How many times last year did I say I wasn’t going to do any reading challenges in 2016? A lot. I know. Well, guess what? I’m a big fat liar because I ended up committing to a total of seven reading challenges this year. Which may not have been the best idea in the world, but too late! Since I’m doing some serious reading Tetris to try and fit all the books I need to read in (I’m not allowing myself to double count books within a challenge, but books can count for two challenges), I thought it would be fun to take a look at my progress.
Since this post would be a million pages long if I discussed every book I’ve read, I’m just going to give some highlights. You can check out my progress on all of these challenges via the dropdown menu above. Ready?
Let’s start with the Goodreads Reading Challenge. This one might be my favorite because all you have to do is read a certain number of books. Last year, I surpassed my goal of 50 books by reading a grand total of 105 books. Since this is my last year (I hope) as an unemployed student with a decent amount of free time, I decided to push myself and set a goal of 100 books. As of right now (10 pm April 12th), I have read 40 books! Which means I am 12 books ahead of schedule.
Next up is the PopSugar Reading Challenge. I like this one – it’s the only reading challenge (besides the Goodreads one) I did last year as well. Out of a total of 40 challenges (which is actually 41 books) I have completed 20! Which I am really happy with. One book I wouldn’t have read (or reread) if not for this challenge is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, which I read to fulfill the “a book you haven’t read since high school” part of the challenge. Definitely glad I revisited it, because I remembered surprisingly little, but loved it just as must as the first time around.
Moving on to the BookRiot Read Harder Challenge, which is arguably the most challenging challenge I am doing (do you know how long it took me to find a book by a Southeast Asian author that both sounded interesting and was in English? A long time). So far, I have done 10 out of the 24 total challenges, which is not bad. I’m still ahead if you do the math – 2 books per month would mean I’d need to have read 10 books by the end of may. So I’m still good. I’m hoping to knock off another challenge or two this month as well. What scares me about this challenge is that I have two very large books on my planned reading list for it: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (which, to be fair, I’m using for almost all of my reading challenges), and Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. I really want to read them both, but I’m a bit worried about the time. We’ll see what happens.
The Reading New England Challenge is one of my favorites, and I like the 1 book per month structure (not mandatory, but with so many challenges, it’s been helpful). Surprisingly, I haven’t loved any of the books I’ve read for this challenge so far, but I have planned out the rest of my reading list and I’m excited about most of the ones left. Especially Walden by Henry David Thoreau and Moby Dick by Herman Melville (because 1. I’m a little bit in love with Massachusetts and 2. I was supposed to read both of them in school and didn’t – oops). Also, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, because how is it that I’ve been to her house, but not yet read this book? I’m so ashamed.
Next on the list is the Mount TBR Challenge. I like this one because it’s forcing me to read books I already own (which I need to do, badly). The ambitious crazy person in my head wants to shoot for Mount Olympus, meaning I need to read 150 books in 2016 that I owned prior to January 1st. Right now, I’m at 22, so….
Then we have the Series Challenge. I like this one because I have quite a few unfinished series in my collection. I’m being reasonable and going with a total of five series: Red Rising by Pierce Brown, Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan, Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples, Don Tillman by Graeme Simsion, and John Dies at the End by David Wong. Currently, I have finished the Red Rising trilogy (and holy crap it was good!), I have two Percy Jackson books left, and one each of the remaining three series. Definitely doable.
And finally, I am doing the Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge, which I am doing out of order and whenever I feel like it (sorry, but I just didn’t think I’d do well with the one a week thing). So far, I have completed 27 of the 52 challenges – over half! – so I’m doing well.
Okay, I’ll say it: I’m addicted to reading challenges. They just make me feel so accomplished! Plus, I love that they kind of force me to read books I otherwise wouldn’t pick up or books that would sit on my shelf for another couple of years (or forever).
I’d love to hear what reading challenges you’re participating in this year!