Tiara’s (Tentative) 2016 Reading Goals/Challenges
The only three “official” challenges I participated in last year was the 2015 Audiobook Challenge hosted by The Book Nympho and Hot Listens, The Popsugar 2015 Reading Challenge, and the Bookish Bingo hosted by Great Imaginations. I didn’t take part in any Worlds Without Ends challenges in 2015 just because I was getting my reading groove back after a rough 2014 and didn’t want to overwhelm myself. Being an Aries means that I don’t like to not “win” at things, so I promised myself I wouldn’t beat myself up over any unfinished challenges or challenges that veered way off course this year. I still don’t want to overwhelm myself this year, but there are a few challenges I’m committing to for 2016.
2016 Audiobook Challenge
Of course, I’m taking part in this again this year, and I have some tentative reads lined up for this challenge. This challenge has helped me tremendously in fostering a very deep love of audiobooks. Sometimes, I’ll even seek out the audiobook version of a book before the print/ebook copy. It’s unreal. If you’d told me I would be an avid audiobook listener a few years ago, I would’ve called you crazy.
2016 Star Wars Reading Challenge
This kind of started as a joke when I showed my friend the Worlds Without End website. He looked through the challenges, and this one was going on, beginning in December. It started as a “LOL! Do it for the Force!” moment between us, but since I reviewed my first Star Wars book in November, and I watched the new movie opening night, I sort of started thinking, “I DO want to read more Star Wars novels.” I joined the challenge. We’ll figure out later if I made a terrible mistake or not once I’m a few books in. 😀
2016 Speculative Fiction by Authors of Color Reading Challenge
Even though most of the official challenges aren’t up on Worlds Without End, this one is typically done every year, and I’m going to assume 2016 will be the same. (I wrote this post 3 days before Christmas, so this statement will probably be horribly out of date when it posts.) If 2016 doesn’t have the challenge, I’m still working on it on my own. I originally signed up for this challenge in 2014 and then that year turned into something rotten. I’m going to make up for that. My goal is to always read more speculative fiction by women and authors of color. We need more diverse genre fiction, and I love to be able to point someone in the direction of a great book that features a wealth of diversity and main characters that break the mold.
2016 Women of Genre Fiction Reading Challenge
This is my first year of “officially” participating in this challenge hosted at Worlds Without End, but you know me I’ve always actively sought out speculative fiction written by women and people of color. I wanted to do it in 2014, but eh, well… that was a bust year, but I can make up for it this year.
Personal Reading Challenges
This is nothing “official” like the other three (not that any of them official, but you get me), but I promised myself that I would continue to read more classic literature, classic horror, classic sci-fi, and classic fantasy. I also want to read more COMICS and reading the sequels for series I have started and enjoyed! I’ll also be be doing review bite-ish type reviews called Short & Sweet Reviews (or not so sweet) because I don’t quite know where my reviewing habits will be this year with a big work project currently going on. This is also where I put the Popsugar 2016 Reading Challenge because I see that as a very casual challenge and I try to match up books that I’m reading for other challenges with this challenge before picking other books for the other themes on this list. Some of these themes overlap from last year.
So, here’s to a great reading year!