It’s the New Year and that means it’s finally time to start our 2015 reading challenges! This is my favourite part of the year, no question. The rest of the year simply can’t match up to the excitement I feel over dusting off all of my bookshelves, pages, bookmarks, and preparing them for a fresh start with new challenges.
This year I’ll be taking part in four challenges. One is the same as last year, one is very similar to last year, and the other two are new to me for 2015. How exciting!
Read 100 Books Challenge
Also known as the Goodreads challenge but I will do this with or without Goodreads so I don’t like to call it that. In 2015, I will be aiming to read 100 books. Novellas, graphic novels, and books for school all count towards this. It’s going to be a bit of a struggle this year because I will be studying for an A Level as well as doing quite a bit of travelling and working full time, but I think I can do it.
Crini came up with this awesome challenge and I’ll be taking part in it this year and taking over the world by reading. I’ve seen a few similar challenges in the past where you challenge yourself to read a book from every continent/timezone or something like that. But Crini is using Google Maps to keep track of her challenge and I think that’s a fantastic idea! You can find my (currently empty) map on my Challenges page.
For this challenge there are also a lot of optional mini-challenges. The ones that I currently have my eye on are:
- Read one book for each continent
- Read one book for at least five US states (I came up with this one myself)
- Visit at least two of the most famous landmarks in the world
- Visit at least ten countries
This is another challenge by Crini. Last year I took part in a similar challenge where I challenged myself to read a bunch of books from my TBR pile. Books that I had bought before 2014. I did pretty well, and I wanted to step it up this year because my TBR bookshelves (yes, I have bookshelves) are currently insane. So Crini came to my rescue with this challenge and her spreadsheets, which I will be using to keep track of my epic reduction skills.
My goal for each month will be to reduce my TBR by five books. I think this can be done quite easily? As long as I don’t get into any giant reading slumps. I’ve recently cut down on my book buying so I don’t think that’ll be much of a problem.
Mel is hosting this challenge for this year, which I think is fantastic because it fits with her blog perfectly! The goal is to read books that are retellings, fairytale or otherwise, and to have fun doing it. There are different levels involved:
-Prince Charming: 1 – 4 books.
-Magic Mirror: 5 – 9 books.
-Big Bad Wolf: 10 – 15 books.
Wise Brave Princess: 16 – 20 books.
-Wicked Fairy Godmother: 21 – 25 books.
-Bluebeard: you are killing it! 26+ books.
While I was initially very hesitant to do it, I’ve decided to go with The
Wise Brave Princess because it’s what Bellamy Blake would want me to do. (NB. the level is actually called The Wise Princess but I had to make it fit with The 100 because BELLARKE.)
This means I’ll have to read at least 16 retellings of some sort. I’m nervous as hell, but it’s a challenge so it’s meant to be a little difficult, no? I have three books picked out for it already, which I have included on the Challenges page, and I’m about to go and have another look through my bookshelves to see what I have.
Which challenges are you doing this year? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to discover some different ones and perhaps consider putting them on my list!