2016 Reading Challenges

My 2016 Reading Challenges

I’ll be tracking the progress on my 2016 Reading Challenges on this page. I LOVE reading challenges and the contagious enthusiasm the challenge hosts give their participants. Who doesn’t love talking about great books? I really wanted to sign up for all 25 of the Reading Challenges to Unleash Your Inner Bookworm post but let’s face it, I’m already a bookworm and I can’t complete that many challenges.

Without further ado my goals and the info on the reading challenges hosted by book bloggers that I’m joining and continuing for 2016. I’ve set a Goodreads goal of 50 books this year again.

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1. Travel the World in Books

Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge. Join our no-stress reading challenge where you choose your own goals, timeframe and how you want to travel the world in books. Where in the world is your reading taking you? Hosted by: Mom's Small Victories, I'm Lost in Books, Fictional 100 , Guiltless Reader and Savvy Working Gal
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I co-host The Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge so of course I’m signing up. This challenge actually started in 2014 and my goal was to read 50 books in 5 years so this is a continuing challenge. 

Original Goal: 50 books in 5 years

Completed through 2015: 23 books

2016 goal: 15 books

  1. Come Away With Me by Karma Brown – US, Thailand and Italy
  2. In Another Life by Julie Christine Johnson – Languedoc, France
  3. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini 



2. Diversity on My Shelf 2016

The Englishist

This year’s Diversity on the Shelf Reading Challenge  is hosted by The Englishist and I think it pairs easily with #1, Travel the World in Books.  The purpose of this challenge is to promote diversity by reading books by or about a person of color (POC). If you need help this is the definition of a Person of Color from Wikipedia and an amazing list of resources to get you started.

My 2016 goals: Trying for Level 2 again (7-12 books)

  1. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini 




3. Read My Own Damn Books 2016

Read My Own Damn Books Reading Challenge, a "You do You" Reading Effort hosted by Estella's Revenge. Read the books you've already got and neglected for far too long.

The title of this challenge perfectly describes how I feel at the end of the year when I STILL haven’t read books on my bookshelf and Kindle. Read my own damn books is hosted by Estella’s Revenge.  I have 169 books I have not read yet that I own.  

My 2016 goal: 12 books (some of these will count for other challenges too)

  1. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini 



4. Blogging Better Reading Challenge 2016

Blogging Better Reading Challenge 2016 hosted by Doing Dewey. Read books dedicated to improving and growing your blog.

I was looking for a reading challenge to motivate me to read the slew of blogging books I’ve hoarded. Thankfully, Katie from Doing Dewey answered the call and is hosting the  Blogging Better Reading Challenge.  

My 2016 goal: 6 books – here are some I have or plan to purchase: Blog Design for Dummies*, the 5 books in the Blogger Babes Blog Series, Skyrocket Blog Pageviews With Google Analytics* and Tell Your Time: How to Manage Your Schedule so You Can Live Free*



5. New Year’s Resolutions 2016

New Year's Resolution Reading Challenge hosted by Joy's Book Blog. Read books that help you accomplish your 2016 goals.

Joy’s Book Blog hosts the New Year’s Resolutions Reading Challenge to read books that will help you accomplish your 2016 goals. Since my goal is to grow my blog, this and Blogging Better go hand in hand for me.

My 2016 goal: 6 books – same as #4 above.



6. Bookish Resolutions 2016

2016 Bookish Resolutions Challenge hosted by Because Reading and Trips Down Imagination Road. A challenge to share your reading, blogging and personal goals. Link up completed goals, participate in Twitter parties and giveaways. 

The 2016 Bookish Resolutions Challenge is hosted by Trips Down Imagination Road & Because Reading Is Better than Real Life. I’ll be sharing my monthly reading, blogging and personal goals in the linkups and discussion posts. They have a point system to keep track of your goals and accomplishments, so I’ll track that here too.

January Goals:

Completed goals (3 pts each):

Half Done (1 pt each): 

  • Mission Statement (written but not posted on blog)
  • Media Kit (written but need to update for new design in Feb)
  • Clean up email (deleted 7k, 3k to go!)

Total January points: 21

February Goals: 

Completed Goals (3 points each): 

Half Done (1 point each)

Total February points: 14




7. Classics Club Perpetual Challenge

Classics Club Reading Challenge. Rediscover the classics and read 50 classics in 5 years with the Classics Club.

I joined The Classics Club in 2013, one of the first reading challenges I joined. I have read 12 out of 50 classics and my goal is to complete them by February 28, 2018.  It’s scary how fast the years are flying by! I love that there are lots of FREE classics you can download for the Kindle* and I like reading on my Kindle at night after Superhubby goes to bed, great time to catch up on the classics! 

My 2016 goal: 10 books






8. Foodies Read 2016

25 Reading Challenges To Unleash Your Inner Bookworm. Foodies Read Reading Challenge 2016 hosted by Based on a True Story. Read books where food plays a major role in fiction, nonfiction or cookbooks.

Foodies Read 2016 Reading Challenge is hosted by Based on a True Story. Fiction, nonfiction and cookbooks where food is a major part of the plot count for this challenge. 

My 2016 Goal: Short Order Cook (1-3 books). I have Julie & Julia*, My Life in France* by Julia Child and The Hundred Foot Journey* by Richard Morais to read on my shelf already and that does not count my cookbook obsession! 


9. Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2016

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2016 Hosted by Passages to the Past. One of the 25 Reading Challenges to Unleash Your Inner Bookworm.  

I’ve really enjoyed reading historical fiction in 2015 and glad to have found this Historical Fiction Reading Challenge hosted by Passages to the Past, an entire blog dedicated to historical fiction! 

My 2016 goal: 2 books

  1. In Another Life by Julie Christine Johnson – 1200’s and present day in Languedoc, France


10. Read the Nobels Reading Challenge 2016

Read the Nobels 2016 Reading Challenge hosted by Guiltless Reading. Read books by authors who have won the esteemed Nobel Prize for Literature. One of 25 Reading Challenges to Unleash Your Inner Bookworm.

Read the Nobels Reading Challenge is hosted by my Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge co-host Guiltless Reading. Read books written by authors who have won the Nobel Prize for Literature.  

My 2016 goal: Nobel dabbler – 3 books – hopefully I can get to The Jungle Book* (free on the Kindle), which will count for the Classics Club and Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge for India too.


11. Rory Gilmore Perpetual Challenge

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. 369 books featured on the hit show The Gilmore Girls. This reading challenge is to tackle the list! One of 25 Reading Challenges to Unleash Your Inner Bookworm.

I’ve been binge watching The Gilmore Girls on Netflix since I learned what a book lover Rory Gilmore was. This Rory Gilmore Perpetual reading challenge has the complete book list of the 369 books Rory is seen reading in the series.  And because I totally love checklists, I’m going to track my progress with this adorable checklist/book from Callaloo Soup

My 2016 Goal: I’m sure some of the classics will be on this list too. At least I hope so! I setup a dedicated page for my Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge since it never ends and it might take me forever to read all of these.  Check my progress over there! 


Are you participating in any challenges? Any I need to know about? Happy reading!