2016 Reading Challenges

It’s that time of year when book bloggers are gearing up for another wonderful year of reading challenges!

Okay, so 2016 is going to be quiet different for me. I’m not book blogging at Unscripted!! I’m moving my bookish scribblings to this blog. I’m kind of sad but kind of really excited! 🙂 It’s like when you start writing in a brand new notebook and you think of all the words that will one day fill the pages. And those pages smell so fresh and new and you think about how great they’ll smell and feel after they’re covered in inky words… *Ahem* sorry. Writer’s rambling. Anyway, here’s my master list of challenges for 2016. I’m just going to post the buttons & the links to my sign up/details posts. If the title intrigues you, CLICK ON THE BUTTONS for the original post!

(Btw, if you don’t know what a sign up post is, it’s the post that I link to a host’s sign up page signifying that I’m participating in their challenge!)

2016 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

2016 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

SIGN UP POST


Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge 2016

2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge

THIS ONE’S MINE 🙂


2016 Audiobook Challenge

2016 Audiobook Challenge

SIGN UP POST


BLOGGER SHAMEBlogger Shame Review Challenge

SIGN UP POST


Full House Challenge 2016Full House Reading Challenge 2016

SIGN UP POST


2016 Grown Up Reading Challenge2016 Grown Up Reading Challenge

THIS ONE’S MINE 🙂


Hard Core Re-Reading Challenge 20162016 Hardcore Re-Reading Challenge

SIGN UP POST


little house readalong 2

Little House Series Read-Along

SIGN UP POST


OperationDeepenFaithOperation Deepen Faith

SIGN UP POST


POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2016POPSUGAR 2016 Reading Challenge

SIGN UP POST


Women's Classic Literature EventWomen’s Classic Literature Event

SIGN UP POST


12 Months Classics ChallengeThe 12 Months Classics Challenge

SIGN UP POST


There are sooooooo many great challenges out there, it was extremely hard to narrow it down! They add up really fast! Agh #booknerdproblems. Any of y’all tackling some reading challenges? If not, you should give one a try! 🙂

Happy Reading

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2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge

Earlier this year, I wrote Why Women Love Gilbert Blythe and Why Guys Should Pay AttentionIt’s probably the most widely read thing I’ve ever written in my life. It struck a chord with many Green Gables fans and I was so happy to share some great Anne and Gil moments with everyone in memory of Jonathan Crombie.

Of course, with all the hype about Anne and Gil, I craved the books. So next year, I’m going to read through all 8 books. If you love the books as much as I do and it’s time for some re-reading, I invite you to join! And if you’ve always been a fan of the films but have never read the books, then you, my dear, are so missing out and should really consider reading them next year!

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The Anne series includes the follow titles:

Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Avonlea
Anne of the Island
Anne of Windy Poplars
Anne’s House of Dreams
Anne of Ingleside
Rainbow Valley
Rilla of Ingleside

I soooo cannot wait to begin, these are some of my favorite books from my teen years and re-reading them is always such a treat! 

Guidelines:

  • I’m going to keep it really simple. All you have to do is complete books 1-8 between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. I’m not setting a schedule, just read at your own pace. Easy, peasy, lemon squeasy!
  • Any format is acceptable (hard copy, e-book, audiobook)
  • Crossovers to other challenges are allowed encouraged, and totally expected 😉

Extras: (Updated)

  • Since there are 12 months and only 8 books, I decided to add two more titles to my list. If you want to do a book a month, that would leave room for 4 additional titles. Here are some more Avonlea reads you may want to consider: (some of these were suggested in the comments below)
The Emily books:

3. Emily’s Quest

Again, these additional reads are they are totally optional. So far, I’ve chosen these two:


TheBlythesAreQuotedBookThe Blythes are Quoted – Montgomery wrote this book as the final chapter in Anne series but was never published in it’s entirety until much later. I had no idea it existed until today and am looking forward to getting my own copy!


roadtoyesterdaylucymaudmontgomerybookThe Road to Yesterday – This is an extremely abridged version of the The Blythes are Quoted. So abridged that a reviewer on Goodreads said they are two completely different books. I’ve had it on my list to read for awhile so I’m going to add it to this challenge.

Blog Schedule (Updated):

Now, while there is no set reading schedule, you should know what to expect from me as host so I do have a schedule for myself on the blog.  I’m going to be reading a book a month and will do an intro post on the first of the month and my review and discussion question answers on the last of the month.
 
So, my calendar will look like this:
 
  • January – Anne of Green Gables
  • February – Anne of Avonlea
  • March – Anne of the Island
  • April – Anne of Windy Poplars
  • May – Anne’s House of Dreams
  • June – Anne of Ingleside
  • July – Rainbow Valley
  • August – Rilla of Ingleside
  • September – Catch Up
  • October – The Blythes are Quoted
  • November – The Road to Yesterday
  • December – Catch Up/Round Up/Giveaway
September thru December, you can read as many extra titles as you’d like. Since this isn’t my only reading challenge for the year, I’ll just be reading two extras with September and December as catch up months. Aaaaand since December is the Christmas season and time of giving, I’ll be doing a giveaway ^.^
Again, read at your own pace but this is what you can expect of me ^.^
 
Also, at the end of every month, I’ll have a link up where you can post your reviews if you’re blogging your way through the challenge.

So, Green Gables fans, it’s time to take a trip to back to good ol’ Prince Edward Island for a yearlong visit with our favorite Anne (spelled with an ‘E’).  

You don’t need a blog to join but if you are a blogger, sign up below with your link. Either way, leave me a comment and let me know that you’re joining the fun!

And if you’d like, here are a couple of smaller versions you can copy and paste to your blog 🙂

If you’re sharing the challenge on social media, use the hashtag #ayearinavonlea.

Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge 2016

Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge 2016

Happy Reading!


One or more titles in the series will also go towards these other reading challenges:


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Women’s Classic Literature Event

Women's Classic Literature Event

Hosted by The Classics Club

Classics Clubbers are reading classic literature by the lady authors up through December 31, 2016. 

I’m really excited because I have several books on my Classic Club List that were written by women that I’d like to read next year. 

If you’d like the details, check out the original post. If you’re not a Classics Club member then you need to check out all the greatness that’s going on over there!


Completed Books:

2016 Operation Deepen Faith

Hosted by Becky @ Operation Actually Read the Bible

This is probably my favorite reading challenge. Not because I’ve been particularly successful at completing it, but I LOVE the concept. This is my 3rd year and I plan on getting a lot accomplished in 2016. I’m really excited cause she’s added some new stuff this year :))

For full details, check out the original post.

Here are the 7 parts in this challenge:

  1. Wonderful Words of Life. Goal: Read the Bible.
  2. Sweet Hour of Prayer. Goal: Pray daily.
  3. How Firm A Foundation. Goal: STUDY (meditate too!) one book of the Bible throughout the year.
  4. Deep and Wide. Goal: read multiple books of the bible in multiple translations.
  5. Meditate or Memorize. Goal: Choose about a verse a week–or a verse every other week–to reflect and meditate on.
  6. Choose a Research Project.
  7. Christian Nonfiction.

Optional Choices:

  1. A. READ THE ALPHABET.
  2. B. BINGO.
  3. C. We Believe.

I’ve chosen the following categories:

  • Wonderful Words of Life.
  • Sweet Hour of Prayer.
  • How Firm A Foundation.
  • Meditate or Memorize.
  • Choose a Research Project.
  • Christian Nonfiction.

Progress:

 

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

2016 Grown Up Reading Challenge

The new year is fast approaching which means I’m thinking about all the books I want to read in 2016. Which means I’m making lists in my head. Which means I’m also thinking about reading challenges.

I finally decided to make one of my many lists into an actual personal challenge. And I thought it’d be fun to share it here on the blog. This is my Grown Up Reading Challenge for 2016

2016 Grown Up Reading Challenge

Find out more about why I named it the Grown Up Reading Challenge HERE

I’m trying to transition from my original book blog, Unscripted, so this is kind of weird and awkward. I’m putting this up here for my own personal accountability but if you’re interested, just leave a comment saying something like “Yes, I’m in!”. and I’ll add guidelines and fun stuff and we can have a group challenge :). 

UPDATE:

Guidelines:

It’s quite simple — Read one book for each of the 20 categories on the list between January 1st, 2016 & December 31, 2016. Super duper easy. If you’ve got a blog, you can link your post below 🙂

I’ll be posting book reviews on a master list here on the blog. When it goes live, I’ll have a link widget and you can add your reviews as you read through the year. I’d love to see what you’re reading!

And if you’d like some graphics, then here you go!

2016. 20 books. Challenge yourself next year to read differently than you did this year. Your creativity & intellect will thank you 😉

Happy Reading!

4 Ways To Read Like a Grown Up

I have always been a big reader, ever since I was a child. I have my mother to thank for this for all the hours she spent reading to me through the years. Now, while I love to revisit some of my old favorite books now and again, reading as an adult is and should be much different than it was 15 odd years ago.

After looking back at what I’ve read in 2015, I decided to be a bit more intentional next year. I want to be more mature about my reading habits. How is that done, you ask? Oh, let me tell you the ways! Well let me tell you the 4 ways I’ve come up with to read like a grown up ;). 

4 Ways to Read Like a Grown Up

Read Broadly

We all like our comfort zones–even as readers. But you never get anywhere in life by remaining comfortable–even as readers. Do you lean toward the same genre or two and never venture out to read more challenging books? Step out and try titles that will that will challenge your intellect, your thought process and opinions. Try something that will inspire your creativity or boost your faith. Don’t cage yourself in with only one kind of book. If you’re not hooked right away, that’s fine but don’t give up! Put the book away for a bit and then come back and try again. Some books take a few tries before your mind settles in.

Reading outside of your comfort zone is like traveling to a new place. You’ll never know all the wonderful things there are to discover if you never embark on an adventure.       

Schedule Your Reading Time

‘I don’t have time to read’ is rarely a legitimate excuse not to crack open a book. Sure there are busy seasons in life but it’s rarely about not having time as much as it is about making time. Let me tell you something: if you’ve got time to watch TV, then you’ve got time to read. If you have time to surf the net, check Twitter, post on Instagram, scroll through your Facebook newsfeed, and binge watch YouTube, then honey, you have got time to read. If you don’t have time to engage in those time-suckers, then yeah, I can believe you don’t have time to read. 

If you really want to read more, then schedule a time. Can you work 20 minutes into your morning routine? Maybe tuck a book into your bag for a read during lunch? Or 30 minutes before bed (great way to relax and decompress FYI)? Replace Netflix with a paperback? Being intentional about setting a specific reading time will get you into a comfortable groove and you’ll be knocking titles off that reading list in no time!  

Take Notes

I don’t mean to make reading sound like a chore but taking notes is a great way to retain more of what you read. We all know it from school. Those note taking skills you mastered can come in handy when reading something you want to learn from. And if you weren’t a great note taker in class then this is a good way to brush up. Some people like to keep a notebook while others write in the margins of the book. It can be as simple or as intense as you’d like but either way, if you’re reading for a little more than just pleasure, get out a pencil and put your own words on paper. 

Set Goals

One book a week. Two books a month. One hundred books a year. Decide what’s realistic for you and set some goals. I like to make a list of books I want to read for a month. I don’t always finish all of them, sometimes I’m in the mood to read something totally different. But because I’m the kind of reader who reads, like, 20 books at the same time, it keeps me somewhat organized. And there’s nothing like the satisfaction of checking off that box when you’ve reached that goal!

 


Whether you’re a bookworm or one in the making, reading is an important enough activity to treat it with intention–like a grown up. If you need a place to start, check out my challenge for 2016: 

Challenge yourself next year to read differently than you did this year. Your creativity & intellect will thank you ;).

2016. 20 books. Challenge yourself next year to read differently than you did this year. Your creativity & intellect will thank you 😉