Goodreads challenge 2017

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Having set myself a target last year on Goodreads to read 27 million books – and clearly failing when real life kicked in – I’m setting a much lower target this year, namely 0. That way, I won’t be disappointed when I can’t keep on top of everything and will be pleasantly surprised when I overachieve. If you too want to set yourself a similarly spectacular aim, click here.


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When are you reading? 2017 challenge

when-are-you-reading-2017-finalIf you fancy reading more across different time periods, this might be the challenge for you. When Are You Reading? is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World of Words where the year-long goal is to read 12 books set or written in previous eras (e.g. pre 1500, 1500-1599 and so on) to the present day. It’s a great way to discover new writing/authors and also maybe just the impetus we need to get to those books that we’ve been meaning to read for ages. Er, the classics, anyone?


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The 2017 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

rhc_cover_pinterestHappy New Year! It’s that time again when we make all our bookish resolutions, to read more, to read well, and to read those books we’ve always meant to read but never had the time. If you fancy a reading challenge, this is the third year of the annual Book Riot challenge; the aim is to read 24 books in a year, i.e. 2 per month, categorised under different themes. There’s a GoodReads reading group to find friends to keep you on track and you can download a pdf of the goals on their site. Continue Reading

How to do NaNoWriMo; write a (good) book in a month

nanowrimoNational November Writing Month is on us again. It’s that time of year when you shake your head and wonder what the hell you’ve done with your writing year when you haven’t got even one of the ideas in your head vaguely finished, before you remember that real life has a habit of sneaking in…

One solution might be to join NaNoWriMo. It’s an event that helps to encourage you to write a book – from scratch – with hundreds of thousands of other people around the world. This way, you might just finish. Your aim is to write 50,000 words. That’s only 1,667 words per day…Continue Reading

When are you reading? 2016 challenge

when-are-you-reading-2016-finalIf you fancy reading more across different time periods, this might be the challenge for you. When Are You Reading? is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World of Words where the year-long goal is to read 12 books set or written in previous eras (e.g. pre 1500, 1500-1599 and so on) to the present day. It’s a great way to discover new writing/authors and also maybe just the impetus we need to get to those books that we’ve been meaning to read for ages. Er, the classics, anyone?

 


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The Book Riot 2016 Read Harder Challenge

Image: BookRiot

Image: BookRiot

If you’re looking for a reading challenge that’s a little more hardcore, this might be it. It’s a pretty tough reading list for the year including audiobooks, historical fiction, dystopian novels, comics and feminist literature. Quite a menu with a goal of 24 books in total. The list and instructions can be found here.

 

Dusting off the shelves

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I love the idea of this year-long challenge. I came to it by way of a post from It’s All About Books, who explains that it’s “all about reading all those poor neglected books that have been on your shelves for too long”.

So, a perfect opportunity to read some of those books that you’ve been meaning to get around to but for some reason, simply haven’t. Sign up to the challenge on the (mostly) YA blog, Books & Cleverness here. It runs throughout 2015.