A new year has arrived and with it comes another bumper crop of book challenges. There are a lot of these fuckers, and I’ve put together a 2015 book challenges yellow pages to help you figure out what you might like to join. Each and every one of ’em lasts for the entirety of 2015. There are two things I like in a reading challenge: talking about books and stretching my reading comfort zones. With a list this long, I’ll have a lot of company along to do both.
Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge (#ReadHarder)
This challenge is more about fun and less about achieving points or levels or goals. Read better, read funner, read harder. Here you will find a check list of tasks to complete during 2015, including items like “Read a book that was originally published in another language” and “Read a book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture.” Here you can join the challenge’s Goodreads group.
Check lists are fun. I like check lists, and I like that this isn’t the kind of challenge designed to create pressure and stress. So every once in a while, I’ll be looking back to the Riot to see how many boxes I can check and using what I can’t check as a springboard to choose a few books. Fun times in Riot Town.
Worlds Without End Roll-Your-Own Reading Challenge
This is arguably the best reading challenge on the internet because you get to make your own. DIY or die, yo. As they say: “The WWEnd Roll-Your-Own Reading Challenge is a little different from other reading challenges you may have seen. The RYO is actually a whole group of unique reading challenges created by WWEnd members that you can pick from and, as the name suggests, if you don’t like what’s on the list you can create your own challenge.”
What that means is that there are a shit ton of reading challenges happening on Worlds Without End to choose from and if you can’t find the one for you, you can make your own. Awesome. Info here and here.
Read More SFF
Since I’m going to be doing this anyway, I might as well join a few of these, eh? You’ll probably see me around the 2015 Sci Fi Experience brought to you by Stainless Steel Droppings (which couples well with Little Red Reviewer’s Vintage Sci Fi Month in January, and oops, only goes until Jan 31st, so not year-long), The 42 Challenge (read and review 42 SF things), The Daily Prophecy’s Fairytale Challenge, and maybe even Impressions in Ink’s Fantasy Reading Challenge (read at least 3 fantasy books, which will take me approximately one week chaCHING). There’s also the Witches and Witchcraft Reading Challenge over at Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf and the Fur and Fangs Challenge (reading vampires and werewolves) at Novel Heartbeat.
Read More Women
PeekaBook’s 2015 Women Challenge, which is run in English and Italian, has been the only challenge I’ve come across so far encouraging reader’s to read more female authors. There must be more. Mustn’t there?
Diversify Your Reading
There are a handful of 2015 challenges designed to help you diversify your reading and get more authors of color into the spotlight and onto your reading list. Last year I participated in two similarly themed challenges, and they were a helpful kick in the ass. Up this year are: My Little Pocketbooks Diversity on the Shelf, Rather Be Reading’s Dive Into Diversity, or A Girl that Likes Books’ Diversifying 2015.
Get Shit Done
Finish every series you’ve ever started with Socrates’ Book Reviews Finish the Series Challenge and Somewhere Only We Know’s Series Ender Challenge, or read all the prequels and sequels with Novel Heartbeat’s Prequel and Sequel Challenge.
Then there’s the Reading Assignment Challenge at Lola’s Reviews, where you define what you need to get done and get on it in concert with others.
If you’re a book blogger looking for a challenge to help you with blog orga, then there’s The Book Addict’s Guide’s Book Blogger Organizational Challenge.
In Which I Pretend that Classic Lit Challenges Are About Classic Sci Fi, Annoy People, and Have a Lot of Fun
I mean, why wouldn’t classic lit include the classics of sci fi? What are you some kind of LIT SNOB? *lights flame thrower and waves threateningly in the direction of your book shelf* We’ll have none of that in my living room. I’ll be doing a sci fi version of Books and Chocolate’s Back to the Classics Challenge, and I’ll be posting my reading ideas for said list next week. I’ve been doing this with some of The Classics Club discussions for a while now, and it is going to be a little harder with the Literary Movements Challenge at Fanda Classiclit, but hey, maybe.
Sort of OCD, but Sort of Fun Alphabet Challenges
Read a title starting with every letter of the alphabet with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book’s Alphabet Soup Challenge, or read an author whose name starts with every letter of the alphabet with Samantha Lin’s Authors A to Z Reading Challenge.
The Random Word Game Challenges
This is the sort of challenge where the challengers tell you to read a book each with a certain word in the title, and you have to scramble around doing it. What I like most about them is figuring out a title to go with every word. What I like least about it is then actually having to read the books. Sounds like a fun long-car-ride game though, and if you want it to be more, these folks are offering such challenges: The Worm Hole’s What’s in a Name Challenge, Socrates’ Book Reviews What an Animal Challenge (all titles must include animals), the Bookmark to Blog Monthly Motif Challenge (each month you read a book on a them they dictate),
This one is for Erika, the library addicts, and all of you who want to push yourself to use your local library more often. There is Book Dragon’s Lair’s I Love Library Books Challenge or Book Journey’s Library Challenge.
By the Numbers
Of course there is always the classic Goodreads reading challenge, where you challenge yourself to read a certain number of books each year. I like that one because it helps me to keep track of my very unwieldy books-read list. But it’s not as join-y as the blog-based challenges so I present READWRITELOVE28’s The 105 Challenge (read 105 books), The Book Vixen’s Outdo Yourself Challenge (read more than you did the previous year), and A Novel Challenge’s 52 Books in 52 Weeks.
A Few Other Obscenely Specific Challenges
Read banned books with Buckling Bookshelves Banned Books Challenge.
Read England with Behold the Stars Read England Challenge and read Canada with Reading in Winter’s How Canadian Are You? Challenge.
Read debut authors with That Artsy Reader Girl’s Debut Author Challenge.
At All Booked Up you can join a Pre-Printing Press Reading Challenge. High marks for originality there.
Reread at So Obsessed With’s Re-Read Challenge.
Or read about food with Foodies Read.
Now that We’re All Really Overwhelmed
What challenges are you planning on doing this year? Or do you hate challenges as much as I hate hot dogs?