It’s Reading Challenge time! If you’re on GoodReads, you may be familiar with the GoodReads challenge. But did you know…there are other reading challenges?

And there might be one with your name on it.

I usually end up setting my expectations for reading higher than I should, so this year, I’ll try to be a bit more realistic. However, who knows if I can really pull that off?!

Here we go…

Flights of Fantasy

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You probably guessed that fantasy is one of my favorite genres, whether it’s Middle Grade, YA, or Adult. So this challenge is perfect for me, as there are a huge number of fantasy titles I want to read this year. I’m posting a photo of a segment of them, though some are not pictured (like Game of Thrones or The Eye of the World) and some are on my Kindle. But this gives you an idea.

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The challenge is hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Chelly, so go check out the details by clicking on the button if you need a challenge for your fantasy reading.

There are 20 books shown here, but I can safely say that I will aim for at least 50 books in the fantasy category this year. That may increase as the year goes on, but I’ll keep you updated.

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I’m so excited about this challenge hosted by The Book Addict’s Guide. I really need this challenge to help me get on track with organization for the blog. Since I have a different host now and more capabilities with what I can do creatively, organization is something I intend to focus on this year. Since I teach online, I can get very busy with grading and what not, so I have to be quite intentional about getting blog-related tasks done and staying on track with my reading and reviews. I think this challenge will be the perfect response to that, and I’m excited about all the other bloggers participating as well. Click on the button above for more info.

365 Days of YA

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This challenge is perfect because there are so many books on this infographic by Epic Reads, and there will be loads of overlap with my Fantasy challenge! I’m excited that What Sarah Read and Literary Kate are heading this up, and there will be giveaways along the way, so you might want to look into it, if you haven’t heard of it.

I’ve gone through the infographic and highlighted a bunch that I know I intend to read. Of course, I can’t read a book a day, but it’s fantastic to have so many to choose from. It’s definitely going to be a fabulous reading year. More updates and photos on Instagram of my intended reads for this month coming soon!

Back to the Classics Challenge 2015

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As an English major at university, I loved the classics! However, since I’ve been out of school and often focused on reading and researching in the children’s or young adult genre, I haven’t had as much time to re-read some of my favorite classic works of literature. So, I’m joining this Classics Challenge in hopes to remedy that! Check this one out, if you feel inclined to read some more classics this year than you normally would.

These are the categories for the challenge, taken from Karen’s Blog:

  1.  A 19th Century Classic — any book published between 1800 and 1899.
  1.  A 20th Century Classic — any book published between 1900 and 1965.  Just like last year, all books must have been published at least 50 years ago to qualify as a classic.  The only exception is books that were published posthumously but written at least 50 years ago.)
  2.  A Classic by a Woman Author.
  1.  A Classic in Translation. As in last year’s category, this can be any classic book originally written or a published in a language that is not your first language.  Feel free to read it in its original form if you are comfortable reading in another language.
  2. A Very Long Classic Novel — a single work of 500 pages or longer.  This does not include omnibus editions combined into one book, or short story collections.
  3.  A Classic Novella — any work shorter than 250 pages.  For a list of suggestions, check out this list of World’s Greatest Novellas from Goodreads.
  1.  A Classic with a Person’s Name in the Title.  First name, last name, or both, it doesn’t matter, but it must have the name of a character. David Copperfield, The Brothers Karamazov, Don Quixote— something like that. It’s amazing how many books are named after people!
  1.  A Humorous or Satirical Classic.  Humor is very subjective, so this one is open to interpretation.  Just tell us in the review why you think it’s funny or satirical.   For example, if you think that Crime and Punishment and funny, go ahead and use it, but please justify your choice in your post.
  2. A Forgotten Classic.  This could be a lesser-known work by a famous author, or a classic that nobody reads any more.  If you look on Goodreads, this book will most likely have less than 1000 ratings.  This is your chance to read one of those obscure books from the Modern Library 100 Best Novels or 1001 Books to Read Before You Die.  Books published by Virago Modern Classics, Persephone, and NYRB Classics often fall into this category.
  3.  A Nonfiction Classic. A memoir, biography, essays, travel, this can be any nonfiction work that’s considered a classic, or a nonfiction work by a classic author.  You’d be surprised how many classic authors dabbled in nonfiction writing — I have nonfiction books by Dickens, Trollope, Twain, and Steinbeck on my shelves.
  1.  A Classic Children’s Book.  A book for your inner child!  Pick a children’s classic that you never got around to reading.
  1.  A Classic Play.  Your choice, any classic play, as long as it was published or performed before 1965.  Plays are only eligible for this specific category.

You don’t have to read a book in all the categories, but the more you do, the more chances you have for the giveaway for the challenge. I know for the 500+ page category, I’ll probably choose a Charles Dickens book. I don’t know about you, but I love Dickens!

Fairytale Retelling Reading Challenge

fairy tale challenge3]So for this one, I’m not planning a huge list of books, but there will be some overlap with my Flights of Fantasy challenge. I’ll post updates later as I progress through the retelling challenge—I haven’t quite decided on all the titles for this one yet.

I’m aiming for the Magic Mirror Level: 5 – 9 books level, but who knows? We’ll see how things go.

Needless to say, I have plenty of reading to keep me busy this year, and these challenges are certain to keep me supplied with plenty of interesting titles!

Are you joining any Reading Challenges this year? Which ones?

What Katie Read

2 Comments on Reading Challenges for 2015: Ready…Set…READ!

  1. That’s a lot of challenges! Best of luck with them! I’m sticking to an Audiobook Challenge and Book BINGO to help me stay on-task. I’m also trying to read my two shelves of historical fiction (in order of time period they’re set in), because I’ve had some of them for a decade and haven’t yet read them. And that seems disrespectful to the book.

    I hope you love the Eye of the World series! I did, and was thrilled to meet Robert Jordan (sadly, just a few months before he died). I cosplayed as a Green Ajah at comic con, and have an Ajah ring, and have chatted characters and possibilities with other fans…like Game of Thrones and Harry Potter, it’s an epic world that pulls you in! 🙂

    • Those two challenges sound wonderful–I love the idea of the audiobook challenge. The Book Bingo one looks FUN. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres so of course I’m going to be cheering you on with reading those shelves! 🙂

      You have some splendid Eye of the World stories. How fun! So cool that you met Robert Jordan but it’s so sad that he died. 🙁

      I’ll keep you updated on my Eye of the World series reading!

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