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2015 Reading Challenge Round-Up

Jesse Doogan

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Jesse Doogan writes about food, faith, books, and DIY projects, and sometimes even puts these things on her blog. She works in publishing and lives near Chicago with her cat. She tweets about all these things at @jadoogan.   Blog Twitter: @jadoogan

It’s a new year, and for the first time in a long time, I am making resolutions. A lot of them. Since I have a plan for how I’m going to eat, drink, sleep, work, and move, I thought I should have a plan for what I’m going to read. And, since keeping a resolution is easier if you’re keeping it with friends, I thought joining in on a reading challenge might help me stick to it.

After doing some research, I made a list of my five favorites.

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

We here at Book Riot are all about reading diversely, I love this completely do-able list of 24 types of books to read. Twenty-four books is a totally accessible number, but the categories Rachel set will make sure you are always reading something different. You can also join the Goodreads group or use this handy-dandy Bingo card. Who doesn’t love a reading Bingo card?

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge
Okay, I don’t think it’s possible to read everything Rory read in seven years in just one, but you can get yourself a good head start. I like using this kind of super broad list when I’m feeling stuck on what to read next, and there’s something very satisfying about checking books off the smart girl list. Harvard-wait-I-mean-Yale here I come.

Reading Road Trip challenges you to read a book from all 50 U.S. states, and she has reading levels if you’re not quite up for all 50 states. (You can be a “hitchhiker” and just read 10 books, etc.)

Around the World 2015
Want to travel further? challenges you to read your way around the world, with mini challenges (like read a book from or about each continent or read about a place for every letter of the alphabet), and then drop a pin in a map to track where you’ve “been.”

Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks

This challenge is just about the numbers: read a book a week and you’re done.

Monthly Motif Challenge
Bookmark2Blog assigned a theme (like “library love” where you pick out a book from your local library’s display, or “that’s a wrap” where you finish up a series or book you’ve been meaning to get back to) to each month. I like that the categories are pretty broad, and one book a month is a pretty easy number to hit if you’re trying to ease yourself into reading more.
Are you planning out your reading this year? Are you joining a challenge? I think I’m going to print out my Bingo card now.


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