So last year was a complete wash-out as far as my reading challenges. I tried my hand at hosting two reading challenges and joined a few but did not even get started on half of them. This year, I am keeping my challenges to a lower number (I hope) and retrying my hand at hosting with some updates to just one of the challenges from last year.
Here are my reading/bookish challenges for this year and the books I have in mind for each of them can be found in this shared Google sheet here. Some of the recommendations are right here in this post as well.
Continental Reading Challenge – Here I go again! I am hoping to have some of you join me in this challenge and we can explore the world and beyond together.. 🙂
Deal Me In Short Story Reading Challenge – This was the one I had the most success with last year (relatively speaking) but I still have a big list of stories leftover to read which I plan to reuse for this year’s list!
From last year’s (and the year before) signup post – I love reading short stories for as long as I can remember. Some of my favorite authors include O’ Henry, H.H.Munro, Oscar Wilde, Poe, Hawthorne, as well as Rabindranath Tagore and Munshi Premchand. My love of short stories will make this challenge a breeze, hopefully! — this challenge was gliding along smoothly for a while until at one point, it was like a brake was applied…This year, however, I am trying again – I am reusing my list from last year, only replacing the stories I read already with newer ones. In the cases where I have picked an author, I will select a different short story by the same author if I had completed it last year.
NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2019 – Redoing this one as well with hopes for success because I am still lagging behind in reviewing my NetGalley and Edelweiss books and nowhere near the coveted 80%. Will aim for the Gold again this time – 50 books.
Diversify Your Reading Challenge 2019 – This is a new one for me but I think I need this one. 12 books across 12 different genres is what I need to read for this one.
2019 Book Blog Discussion Challenge – I signed up for this last year but did not do anything more than sign up…sigh! Now, I plan to actually work on creating discussion posts for this challenge. At least once a month, maybe a roundup post of sorts for the reading done.
Comment 4 Comment Challenge – This challenge is not bookish but bloggish and really simple indeed – it is to ‘leave no comment un-replied and un-returned’.
This is Day 4 of the January Ultimate Blog Challenge, I need to check back to see how many times I have participated in this already. But I love the challenge, and even more, the UBC community! You can click on the links below to check out my previous posts for this month’s UBC. While I have no specific theme going on unlike previous UBCs, it will definitely give you more fun stuff to read 🙂
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I bombed out on reading challenges but I did read a book in one day last fall when we lost power during a hurricane. The Comment challenge is something I could handle! I’ll hope to sign up after I’ve recuperated from my bronchitis.
Martha, sure. Sign up with me on my continental challenge 🙂 and I can find books you can read to Lia too ..
get better soon
I was thinking about doing something with reading on my blog. Still deciding what “lifestyle” will mean. But I wonder about that last one. Can you choose the fiction for that discussion one?
The discussion is whatever you want to discuss on your blog – as long as it is to do with books..
This year I only have one reading challenge, to read 52 books this year, that’s just one book a week and I’m already behind. 🙂 I’ve joined a couple of book clubs that might help me read more, I’m not sure about joining another challenge. Will have to check some of yours out.
🙂 You can overlap most reading challenges.. and I would love for you to join my reading challenge.. Continental Reading Challenge..
The 12 book with all different genres. I will have to try in doing that this year, I like a good challenge.
🙂 sure Luci, and you can definitely join it in parallel with the one I have on my blog – the Continental Challenge – overlaps are welcome..
Welcome back. We all have to do things in our lives, so, we have to take breaks from time to time.
Thank you Jen..
I need to get back into reading. I have had so little time and when my second was born, I stopped reading, for the most part. It’s hard to make the time, but I miss reading!
Marysa, join me on the challenge on my blog – it is only 7 books for the year and any books will do – books you read to your little ones too.. and i am working on more recommendations across the world in a post this coming week
All the best with your challenges.. I tried to do it once but I never did do it properly so maybe next year!
Join me on my Continental Challenge 🙂 I will cheer you along and provide book recommendations
Well.. This is just a good concept and a great idea, I have looked at myself and my plans this years and i dont think i an challenge myself with something like this.
🙂 next year then
Good luck this year. I don’t take part in challenges as my life is far to unpredictable and I never know if I’d be able to stick to them.
i need all the luck so thank you!
I need to join you on Netgallery Challenge – my ratio is woeful!
Woeful is definitely what my ratio is too!! 🙂
I hadn’t even thought of doing a reading challenge, but it makes sense! I’m going to give one of them a go this year…I just can’t decide! I listen to most of mine since I’m constantly on the run with family stuff, but I work on physically reading a book too – it just takes awhile to finish. I really like these ideas, thanks for sharing!
thank you Ashley – looking forward then for you to join the one I have on my blog – the Continental Reading Challenge – 7 books to read – any genre – only rule – one book for each continent.. 🙂
Pick mine, pick mine!!! 🙂 It is only 7 books to read
A reading challenge is a great idea! I have made a resolution to read more and hopefully I can stick to it!
🙂 Look forward to you joining in the reading challenge on my blog – Continental Reading Challenge
I always try to read at least a book a month. I didn’t make it through the year but I’m trying again this year! I hope you succeed also!
Thank you Victoria.. and good luck to you too..
I like the idea of reading 12 books across 12 different genres. Sounds very interesting.
Vidya! Good to see you’re giving Deal Me In another try. My performance last year was nothing to brag about either. I did read my stories but probably only blogged about 1/4 of them, and that’s half the fun of the challenge. I vow to do better this year.
We have at least one story in common this year too, Jack London’s “THe Story of Keesh.” I’ve read a LOT of London but never that one.
Happy reading in 2019!
Thank you Jay! And I did get that common story from your list 🙂
I’m going to try to read more this year too. I love the Diversity challenge. I’ll be looking I to that one!
thank you Alaina.. and you can work on the Continental one I have on my blog in parallel. I am lining up books that overlap both 🙂
So happy to see you’re participating in my Diversify Your Reading Challenge! Look forward to seeing what genres you read – make sure you’re part of the facebook group if you want to join the group reads!
thank you Kelly.. I will check out the FB group as well