If you’ve been following me for even a short time, you probably know I’m a sucker for a reading challenge. Many of the ones in which I participate are seasonal or only run for a short time. However, I usually sign up for a couple of year-long challenges, just to keep things interesting.
2016 Challenge Wrap-ups
Regardless of any other challenges I sign up for, I always have a personal reading goal. Last year, it was 100 books. As I mentioned in my wrap-up for 2016, my previous personal best was 103 books in 2009. This year I set a new personal best: 117 books.
For the annual Goodreads challenge, I committed to 90 books and logged 122. Since this doesn’t match up with my own records, I can only assume this includes a few DNFs.
Then there was the 2016 Australian Women Writers reading challenge. My aim was to see whether my stats from 2015 were repeatable, so I committed to reading 25 books and reviewing 15. I read 55 books and reviewed 21.
Lastly, I signed up for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks, hosted by Andi at Estella’s Revenge. My goal for the challenge was to make sure 60% of the books I read this year come from Mt TBR. This was the least successful of my challenges. I knew it was going to be from the moment I was accepted as an Aurealis judge. I finished the year on 40%. I’m okay with that. After all, plans change throughout the year and I’m very glad to have had the chance to be a judge. And that’s still 47 books off Mt TBR!
As you may have gathered, judging the Aurealis Awards is its own kind of challenge. Judging duties will wrap up in February but I know I’m going to need a bit of time to recover. So, I have decided to take a slightly different approach to goals this year. I’ll still stick to the usual goals, but will be looking to try a few new things in addition.
For the annual Goodreads challenge, I’ll be aiming for the same.
I’ll be signing up for the Australian Women Writers reading challenge again. In fact, I’ll be running their romance round-ups, which I’m very much looking forward to. For the challenge, I’ll once again be aiming to read 25 books by Australian women writers and to review 15.
Now, for something different. I’ve decided that this year I’m going to worry less about Mt TBR (not that it was keeping me awake at night or anything). I’d like to feel more free to read whatever I want. So, every month I’ll be aiming to make one trip to the library. I’ll also be aiming to read at least one piece of fanfiction per month. I’ll be interested to see what impact these measures have on my reading life.
What about you? What reading goals and challenges are you participating in this year?