I know I promised this post ages ago – l intended on doing it at the start of the year but Fashion week and other things just sort of took over, and I’ve been extremely busy over the past while. In honour of World Book Day, however, I’m finally doing it – better late than never! So I’ve decided a good way to increase the amount I read and get back into it properly would be to take on a few reading challenges that will mean reading more, and reading some things that may be out of my usual box. I’ve picked a few that I will discuss in this post, and then hopefully do updates on how much progress I’m making throughout the rest of the year.
Goodreads Reading Challenge
This is the most straightforward challenge I’m doing – pick a numerical target of how many books to read, and try to hit it. The target I’ve chosen is 100, which could be a bit overambitious seeing as I’ve only finished one book so far this year (The Goldfinch – post on that still to come). Whether I reach this one or not, I hope to read a lot more than I am at the moment and what better way to do that than setting myself a goal I’ll definitely have to stretch for. I’ll be keeping track of this using Goodreads, where you can follow me by clicking through the widget at the side.
Nicholas Sparks Challenge
Once again, this one is quite straightforward. I’m quite a fan of Nicholas Sparks’ work, and I’ve read a good few of his books but he has loads more that I haven’t read, so I’ve decided to try to complete the list and read them all this year. The next on my list is A Walk to Remember, so hopefully I’ll get around to finishing that soon as I’ve heard good things about it!
The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge
For those of you not in the know, Rory Gilmore is one of the main characters in the 00s show Gilmore Girls, and was never seen without a book (or five) in her hand. This challenge is comprised of every book she read over the 7 seasons, totalling to 339. I definitely won’t be finishing that this year (or possibly ever) but I’m planning to use it for inspiration and read as many books off it as possible. A list of titles can be found here.
Pop sugar Reading Challenge
This challenge is much less specific – it gives general descriptions of what kind of books to read, rather than the books themselves. For example, it would say “read a book published this year”, and I would have to choose a book which fits this year. This will definitely be a more achievable one – because it’s much shorter, but also because some of the ones I read for the other challenges will overlap here. A list of the instructions for this one can be found here.
Judge a Book By It’s Cover Challenge
This is the final challenge that I’m going to follow. I thought it would be fun, as we judge books by their cover every time we read one, which completely counteracts the whole “never judge a book by its cover” thing. This challenge involves choosing books completely based on one aspect of their cover, such as one word in the title, a colour on the cover, or something mentioned in the blurb. I decided this would be a cool challenge to do as it completely counteracts the way you’re “supposed” to choose books to read. The list for this challenge can be found here.
So these are the reading challenges I’ll be (hopefully) completing and looking to for inspiration throughout this year! I’m aiming to do a post about these maybe once a month, and if people are interested I’ll do individual posts with a more detailed explanation of each one – so let me know in the comments if that’s something I should do!