All About Those Challenges: 2016 Reading Ambitions

Posted January 6, 2016 by Cristina (Girl in the Pages) in Challenges / 9 Comments

2016 Reading Challenges(2)(1)

Another year, another set of challenges. This year I am aiming for low pressure challenges that will help me to focus on books that I already own and new releases I’ve been anticipating for a while. See below for my list of reading challenges I will be participating in (so far!) for 2016!

Goodreads Challenge

Goal: 50 Books

I haven’t had a Goodreads challenge that decreased the number of books I aimed to read since I started the challenges back in 2011. Last year I finished at 74 books (my goal was 70). Ideally I would like to hit the same number of books or more this year, but realistically with work I think averaging about 1 book a week is more realistic (I don’t want to stress myself out, this is supposed to be fun!)

Retelling Challenge

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Goal: 5-9 Books

Hosted by the wonderful Mel @ The Daily Prophecy, the retelling challenge is a favorite of mine as it allows me to focus on fairytale retellings, a genre I truly love. Last year I read 7, and this year I’m aiming for the 5-9 range, the “Goose Girl” category. I always try to aim lower for this challenge because I like to be picky with my retellings, lest I end up reading subpar ones that ruin the fairytale for me just to reach a certain goal number. Excited for year #2 with this challenge!


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Unhinged by A.G. Howard

Must Read in 2016 Challenge


Goal: 10 Books

Hosted by one of my best blogging pals, Lauren @ Bookmarklit, this is the launch year of this low-stress, casual challenge that is intended to help you get through some books that you had EVERY intention of reading in 2015 but just never got around to. I will be using this challenge exclusively for books I bought/received in 2015 and have yet to read.


FullSizeRender(1)These are the top ten books I acquired in 2015 that I neglected to read…they must all be completed by the end of 2016!

Do you have any challenges to recommend? How many challenges can you realistically participate in per year? Are you participating in any of these? Let me know in the comments!


9 responses to “All About Those Challenges: 2016 Reading Ambitions

  1. Yay for new reading challenges! I’m definitely considering doing Lauren’s challenge as well, as there are a few books that I bought in 2015 but didn’t get around to reading yet. Here’s to hoping we hit all our challenge goals!

  2. The Must Read Challenge sounds great, I’m kinda upset I didn’t see it until now! It’s a fantastic idea!

    I’m limiting my challenges this year to 2 (a personal YA one and Rock My TBR + Goodreads but I never really count that one) to keep it simple and then some “bucket list” goals (like reading 2 classic novels).

    School is rearing up and I’m anticipating that I will have less time to read this summer and fall because of it. Guess we will see…I always say I won’t have time and then I read wayyyy too much haha

    • Yeah I don’t necessarily “count” Goodreads as a challenge since it’s always there in the background, haha. I like your idea of “bucket list” goals, but I never seem to stick with them, as it makes reading seem too much like a chore. While I’m out of school, Summer and Fall tend to be my busy seasons at work so I am trying to account for that in meeting my reading challenge goals!

  3. I love reading challenges! I’m doing the GR challenge, but mostly to track, rather than as a goal. I’m also doing the Retelling challenge – I did it last year and failed miserably. Other than those, I’m doing the debut author challenge, the contemporary challenge, Flights of Fantasy, a nonfiction challenge hosted at Lady Knight Reads, and the series-a-month challenge. My co-blogger and I are also hosting two challenges for the year, and one that runs once every three months.

    Basically, I’m addicted to reading challenges. >.<

    Bekka recently posted: Bekka’s 2015 Reading Stats
    • I did an OK job with my retelling challenge last year, but I found I read almost all of them in the first half of the year, and perhaps exhausted myself on them because I read only 1 throughout the fall/winter. You are so ambitious for taking on so many challenges!

  4. Some great challenges there! I’ve got three challenges on goodreads. The main one is on a group I am moderator for, so I am making that my main one. I am trying to use books I would anyway too, especially Netgalley ones, trying to get through them.

    • Yes, Netgalley books are a great way to put a dent in your reading challenge! I never thought about looking for goodreads challenges (other than the “main” one with a goal to read X number of books per year), thanks for the heads up!

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