‘Tis the season for making promises I won’t be able to keep! I mean, let’s start the new year off on a positive note! I’m not very good at sticking to reading challenges for an entire year, but I always get excited in the beginning of the year anyway. This year is no exception. I’m actually adding an extra reading challenge that I found, so we’ll see how it goes.
1. Goodreads Challenge
First up, the Goodreads challenge, which I’ve joined every year since 2012. In 2017 I met (and exceeded!) my goal:
I’m keeping the same goal of 75 books for 2018, which seems to be doable for me, considering my busy schedule.
I was panicking for a few days because I didn’t see this challenge up on the Worlds Without End website, but today it was added, and I’m so relieved! They actually have a “Men of Genre Fiction” challenge this year, which HAS to be a spoof! But in any case, the idea is read novels that are in the WWE database written by women authors who are “new to you.” This year they added a twist. If you sign up for the Pathfinder level, the challenge is to read twelve books by new-to-you women authors, and twelve books by previously read authors. I love that because I had a hard time last year fitting in 24 “new to me” books.
Here is how I did in 2017. I read 16 out of 24 books, but I cheated a bit as I’ve read some of these authors before. If you’d like to join, click here! You need to create a user name/login, but it’s easy to sign up.
I’ve been loving the Girl XOXO blog (we seem to have a lot of books in common), and this year I’m going to sign up for their Monthly Motif Reading Challenge which offers readers a chance each month to read a book based on a theme. I’m hoping this fits in nicely with my review books, since the themes aren’t super specific. You can find out more about the challenge here, and sign up as well! Should be fun. January’s theme, just in case you’re interested, is to read a diverse book:
JANUARY – Diversify Your Reading
Kick the reading year off right and shake things up. Read a book with a character (or written by an author) of a race, religion, or sexual orientation other than your own.
And I’ve already completed the January challenge with my last read, Winterglass by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (review coming soon!)