Wednesday, July 6, 2016

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge

I'm not one to make New Year's resolutions. I know I'm not any more likely to stick with changes I want to make in my life just because I made them on January 1.  However, when I came across this 2016 Reading Challenge at the end of December, I was intrigued. I had been reading quite a bit over the holiday season - especially since we couldn't travel - but I was in a bit of a reading rut. I liked the idea of challenging myself to complete a certain number of books over the year, and stepping outside of my reading "comfort zone" to explore different genres.  This challenge has different levels - Light (13), Avid (26), Committed (52), and Obsessed (104).  I figured Committed would be a challenge for me, but an achievable goal, so that is what I settled on.

I spent the better part of New Years Eve choosing which books I wanted to read for each category. I'm a planner, and for me picking out the books was part of the fun. Along with the designated categories I knew I wanted to focus on including books that I own and haven't read, as well as recommendations from my favourite librarian/blogger Nomadreader.  I also made sure that all my selections (that I didn't own) were available from the library.

As I was compiling my list, I discovered that there was a group on Goodreads for people doing the challenge. This has been a great space for getting suggestions, updating progress, and sharing good finds.

At 23 books completed, I am a bit behind schedule (I should be at 26 since we are halfway through the year.) However, I did get a little behind during rehearsals, as memorizing lines took precedence over recreational reading. (Now to get a little head before rehearsals start for the next show!)

Below you will find my list. I've linked the books I've finished to my reviews on Goodreads. Some reviews I have included comments, some just star ratings. I would like to go back and add more reviews, that may or may not happen. My brother also gave me a notebook for reviewing books that I read, but I'm reserving that for the ones that I really enjoy.


I'm always looking for suggestions for my next book. Feel free to leave yours in the comments!

Light
Avid
Committed