Reading Challenges

2016 Reading Challenges Review and Update

In December last year, I blogged about reading challenges I was going to participate in this year. Given that we are half way through the year, I thought it’d be a good time to review those challenges as well as update you with one new challenge for the latter half of the year.

Goodreads challenge: I’d set my goal at 40. So far I’ve read 26 books.

Aussie Author Challenge: I’d set my goal at 12 {4 males, 4 females, 4 authors new to me}. So far I’ve read 7 {2 females, 3 males, 2 authors new to me}

Erin’s Book Challenge 4.0: I completed the regular round of this challenge but didn’t go on to the bonus round. While I didn’t review all the books on the blog, I was able to update on the Facebook group.

Outdo yourself reading challenge: I’d set the same goal as the Goodreads one of 40 books. I’ve read 26.

I’m not doing too badly 6 months into 2016. I guess reading has been really helping me mentally but I have also enjoyed reading while on public transport.

Now, for the second half of the year, I of course plan to complete the Goodreads Challenge, the Aussie Author Challenge and the Outdo yourself reading challenge. But there’s a new challenge to the list.

Erin’s Book Challenge 5.0: This challenge commences on the 1st of July and continues till the end of October. Like all her challenges, there are set guidelines and points. If you’re interested, you can join us on the Facebook group and share your list. Here’s my list for this challenge.

  • 5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages – Tiddas by Anita Heiss
  • 10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “R” – Rising Strong by Brene Brown
  • 10 points: Read a book with five words in the title – The one who got away by Caroline Overington
  • 15 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) blue cover – The Mother by Yvette Edwards
  • 20 points: Read a book with twins as characters – I know this much is true by Wally Lamb
  • 20 points: Read a book from the following list of books made into movies Thirteen reasons why by Jay Asher
  • 25 points: Read a book set in a country you have always wanted to visit – Slade House by David Mitchell (UK)
  • 30 points: Read a historical fiction book – The light between oceans by M. L. Stedman
  • 30 points: Read a music related book – Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • 35 points: Read a book originally published over 100 years ago – The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 

I’m excited to start. Of course, I’m in the process of reading A Little Life which I’m sure to finish before that. In between all this reading, there’s also the books I read for my book club. 2016 is turning out to be a pretty bookish year!

Have you read any of those books on my list? Recommendations?

Did you join any challenges and if so, how are they coming along?

Do share!!!

***Linking up late this Tuesday with Jess for IBOT***

Until next time,



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  • Leo
    14 June 2016 at 9:39 pm

    I’ve kept my Goodreads at 100, same as last year, and I’ve read about 45 or so. so am on target. 🙂 I like the books in the pic. Will check them out 😀
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  • Natalie @ Our Parallel Connection
    15 June 2016 at 10:18 am

    Keep up the good work Sanch. I am very impressed with your reading in 6 months. I am failing badly with my reading this year. #teamIBOT
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  • Shailaja
    15 June 2016 at 12:44 pm

    This sounds so wonderful! I am envying that pile of books in the picture 🙂 I do wish I could make more time to read but with health and work and home, reading is just not high on the priority list right now and that makes me sad 🙁

    Glad to hear it’s helped you mentally though. How awesome!
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  • Parul
    15 June 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Wow! you are going great on your challenge. I haven’t taken a reading challenge but I am reading at my own pace. I wish I would read more but I am also happy that my commute to work is less than 10 mins. In Bangalore, with the traffic I would have lost the plot 😉
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  • Lata Sunil
    15 June 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Thats good progress on the challenges. I like the new challenge you are taking up. It has some unique challenges. As for me, I have surpassed myself in reading since last year and I am feeling great about it. Next year, need to set the bar with some different challenges.

  • Sulekha
    15 June 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Some lovely books there. I am doing the Goodreads challenge and the 100bookpact of HT Brunch. Am also writing book reviews, so running short of time 🙂

  • Rajlakshmi
    15 June 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Damn I haven’t read a single book from your list… Your reading list is so different … I should definitely check out a few of them… I haven’t set any goals this year but keeping a track on Goodreads… just to feel proud at the end of the year;)
    You are doing great 😀
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  • texerinsydney
    16 June 2016 at 7:12 pm

    I enjoy reading on public transport as well. I have a big commute everyday. We live out near Camden, and work is in North Sydney. Like I said, big commute. Without reading, I’d go crazy! Thanks again for participating and promoting my challenge.
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      16 June 2016 at 7:21 pm

      Oh wow! And I thought I travelled far! I go from the shire to the eastern suburbs at the moment and realising it’s a pretty long commute. But it beats driving through Sydney traffic! Looking forward to the start of your challenge 🙂

  • Nabanita
    17 June 2016 at 8:25 pm

    I have joined the goodreads challenge and since this year I have an infant in tow, I kept the goal as 30..and I’m already halfway through..?
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  • Runwright
    25 June 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Hey I’m checking you out here from Erin’s link up. So nice to meet you. I have lots of reading challenges this year too. My Goodreads challenge is set at 100 and I’m close to 50 now so I’m on track. I’m having a bookish year especially since I published my own book recently.
    Great to meet you and of course I’ll be following you now. Always great to connect with a new fellow reader. All the best with Your challenge. Also, the only title from your list that I’ve read is Eleanor & Park and I enjoyed it even if the ending was a little unexpected.

  • Deb Atwood
    25 June 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I’m so bad about updating Goodreads or leaving comments on Amazon. I swear I’ll do better…soon. Of your list, I loved I Know This Much Is True the most. Hope you like it, too!

  • jenn
    26 June 2016 at 12:33 pm

    the only one on your list i’d read is e and p. i hope you love it as much as i do. that book is beautiful.

  • Andrea
    28 June 2016 at 1:00 am

    I’ve been reading a lot this year as well!! I will be interested to hear your thoughts on The Light Between Oceans. It has been on my to-read list for quite some time. Look forward to the challenge beginning on Friday!

  • Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders
    29 June 2016 at 12:27 am

    I have Eleanor & Park selected for the music related book as well! This will be my first Rainbow Rowell book, and I’m anxious to read it! I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about The Light Between Oceans, so I can’t wait to hear your review of it!