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Better Me Plan – Part 2 – By Books

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 🙂

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3

34 thoughts on “Better Me Plan – Part 2 – By Books

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

    1. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

    1. 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.. 🙂

  7. 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!

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