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Bookish Confessions: Reading Challenges

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Have you ever done a Reading Challenge?  Wait, sometimes I don’t exactly have my book nerdishness quite in check.  So let me start again…  Have you heard of Reading Challenges?  A Reading Challenge is a way to structure your reading goals, or maybe push your boundaries a little with the books you choose to read.  With the coming of the new year, there are a plethora of Reading Challenges to choose from, and there are different formats as well.  So you can find a Reading Challenge that fits your reading style.  I personally love to sign up for Reading Challenges!

If you are on GoodReads, you can sign up for the GoodReads Reading Challenge.  This challenge is straight forward – how many books do you want to read in the year?  The site tracks your progress for you as you mark the titles you read, so it really is quite easy and straightforward.  You just have to do the reading!  (And while you’re on GoodReads – Check out and “friend” the Nevins Buzz Team!)

PopSugar is becoming known for creating an interesting Reading

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I challenge you to read ALL THE BOOKS!

Challenge as well.  Click HERE for their 2016 Challenge.  This challenge provides a list of categories for you to check off with your reading.  For example, this year’s categories include “A Book with a Blue Cover” and “A Book that takes place on an Island”.  You are on the honor system here, and need to keep track of your progress yourself!  This is a fun challenge though as it will likely get you out of your comfort zone a little!

The Classics Club is a multi-year challenge of sorts that you may be interested in, if you enjoy or want to read more classic literature.  (In full disclosure, I am one of the moderators of the Classics Club.)  To become a member of the Classics Club, you create a list of 50 Classics you’d like to read in the next 5 years.  That’s it!  Many of the members have blogs or other spaces online where they write and share the books they are reading, and these are linked through the Classics Club website as well.  The Club is also dedicating 2016 to Women’s Classic Literature, so many members will be reading and writing about classics written by women.

A quick internet search of “Reading Challenges” will bring you plenty of other challenges to peruse as well!  There are some dedicated to specific genres, some to format like e-books, and more!

So I guess my Bookish Confession here is that I’ve been doing these kind of challenges for years (sometimes successfully, sometimes not) and I find it a little addicting.  I find it rewarding to hunt for books to read that both fit a challenge and that I’m interested in reading.  (I told you that I’m a book nerd!)  I have a lot of fun with these, and I hope you might too.  Let me know in the comments!

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Author: Sarah

Hi! I am The Head of Reader Services at Nevins Library! I love to read and talk about books. I'll read just about anything, so there's plenty to talk about.

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