2016 Reading Challenges

2016 Hard Core Re-Reading Challenge

The 2016 Hardcore Rereading Challenge is being hosted by Lois Johnson over at You, Me, and a Cup of Tea; check it out here. Here's a quick rundown of the gist:

What: Reread books you've already read!
When: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016
How: Reread physical books or ebooks or "reread" audiobooks to reach your goal. Sign up for the challenge here.
Levels:
  1. Rereading Itch | 0 - 15 books
  2. Rereading Bug | 16 - 25 books
  3. Rereading Fever | 26 - 35 books
  4. Rereading Paralysis | 36 - 50
  5. Rereading Coma | 50+
I'm going to be aiming for Rereading Itch, though I may increase my goal at some point during the year.
  1. Chasing the Dream (Dolphin Diaries, #5) by Ben M. Baglio
  2. Racing the Wind (Dolphin Diaries, #6) by Ben M. Baglio
  3. Following the Rainbow (Dolphin Diaries, #7) by Ben M. Baglio
  4. Dancing the Seas (Dolphin Diaries, #8) by Ben M. Baglio
  5. Leaving the Shallows (Dolphin Diaries, #9) by Ben M. Baglio
  6. Beyond the Sunrise (Dolphin Diaries, #10) by Ben M. Baglio
  7. Meet Felicity (American Girls: Felicity, #1) by Valerie Tripp
  8. Felicity Learns a Lesson (American Girls: Felicity, #2) by Valerie Tripp
  9. Felicity's Surprise (American Girls: Felicity, #3) by Valerie Tripp
  10. Happy Birthday, Felicity! (American Girls: Felicity, #4) by Valerie Tripp


2016 I Love Libraries Reading Challenge

The 2016 I Love Libraries Reading Challenge is being hosted by the reviewers over at Bea's Book Nook; check it out here. Here's a quick rundown of the gist:

What: Read library books!
When: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016
How: Sign up at your blog or make a dedicated shelf at Goodreads or a similar site, and let everyone know why you love your library. Anything you can check out from your library counts toward your goal: physical books, audiobooks, ebooks, magazines, and the like. Then review your books and link them up over at Bea's Book Nook!
Levels:
  1. Board Book | 3 books
  2. Picture Book | 6 books
  3. Early Reader | 9 books
  4. Chapter Book | 12 books
  5. Middle Grades | 18 books
  6. Young Adult | 24 books
  7. Adult | 36 books
  8. Just Insert IV | 50 books
Honestly, the primary reason I love libraries--beyond the sheer nostalgia of being a member of my local library for literally longer than my memory extends!--is that it's the only way I can afford to read. When money's tight enough that having to choose between reading and eating is a real concern, there's no question that reading isn't going to win that fight. So libraries are absolutely vital for the underprivileged, as for many of us--at least in America--it's the one of the only ways we have access to books.

I'm going to be aiming for Just Insert IV this year; I doubt I'll have any problem. The majority of my reading is from library books (and the rest is by purchasing discarded library books for about $0.10 each from my local branches).

Books Read
  1. Samantha Learns a Lesson (American Girls: Samantha, #2) by Susan A. Adler
  2. Samantha Saves the Day (American Girls: Samantha, #5) by Valerie Tripp
  3. Nellie's Promise (American Girls: Samantha, #7) by Valerie Tripp
  4. The Curse of Ravenscourt (American Girl Mysteries: Samantha, #1) by Sarah Masters Buckey
  5. The Stolen Sapphire (American Girl Mysteries: Samantha, #2) by Sarah Masters Buckey
  6. The Cry of the Loon (American Girl Mysteries: Samantha, #3) by Barbara Steiner
  7. Clue in the Castle Tower (American Girl Mysteries: Samantha, #4) by Sarah Masters Buckey
  8. Danger in Paris (American Girl Mysteries: Samantha, #5) by Sarah Masters Buckey
  9. Danger in Ancient Rome (Ranger in Time, #2) by Kate Messner
  10. Long Road to Freedom (Ranger in Time, #3) by Kate Messner
  11. The Tiara on the Terrace (Young and Yang, #2) by Kristen Kittscher
  12. Don't Stay Up Late (Fear Street Reboot, #2) by R.L. Stine
  13. Menace from the Deep (Killer Species, #1) by Michael P. Spradlin
  14. Feeding Frenzy (Killer Species, #2) by Michael P. Spradlin
  15. Out for Blood (Killer Species, #3) by Michael P. Spradlin
  16. Chasing the Dream (Dolphin Diaries, #5) by Ben M. Baglio
  17. Racing the Wind (Dolphin Diaries, #6) by Ben M. Baglio
  18. Following the Rainbow (Dolphin Diaries, #7) by Ben M. Baglio
  19. Ultimate Attack (Killer Species, #4) by Michael P. Spradlin
  20. Dancing the Seas (Dolphin Diaries, #8) by Ben M. Baglio
  21. Leaving the Shallows (Dolphin Diaries, #9) by Ben M. Baglio
  22. Beyond the Sunrise (Dolphin Diaries, #10) by Ben M. Baglio
  23. Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian
  24. They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel
  25. Ida, Always by Caron Levis and Carles Santoso
  26. Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke
  27. A Hungry Lion, or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins
  28. When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano
  29. A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers
  30. Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie
  31. School's First Day of School by Adam Rex
  32. Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
  33. The Thank You Book (Elephant & Piggie, #25) by Mo Willems
  34. Snappsy the Alligator by Julie Falatko
  35. Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle
  36. Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley
  37. The Runaway Friend (American Girl Mysteries: Kirsten, #1) by Kathleen Ernst
  38. Meet Felicity (American Girls: Felicity, #1) by Valerie Tripp
  39. Felicity Learns a Lesson (American Girls: Felicity, #2) by Valerie Tripp
  40. Felicity's Surprise (American Girls: Felicity, #3) by Valerie Tripp
  41. Happy Birthday, Felicity! (American Girls: Felicity, #4) by Valerie Tripp

2016 Cloak and Dagger Challenge

The 2016 Cloak and Dagger Challenge is being hosted by the reviewers over at Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!; check it out here. Here's a quick rundown of the gist:

What: Read books in the mystery, thriller, suspense, and/or crime genres or any subgenres therein. Novels and novellas count, but no short stories!
When: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016 | The sign-up period ends on April 15th.
How: Make a goal post and link up here. Tweet your progress and your reviews with #2016CloakDaggerChal
Levels:
  1. Amateur Sleuth | 1 - 10 books
  2. Detective | 11 - 20 books
  3. Inspector | 21 - 30 books
  4. Special Agent | 31+ books
I'm going to be aiming for Amateur Sleuth, though I may increase my goal at a later point in the year.
  1. The Curse of Ravenscourt (American Girl Mysteries: Samantha, #1) by Sarah Masters Buckey
  2. The Stolen Sapphire (American Girl Mysteries: Samantha, #2) by Sarah Masters Buckey
  3. The Cry of the Loon (American Girl Mysteries: Samantha, #3) by Barbara Steiner
  4. Clue in the Castle Tower (American Girl Mysteries: Samantha, #4) by Sarah Masters Buckey
  5. Danger in Paris (American Girl Mysteries: Samantha, #5) by Sarah Masters Buckey
  6. The Tiara on the Terrace (Young and Yang, #2) by Kristen Kittscher
  7. The Runaway Friend (American Girl Mysteries: Kirsten, #1) by Kathleen Ernst

What An Animal IX Reading Challenge 2016

The What An Animal IX Reading Challenge 2016 is being hosted by Yvonne over at Socrates Book Reviews; check it out here. Here's a quick rundown of the gist:

What: Read at least six books with an animal in the title, an animal on the cover, an animal playing a major role in the story, or a main character that's an animal. (Obviously, humans are being excluded from the umbrella of "animal" here!)
When: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016
How: Sign up over here, and then get reading!
Levels:
  1. Level 1 | 6 books
  2. Level 2 | 7 - 12 books
  3. Level 3 | 13 - 20 books
  4. Level 4 | 21+ books
I'm going to be aiming for Level 1, but I doubt I'll have any problem reading Level 4.
  1. Danger in Ancient Rome (Ranger in Time, #2) by Kate Messner
  2. Long Road to Freedom (Ranger in Time, #3) by Kate Messner
  3. Menace from the Deep (Killer Species, #1) by Michael P. Spradlin
  4. Feeding Frenzy (Killer Species, #2) by Michael P. Spradlin
  5. Out for Blood (Killer Species, #3) by Michael P. Spradlin
  6. Chasing the Dream (Dolphin Diaries, #5) by Ben M. Baglio
  7. Racing the Wind (Dolphin Diaries, #6) by Ben M. Baglio
  8. Following the Rainbow (Dolphin Diaries, #7) by Ben M. Baglio
  9. Ultimate Attack (Killer Species, #4) by Michael P. Spradlin
  10. Dancing the Seas (Dolphin Diaries, #8) by Ben M. Baglio
  11. Leaving the Shallows (Dolphin Diaries, #9) by Ben M. Baglio
  12. Beyond the Sunrise (Dolphin Diaries, #10) by Ben M. Baglio
  13. Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian
  14. They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel
  15. Ida, Always by Caron Levis and Carles Santoso
  16. A Hungry Lion, or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins
  17. The Thank You Book (Elephant & Piggie, #25) by Mo Willems
  18. Snappsy the Alligator by Julie Falatko
  19. Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle


2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

The 2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge is being hosted by the reviewers over at Bookish Lifestyle; check it out here. Here's a quick rundown of the gist:

What: Read the books you've had sitting around on your shelves. Novellas and short stories count, but 2016 ARCs and 2016 new releases do not.
When: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016 | Sign-ups close on November 30, 2016.
How: Sign up over here, and then get reading! Keep up with the challenge with #2016TBRPile and follow Bookish to participate in challenge giveaways. Also, check out the schedule on the sign up page!
Levels:
  1. A Firm Handshake | 1 - 10 books
  2. A Friendly Hug | 11 - 20 books
  3. First Kiss | 21 - 30 books
  4. Sweet Summer Fling | 31 - 40 books
  5. Could This Be Love? | 41 - 50 books
  6. Married with Children | 50+ books
I'm going to be aiming for A Firm Handshake, but I'd love to get to Married with Children. I have, after all, way too many books sitting around waiting for my attention!

Books Read:
  1. Meet Samantha: An American Girl (American Girls: Samantha, #1) by Susan A. Adler
  2. Samantha's Surprise (American Girls: Samantha, #3) by Maxine Rose Schur
  3. Happy Birthday, Samantha! (American Girls: Samantha, #4) by Valerie Tripp
  4. Changes for Samantha (American Girls: Samantha, #6) by Valerie Tripp


2016 New Release Challenge

The 2016 New Release Challenge is being hosted by Lexxie over at (un)Conventional Book Views; check it out here. Here's a quick rundown of the gist:

What: Read books published in 2016. Books must be at least 100 pages long, but may be either physical books, ebooks or eARCs, or audiobooks.
When: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016 | Sign-ups close on February 15th, 2016.
How: Sign up over here, and then get reading! And you can check out the challenge's Facebook group over here.
Levels:
  1. New Release Newbie | 1 - 15 books
  2. New Release Pro | 16 - 30 books
  3. New Release Veteran | 31 - 45 books
  4. New Release Enthusiast | 45+ books
I'm going to be aiming for New Release Newbie. I doubt I'll do any better (I read so few new releases!), but if I do, I may increase my goal later in the year. Really, I'll just be pleased to get around to any new releases; I rarely do.
  1. The Tiara on the Terrace (Young and Yang, #2) by Kristen Kittscher
  2. Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian
  3. They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel
  4. Ida, Always by Caron Levis and Carles Santoso
  5. Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke
  6. A Hungry Lion, or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins
  7. When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano
  8. A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers
  9. Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie
  10. School's First Day of School by Adam Rex
  11. Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
  12. The Thank You Book (Elephant & Piggie, #25) by Mo Willems
  13. Snappsy the Alligator by Julie Falatko
  14. Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle
  15. Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley


2016 Review Writing Challenge

The 2016 Review Writing Challenge is being hosted by Shari and Sophia Rose over at Delighted Reader; check it out here. Here's a quick rundown of the gist:

What: Challenge yourself to write a certain number of reviews in 2016. There are no levels here; choose your own goal!
When: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016
How: Sign up over here, and then get reading!

My first, ridiculously low goal is going to be twelve reviews, though I hope to increase that (significantly!) before the end of the year.

Reviews of 2016:
  1. Picture Books 2016 #1: Dr. Seuss, Interstellar Cinderella, and More
  2. Picture Books 2016 #2: Quirkiness, Crayons, and the Scientific Method
  3. Picture Books 2016 #3: It's All About Animals
  4. Picture Books 2016 #4: A Blast from the Past
  5. Picture Books 2016 #5: This One's For Boo
  6. Picture Books 2016 #6: Dogs, Dogs, Dogs


2016 Blogger Shame Review Challenge

The 2016 Blogger Shame Review Challenge is being hosted by Anna over at Herding Cats & Burning Soup check it out here. Here's a quick rundown of the gist:

What: Read and/or review any review books that you've had for more than six months. There aren't levels for this one; set your own goal!
When: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016
How: Sign up over here, and then get reading!

I'm also going to aim for twelve books/reviews with this one, but I hope to do better than that before the end of the year!


2016 I Love Picture Books Reading Challenge

The 2016 I Love Picture Books Reading Challenge is being hosted by the reviewers over at Bea's Book Nook; check it out here. Here's a quick rundown of the gist:

What: Read picture books! There aren't any levels here, either; choose your own goal!
When: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016 | Sign-ups close December 1, 2016.
How: Sign up here and get reading!

I'm going to aim for twenty picture books in 2016; I know I'm at least going to check out the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards nominees when November rolls around, so I shouldn't have any problem with this.
  1. Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian
  2. They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel
  3. Ida, Always by Caron Levis and Carles Santoso
  4. Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke
  5. A Hungry Lion, or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins
  6. When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano
  7. A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers
  8. Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie
  9. School's First Day of School by Adam Rex
  10. Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
  11. The Thank You Book (Elephant & Piggie, #25) by Mo Willems
  12. Snappsy the Alligator by Julie Falatko
  13. Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle
  14. Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley


2016 Horror Reading Challenge

The 2016 Horror Reading Challenge is being hosted by Tracy over at Cornerfolds; check it out here. Here's a quick rundown of the gist:

What: Read and review horror books, audiobooks, rereads, and/or short stories!
When: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016 | Sign-ups close October 15, 2016.
How: Sign up here and get reading!
  1. Running Scared | 1 - 5 books
  2. Brave Reader | 6 - 10 books
  3. Fearless | 11 - 15 books
  4. Horror Hound | 16+
One of my New Years Resolutions is to increase my horror intake, so this challenge is perfect for me! I'm going to aim for Running Scared first, but I'm tentatively hoping to get to Horror Hound.
  1. Don't Stay Up Late (Fear Street Reboot, #2) by R.L. Stine

2016 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

The 2016 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge is being hosted by Amy over at Passages to the Past; check it out here. Here's a quick rundown of the gist:

What: Read and review books from any historical fiction subgrenre from historical romance to historical fantasy to young adult and more!
When: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016
How: Sign up here and get reading!
  1. 20th Century Reader | 2 books
  2. Victorian Reader | 5 books
  3. Renaissance Reader | 10 books
  4. Medieval | 15 books
  5. Ancient History | 25 books
  6. Prehistoric | 50+ books
I plan to go back through some of the American Girl books in order to review them this year, so I'm adding this challenge to my list! I'm going to aim for Medieval first, but I might keep going past that.

Books Read:
  1. Meet Samantha: An American Girl (American Girls: Samantha, #1) by Susan A. Adler
  2. Samantha Learns a Lesson (American Girls: Samantha, #2) by Susan A. Adler
  3. Samantha's Surprise (American Girls: Samantha, #3) by Maxine Rose Schur
  4. Happy Birthday, Samantha! (American Girls: Samantha, #4) by Valerie Tripp
  5. Samantha Saves the Day (American Girls: Samantha, #5) by Valerie Tripp
  6. Changes for Samantha (American Girls: Samantha, #6) by Valerie Tripp
  7. Nellie's Promise (American Girls: Samantha, #7) by Valerie Tripp
  8. The Curse of Ravenscourt (American Girl Mysteries: Samantha, #1) by Sarah Masters Buckey
  9. The Stolen Sapphire (American Girl Mysteries: Samantha, #2) by Sarah Masters Buckey
  10. The Cry of the Loon (American Girl Mysteries: Samantha, #3) by Barbara Steiner
  11. Clue in the Castle Tower (American Girl Mysteries: Samantha, #4) by Sarah Masters Buckey
  12. Danger in Paris (American Girl Mysteries: Samantha, #5) by Sarah Masters Buckey
  13. Danger in Ancient Rome (Ranger in Time, #2) by Kate Messner
  14. Long Road to Freedom (Ranger in Time, #3) by Kate Messner
  15. The Runaway Friend (American Girl Mysteries: Kirsten, #1) by Kathleen Ernst
  16. Meet Felicity (American Girls: Felicity, #1) by Valerie Tripp
  17. Felicity Learns a Lesson (American Girls: Felicity, #2) by Valerie Tripp
  18. Felicity's Surprise (American Girls: Felicity, #3) by Valerie Tripp
  19. Happy Birthday, Felicity! (American Girls: Felicity, #4) by Valerie Tripp


Anything Else?

I might add some more challenges to my agenda as the year goes on, and I will be tracking my challenge progress here. So check back during 2016 and see what I'm reading! And, of course, at the end of the year, I'll be posting a challenge wrap-up.

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