Reading Challenges

Reading Challenges for 2017

This year, I have decided to participate in five Reading Challenges that I feel confident I know I can keep up with. In the past I haven’t been the greatest at doing that, actually I’ve fail spectacularly well. :/

But, for some reason, I feel like I’m definitely going to be able to follow through with them and have it mesh well with my reading style and whims. I’ve decided that I’m just not going to waste my time stressing myself out about reading and posting reviews for the books that I’ve read, because I’ve somehow managed to take on more than I can handle. By that, I mean, either requesting too many ARC’s/e-galley’s and/or accepting too many review requests at a time that I’ve managed to get myself completely buried under.

This year, things are changing and switching up for the better, and I’m going to make reading and blogging about what I’m reading much more fun again, than it has been lately. It’s also going to slide easily into the pocket of my already busy schedule, between work and taking care of things personally, and trying to have a small bit of a personal life. I’ve decided that I’m reading what I want to read, when I want to read it, and I’m just not going to stress out over it. I’m also going to be trying out a different way of reviewing the books that I’ve read, instead of keeping on with the current style of review.

Everything is just going to be so much more relaxed and fun and that’s the most important thing to me this year.

2017 Diverse Reads Book Challenge

Hosted by Mishma of Chasing Faerytales

It’s all about diversity in what I’m reading and and what I’m doing or supporting in my life personally, this year.  There simply aren’t enough diverse books with characters spanning all ranges of culture, race, sexuality,  disability, mental illness, etc. in YA literature and it’s really important that the ones that have already been published or will be released in the upcoming year, be promoted, shared, and recommend all throughout the year. I don’t know about you personally, but when I go to pick out a book, I want to be able to resonate with a character or a challenge that they are going through. I typically like to be able to see a bit of myself inside of that character and so that’s why it’s so important that more and more of the books that are being written and published in the YA market sector be as diverse as they can be, so that they can reach a wider, much broader audience and everyone can have a character or a story that they can relate to in their life, a hero that they can look up to, something that might help inspire them to grow more as an individual, or just something that they can see a bit of themselves in.

Life is already hard enough as it is, without the cold and lonely feel of isolation or being able to put your hands on something that you can identify with. So, that’s why this challenge is so important to me. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun, the way that it’s been set up and there are some  monthly challenges to go along with it.

The 2017 Diverse Reading Challenge is all about setting your own personal goals to read more diverse books. Any diverse book will count towards this challenge, it’s all about setting personal challenges to read widely.

The Monthly Mini-Challenges (Optional)

January– diverse folklore/mythology (e.g. South Asian mythology, Russian folklore, Japanese folklore, Greek mythology, Chinese folklore, etc.)
February– POC Main Character / Biracial / Multiracial
March– main characters with a disability
April– mental health
May– religious diversity
June & July– sexuality and gender identity
August– non-Western setting
September– #ownvoices
October– Intersectionality
November– diverse retellings
December– 2017 Releases

*As usual, we do have our recommended reading list and we encourage everyone to read #ownvoices books as well as leave reviews on your blog, GoodReads, and retail sites.

[Insert Books I’m Reading…]

Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

Hosted by novelknight.com

So, oh my gosh, I have so many books on my shelves that have just been sitting there for quite a while. I mean, I’m almost ashamed to admit that those lovelies have just been hanging out there, waiting for me to pick one of them up to read. I’ve been telling myself that I’m going to get to them, but then another e-galley shows up or an ARC finds its way to my mailbox somehow, and I seem to forget all about them.

Luckily this challenge is going to give me the opportunity and the actual motivation to get them off of my shelves and actually into my hands to be read. Yes, I’m really going to do this. I mean, how hard can it be right?! It’s just 12 books in a year, one per month. So, I feel pretty confident in myself that I can do this.

The Challenge Details

This challenge will run from January 1st to December 31st, 2017. 

That’s right. You have en ENTIRE YEAR to complete your goal.

Books must be released prior to 2017
(this challenge isn’t for new releases)

Post updates throughout the year with #beatthebacklist

I’m going to leave my list of books pretty much blank right now, because I’m not sure what I’m going to read yet. I’m doing this thing where I’m going to read whatever I feel like reading or just something I’ve been wanting to read for a while and haven’t. So, I’ll be updating that each month as I go.

[Insert Books I’m Reading Here…]

To sign up, find out all about what it takes to participate in this challenge, and to find out more about the awesome Hogwarts Mini-Challenge that you can participate in, just follow this link.

#ROCKMYTBR CHALLENGE FOR 2017

Again, my bookshelves are staring at me going…whhhhyyyyyy!

It’s like I have all of these grand plans to read all of these books and then bam! Something happens and it gets put on hold and then it just never happens. My books are sad, because I won’t can’t read them and I’m mad because I don’t have the time. We’re so smad! (Props to anyone who gets the reference!)

So, this year, I’ma do something about this a’ight!

THE CHALLENGE: Should You Accept It

  • To read a minimum of 1 book per month that is currently published (no arcs with future dates).

    This challenge is totally what YOU make of it! You can do 5 books a month, 10, WHATEVER! Anything you accomplish is fantastic. This challenge is really what you make of it.

THE HASHTAG: #ROCKMYTBR

Use the hashtag #RockMyTBR for current discussion and to help you find other’s posts and even look for people to buddy read with you!

MONTHLY WRAP UP: The Updates

At the end of the month, update us on how you’re doing with the challenge. This can be done on Twitter, on your blog, a Booktube video, YOU NAME IT! 

[Insert Books I’m Reading Here…]

TO SIGN UP, FIND OUT ALL ABOUT WHAT IT TAKES TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CHALLENGE THAT YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN, JUST FOLLOW THIS LINK.

2017 British Books Reading Challenge

Hosted by talesofyesterday

So, you know how I talked about diversity and wanting to branch out and read more, to be more culturally aware of something, or just to read author’s who aren’t only from the US. Well, that’s what I’ve decided that I want to participate in the British Books Reading Challenge this year. I’m really excited about this, because I know that there are loads of wonderful books written by these lovely author’s and now I’m finally going to get the chance to embrace them this year.

So, what is it  challenge all about, you say?!

The challenge, should accept, is to read and review books that are written by British authors. The challenge is going to run between  between 1st January 2017 to 31st December 2017, and if you decide to join you will basically be reading 12 books this year written by various British authors that you think you’ll really like. It’s pretty much a book a month and I figure that I can handle this no problem at all.

I am so ready to embrace this challenge, that I almost want to start reading now. She’s got an amazing list of books that you can choose from, if you’re not sure whether the book you’ve chosen was written by British author or not. It’s a pretty good jumping off point, that way you can get an idea of what the challenge is going to be.

TO SIGN UP, FIND OUT ALL ABOUT WHAT IT TAKES TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CHALLENGE, AND TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE AWESOME Monthly Prizes/Giveaways THAT YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN, JUST FOLLOW THIS LINK.

Also, don’t forget to Share your reviews on social media using the hashtag #BritishBooksChallenge17.

[Insert Books I’m Reading Here…]

2017 Debut Author’s Reading Challenge

Hosted by thatartsyreadinggirl

There’s nothing that I love more than experiencing a book written by a brand new author. I’m always looking for new authors in various genre’s, that I can sink my teeth into for a new experience or unique story or voice to tell it. So, I’m always going to participate or challenge myself to read at least a handful of them.

So, here’s the deal about this challenge…

  • You can join the challenge whenever you want throughout the year, so if you want to start in the middle, that’s fine, the beginning, or just whenever you feel like it basically.
  • It sort of focuses on reading 12 or more (or less it’s up to you) of new debut books that are releasing this year, by brand new author’s in whatever genre you want to read them in.
  • For it to count in the challenge, you got post your thoughts somewhere (goodreads, tumblr, blog, youtube, amazon, etc.) 
  • With each entry, you’ll definitely be entered to win a monthly prize pack and it is open internationally.
  • You’ll want to use the hashtag #2017DebAuthC so you can see what everyone’s up to!

TO SIGN UP, FIND OUT ALL ABOUT WHAT IT TAKES TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CHALLENGE, AND TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE AWESOME MONTHLY PRIZES/GIVEAWAYS THAT YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN, JUST FOLLOW THIS LINK.

[Insert Books I’m Reading Here…]

Okay, so it seems like 2017 is going to be a year for me, as far as reading goals go, but I have a feeling that I’m totally be able to do it if I stick to my plan. Let me know what you’re reading goals are if you have any.