2016 Reading Challenges

I’ve been thinking a lot about reading goals and challenges for next year, and rather than joining in someone else’s challenge, like I did this year, I’ve decided to create two challenges for myself.

1. Re-Read Challenge

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t really buy a lot of books. I don’t like the clutter, and I mostly buy Kindle books now because they’re cheaper. But I do have some books that I’ve collected over the years. Most of them are from before I had a Kindle.

So for 2016 I’ve selected 12 books that I’d like to re-read from my collection because what’s the point of having these physical books if I don’t read them? I thought I’d make it sort of like Lauren’s Nostalgia Project. I’m curious whether I’ll still like these books after all this time. They’re ones that I would have rated at least 4 stars when I first read them if I’d been using Goodreads back then (otherwise I wouldn’t have kept them).

I’m also thinking I’ll get rid of them after reading unless I really think I’ll read them again soon, which may be true of Bookends because I’ve read it at least 3 times although not in the last 3 years.

Do you collect books? Is it with the intention of reading them again? Do you re-read books?

2. New Author Challenge

Since starting my blog in May there are many YA authors that I keep hearing about that I haven’t ever read. I thought I’d make a challenge for 2016 to read a book written by the following authors:

  • Leigh Bardugo
  • Sarah Dessen
  • Colleen Hoover
  • Emery Lord
  • Marie Lu
  • Sarah J Maas
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • Jennifer E Smith
  • Maggie Stiefvater
  • KA Tucker
  • Kasie West
  • Kate Forsyth (Oops! I forgot her in the original post. Updated 1/11.)

I haven’t assigned authors to specific months or anything that formal, but I’ll try to read a book by one of these authors each month, so I hit all 12 within the year.

Have you read books by these authors? Who should I start with? Are there other authors I’m missing that I really must read? Maybe I’ll have time for more than 12.

I’ll probably also create a goal on Goodreads, but I don’t plan on doing any other challenges.

What challenges are you doing in 2016?

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  1. Oooh, I need to start planning my own challenges! Emery Lord is amazing. Open Road Summer is good, but I absolutely loved The Start of Me and You. Sarah Dessen is also great! I've only read Saint Anything, but it was so fun. I can't wait to see you review some Emery Lord and Sarah Dessen.

  2. Leigh Bardugo is amazing. I loved her Grisha trilogy.

    I own a lot of books (and a lot of those, unfortunately, I haven't got around to reading yet). But I really only reread my absolute favorites, like Jane Austen and C.S. Lewis and L.M. Montgomery.

    1. I haven't decided which Leigh Bardugo to read.

      I love re-reading books, although truthfully I usually do audio for re-reads. This should be a fun challenge. I've read a bunch of these books multiple times already, but it's been a long time.

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