Thursday, February 18, 2016

My 2016 Reading Challenges

I am a little (OK, a lot!) late getting started, but here are my reading challenges for 2016 - you can check my progress anytime at my 2016 Reading Challenges page.

On the top of the list, as always, a TBR challenge:

Read Your Own Damn Books hosted by Estella's Revenge
I have an entire bookcase of books waiting to be read! Last year, I managed to read 24 TBR books off my own shelves, so this year, I will aim to beat that and read at least 25 of My Own Damn Books.

2016 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge hosted by Girlxoxo

I was glad to see a new challenge hosted by one of my favorite blogs! The idea is to read one book a month from each motif. This will be fun!

JANUARY- Who Dunnit?
Crack the case and solve the mystery with your first book of the year.
FEBRUARY- New Releases
Read a book released in the last year.
MARCH- Take a Trip
Time Travel or read a book set in a country different than where you live
APRIL- Best of the Best
Read a book that has won recognition or a literary award
MAY- Story of Survival
Make it out alive, beat the odds, save yourself stories. Try thinking beyond the typical wilderness survival. Surviving high school? Surviving a family road trip? Yep- those count too! PS. Dystopians would work great in this motif too.
JUNE- Girlxoxo Recommends
We’ve read a lot of great books. Check out our archives and pick one of our recommendations off our book lists.
Hilarious memoirs, silly chick lit, comedic scifi. Pick a book that is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud.
AUGUST- Genre Jumble
Read from a genre that you don’t normally read from
SEPTEMBER- Steampunk, Science Fiction, and Fantasy
Pretty self explanatory and loads of great books to pick from in this motif.
OCTOBER- Things That Go Bump in The Night
Cozy mystery ghost stories, paranormal creeptastic, murder mystery- it’s up to you!
NOVEMBER- Fiction Takes A Break
It’s all about Nonfiction November this month!
DEC- That’s a Wrap
Finish a series you’ve been meaning to finish or read the next book in a series you started but never finished.


I'm signing up for the Explorer level (6 - 10) & hoping to read more than the 8 nonfiction books I read last year!
The classics challenge I tried last year turned out to be a bit too limiting for me (no re-reads, nothing published after 1965), but this one sounds very flexible. The challenge is to read one classic a month, which I know I can't do (it is already the end of February, after all!), but I think I will give it my best shot - I'm hoping it will motivate me to get to some of those classics I have been wanting to read but never have time for and some of the books my son is reading for school.

Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge hosted by Mom's Small Victories, another of my favorite blogs. I signed up for this one back in 2014, so this is a continuation - I can't wait to see what places I visit in books in 2016!

Bookish Bingo hosted by Chapter Break - not really a challenge per se, but a fun game that I will try to play each month! Stop by to print out this month's Bingo card and play along!


  1. Yay! Glad you're joining in our Travel the World in Books challenge too, thanks for the shoutout and I think you're a wonderful blogger too! :) My 2016 challenge post will be week! You know me, I have a hard time deciding and probably am overcommitting again. I just can't help myself.

    1. Let's see....I ended up with 6 (plus another not-really-a-challenge)! I did take one off at the last minute to make it more manageable. I dropped the audiobook challenge - I listen to audiobooks anyway - always have one going and start a new one as soon as I finish one - so didn't really seem like I needed the challenge anymore.

  2. Thanks for joining in The Monthly Motif Challenge! And all of the other ones you chose look like fun.

    1. Its originality was enticing, Tanya!