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2016 Reading Challenge

To further recap my 2015 and start looking forward to 2016, here’s the reading challenge I mentioned yesterday. I’ve set (and exceeded) a reading goal on Goodreads the past few years, and am doing it again for 2016. (Set your 2016 goal on Goodreads! Mine is here.) It’s a simple total number of books challenge, so it’s really easy to track as long as you remember to mark the books as read and add a date.

In addition to this flat number goal, I’m going to make sure that I read at least one book during the year that helps me cross of each of the items listed below. Grab a copy of the list & join me! I’d love recommendations for a books to help me cross them off. (I’ll track my progress of the list on this page and by tagging them with 2016-sb-reading-challenge on Goodreads.)

  1. A book published in 2016
  2. A book you’ve always meant to read
  3. A banned book
  4. A book that’s over 100 years old
  5. A book that became a movie
  6. A book that became a TV show
  7. A book with a teen protagonist
  8. A romance
  9. A mystery
  10. A sci-fi
  11. A graphic novel
  12. A book of short stories
  13. An audiobook
  14. A nonfiction book
  15. A book with a protagonist of a different gender than you
  16. A book with a character under 10 years old
  17. A book with an LGBT protagonist
  18. A book written by a woman
  19. A book with a protagonist of a different race than you
  20. A book recommended by a friend
  21. An author’s first book
  22. A book that takes place over a the holiday season
  23. A book that takes place in the summer
  24. A book set in the future
  25. A book set in another country

Happy reading, whatever your goals may be. 🙂

15 Comments

  1. Hi there! I am also participating in a 2016 Reading Challenge and would love to have you join me on my journey as well! If you would like, please check out my blog. I look forward to reading about what you are reading! Happy 2016 and best of luck on your challenge! -BJ

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  2. If you haven’t read it already, may I suggest Stone Butch Blues as your book with an LGBT protagonist? It’s my FAVORITE book but admittedly REALLY depressing (yet uplifting). You can get the free PDF here http://www.lesliefeinberg.net/

    Happy reading! I’m still not sure if I want to go for a reading challenge this year. This one looks fun. And like it might stretch my comfort zones a bit. And, really, 25 books in a year is pretty do-able.

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        • Do your normally read any romance? Because if not, I can recommend the hell out of some for you to help you find one. (Or if you DO, I’ll still recommend because that’s just how I am.) Also, for the book-to-movie one, The Fifth Wave comes out later this month, in case you’re the read-it-before-you-watch-it type. 😉

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  3. Kim Jones says

    I need to do some updating in GR but I am up for this challenge! If you like BJ Novak’s humor/writing or are open to it, One More Thing is a fantastic book of short stories. It is my #1 recommendation from my 2015 reads.

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    • Yay! Blog it so you have a place to track it! (I’m going to blog my progress to recommend books as I go.) And thanks for the rec, I’d vaguely intended to read it (b/c of the Kaling BFF thing) but forgot.

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  5. I set a ‘total number of books’ reading goal every year. This year I’d like to do better about retaining what I read by writing a short review or summary of every book.

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    • Great goal! I’m definitely focusing on more followup after finishing a book too, whether that means recording a few notes about why I loved a story or would/would not recommend, or something more in depth, especially for non-fiction.

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  9. I really need to set myself a reading goal this year. There are so many good books out there! Love your list, btw 🙂 For no. 12 I would recommend works by Edgar Allan Poe. Great short stories. And for no. 25 I highly (highly!) recommend a book called “The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared”. It’s set in Sweden and absolutely hilarious!
    Have a wonderful 2016!

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