Saturday, January 2, 2016

Discussion: Book Challenges for 2016

Discussion:

Edited 12/1/2016

I think I might be making up for lost time this week. That, or I just have a lot to say to bring in the new year.

I've been thinking a lot about doing a book challenge. I typically participate in the Goodreads challenge and plan to do so this ear again. I set my goal for 25 books, but I'll probably change it as the year goes on.

I wanted to challenge myself beyond a certain number of books to read. I want to challenge myself and force myself out of my comfort zone. For the record, I am not taking credit for either of these challenges. I'm only talking about them after either finding them or them being sent to me. Links to the posts they're featured in are available for each one.

There are two book challenges that I'm interested in. The first I've found on Pinterest. It's featured on Popsugar's website (which can be found here )

Popsugar's reading challenge
I think this one will be super challenging for me. I started Outlander last night, and I believe that one covers the New York Times Best Seller. There's going to be some difficult ones on there for me, and I want to make it, so I don't cheat and use one book for multiple items on the list. Side note, the political memoir one will be the biggest challenge I think. That doesn't even sound remotely appealing.

Another was shared with me on Facebook by a family member (Thanks, Katie!). It's featured on a blog called Modern Mrs. Darcy. A link to her blog is here .

Modern Mrs. Darcy's reading challenge
I like this one a lot. There's a lot of social interaction, like needing a librarian recommendation or from a spouse. The banned book item has me a little geeked. I've been meaning to get my hands on a banned book list and read from it.

I can't decide between the two challenges. I like them both so much, so I'm going to try and do them both, Which if I complete both I'll be WAY over my Goodreads challenge. Three birds, one stone (no real birds will be harmed during this adventure. I like animals.)

Here're my discussion questions for you readers! Are you planning on doing a reading challenge? What does it consist of? What on the list intimidates you the most? What are you most excited for? Have you done a reading challenge before? How did you do?

9 comments:

  1. I didn't plan on doing a reading challenge but after looking at this the second one has interested me so I'm thinking about taking it on. Thanks!

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    1. Awesome! Good luck to you! Be sure to let me know how you do on it. :)

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  2. I think I'll try that second one. I haven't done a challenge before other than the Goodreads' books-per-year one. This ought to be good!

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    1. Yay! Good luck. I think the second one is the one I'm going to do the best with. The first one is going to be so hard!

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  3. I'm doing a reading challenge this year as well! I just decided to make my own with inspiration from other challenges, as there's always a few that don't sound very appealing (reading a political memoir for example). I'm sure it would probably broaden my horizons a little, but it's not really something I'm looking for.
    Good luck on your challenges! I might even participate in the second one; it seems pretty simple. :D

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    1. I might make my own challenge next year. That sounds pretty fun! Good luck with your challenge!

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  4. This is awesome! I always do the Goodreads Challenge and fall short. Mainly because I tend to set the bar too high for myself and then end up not having enough time to read the amount of books I plan on. That or I don't get on Goodreads and update like I should so then I just don't update it hardly at all.
    Having read this though I am totally on board and am planning to try and stay more active on Goodreads. Not to mention I am eager to take on the Modern Mrs. Darcy challenge! It looks way interesting and I think I need pushed out of my reading comfort zone a bit. It is far too easy to stick to a favorite genre or such. I may see what all I can get done on the first challenge though, but mainly just for fun. I hope you update us on your progress! I really enjoy your blog. :)

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    1. Thanks for the comment Tori! I'm the same way with the Goodreads challenge. I'm good about updating, but I just don't have the time to read like I use to. I set the bar way to high. I'll be honest, I don't think that I've finished that challenge since 2012.

      I agree that it's so easy to get stuck on a certain genre. I get really stuck on dystopian and paranormal type of novels. I think it'll be good to push myself.

      I'll definitely update on my progress! And I'm so glad you enjoy my blog, thanks for reading!

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  5. This is awesome! I always do the Goodreads Challenge and fall short. Mainly because I tend to set the bar too high for myself and then end up not having enough time to read the amount of books I plan on. That or I don't get on Goodreads and update like I should so then I just don't update it hardly at all.
    Having read this though I am totally on board and am planning to try and stay more active on Goodreads. Not to mention I am eager to take on the Modern Mrs. Darcy challenge! It looks way interesting and I think I need pushed out of my reading comfort zone a bit. It is far too easy to stick to a favorite genre or such. I may see what all I can get done on the first challenge though, but mainly just for fun. I hope you update us on your progress! I really enjoy your blog. :)

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