I went on a massive challenge binge in 2012 and TOTALLY failed. So I’m setting my sights a little lower this year. There’s a reasonable amount of cross-over in the list below, and I’m keeping a spreadsheet on my computer and individual pages here on the blog.
The Classics Club
This blog started as a pre-wedding effort to read more classic literature. I still have my original list (and the woeful progress I’ve made against it!) – but the Classics Club has been running for a few years now and people seem to be enjoying it, so I’m going to join in.
An actual list of books to be read
Mini-Me and I decided to start doing this nearly a year ago and we haven’t made any official progress. So I’m hereby stating my intention to make some progress.
Aussie Author Challenge
Being permanently expatriated by my head rather than my heart, I have a surfeit of Australian fiction on the shelves. Time to get stuck into some of it! Aiming low with this one – just 3 books to start with (Wallaby level). Interestingly the rules are that one author must be male, one female, and one new-to-me.
Reading style/Mount TBR challenges
The Audiobook Challenge
I mentioned that I got an Audible membership for Christmas, and I have access to a reasonable selection of audiobooks through assorted London libraries. And I said I wanted to try to read 10 audiobooks this year… so I’m signing up to the challenge at the “Weekend Warrior” level – 6-10 books.
The TBR Pile Challenge
Pretty much what it says on the tin – 12 books that have been on my shelves for more than a year, plus 2 alternates in case any of those 12 prove impassible. Because of the strange way my books are organised / not organised, I’m actually limiting this to not only books that have been on my shelves for more than a year, but books that I have borrowed from other people that have been on my shelves for more than a year – because that’s the only category (borrowed) that is confined to one shelf!
The Hard Heart Reading Challenge
This is about doing something about those books that have been sitting on my shelves for more than 2 years i.e. since at least 01 Jan 2013. Realistically, the majority of those books have been there since before June 2012 which means they’ve moved house with us TWICE. That’s just silly. I’ll aim to get 6-10 books in this category. And again, probably from the “borrowed” section of the shelf I mentioned above!
The Library Challenge
Perhaps counter-intuitively to the efforts to get the TBR mountain down, I’d like to make a goal to use the local libraries. So again I’ll try for 6-10 books from the library (audiobooks/ebooks definitely count).
What’s In A Name
This is a long-running challenge and it strikes me as kind of fun. Basically you have the whole year to read 6 books which meet the criteria (particular words to appear in the title).