2015 reading challenges

aww-badge-2015I love the New Year. I love the feeling of possibility, of all the exciting new projects awaiting me. I want to dive into all of them straightaway and it’s a challenge not to go overboard. This goes just as much for my reading as it does for any other aspect of my life. There are many great reading challenges getting underway and quite a few have tempted me. However, in the interest of keeping my workload manageable, I have decided I’m sticking to just two this year.

3082The first is the ubiquitous Goodreads reading challenge. I’ve committed to 52 books. Considering I’ll be reviewing one book here most weeks, this should be achievable (now watch me jinx myself).

The other challenge is the 2015 Australian Women Writers Challenge. I’ve signed up for the Miles level: read 6 books and review at least 4. Judging from 2014’s stats, I should easily manage this. However, I’m mindful of my tendency to over-commit. If I do well this year, I’ll definitely consider pushing harder in 2016.

I was sorely tempted by Shaheen’s Sequel Challenge. In her own words:

In 2014 I thought I’d try to get up to speed with all the series I’m currently reading, so I did this challenge as a way to reward myself every time I finished a book. The point system worked like this:

  • 1 point for Book Two of a series;
  • 2 points for Book Three of a series; and
  • 3 points for any additional books in longer series.

Tempting as it is, I think I’ll be leaving that one until next year.

I’m probably also in dire need of No Book Buying Challenge but I suspect foregoing both buying new books and borrowing library books is beyond my willpower.

What reading challenges have you signed up for this year?

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9 Responses to 2015 reading challenges

  1. Elizabeth Lhuede January 16, 2015 at 10:38 am #

    Glad you’ll be doing the AWW challenge this year, Elizabeth. I look forward to reading your reviews. I love the idea of a No Book Buying challenge! I must admit, I have so many books on my To Be Read pile, it’s ridiculous, but I’ve still been borrowing more from the library. Shaheen’s reward system sounds interesting, too.

    • Elizabeth January 16, 2015 at 5:20 pm #

      Thank you! I’ve been looking forward to the AWW challenge for a while now, having discovered it late last year.

      I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who borrows lots of books from the library even when I already have plenty to read. I’m definitely keeping the No Book Buying challenge in mind for next year.

  2. Helen Stubbs January 16, 2015 at 8:30 pm #

    I love the New Year feeling too. Especially 2015. It feels like we’re in the future! Good luck with your reading challenges. You’ve inspired me to set some of my own… I’ll have to think about them, though. Mustn’t be hasty. :-)

    • Elizabeth January 17, 2015 at 11:31 am #

      Taking your time in setting reading challenges sounds wise, Helen. When you’re ready, I’d love to hear what you’ve decided on.

  3. Leife January 17, 2015 at 7:58 pm #

    I liked the sound of the Read Harder challenge over at Book Riot: http://bookriot.com/2014/12/15/book-riot-2015-read-harder-challenge/
    It’s a list of 24 reading ‘tasks’ intended to stretch your experience of reading books by and about people with a very different perspective from your own. Eg a book by a person under 25 & one by someone over 65, a book by an author from Africa, etc.

    Good luck with all your reading & writing! I look forward to catching up with you in the new year. :)

    • Elizabeth January 18, 2015 at 10:06 am #

      Did you sign up for that challenge, Leife? I did see it but wasn’t confident I could manage it in addition to my reviewing material (though there would no doubt be some overlap).

      Thank you! I’m looking forward to catching up, too.

      • Leife February 21, 2015 at 12:23 pm #

        I didn’t sign up for it, per se, but am using it for inspiration!

        • Elizabeth February 21, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

          I just saw your blog post! I’m looking forward to reading the series.

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