During the first few years of my blog, I joined numerous challenges and sponsored a couple. It was loads of fun and part of the overall enjoyment of book blogging, And then, it did two things: it started dictating what I read and it just wore me out.
I still love the fun of challenging myself within my reading life. Although last year I only joined two year-long challenges, I believe I’m up for more in 2014. I’ve been following all the new entries over at A Novel Challenge blog and have chosen what, for me, is a reasonable number for the year.
In no particular order, I’m listing here the reading challenges I’m going to participate in. If you are interested in a challenges, click on the title to link to the sponsor’s page.
This year I’ll choose a book to read from each of the following categories:
- A reference to time
- A position of royalty
- A number written in letters
- A forename or names
- A type or element of weather
The title of the challenge says it all. Last year more than half the books I read came from the library. It’s not technically a challenge for meme but, I want to make a statement about the importance of libraries in our communities. My goal is to read more than 36 bobooks from the library.
I started this challenge in 2011 and handed it off to XX last year. I took a break from reading lots of food books last year, but I’m back to it again. A good food book could be a work of fiction, a memoir or biography, a cookbook, or a general non-fiction book. All of that counts as long as it centers around food. There are several levels. I’m going to aim for the sous-chef level which is 9 to 13 food books.
This challenge is similar to the What’s In A Name challenge. In Lucky 14 I’ll need to find 14 books that fit the following categories. It sounds like a lot of fun and I believe it will fit into my regular reading plans. Here are the 14 categories:
1. Visit the Country
2. Cover Lust
3. Blame it on Bloggers
4. Bargain All the Way
5. (Not So) Fresh Fron the Oven
6. First Letter’s Rule
7. Once Upon a Time
8. Chunky Brick
9. Favorite Author
10. It’s Been There Forever
11. Movies vs. Book
12. Freebies Time
13. Not My Cup of Tea
14. Walking Down the Memory Lane
I truly enjoy reading really good children’s books and the Newberry Award winners are the best. I’m challenging myself to read at least 6 Newberry Award winners in 2014. This challenge has an interesting point system included in it so I may do a few additional books. Be sure to visit the challenges website for the details.
I think I already read a lot of women authors, but I’m not sure. In 2014 I’m going to use this challenge to not only keep track of the women authors but to also track my diversity of women authors. I want my reading to reflect women authors among a variety of age groups, nationalities, genres and points of view. My goal is to read more than twenty books written by women.
I think six reading challenges is a respectable number for a person who only did two last year, but who has been known to do as many as twenty. I know I may be tempted to add a few more as the year progresses. I intend to control myself. I want my reading to be deliberate and directed by me, not my challenges. And now, let the reading year begin!