Oh I have not written anything about books for several months now. But it is the beginning of the year and let’s do a new start! In the first book-related post of 2019, I would like to discuss reading challenges.
Do you set any reading challenge? Well for me, reading is my first and always loved hobby! I read several books each year, although maybe not as many as I would like. The past few years I have started joining reading challenges, so as to make my whole reading experience a bit more fun.
I start the year with a lot of enthousiasm and motivation to complete reading challenges or readathons! By the middle of the year, though, the enthousiasm goes down, I emerge myself in the routine of my life, which includes reading books, and I forget to check the challenges. In addition, in the beginning it is easy to fit books in different given categories that the readathons include. But towards the end of the year, I do not want to leave some books that I find interesting aside, so as to read others that would fit in the remaining categories. That is usually how it ends…
But we are still in the beginning of the year and the enthousiasm is still here! This year I will try to complete four reading challenges or games:
Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge
The most basic of my reading challenges is the one organised in Goodreads every year. I love it because you just have to set a numerical target for the year! I first started in 2014 with this challenge and I have been doing it ever since. It is just an indication of how many books I think and I hope I will read during the year, depending on my plans for that year. It serves as some kind of motivation and I have managed to complete my goals all years! Well, in some cases I was mistaken by underestimating my reading capabilities, as for 2017…
Since 2017, I am also joining the Book Read Athon Ception or B.R.A.CE. It is the reading athon of a Greek community that started as a Facebook group about finding books that were featured in movies or tv series.
The B.R.A.CE is more a kind of bingo game! Each year we have a kind of board we should complete with the books we read. Once we complete it we make a Bingo! What is interesting about this game, is that every year it is different! In 2017 we were given a 11×11 table with different categories and we had to complete a line or a column so as to make a Bingo. I am afraid I did not have the patience to complete the challenge that year…
In 2018 we were given a 5×5 table and we had to complete the whole table to make a Bingo. For 20 of the cells we were free to choose from 120 different categories. From the remaining cells 4 had some special condition, such as 4 books from the same writer or 4 books from female writers etc., and the central cell had to be a book we saw in a the Bookception facebook page. After a bit of an effort in December, in 2018 I achieved the Bingo!
This year we are given a triangle! We again have to complete all of the cells so as to achieve a Bingo. In most cases we can choose books from the 120 categories that accompany the triangle, but in some cases we have to read 4 books that share a characteristic. The top cell is not covered by one book, but by as many books as we need so as to complete at least 2019 pages! Let’s see how this year goes!
This is a reading challenge that was organised by a friend of mine. She suggested that we check the origin or the place of birth of the writers we read. The goal is to read 12 male and 12 female writers from different countries. I found it a nice challenge, so as to monitor from where the writers of my books are! I have never checked it. I expect this challenge should produce a nice map in the end of the year!
Travel with books – Countries
This is a kind of game I created myself. As a continuation of the previously mentioned challenge, I am going to note down the countries (or planets/worlds) that the books I read take me and make another kind of map with them in the end. I do not set a goal for it, I just want to see where my books take me!
Do you set goals or participate in reading challenges? Do you stick with them during the year or do you tend to quit them half way? Which is the most interesting reading challenge you have done? I would love to hear about your ideas, thoughts and suggestions!
And by the way, you will notice that I keep track of the progress I do in my reading challenges in my bullet journal 🙂