Help Wanted: Reading Challenges!

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I already have threads going on social media, but thought the blogosphere might be the best place to bring this discussion (or question). I am in search of a good reading challenge for 2018.

Now, I do not normally participate in reading challenges for a variety or reasons. I usually just set personal goals and go from there. This year, I would like a more “defined” path. But I have some specific things I want from a challenge.

What I am looking for:

Diversity! – In terms of authors and content.
Genre Exploration – Something that will push me out of my comfort zone.
Clear, defined goal and challenges.
If possible 30 books or less (I still want time to tackle my personal TBR).
Something that allows me the option to post and discuss my progress but does not require it or check ins – my health may not allow for regular posts and I don’t want this to be stressful or feel obligatory.
The inclusion of library books! – this is a must. I do not want a challenge that is my bookshelf only.

I have been looking at Pop Sugar’s 2018 Reading Challenge & Book Riot’s 2018 Read Harder Challenge.

I am totally open to looking at multiple challenges or supporting another’s bloggers 2018 challenge if it meets my needs. Claire at BrizzleLass Books did share one that many of you might like if you are looking for a challenge geared at cleaning out the TBR pile: The Mount TBR 2018 on My Reader’s Block.

Do you participate in reading challenges? I would love to know which ones you sign up for and why. Do you have any suggestions for my upcoming 2018 reading goals? I am hoping to look through a few more before making a decision, but I want to decide soon. I would like to plan a TBR (I know, I hardly ever do this) going into the new year.

Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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49 thoughts on “Help Wanted: Reading Challenges!

  1. Hey Danielle! As I was reading your post the one that kept sounding off in my head is the POPSUGAR challenge you mentioned at the end. I’m actually considering this one myself for 2018, will take a look at the challenges later tonight. Last year it offered up prompts to make you diversify your reading & I wish I had joined. Hope you find one that’s best for you ☺️💕

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  2. Read the World! *lol* Maybe you could pick, say, 10 or 15 countries you wish you could visit, and then select books by authors from those countries. Diversity, outside your comfort zone, and easily attainable! And I would imagine that your library would have a decent number of world titles available.

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  3. I’m doing the Mount TBR Challenge which has a page on Goodreads too – but this is more to help me read my own books rather than seeking to broaden my horizons. I am however planning on reading some classics this year something I’ve not done for a little while but I’m not going to make it formal.

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    1. I like the Mount TBR challenge, but it doesn’t seem to include library titles, which is important to me. But overall, it is a nice looking one 😊 I really want to explore my own shelves as well, but continuing to branch out is a big goal for me this year. Admittedly, I feel I haven’t done so as well in the past and am enjoying it. I think I might be less formal as well. Maybe a few updates, but I am hoping to avoid having to commit to a ton of sharing haha. Have a great week Cleo 💕

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  4. Hmm, I’ve never done a reading challenge other than the Goodreads one before, and I’m not sure I have time (or energy), but I think this sounds great! I’m actually guest teaching at a different university spring semester an interpreting literature class and all the books on my syllabus (9!) have to be diverse, which I’m excited about not only because I get to explore some new to me authors but think it’s important that students are exposed to diverse literature. I’m going to check out the PopSugar challenge!

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      1. I just took a look, and it looks fun and that it will fit what you’re looking for! I may do it too since I think I’m going to do much less ARCs in 2018. With my lupus and need to rest as much as I can, I don’t want to be stuck with an overload of them to read and review by a certain timeframe. I made a huge mistake and accepted about 7 to be read and reviewed by the time I return to school Jan 8th. But I don’t really want to read some of them now after reading iffy reviews, and I’m so tired from classes/teaching that I really don’t want to spend my break writing reviews when I want..need..to rest and spend time with the kids while they’re on break starting next week. And honestly, I want to spend the rest of my year reading books I WANT to read from my TBR, lol. Huge error in judgement with those ARCs! I definitely will have a lot to read, but I avg 175 books a year, so those 9 will be a drop in the bucket. Lol! 💞😉💞

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        1. I think my biggest goal for 2018 is reading for me. I am not sure I will open back up for review copies.

          With all you are juggling, I fully support the decision to only read what you want. You have enough with added obligations or deadlines 💕 Take easy on yourself some! – xx

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          1. I think that’s an excellent goal, and one I fully endorse for myself in 2018. I’m looking at these NetGalley ARCs and not one bit interested in them, which is unfortunate. I’ll have to make myself give them a go!

            Thanks!! I think less is best from now on. I just can’t do what I used to do without paying a price. Health and family have to be 1st! xxx 💞❤💞

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  5. Aw thanks for the mention! I will probably do the two I took part in this year again Discoverability and Flights of Fantasy but given that they fit into my normal reading they are pretty easy and just help keep me on track. Next year is going to be a harder reading year for me as I’m going back to work so it’s going to be much harder squeezing in reading time than it has been the past few years.

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  6. I will probably do the Popsugar reading challenge, probably just for tradition. My friend and I have been doing it together for the last few years….It’s not a long tradition. To be honest I don’t try too hard, I just read and check things off that fit the tasks. Once in a while it will push me to be more specific. Let us know what you end up doing with it, I love the idea of doing challenges together:)

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  7. I’m not keen on challenges as as soon as I make a list I go off all the books!!! Like you I definitely want to read more from the tbr mountain and particularly books on my shelves and ones from the library. I have joined a reading the world challenge on Litsy which starts in January and I opted for 6 books to read during the year. I might also join in with A-Z of Ones Own that Fictionophile posted last week as that looks fun. Good luck and let us know what you decide 🙂

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    1. Oh thanks. I will hop over and have a look at her post today! I am still leaning heavily towards the PopSugar list. It looks like it provides enough to help me branch out and I can utilize the library and my own shelves, but I am not locked into mandatory check-ins. – xx

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  8. I generally just construct my own challenges as the interesting ones I see on blogs are too restrictive, have too many rules or just don’t fit my reading plans! I do my own things like picking out a few series I want to complete, a month of just reading ebooks to clear out the Kindle, themed reading weeks or months, things like that. It means I can change my goals, I’m not under pressure to do things and it fits well into my mood reading.

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    1. That is a great idea. I had thought of this. I really like the PopSugar list, as there is some direction be no overwhelming requirements. I want to post updates if I choose. Not because I have to “check in”. It looks like I may go with it and tailor it to my own needs 😉 I do like the idea of setting a few series aside to complete. I may do just that. Some have been hanging too long haha.

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  9. I’m not a huge fan of reading challenges myself, although I love the idea behind them and would have totally participated if I had more time and a faster reading speed! 😛 The only challenge I’ll be doing is the Goodreads one just cause completing it is fun (even if my goal is not as big as most readers hahah) Hope you find the perfect challenges for 2018 though. 😉

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    1. I totally get it! I am a slower reader as well 😊 I think I am going to use the PopSugar challenge for a guide. It seems diversified enough and will allow me to utilize my own books and the library. But I wont beat myself up if I fail to complete. Is it bad that setting my goodreads goal is one thing I am excited about with each new year?

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          1. I think I’ll be keeping it at 75 again. I tend to read around 50 novels and 25 graphic novels (or maybe it’s more like 40-35, I don’t know hahah), and like that I can achieve such a number. If I had a faster reading speed or just more time to read, I’d probably attempt 100, but man… 100 looks impossible!!

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  10. I did the 2015 popsugar challenge and didn’t finish it. There’s usually a couple of items I really don’t want to read (screen play, book with a love triangle, YA). Otherwise, I just do the Goodreads challenge with a mostly random number lol
    I’d be interested to see what challenge you do!

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    1. I have decided on PopSugar 😊 I like the list this year and the fact that I can use library books. I won’t stress over following it to a T though. Just to help me branch out. I am always excited about my GR challenge. Truthfully, my number is usually random to haha 💕

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  11. A lot of people seem to like the Read Harder Challenge. I might try it in 2019. Ha ha. Right now I am only doing the Beat the Backlist Challenge. I have accumulated a lot of unread ARCs and review books over the last four years and I need to clean house! I will be looking forward to seeing the challenges you decide to take on. 🏆

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    1. Ah yes, the Read Harder was definitely on my radar. Beat the Backlist is probably what I should have went with! I am excited to participate in a challenge this year outside of setting a GR number 😉 I am going with Popsugar. I felt the prompts will best help me clear my own shelves and utilize the library while helping me branch out even more.

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