There are some books you don’t get around to reading unless you plan to. Participating in some book challenges has helped be more purposeful in my reading. But I have found I also need flexibility. I don’t want to feel pressured and tied down by a reading list. I want the freedom to pick up books discovered during the year, new releases, etc. But I also want to read more classics and more books from my own shelves or list of recommendations. There are two main reading challenges I participate in every year, and sometimes I try a few others as well. Thankfully the books can overlap several challenges: otherwise I could probably only do one or two.
So this year, I’ll participate in these challenges:
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Reading Challenge begins here February 1-29. This will be my last year to host it. I have one book in mind for it this year, which I’ll share Feb. 1.
Tarissa at In the Bookcase hosts the Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge in June.
Tarissa also hosts the Literary Christmas Reading Challenge November through December.
Karen at Books and Chocolate is hosting the Back to the Classics challenge again this year. Books have to be 50 years old for this challenge and fit into the following categories. We don’t have to determine them all at this point, but I’ll list a few I have in mind.
1. 19th Century Classic: Hard Times by Charles Dickens
2. 20th Century Classic
3. Classic by a Woman Author: Eight Cousins by Louisa My Alcott
4. Classic in Translation (originally written in something other than your native language): Possibly Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. I read it a long time ago but can’t remember much about it.
5. Classic by a Person of Color
6. A Genre Classic
7. Classic with a Person’s Name in the Title: The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens.
8. Classic with a Place in the Title: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Great Renown in Nottinghamshire by Howard Pyle
9. Classic with Nature in the Title: Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott
10. Classic About a Family (multiple members of the same family as principal characters)
11. Abandoned Classic (one you started but never finished). Possibly Billy Budd by Herman Melville. I was supposed to read that for a college class but never finished.
12: Classic Adaptation (Any classic that’s been adapted as a movie or TV series): I might try Larkrise to Candleford by Flora Thompson. It’s long, but I’ve been wanting to read it and see the series.
Most of these books would fit in many of the categories, so I might change them around as I decide on the rest of the titles.
Karen draws a name from participants at the end of the year to receive a $30 gift card towards books, and the number of categories you finish determines how many entries you get.
Bev at My Reader’s Block hosts the Mount TBR Challenge to encourage us to read the books we already own.. Every 12 books read is another level or “mountain” climbed. We don’t have to list the books yet, but we do have to commit to a level. I am committing to Mt. Vancouver (36 books). I’ve been able to reach that pretty easily the last couple of years. The one main rule here is that the books have to have been owned by us before January 1, 2020.
Bev is also hosting the Virtual TBR Reading Challenge, like the Mount TBR except that the first one requires you to own the books you’re reading. The virtual one can include borrowed books or books on your to-be-read list that you don’t own yet. I haven’t done this one before, but I think I can commit to Mount Rum Doodle, 12 books.
The Backlist Reader Challenge is new to me this year. It encourages reading books on our want-to-read list, whether we already own them or not. The only caveat is they have to have been published before 2018 and be a book you’ve already been considering. Lark will give away a $15 Amazon or Book Depository gift certificate at the end of the year. Since most of the Mount TBR and Virtual Mount TBR books will qualify for this challenge, I’m going to aim for 30.
The Audiobook Challenge is new to me, too. But since I listen to several a year (usually classics), it should be easy. I’m aiming for the Stenographer level (10-15 audiobooks). there will be a couple of giveaways with this challenge, on June 30 and December 15.
Yet another new one to me is the For the Love of Ebooks Challenge, which, as the name implies, involves reading ebooks. A good chunk of my TBR books are in my Kindle app, so I think I could do the Semi-Pro status (10-19).
Finally, I am going to try the Nonfiction Reading Challenge since I read several a year anyway. I’m only going to aim for the Nonfiction Nibbler (6 books), though, since I am not interested in all the categories for the next level.
Thanks to Tarissa and Lisa for introducing me to a few that I hadn’t heard of before.
I would never do all these except that they can overlap, and many involve types of reading I already do. There are still several other interesting challenges out there that I decided against!
Do you participate in any reading challenges or make reading plans for the year?
These challenges all sound terrific. I like the idea of the classic books one. I read a lot of classics.
I have joined you for the Classics challenge.
Wonderful! I hope you enjoy it.
Lark Rise to Candleford is a different style, but interesting because it’s a great introduction to a style of life we have no understanding of. I enjoyed it several years ago. –Ann
I have never done a reading challenge before. Sounds interesting…hmmm. Is it too late to join?
I’m doing the sketching challenge this month.
Delighted you will be joining the Nonfiction Reader Challenge, I look forward to seeing what you choose to read.
I’m also hoping to read Lark Rise for the challenge! I should also sign up for Mount TBR since every year I swear I will only read books from my own shelves. The ease of putting books on hold at the library electronically is my undoing, my owned-and-unread shelves never seem to get smaller.
Thanks for signing up for the challenge!
Good luck with all your reading! I should join a classics challenge since I have so many on my shelves I still want to read! I love Louisa May Alcott’s writing so I hope you like her books. 🙂
And now you’ve introduced me to some new reading challenges as well. I’ve got to get myself organized to keep up with them all. ha. I haven’t done challenges in a couple of years, so I’m looking forward to jumping back into it this year.
wow, so many challenges! Thanks for introducing us to them. I’ve heard of a few but some are new to me. The Mount TBR is always good as I always have a huge pile of already owned!
Nice lists – I hope you get to all the books this year!
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Thanks for joining me on the TBR and Virtual TBR mountain slopes! Good luck with all your challenges.
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