Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2016 Personal Reading Challenge

New Series for Dusty Pages


It turns out I did not miss the deadline to sign up for this Reading Challenge; so I am going to play along with everyone else. If you'd like to join me for mutual encouragement and/or discussion of never-before-read books, then "Welcome!" You join the reading challenge I linked to above, or just do it your own way.

I'm not even going to tell you how many books I have on my TBR list. About a third of them are physically in my possession, sitting on more than one shelf of one of my bookcases. Several are already downloaded onto my computer or Nook, and the rest are simply names on a file in my Google Drive. I know I am not alone in having an enormous TBR list. I have watched mine grow seemingly exponentially this year!! Seriously, I've added so many this year without taking many off that it was starting to depress me.

So I'm going to set myself a challenge to read two off my pile each month. I believe that is doable. I listen to audio books a lot, so I will count that format in this challenge; however, I will only allow one audio in any given month off my TBR list. All of the books read that count toward this challenge have to be off the list as it stands right now. New arrivals to the list after December 31, 2015 will either have to be read immediately or added to the list and read in addition to the 2 per month off the standing list.  As in the challenge I linked to above, the books have to have been released in 2015 or earlier in order to count.

Now, I need to give myself some sort of reward for meeting or exceeding my goals. Hmm.... I'll have to think about that. Any suggestions would be most welcome.

I will post about my book(s) and how I'm doing with this personal challenge every second and fourth weekend (Fri., Sat., or Sun.) of every month, except January when it will be the third and fifth weekends.

So by the end of 2016, I should have taken at the very least 24 books off my TBR list -- and as for any physical book, it will have either been passed on to someone else, donated to a library, or, if very special, given a permanent place on one of my shelves.

Join me if you like! Set your own challenge guidelines or follow mine. Or just check back with me around January 8 or 9 to see how I'm doing.

  Happy Reading!!

~ ~ Lori



Kathleen said...

Can't wait to read your reviews! I set my 2016 goal for 15 books through Goodreads.. Happy New Year!

Lori said...

Good luck on reaching your goals!

Alicia said...

Wow, that's quite a goal. I just bought three new books yesterday to add to my TBR pile! I look forward to reading your reviews. I keep track through Goodreads. I usually have time to at least add it to my reading list on Goodreads and then when I'm through I put it in a pile on my nightstand and when I have 3 or 4 then I mark them as read on Goodreads. Not the way it was intended to be used, but at least I try! Thanks for visiting my blog!