See those little icons (actually called “buttons” in the book blogging world) on the right-hand column of my blog? These refer to different reading challenges I’ll be participating in throughout the course of this year. Some of you might ask, “what is a challenge?” A challenge is a bit like an online reading club in which book bloggers read specific books in pursuit of a common goal. After posting reviews of these particular books, bloggers will frequently post links to their reviews on a central website so other bloggers can access those reviews. Experience has shown me it’s a convenient and intellectually stimulating way to discover both books and book bloggers.
Here is a brief run-down on my reading challenges for 2017.
Full House Reading Challenge. This one is like an extended game of black-out bingo. Hosted by The Book Date, the goal is to read 25 different books with each one corresponding to a different category like “Food on Cover or Title”, “Book About Books” and “Australian/New Zealand Author” A very creative concept indeed!
Mt. TBR Reading Challenge. Bev from My Reader’s Block is hosting a challenge called the Mt. TBR Reading Challenge. Last year I signed up for the “Mt. Vancouver” level of 36 books – and for the second year in a row failed miserably! This year I’m going try again and maybe with a lot of hard work and perseverance I’ll finally climb that elusive Mt. Vancouver!
European Reading Challenge. When I first read about this challenge, I thought it applied solely to fiction. However, I soon learned it included everything from memoirs to travel and even cooking. That’s why I signed up for the European Reading Challenge, hosted by Gillion on her blog Rose City Reader. I’m throwing caution to the wind and opting for the “deluxe entourage” level, which means I must read at least five qualifying books. By the way, the other reason that I’m taking part in this challenge is Gillion who hosts it lives in my hometown of Portland, Oregon!
#EU27Project: Reading the European Union. Hosted by one of my dearest fans Marina Sofia on her blog Finding Time to Write, the goal of this challenge is to read a book from each of the 27 EU countries. This is a great challenge to go hand in hand with the above mentioned European Reading Challenge.
Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge. This is a new challenge for me. Hosted by Fictional 100, Mom’s Small Victories and Guiltless Reading the purpose of this challenge is to get people to “travel the world in books, of course! Expand your horizons and read books set in or written by authors from countries and cultures and visit as many different countries in books as you wish.” Heck, I’ve been doing that for years. Sign me up!!
Reformation Reading Challenge. Yet another new challenge for me. According to the challenge’s host Becky, in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the goal is to read at least one book by a reformer, about a reformer, or about the reformation like its history, theology or legacy. This unique challenges appeals to my love of religious history.
World War II Reading Challenge. Books about or set during the Second World War have always been a favorite of mine. Therefore, I should have all kinds of fun with this challenge hosted by War Through the Ages.
Old Books Reading Project This is my own private challenge and solely a creation of my own. I have a huge personal library and many of these books are over 30, 40 and 50 years old. Year after year they just sit there just waiting to be read. And what do I do about it-nothing. I keep going to the public library to get new ones or worse, buy more. This must change. Therefore, I’m hoping this challenge that I created last year will somehow force me keep reading some of the books I already own. It’s also an effective way for me to spotlight a few old and forgotten books that have still have considerable merit, despite not being a New York Times notable book or talked about on NPR.