Now that we are almost two weeks into the new year, it's about time I finalized my challenge choices for the year. The first two challenges I joined are very broad and encompass all genres and types of books. My goals for those are basically to read what I already own AND to read whatever new books I purchase in 2016. But I also wanted to join a few more specific challenges that focus on the types of books I am most interested in reading in the coming months. So here they are!
In addition to Newbery Medal and Honor books, this challenge also includes Caldecott Medal winners, so I'm definitely in! I love borrowing picture books from the library to read to my son and with SO MANY available, I tend to go on runs of specific authors, illustrators, holidays, themes, etc. So why not focus on some award winners in 2016? Well, that's my new plan! Plus, I have some Newwbery books I've been wanting to read or re-read. I have a few GoodReads shelves to keep track of this challenge: Newbery Medal, Newbery Honor, & Caldecott Medal. (I have a Caldecott Honor shelf as well, but those don't count!)
This challenge awards points for each type of book read:
3 points for Newbery Medal
2 points for Newbery Honor
1 point for Caldecott Medal books.
My Goal: Lowry level, 60-74 points
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I have SO MANY series I am in the middle of and would like finish. In addition to all the series I started on my own, I have a whole bunch more where I read book #1 for book club, but then never got around to continuing. I am not deluding myself into thinking I will finish them all in 2016, but I'd love to make some progress -- the number I have to choose from is rather ridiculous! I have a GoodReads shelf for all the series I am either working on or would like to start -- and any of them would count!
My Goal: Level 3 (Experienced), 3-6 series
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Well, I have to join my own challenge now don't I? I did better than I expected in 2015, so I'm hoping to just keep reading more of these great titles (and re-reading too!) I have a GoodReads shelf with lots of options to choose from.
My Goal: Rabble-Rouser level, 6-9 books
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I am completely fascinated by books that bend the rules and use fun, unique ways to tell a story. I have purchased quite a few of these books recently, so I absolutely could not pass up this challenge. Books with letters, diaries, emails, I.M.'s, drawings/photos, footnotes --etc. etc. are included in this challenge. I'm including novels in verse as choices on my GoodReads shelf for this challenge as well as books with unique kinds of illustrations (like paper cutting) and unique adaptations of original works (like Fable Comics, etc.) Truthfully, I am on the fence about some of the other illustrated books I've added to the shelf, so I will have to use my judgement as to whether or not they are truly unique once I see them in person. So consider that GoodReads shelf a work in progress :)
My Goal: Uniquely Great level, 10 books
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And finally, a challenge I really need to help clear my shelves of ARCs! I've taken a major step back from review copies; however, I still have a shelf full of ARCs (mostly from Shelf Awareness, but also from giveaways, etc.) I never got around to and I feel guilty every time I look at them. I filled out too many request forms, entered too many sweepstakes, and before I knew it, I had more books than I could possibly review and I ended up going on a blogging break! When I came back, they already felt *late* so I just started avoiding them altogether. I gave a friend some for her Little Free Library, but I still have more I really would like to read and review before passing them on. I like that this challenge puts a positive spin on things instead of focusing on the guilt/shame of unread review copies. The guilt clearly hasn't worked, so maybe a "better late than never" approach will give me the nudge I need to finally pick them up. I'll be working my way through this GoodReads shelf.
Note: Nicole over at The Reader's Antidote has said this challenge will be returning for 2016, but I haven't seen the official sign-up yet. I've decided this is something I need regardless, so I'm unofficially joining based on last year's information. I will update the link and badge if/when the new challenge goes live.
My Goal: 12 old ARCs/review books
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Click the challenge badges above to visit the host sites for more info or to sign up! And if you are joining these or any other challenges in 2016, I wish you the best of luck! Happy reading :)