A lot of bloggers I know are opting out of challenges this year to avoid the pressure and so they can keep reading what they want, which is fair enough. I, however, love challenges.
It helps that I pretty much pay them no attention whatsoever, I suppose. I mean, I'm obsessive about checking off a completed book against my challenge list and I love the happy feeling when I've finished one... but I don't care in the slightest if I don't complete the challenge.
Some influence my reading, like non-fiction and TBR challenges, so I like signing up for those that are going to benefit me. Others, like the A-Z challenge... who cares? They're just for fun and I'm going to sign up for as many as I deem fit :)
This is my favourite challenge and I do it every year. It's genuinely ingrained into my reading habits that I consider whether every book was bought pre or post January.
The idea is to read books purchased/obtained before January 1st 2015, as a method of decreasing our looming TBR piles.
I'm going for Mount Ararat, which means I need to read 48 books.
1) The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
2) Fables: Volume 1 by Bill Willingham
3) The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
4) The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
5) The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
6) The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs
7) The Three by Sarah Lotz
8) The Help by Kathryn Stockett
9) My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
10) War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy
11) Cinder by Marissa Meyer
12) Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
13) The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
14) Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik
15) Murder in the Mews by Agatha Christie
16) City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare
17) Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Food Critic by Ruth Reichl
18) The Mermaid's Madness by Jim C. Hines
19) Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son
by Lori Duron
20) The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
21) The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie
22) The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling by Geoffrey Chaucer and Peter Ackroyd
23) Moby Dick by Herman Melville
24) The Clocks by Agatha Christie
25) Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson
I have read 25 of 48 books so far.
Another useful challenge and the only one I managed to complete last year!
This challenge involves rereading, something I'm not very good at when I have 300 unread books staring at me. I reread twelve books last year, so this year I'm aiming for the same, which is the Trip Down Memory Lane level.
1) Magic Kingdom For Sale/Sold! by Terry Brooks
2) 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
3) The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern
4) Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
5) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
6) The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
7) The Prestige by Christopher Priest
I have read 7 of 12 books so far.
This is a new-to-me challenge that I'm really excited about. It's really simple and the only objective is to read more non-fiction. This shouldn't be too hard as I've obtained a lot of interesting-looking factual books lately, so I'm going to aim for the Seeker level, which is 11-15 books. Let's call it 12.
1) The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs
2) My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
3) The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller
4) Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
5) Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik
6) Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Food Critic by Ruth Reichl
7) Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son
by Lori Duron
I have read 7 of 12 books so far.
This is fairly self-explanatory. Read a book beginning with each letter of the alphabet. I've participated in a similar challenge before and managed to complete every letter but X, Y and Z, so maybe I'll tackle those early this year.
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Bone Season, The by Samantha Shannon
Cross Stitch (Outlander series #1) by Diana Gabaldon
Double, The by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Fables: Volume 1 by Bill Willingham
Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
Haunting of Hill House, The by Shirley Jackson
Invisible Library, The by Genevieve Cogman
Jason and Medea
Magic Kingdom For Sale/Sold! by Terry Brooks
Paris Wife, The by Paula McLain
Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Three, The by Sarah Lotz
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
Year of Reading Dangerously, The by Andy Miller
I have read 17 of 26 books so far.