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Subject: Personal reading challenges
Date Posted: 12/16/2012 7:59 PM ET
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Discovering 'reading challenges' has been a great joy since discovering PBS! In 2011, I participated in the History challenge, the Historical Fiction challenge, and tagged along on the What is your book of the month/year 2012? thread. 'Off-campus' (on other sites), I was a giver for World Book Night, read-along in Dewey's 24-hour Read-a-thon, and finally succumbed to the temptation of Goodreads.com. 2012 has been eye-opening for my reading habits and goals!

With that in mind, I was wondering if anyone would care to share their own reading challenges? Many of us, I'm sure, keep trying to chip away at Mt. TBR. What is your strategy? Do you have themes / schemes for your reading choices? In 2013, I'm going to tackle the HF challenge and give the A-Z challenge a whirl.

Date Posted: 12/16/2012 9:18 PM ET
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I do reading challenges on goodreads.com.  There's all kinds of groups based on various genres, interests and whatnot. 

Last year and this year my goal was to read some classics and finish up some series. 

Some challenges I have signed up for for 2013: (it looks like a lot but I chose challenges where I can use books I plan on reading anyway and that work for multiple challenges)

A challenge based on books that relate to a TV show or TV Movie in someway (ex: Sherlock Holmes, Hamish Macbeth, Dresden Files)

A challenge where you read books based on publication year for last 10 years (3 for 2003, 4 for 2004 etc., up to 2013)

A Mystery themed challenge with some sub category sections

A challenge called "I've Started So I'll Finish" dealing with series books. 

Afavorite author challenge with various levels (10 books, 20 books etc.,) for just one author.  (using MC beaton to go with TV, Mystery & series finish challenge).

(this year I did a 50 states challenge, a Year of Romance challenge, a 20th Century classics challenge, the decade challenge).

Currently I'm doing a Yahtzee based challenge.  You roll dice and count points but then you read books based on the segment you are filling (4 books by 1 author for 4 of a Kind, 3 for 3 of a kind, 1st book in a series for Ones, 2nd for Two's etc..,)

One of the challenges I do every year is a challenge called The Serious Readers Reading 'Challenge: all you do is list the books you read and go up a level everytime you hit a 100.  There are people who get up to level 4 but I usually just barely get into Level 3 and that's only because of short ebooks and audiobooks.

 

 

 



Last Edited on: 12/16/12 9:52 PM ET - Total times edited: 4
Date Posted: 12/17/2012 9:04 PM ET
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What's a decades challenge?

Date Posted: 12/18/2012 9:39 PM ET
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It's where you read by publishing dates going back 10 years: 12 for 2012, 11 for 2011, 10 for 2010 etc.., 

Date Posted: 1/31/2013 7:10 AM ET
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I challenge myself on goodreads.com i put down how many books i will read in a year this year i have that i will read 51 in a 2013.