2015 Reading Challenges

I’m not too great at keeping my New Year’s Resolutions, whether they’re related to reading or otherwise. This year, having re-launched my blog after a few years of only blogging on and off, my biggest resolution is to write and schedule most of my posts at least one month, if not two, ahead of time, and miraculously, I actually managed to get all of January and most of February written and scheduled before the new year. So what’s most important to me this year is keeping that up, but there were a few challenges that called to me this year.

The Challenges

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The first is the Goodreads Reading Challenge, which simply tracks the number of books you read each year. My goal this year is 50 books, which is ambitious after my 2014 slump of only 28 books, but I blame most of that on Game of Thrones for taking up all my brainpower and for making me feel like I had to finish all those books before I could start another. (For what it’s worth, I crapped out about halfway through A Feast for Crows in September and haven’t picked it up since. I’m going to try to finish that and A Dance with Dragons sometime in 2015, but we’ll see.)

 

HAIL TO THE KING

The second challenge I joined this year is the Hail to the King challenge, hosted by Books With Cass and The Pretty Good Gatsby. I joined this one mostly because I feel kinda guilty every year devouring so many Stephen King novels—it almost feels like it’s cheating because I like them so much (so irrational!) and I get through them so quickly. But this year, my goal is to be FEARLESS and read at least 16 Stephen King novels/short stories (which I’ll probably limit to novellas, because there are probably 16 short stories in a single collection). So there, guilt complex!

 

diveintodiversity

The final challenge that I will be participating in this year is the Dive Into Diversity challenge, hosted by Rather Be Reading and Reading Wishes. This particular challenge is the toughest on my list; my reading horizons are pretty narrow. I’m looking to expand them this year while also supporting LGBTQ authors, authors of color, and female authors in particular. I already have some books in mind to read for this challenge, but if there are any you can recommend, please do, especially if they are non-YA. (Nothing against YA, really, it’s just that most of the “diverse” books I’ve found have been YA. So in the interest of being diverse in my diverse choices, I’d like to add some non-YA books to that list!)

The Plan

I’m planning (hoping) to post an update on each of these challenges on the first of each month, January excluded for obvious reasons, with a final results post sometime near the end of December. I know for a fact that the main thing that will keep me from completing these challenges is the fact that I’ll have to buy a lot of new books. It’s not that I don’t love buying new books (who doesn’t?) but this is a LOT of books to read, and there are still so many that I own that I haven’t read yet. Since I’m not working right now, buying books won’t be especially easy. But I will do my best to complete these challenges (and not forget about them by March like I usually do)!

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What challenges have hooked you this year? Let me know in the comments!

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5 thoughts on “2015 Reading Challenges

  1. LGBTQ suggestions:
    Maurice by E.M. Forster. It was groundbreaking in its day and no less powerful today.

    I don’t know if you read plays, but we read “Kiss of the Spider Woman” by Manuel Puig in middle school and I think it’s the first thing I’d ever read with gay content, and it began to change my pov on the topic

    Women:
    Anything by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The Yellow Wallpaper is super short but amazing

    The Handmaid’s tale by Margaret Atwood. Feminist classic.

    If you want non-fiction feminism, I’ve got some really good suggestions!

    Of course, there are hundreds of thousands of good books out there. I’m looking forward to seeing what you pick for the LGBTQ- I’m also looking to expand my reading in this area

    • Thanks for your suggestions!! I actually just saw Kiss of the Spider Woman over the summer and I was…not a fan =\ so I probably won’t read that. Maurice looks interesting, though, and I will definitely take a look.

      I think what my biggest problem with LGBTQ is going to be is that I’m just not a fan of romances in general—straight or not (blame my early obsession with V. C. Andrews for burning me out on the genre). So I think finding non-romance LGBTQ-related novels might be difficult (unless there are some LGBTQ novelists I’m missing).

      I’ve read both The Yellow Wallpaper and The Handmaid’s Tale (just haven’t reviewed them, unfortunately) and liked them quite a bit! I’m going to try to stick to novels/fiction for this challenge, so I might check out more CPG and I know Margaret Atwood just put out a new collection of stories, so I might look into that as well.

      Thanks again for your suggestions!! 🙂

  2. I can’t believe that you have so many posts written and scheduled already! Way to go, Bridget! I considered joining the Diversity challenge as well, but I really didn’t know where to start and since this year is going to be a huge “tackle my already owned books” kind of year, I don’t need any excuses to buy MORE books. SK, however, I am in on that one. Because I tend to read a handful of his each year anyway.

    • Well I mean, I started in September or October, so…there’s that. 😉 I also need to get up on my social media usage—I’m getting better, but I want to have all that stuff scheduled too so I can sort of just “set it and forget it,” you know? But thanks. 🙂

      Yeah, I hear ya on the “I need to read the books I already own” thing. I need to work on that as well. Maybe next year I’ll challenge myself to tackle that pile!

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