A Reading Challenge

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Lately, I’ve been busier than usual. A few months ago I made the decision to go back to school. My current “career” has turned into nothing more than a dead-end job. Earning a living as a novelist is my dream, but realistically that doesn’t happen overnight, and most writers do have day jobs. Since my day job currently sucks, a change needed to happen and going back to school was the only answer. And even though this is a good thing, it has cut into my creative time.

Writing is on the back burner for the time being, and my grand plan to make a dent in my To Be Read pile has come to a screeching halt. I haven’t read too may books so far this year, and with under six months left in 2016, I wonder if all hope is lost with my reading goals. Maybe. Maybe not.

I think this might call for a challenge. It’ll serve as motivation to cross some books off my ever-growing To Be Read pile. Twelve books from now until the end of the year sounds like a good number. Enough to where I’ll need to put forth some effort, but still an achievable goal.

The following list is my 2016 To Be Read Challenge:

1. The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory
2. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
3. Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner
4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
5. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
6. The Beach House by Georgia Bockoven
7. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
8. True Colors by Kristin Hannah
9. The Sparrow Sisters by Ellen Herrick
10. Whisper Beach by Shelley Noble
11. The Four Seasons by Mary Alice Monroe
12. Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand

For the rest of the year I will be working my way through this list of books. Feel free to join in and read these along with me or create your own rest-of-2016 reading challenge.



Reading Challenges For 2014

At the beginning of 2013 I set a goal of reading 25 books this year with a Good Reads challenge. I’m currently in the process of reading books 18 and 19 towards my goal. Since there’s only about a month and a half left in the year, I think it’s safe to say I’m not going to make it to 25 books. I’m okay with that though. As far as I’m concerned, the reading challenge served its purpose by getting me to read more.

During the year I accumulated a lot more books, both print and e-book format, and I now have a ton of books that I need to read. To try to make a dent in the ever-growing list, I’ve decided to participate in a few reading challenges hosted by a couple of bloggers.

The first challenge is hosted by Bev of My Reader’s Block, and the challenge is called Mount TBR Reading Challenge. This challenge is strictly for books in your To Be Read pile that you’ve owned before January 1, 2014. You can read the rest of the rules and find out how to sign up for the challenge here. I’ve opted for the Pike’s Peak level, so I’m going to shoot for 12 books for this challenge.

The second challenge is hosted by Kim of Bookmark To Blog. She actually has two reading challenges going for 2014, the Monthly Keyword Challenge and the Monthly Motif Challenge. I’ve decided to try the Keyword challenge. She has a list of keywords for each month and the idea is to read one book a month whose title includes one of the keywords.

I went through my Need To Read list to see what books I already own that I could use for both challenges and this is what I came up with.

Monthly Keyword Challenge

  • January: The Secrets of Mary Bowser – Lois Leveen (keyword secret)
  • February: Until Dark – Mariah Stewart (keyword dark)
  • March: Friends Forever – Danielle Steele (keyword forever)
  • April: Falling Star – Diana Dempsey (keyword star)
  • May: Lost In The Forest – Sue Miller (keyword lost)
  • June: The Bronze Horseman – Paullina Simons (keyword color – bronze)
  • July: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane – Katherine Howe (keyword of)
  • August: Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro (keyword me)
  • September: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Stieg Larsson (keyword who)
  • October: Outer Banks – Anne Rivers Siddons (keyword out)
  • November: The Last Bride of Ballymuir – Dorien Kelly (keyword last)
  • December: The White Princess – Philippa Gregory (keyword white)

Mount TBR Reading Challenge

  • The Secrets of Mary Bowser
  • Until Dark
  • Friends Forever
  • Falling Star
  • Lost In The Forest
  • The Bronze Horseman
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Outer Banks
  • The Last Bride of Ballymuir
  • Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
  • No Time For Goodbye – Linwood Barclay

My overall reading goal for 2014 will be 25 books again. With these two challenges I’ll be able to knock out half of my goal and make a small dent in my Need To Read list.

Have you started thinking about your 2014 reading goals yet? If so, what are they? Do you plan on participating in any reading challenges to help you along with your goal?