THE 2016 Reading Challenge

That’s right ladles and jellyspoons, this is my most anticipated reading challenge of the year! Okay, so I failed miserably last year (as in 2015, January the first is very disorientating) but, pfft, it’s fine. Really. So over at Pop Sugar here, an annual reading challenge is posted. I have to say I’m pretty excited.

But what is the challenge? It’s a big long list of 50 criteria that *you* are supposed to reach before the year is out. Doesn’t sound too stressful, right? It’s really a lot of fun and gently pushes you into trying some new genres and different books than what you might usually reach for. Like, poetry, for example, >> insert unimpressed face here <<


I’ve got some ideas penned on the corner of my printed out version but, if you know me, ordered TBRs worked out in about 2% of cases. Call it easily distracted, but I think my best bet is to just go with the flow.


Which ones am I most excited for?

  • A classic from the 20th century (why? Because I REALLY need to get on and read some of those classics soon. Sheesh).
  • A book that is published in 2016 (why? Have you even seen the line up of books coming out this year? It’s pretty fine).
  • A YA bestseller (why? YA is my life).
  • A book written by a comedian (why? I have a Dawn French book from Christmas . . . goodie, goodie, goodie).
  • A book based on a fairytale (why? I LOVE FAIRTALES – check out the Fairytale Retelling challenge that I’m doing HERE).

Which ones am I least excited for?

  • A political memoir (why? Because ew).
  • A book of poetry (why? Poetry is, to me, what the sun is to ice. A slowly deteriorating relationship that isn’t much fun).
  • A self-improvement book (why? Because there’s very rarely any dragons in those).

So in total I’m “technically” now participating in 4 reading challenges this year. This one is fairly independent but a lot of people do seem to do it (or at least attempt it). I’m obviously doing the annual Goodreads reading challenge – I’m aiming for 60 books this year (and planning to OBLITERATE that goal), you can click HERE to see that in more detail. I’m participating in the Fairytale Retelling Challenge which I linked above. And finally the Rock My TBR Challenge which you can read more about HERE.

Are you participating in overly ambitious reading challenges this year, too? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

End Note

~~ Kirstie ~~

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