2017 was just horrendous when it came to reading. It even made me think if I had over-committed myself by setting a target of 52 books, one book per week, for the Goodreads Challenge. But if you really know me, you would also know that it was an easy-to-achieve goal. In a normal scenario, not a day passes by without me reading a page or two. But that was not the case last year. While I read 30 books, I knew it in my heart that it wasn’t enough- for my choice of books weren’t great. That said, I am signing up for the following reading challenges this year.
2018 Reading Challenges
I am again setting a target of 52 books this year. Yes, one book per week. And I am sure going to outdo last year’s number; which brings me to the next two challenges.
I am aiming for better reading when compared to last year. Though the TBR has been piling up, I just couldn’t bring myself to read. With 52 books, I’m putting an end to the reading rut and also pledging to come up with one review every week, here on the blog.
I came to know of Reading Challenges through one of my favorite bloggers – Sanch. She signs up for various challenges every year and her book recommendations always end up on my TBR list. I’m picking up this challenge from her. It runs twice a year and the prompts and my choice of books (tentative) for the period January to April are as below:
- Freebie ie. Read a book that is at least 200 pages(5 points): Chocolat by Joanne Harris
- Book that starts with the letter ‘L'(10 points): Last Train to Istanbul by Ayşe Kulin
- Has a (mostly) red cover(10 points): Animal Farm by George Orwell
- With a character’s name in the title(15 points): Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard
- Book from Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Books with Plot Twists(20 points): Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
- Book with the words “house” or “home” in the title(20 points): The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux
- By an author whose first and last name begins with the same letter(25 points): Elixir by Sinjini Sengupta
- That was originally published in a different language than your own(30 points): The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
- Book where most of the action takes place on a form of transportation(30 points): Night Train at Deoli by Ruskin Bond
- Book with a character that suffers from a debilitating physical illness(35 points): Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This challenge brings to you a motif or theme for each month. All you’ve to do is pick a book that fits the bill.
- JANUARY – Diversify Your Reading: Last Train to Istanbul by Ayşe Kulin
- FEBRUARY – One Word: Chocolat by Joanne Harris
- MARCH – Travel the World: Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
- APRIL – Read Locally: Elixir by Sinjini Sengupta
- MAY – Book to Screen: Fault in our Stars by John Green
- JUNE – Crack the Case: Murder in the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
- JULY – Vacation Reads: TBD
- AUGUST – Award Winners: TBD
- SEPTEMBER – Don’t Turn Out the Light; TBD
- OCTOBER – New or Old: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë as Ellis Bell
- NOVEMBER – Family: Three Daughters by Consuelo Saah Baehr
- DECEMBER – Wrapping it Up: TBD
With over 40 (mandatory) and 12 (advanced) prompts, this challenge isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea. But I’m going to take it up. You can check out the prompts on their website.
“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book”- J.K. Rowling
And that’s what I missed last year. I never liked forced reading. But then, it restricted my choices and led me to miss out so many good books. I may or may not complete all these challenges. However, this will help me read from different genres. That’s exactly what I aim to achieve by the end of this year. The books I choose may overlap with reading challenges.
Tell me, are you taking part in any reading challenges?
Let me know!