As I mentioned in my post last Saturday, I am extremely limiting myself when it comes to reading challenges this year. In 2015, I signed up for (and somehow actually completed) 15 challenges. That's just not going to be feasible this year, especially once baby shows up in April! So here are the challenges I'm allowing myself to participate in this year:
This challenge is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date, and the title is pretty self-explanatory. I am terrible about buying books and then letting them sit on my shelves for years before I read them. I'm working on reversing that trend, and this challenge seems the perfect way to do that. Ideally, I would love to read all the books I buy in 2016, but that might not be possible. So I'm signing up for the Making Inroads level, which is 20-40%. I can always aim for higher if I feel inspired!
This challenge is hosted by Chapter Break. In addition to reading the books I buy this year, I need to start tackling the piles of dusty books on my shelves. For this challenge, reading any book I owned before January 1, 2016 counts. I have plenty of options. . . I'm signing up for the Give Your Shelves a Warm, Friendly Hug level, which means I need to read 21-30 books from my own shelves.
This is technically a read-along, not a challenge. It's hosted by Bex at An Armchair By the Sea and Lynn at Smoke and MIrrors. I have never read the entire Little House series. I tried it as a kid and just wasn't intrigued. But I know these books are classics, and I always planned to read them someday. And it's more fun to do so with other people, right? This read-along focuses on one book a month, so it should be doable to read the whole series by the end of the year.
I thought I should probably sign up for this challenge, since I'm hosting this one! This is my third year now of hosting the Newbery Reading Challenge, and it's done wonders for my personal goal of reading all the Newbery winners. I couldn't let this one slide in 2016! I'm signing up for the Spinelli level, which means I need to accumulate 30-44 points by the end of the year.
These are all of the challenge commitments I am making right now. There are many more calling my name, but I'm really trying to be realistic with my time this year. Hopefully I can complete these four (and possible add a few as the year goes on, if I'm doing well. . .) !
My name is Julie, and I own a lot of books. As in, they are stacked on the floor because I've run out of room on the shelves. And those shelves? There are so many books on them that they smile -- not sag; smile. This blog will cover book reviews and all manner of other bookish things.
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