Firstly, I would like to wish you all a huge, happy New Year and I hope 2016 brings each and every one of you everything you deserve … in a good way of course!
My intention was to write this post on the 1st January but things have been a bit manic around here recently. Just before New Year, Storm Frank rolled across the UK – in particular the North East of Scotland – and flooded my mother-in-law out of her house. She’s now living with us temporarily until we can get her sorted. Luckily she only lives a few miles away so it’s not too much running around but what a horrible experience it was for her and not a great start to the New Year for any of us!
I have so many things to tell you about but, as I don’t want this to end up as a huge, rambling post, I’ll start with two very much related topics today, and that’s Popsugar’s ‘2016 Ultimate Reading Challenge’ and the ‘2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge’.
Popsugar’s 2016 Ultimate Reading Challenge
Pop sugar’s Ultimate Reading Challenge is a yearly event, as I’m sure you’ve guessed, but this is the first time I’ve taken part. I’m really excited about this challenge because the point of it is to encourage you to read a variety of books including genres that you might never have considered reading before. They don’t tell you what to read; they just give you a list of categories and it’s up to you to search for books that fit the category description. For example, some of the categories are:
- A book that’s more than 600 pages
- A book with a protagonist who has your occupation
- A book set in Europe
- The first book you see in a bookstore
…and so on.
There are 40 categories altogether although you will need to read 41 books, as one category is: ‘A book and its prequel’.
There are great support groups to help you through the challenge on both Goodreads and Facebook. The members there are happy to suggest books for you to read if a particular category isn’t something you’re familiar with. Equally, you can help others out if they’re stuck for ideas too.
I’ve decided to start my challenge with ‘A book over 600 pages’. I thought I would get that one out of the way early on rather than leaving it until the last minute and getting caught out. The book I have chosen for that is ‘The Lake House’ by Kate Morton.
You can find all of the details of the challenge at Popsugar. You can also download and print out a list of the categories from the site and, if like me you like to plan ahead, you can then write the titles of the books you intend to read, alongside their relevant category on the printout.
And, as if by magic, this challenge ties in nicely with…
The 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge
The Goodreads Reading Challenge is much more straightforward – all you have to do is state the number of books you would like to/intend to read during the year. You keep a note of the books you read by updating your bookshelves on the Goodreads site.
This is a challenge I do every year and, I have to confess, I usually go for one book per week (52) but never quite reach my target. However, this year, I’m really enthused by the Popsugar Challenge so I’m feeling quite positive. I’ve stated that I will read 45 books this year. 41 in the Popsugar challenge and a few more for good measure.
If you love reading and you’re not on Goodreads already, you should have a look at the site and join up if you’re inspired. It’s a great way of keeping a record of the books you’ve read, finding out what others thought of books you’re interested in reading and finding new books to read and new authors to follow from recommendations by others. If you do decide to join up you can find me there by clicking here.
So, that’s it for today. If you do decide to join either of the challenges, let me know in the comments below. It’ll be fun to see what everyone’s reading and, if you’re not already on Goodreads, pop over and join in the fun!