra
- Life by Rebecca Belliston
- Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
- Written in Red by Anne Bishop
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
- The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
- Defy by Sara B. Larson
- City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
- The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom
- ARV-3 by Cameo Renae
- Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole
- City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
- Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis
- The Legend by Melissa Delport
- Gods of the Dead by Tracey Ward
- City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
- Beyond the Fence by Jen Minkman
- Nirvana by J.R. Stewart
To join me on this challenge, sign-up here. Follow my progress below:
2016 New Release Challenge
- Books have to be released and reviewed in 2016.
- Other challenges can be used as well, if you are participating in the Netgalley / Edelweiss challenge or in the COYER challenge, books can count towards more than one challenge, as long as the ones you use for the 2016 New Release Reading Challenge qualify to the first rule.
- The minimum length for a book to qualify is 100 pages, it can be in any format though, physical, e-book, ARC or audiobook.
- You don’t have to have a blog to participate as Goodreads, booklikes, etc will count as long as you link your reviews.
- The New Book Release Challenge is open from January 1st through December 31st 2016, and sign-ups are open until February 15th 2016.
There are four levels in this challenge and I’m going for the 2nd level New Release Pro, which is 16-30 books. I think this is doable. I’m not sure of the actual number of new releases I read in 2015, but I know it was a good number, possibly more than 30 😉 Here are a few of the books I plan to read for this challenge:
2016 New Release Challenge: 33/16
2016 Blogger Shame Review Challenge
This challenge is for people like me, who have been blogging a while or life got busy and books got forgotten. I fall in the later. 2015 was not a good year for us and everything suffered. I’m ashamed to say that I have roughly 45 ARCs on my Kindle and another 3 or 4 hardcopies lying around to be read. Now not all of those qualify for this challenge, but several do. This challenge is hosted by herding cats & burning soup and Addicted to Happily Ever After.
- Challenge begins Jan 1, 2016 and ends Dec 31, 2016
- All review books that have been on your review list for 6+ months count.
- Any book format counts.
- Crossovers with other challenges are okay.
- You pick the number of books for your individual challenge.
- Once a quarter there will be a wrap up post to show off progress!
My goal is to read at least one old review book a month for a total of 12 by the end of the year. With this challenge I hope to get my Netgalley ratio above 80% which is doable. I’m currently sitting at 74%. Here are a few of the books I plan to read as a part of this challenge:
Blogger Shame Review Challenge: 6/12
2016 Dystopia Reading Challenge
I think I may be the most excited about this challenge hosted by Tracy @ Cornerfolds and Claudia @ My Soul Called Life. It is NO secret that I LOVE dystopians. It’s a majority of what I read each year. So this challenge is right up my alley!
- This challenge will run from January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016.
- You can join at anytime before October 15, 2016.
- Books must be read and reviewed in 2016.
- Audiobooks, re-reads, short stories, and crossovers are fine.
- You don’t have to be a book blogger to participate! You can track your progress on Goodreads, Shelfari, Booklikes, etc.
- Sign up on the designated Linky on the host site with your post, shelf, etc. and leave a comment letting us know what your personal goal is.
- Link up your reviews each month via the provided Linky!
There are four levels to choose from on this challenge and I’m going ALL IN!
Read and review 16+ dystopian books.
I honestly do NOT think this will be an issue. There are so many good dystopians out there and a ton coming out this year. I can’t wait to start this challenge 😀 Here are a few of the books I plan to read (and yes, none of these are rereads):
2016 Dystopia Reading Challenge: 29/16