2016 Reading Challenges

One of my goals this year is to read more diversely. Every year I see all of these awesome reading challenges, but aside from the Goodreads Reading Challenge  I’ve never committed myself to any of them. This year I’ve decided to jump in head first and tackle FOUR(ish) Reading Challenges, because apparently it’s “go big or go home” for me.


2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge

As I’ve done for the last two years, I’m once again going to participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I’ve kept my goal the same as my 2015 goal – read 50 books. Last year I surpassed my goal by 7 books, but I figured since I’m taking on a few more reading challenges this year that I’d leave the goal the same and adjust it should I find myself nearing that 50 book mark.

Want to see my progress? Follow me on Goodreads.

Book Riot & Panels Read Harder Challenge

I love Book Riot and Panels, and their Read Harder challenges are what really made me want to commit to more reading challenges this year. The Book Riot Read Harder Challenge focuses on…well…books, while the Panels challenge is for comics and graphic novels.  When I looked through the lists for both of these challenges I decided that I wanted to combine the two – removing some of the prompts that I already read regularly, and instead focus more on the prompts that will push me to read more diversely. The 20 prompts that I’ve settled on are below:

  1. Read a watercolour comic
  2. Read a black & white comic
  3. Read a self-published comic
  4. Read a feminist comic
  5. Read a comic with one or more teen protagonists
  6. Read a comic based on a book and the book it’s based on
  7. Read a collected webcomic
  8. Read a superhero comic not by the big two
  9. Read a non-fiction book about feminism or feminist themes
  10. Read a food memoir
  11. Read a play
  12. Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness
  13. Read a collection of essays
  14. Read a book originally published in the decade you were born
  15. Read a book under 100 pages
  16. Read a book that was adapted into a movie and then watch the movie, debate which is better
  17. Read a middle grade book
  18. Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel
  19. Read a graphic biography
  20. Read a comic about a real-life historical event

To keep myself accountable, I will be doing a post on each of these prompts and the books that I’ve read for them, so keep your eyes peeled for those!

Image Source: Belle of the Literati
Image Source: Belle of the Literati

The Re-Read Challenge

Belle of the Literati is hosting the Re-Read Challenge and I’ve been seeing it pop up on all of my favourite blogs lately, so I couldn’t resist. You can set your own re-read goal, link-up and enter giveaways so if you want to join check out this post for more details.

As a part of the challenge I will be posting a monthly re-cap of what I’ve re-read that month. My goal is to re-read five books in 2016 and I have two books that I’d like to start off with:

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  2. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

I’m hoping I manage to meet all my reading goals this year, especially with my blog and all of you keeping me accountable. Let me know if you’re participating in any reading challenges this year and if you have any suggestions for my Read Harder Challenge prompts I’d love to hear them – leave  a comment below or tweet me!

23 thoughts on “2016 Reading Challenges

  1. I got the illustrated HP for christmas and with this beautiful book in hands I decided it is time for another re-read in the not so distant future, as well 🙂

    1. That’s great! I kind of slacked on reading for pleasure until 2015. When I started university I kind of got disinterested in reading because I was spending my days reading hundreds of pages of research and it took me a year or more after I graduated to even enjoy reading again. It was the biggest downside to university for sure, haha.
      Enjoy reading Harry Potter! I can’t wait to start re-reading it.

  2. I might give that Re-Read challenge a try and I’m also going to try to do the Katsyxo Reading Challenge. <3 <3 <3 Plus, reading at least 10 books for Goodreads. 😉

  3. So many reading challenges that I haven’t heard of. Omg omg… read all the books!!! Good luck in your challenge. I’d really like to see some of those various comic books in the future.

  4. I’m doing the POPSUGAR Ultimate Reading Challenge this year and I’ve set my GoodReads reading goal to 40 books. It’s my first time participating in a reading challenge / setting reading goals. I’m hoping that they will push me to read more and read more diversely.

    The #BustleReads challenge looks fantastic, as it is encouraging people to read female authors and writers of colour, but I found out about it after I had already prepared my list for the POPSUGAR challenge, so I’m just going to stick with the latter. However, The Panels Read Harder Challenge looks great, and as comics are a quick read, I may try to do it, as well.

    Anyway, good luck with your reading goals / challenges in 2016. 🙂 I’ll be following your blog posts regarding them.

    P.S. I’ve sent you a friend request on GR.

    1. I picked up the illustrated Harry Potter and the Philospher’s stone and figured it would be a good excuse to reread it. Then I saw this challenge and there are quite a few books I haven’t revisited in awhile, so why not! 🙂

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