Reading Challenges & Resolutions for 2016

Reading Challenges & Resolutions for 2016

Hello 2016! I can’t quite get used to the idea that a new year has begun. Usually I feel the new year brings a fresh new start, but this year (understandably) my mind is just not ready yet.

Anyway, I finally got around to looking at reading challenges for 2016. And inspired by my fellow bloggers I also decided to write down a few resolutions!

Resolutions

  • Get my TBR down to 250 books.
    Ah, that eternal blasted TBR! In 2015, I purged many of my books during KonMari. I have since bought more books than I care to admit (but I swear they all spark joy!). My TBR is now at 287. In order to get it down to 250 I have to read plenty of books from my shelves, and not buy too many new ones… We’ll see what happens.
  • Bring my blog back to life.
    My poor neglected blog. During the last few months I posted no more than a monthly wrap-up, it seems. I want to write more reviews and other book-related posts.
  • Be a social blogger once more.
    I really miss hanging out with fellow bloggers. I have a ton of marked blog posts in Feedly that I still want to comment on, and I want to be active in challenges again. For those who don’t follow me on Twitter yet, I’m @brilliantreads. And if you’ve stumbled upon my blog, do leave a comment and I’ll come check out your blog! <3

I also have a few minor unofficial reading challenges I’m setting for myself:

  • Read 3 graphic novels.
  • Read at least 15 science fiction novels.
  • Read more women than men.
  • Read at least 3 books in Japanese.
  • Read at least 1 book in German.

Challenges

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
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Of course there’s the Goodreads Reading Challenge. Like every year, my goal will be 52 books.


LGBTQIA 2016 Reading Challenge

LGBTQIA 2016 Reading Challenge

As every year, I will be participating in another LGBTQIA challenge, this time hosted over at Pretty Deadly Reviews. I am going for level yellow, meaning I’ll try to read and review 13-20 LGBTQIA themed books.


Women's Classic Literature Event

Women’s Classic Literature Event

For the past few years it’s been my aim to read more women. I am also (still) participating in the Classics Club Challenge, so I simply couldn’t resist this particular challenge! I have quite a few classics written by women on my Classics Club Challenge TBR. These are some potential reads for 2016 (but who knows what’ll happen in reality):

  • Alcott, Louisa May – Little Women
  • Bronte, Charlotte – Jane Eyre
  • Bronte, Anne – The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • Bronte, Emily – Wuthering Heights
  • Haasse, Hella S. – De Heren van de Thee (The Tea Lords)
  • Hall, Radclyffe – The Well of Loneliness
  • Jackson, Shirley – The Haunting of Hill House
  • Le Guin, Ursula K. – The Left Hand of Darkness
  • Mitchell, Margaret – Gone with the Wind
  • Walker, Alice – The Color Purple
  • Woolf, Virginia – Mrs. Dalloway

If you know of more challenges I might be interested in, let me know! 🙂

3 thoughts on “Reading Challenges & Resolutions for 2016

  1. So.. I was going to comment on your resolutions: I think they are wonderful. Basically, the general ones come down to my own, perhaps we can cheer each other on? From the specific ones I am particularly interested in the books you will read for the Women’s Classic Literature Event. In the midst of purging it is always nice to look at books I might want to read one day, right?
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  2. I hear you about blogging. It requires a lot of time for me to compose reviews, so I am always running behind! 🙂 I hope your plans help you in the way you think they will! I had planned not to register for many reading events this year, but that’s already gone by the wayside! 🙂 My blog is Smoke & Mirrors at http://books-n-music.blogspot.com/. You can come on over and check out the reading events in which I am participating! 🙂

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