The past year or so I have avoided joining in any year long reading challenges. Although I love their sense of community and fellowship, by the end of the year, I find that keeping up with where I’m at and what I need to do next just becomes burdensome.
My plan for 2016 was to only join in one-off events (like First Book of the Year, Dewey’s 24hr readthon or the Classics Club Spin), flexible join-in-when-you-can memes (like Top Ten Tuesday or 6 Degrees of Separation) and spontaneous readalongs.
I even created my own flexible once a month-ish meme – Brona’s Salon – with it’s aim of gathering like-minded bookish people together to discuss their latest read and to have a good old bookish gossip.
Challenges were out; chats were in!
And I loved it.
I enjoyed reading and blogging and chatting about books all year.
My ability to join in waxed and waned (as I knew it would) but it never worried me. I knew my reading or blogging mojo would return before too long.
My plan for 2017, therefore, will be more of the same.
I’m on the lookout for one-off or irregular, flexible memes and readalongs.
(Anyone looking for a challenge or twenty to join in can visit Novel Challenge or Toady for lots of great ideas. They’re both constantly adding new challenges and readalongs, so check back regularly for updates.)
I was delighted to discover that Becky @Becky’s Book Reviews is planning on hosting a Share-A-Tea challenge in 2017. A ‘challenge’ all about enjoying a lovely cup of tea whilst reading your book and sharing it.
Which books count towards the challenge? Any book that you primarily read while drinking tea. Not every single page needs to have been read while drinking tea. (I’m not that strict!!!) But this challenge is all about celebrating SLOWING DOWN and SAVOURING the moments.
How many books? Is there a set minimum? This challenge is about QUALITY and not quantity. It’s not about reading fifty books or even twelve books. This is an anti-rush reading challenge. Enjoy where you are in a book, and, engage fully in it. Live in the book.
This challenge has a focus on SHARING.
I have been a hoping-to-get-into-the-game-sideline-supporter of the Slow Movement for quite some time now. The idea of a challenge that savours the process with no minimums required sounds perfect!
First Book of the Year hosted by Sheila @BookJourney is a lovely world-wide meme that features book bloggers with the book they’re reading on New Year’s Day. Sign up and fill out the form to join in. It’s not too late to jump on board.
|2016 Book of the Year collage featuring me on the beach with my NY book!|
The only other plan/wish/hope for 2017 is to tackle my TBR pile.
Thanks to Adam @Roofbeam Reader I will hopefully read (or reread) a few of the classics on my TBR pile (my post for his Classics Book A Month Club is here) and Bev @My Reader’s Block has kindly let me join her Mount TBR Reading Challenge with a smaller, more do-able peak – Australia’s own Mt Kosciosko with just 6 books.
Naturally (as I’m the editor for the History, Memoir, Biography page) I will also be reading plenty of Australian Women Writers in 2017.
The 2017 sign up post is here.
Given that I smashed my AWW reading challenge during 2016 with 44 books completed and reviewed (and a 45th on my current reading pile), I think I will need my very own customised reading level for 2017!
To clarify this figure – one of the books was mostly read in 2015, but finished in January in 2016 and 16 of the books were picture books or junior fiction and 4 books were YA/teen.
For 2017 I plan to read 40+ AWW books to achieve MY BRILLIANT CAREER!
For someone who is not joining in any challenges in 2017, I think that should be enough, don’t you?