Reading Challenges

Reading Challenges in 2016

I had a relatively good year with my reading in 2015. I guess I didn’t over-commit myself this year as opposed to 2013 and 2014. In 2015, I only did the Goodreads challenge and my target was to read 25 books. As of today, I have read 28 books and I’m sure I’ll get it up to at least 30 by the end of the year. It’s a good time though to think about my challenges for the new year. As I don’t have uni this year, and because I will get to travel by public transport to work, I think I should be able to set my sights higher. For 2016, I have signed up to the following reading challenges:

Goodreads Challenge: I am setting my target this year to 40 books, 15 more than 2015. You can add me on Goodreads to follow my journey.

Aussie Author Challenge: I have previously participated in this challenge by Jo and loved it. I stopped in the past two years but I’m back this year. I love my Aussie authors and this challenge expands my knowledge of them. I’m aiming to reach the Kangaroo level of reading 12 books by Aussie authors {4 males, 4 females and 4 authors that are new to me}

Erin’s Book Challenge 4.0: Erin runs this reading challenge via a Facebook group twice a year. It is a points based challenge and is quite interesting. Basically we read 10 books with set guidelines (e.g. a book starting with the letter D, a book set in Asia etc.) between 1st January 2016 and 30th April 2016. My list for this is as follows:

  • Any book that is at least 200 pages long (5 pts): The Other Hand by Chris Cleave
  • Begins with the letter “D” (10 pts): Daughter by Jane Shemilt
  • Book with a four word title (10 pts): The lives of others by Neel Mukherjee
  • Book with one of the following words in the title “Mother(s), Father(s), Son(s), Daughter(s), Child(ren) (10 pts): The secret daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
  • A book by Amazon’s top 100 authors (20 pts): True colours by Kristin Hannah
  • A book set in Asia (20 pts): Bombay time by Thrity Umrigar
  • A book with a season in the title (“Summer”, “Spring”, “Winter”, “Autumn”, I’ll even allow “Fall”) (25 pts): Summerland by Malcolm Knox
  • A book that will make you laugh from the attached list (30 pts): Bossypants by Tina Fey
  • A book that is a friend or family member’s favourite (30 pts): The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • A book published the year you were born (35 pts): Money by Martin Amis

Outdo yourself reading challenge: Corinne is running this challenge where we try to outdo our reading from the previous year. As my goal is to read 40 books, which is 15 more than 2015, I will be looking at the Breaking a Sweat level of this challenge.

How have you been going with your reading? 

Are you joining in on any challenges in 2016? 

Do share!

***Linking with Grace for FYBF***

Until next time,



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  • Natalie @ Our Parallel Connection
    18 December 2015 at 10:13 am

    This si here I go very wrong. I am scared to commit as I hate to fail. If I say it out loud, then I have no excuse and I often need that excuse.
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      18 December 2015 at 10:27 am

      Haha…well, I’ve failed before and I’m sure I’ll fail again but sometimes saying it out loud helps me commit.

  • Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews
    18 December 2015 at 10:37 am

    I committed to quite a few challenges this year, and have almost finished those… I might be a little less structured in 2016. Will alway instinctively support our homegrown talent with the Aussie Author Challenge though. So great to have you joining us again!

    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      18 December 2015 at 1:52 pm

      You read so much Jo! Sometimes, I can barely keep up. There are so many Aussie authors to read…I can’t wait! 🙂

  • Pixie
    18 December 2015 at 4:25 pm

    I’ve never had reading goals… Should try it.
    I do want to write proper reviews in 2016 .. lets see if I can manage to do it ! 😀

  • Ericka @ A Quiet Girl's Musings...
    20 December 2015 at 3:12 pm

    I, too, am going to participate in Erin’s 4.0 reading challenge. I just finished the last book for the 2015 Semi Charmed Winter Book Challenge that runs until Feb. 1 (hosted by Megan @ Semi Charmed Kind of Life). I will more than likely participate in the 2016 Audiobook Challenge (hosted by The Book Nympho and Hot Listens) again as well as the challenge on Goodreads.
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  • Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders
    21 December 2015 at 1:46 pm

    I’m glad I’m not the only one that hasn’t read a Kristin Hannah book! Hopefully we both end up falling in love with her books! We also both have Bossypants picked! We’ll have to compare notes once we’re done!

  • TexErin
    21 December 2015 at 10:17 pm

    We’ll be reading a lot from each other this year, in my challenge and the Aussie Author Challenge. 🙂
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  • Avada Kedavra
    24 December 2015 at 10:47 am

    Those are some good reading challenges you have signed up for. I think this year I will not sign up for any (I usually did) except for goodreads one.

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