Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2016 Reading Challenge

  So after a real challenging challenge (ha) in 2015, I am ready for one that is a bit more easy going.  I liked how last years challenge forced me to get out of some comfort zones, though I did find I left quite a few of the uneasier ones for last anyway and never did get to them because time ran out.  Categories such as "a book set in the future", "a book more than a hundred years old", "a book with magic", and"a graphic novel" were not anywhere near my interest radar so it was really hard to motivate myself to get to them.   I couldn't always find a book I wanted to read to fit a certain category and at the end I found I was cramming in a book not because I wanted to read it but because it fulfilled three categories.

With that in mind the challenge I have chosen to do  year is:

Perfectly simple.  Right? The time frame given is books purchased from June 2015 - December 2016.  I can't emphasize how perfect this is for me right now.  I have a huge back log of books to June of last year (and even farther back than that but those won't count) that I purchased which now that I think of it, is around the time I discovered  And some of those orders did not fit into the categories of last year, so I'm looking forward to getting into these purchases!  I also got several book store gift cards for Christmas so this challenge will fit like a glove.  For this challenge, hosted by The Book Date, she wants us to choose one of the percentage goals from the list below that we want to accomplish reading out of the books purchased, list the books we purchase in a post and then cross them off as we read them.  There will be a couple link up posts in the year, I believe, where we can share how we are progressing.  

20% or less      Money Sitting on the Shelf.

20 - 40%          Making Inroads.

40 - 60 %         Moderately Successful

60 - 80 %        Maximising  Returns

80 - 100%       Mission Accomplished

 I am going to choose the 60-80% category.  Hopefully I can get that many of the books that I have and will purchase read and enjoyed.  So here we go with my list so far of books that I have bought already and are sitting awaiting for me to pick them up:

The Titanic Enigma by Tom West

The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan

Every Last One by Anna Quindlen

Man Alive by Mary Kay Zuravleff

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

Chasing Fireflies by Charles Martin

Where the River Ends by Charles Martin

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Chatharina Ingelman-Sundberg

Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline

The Offering by Angela Hunt

The Truth Teller by Angela Hunt

The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler

The Aloha Reef Series (4 Books) by Colleen Coble

One Good Thing by Kevin Alan Milne

The Midwife's Confession by Diane Chamberlain

I know!!!!  Don't even talk to me!  And these are all just ones  that I've bought since June 2015, nothing bought YET this year.  Addiction much?!    And those gift cards are seriously burning a hole in my pocket but I'm going to try really hard to not use them till the last half of the year.

But you know what else I love about being a part of a hosted challenge once again?  Going and reading the participant's reading lists! Although that can create a conundrum because I'll want to add a whole bunch more to my tbr list.  LOL.  Ahhh, the dilemma's of a book lover.

I'm also joining in on Carrie's (Reading to Know) Lucy Maud Montgomery Challenge.  The rule: Read as much Montgomery as you can during the month of January.  Another perfect one.  I had purchased the whole set of "Anne of Green Gables from Costco, 8 books, after Christmas last year and still haven't got to them.  But Carrie does this as a yearly challenge so I'm going to try to knock a couple of those off this month.  

Are you doing any reading  challenges this year?

1 comment:

BubblesandMoney said...

I always come to your blog to find good books. Thank you for your reviews. I haven't settled on my type of reading list for 2016 yet but I do plan to read more of what I own and slow down on my book buying. Keep reading!!!! Blessings on your day!