I love a Reading Challenge or two. It appeals to my sense of order. Apart from the happiness of finishing a book, I love to punctuate it by including it in a challenge list. I know many people think this is daft, but each to our own!
Review of 2019 reading challenges
- 2019 New Release Challenge: Despite telling myself to aim for twelve and limit myself to no more than 16 I read 19 by mid-November, and refused to read more. Learning point: be more picky, or your TBR will suffer. Although several of these made my Book of the Year list.
- Alphabet Soup (Author edition): Just as difficult as doing the title edition. I found all authors on my TBR, which hasn’t been the case for the titles version, but next year I wouldn’t be able to source all the authors either. I had to track down some of the books for authors (eg Yep) and do some detective work on others (Le Queux), but it worked.
- Cloak and Dagger: I didn’t sign up for this, but tallied qualifying books to see how I’d do. Answer – 10 read, which makes me an Amateur Sleuth without trying.
- Colour-coded Challenge: this is fun, and I completed it properly this year with a title including ‘Spotted’ for the last category. All these were on my TBR; the last has generally found me hunting for something new, which is not what I want to do. So whether I do it next year depends whether I have something that qualifies already.
- Mount TBR: Oh dear. I really struggled with this three mountain target—well I’ve always struggled, but this time I was well behind at halfway, only just up the first mountain. I’ve made it partway up the third, but it was a struggle once more. Must take fewer Netgalley books.
- Non-fiction Adventure: This was not only easy, but non-fiction books kept jumping into my lap. I was one ahead at the start of the year, took two in the A to Z Review event, had four memoirs from Net-Galley, and took another two from my backlist. Result being that I’m almost finished the next year’s quota as well. Well, that’s okay. Must take more from my TBR, though.
- SpaceTime Reading Challenge: I have another post this Friday for participants, but after thinking I was nearly finished in August, had to slide in a final book in December. It was no hardship, since it was a Becky Chambers book, though! The sign-up post for 2020 is here.
- Reading Challenge Addicts Challenge: I think I’ve completed five challenges to confirm I’m a reading challenge addict, but that includes my quota from the Non-fiction one, as I failed on Mount TBR again.
Reading challenge goals for 2020
More of the same, mostly.
2020 New Release Challenge: still aiming for 12 and no more than 16, to keep me in the basic level.
Alphabet Soup: I think I’m going to tweak the rules to get more off my TBR and say it can be either title or author. Still not sure if I’ve got an X that qualifies, though.
Cloak and Dagger: Let’s sign up for Amateur Sleuth again – 15 maximum. Note: the sign up page has moved from last year. Now hosted by Carol at Carol’s Notebook
Mount TBR: I still have to aim for Mount Vancouver (36 read). Let’s see if I can do better this year.
Non-fiction Adventure: Given I am already up to 18 in three years, I think I should push on to make it to halfway this year, which means reading 7 non-fiction works. A reminder that my target is to read 50 non-fiction works in 10 years, so the soft target is a minimum of two.
SpaceTime Reading Challenge: well, I do run this one… target 10 for Intergalactic Explorer again. Although at one time last year I considered the next level.
Reading Challenge Addicts Challenge: well, that’s five again, then.
Clear your eReader
I know I seem to be repeating myself, but whilst I’d be quite interested in finding something to make me stretch myself, what I really want to do is to get the ones on my TBR read. I did see a ‘clear your ereader’ challenge, too, but that would really just be duplicating Mount TBR.
This is what someone else said about the Clean out your Ereader (COYER) challenge:
So, a few weeks ago, I audited the unread books on my bookshelves for the Mount TBR Challenge. There were a lot. I sat in a daze and muttered, “I think I might have too many books”, a sentiment which brought joy to the person with whom I share living quarters. In the weeks since, I have found myself in bookshops saying insane things like, “I don’t know about getting a book today, I have so many at home”, or even actually being aware that I have three books by an author waiting to be read, so buying a fourth is perhaps not a smart move. I realised that I just like buying books, like the way other people buy themselves a chocolate bar. The pleasure of acquisition is entirely separate to the enjoyment of actually reading the thing. [Girl with her head in a book, Feb-17]
And yes, then she joined Netgalley and it got worse. I’m glad there are people even more addicted to books than I am!
But it seems that COYER hasn’t been active since last spring, and it did seasonal challenges rather than annual ones. It may be active in a Twitter group or in a Facebook Group, so if that suits you, hunt for COYER on your favourite social media.
Oh – and congratulate me: I went into Waterstones bookshop in November, and only came out with TWO new books, one of which has been on my TBR for ages!
I went in again in December, and succeeded in coming out with only presents for other people. Well, one I may have to hang onto to read to the people concerned when they visit 🙂
I had a bright idea for the more stretching challenge: to complete each challenge with unique books. What I mean by that is, a book cannot be counted for more than one challenge. With 12 new releases, 26 Alphabeticals, 15 Cloak and Dagger, 7 non-fiction and 10 Spacetime, that makes 70. That is more than I usually do. Well, New Releases and Cloak & Dagger are both ‘up to’.
With that in mind I should try to make them eligible for Mount TBR (if they are) but only ONE other challenge. That should push me a bit more.