Saturday, December 31, 2016

Reading challenge roundup and plans for 2017

I participated in two different reading challenges in 2016.

TBR Pile Challenge
I started doing this a few years ago when it was sponsored by Roof Beam Reader, and although he didn't sponsor one this year, I decided to do it on my own because it's such a great idea. I picked 10 books that I had been wanting to read for quite a while, and built in a couple of alternates, and committed to finally reading them this year. Here's my list, complete with links to my posts.

I completed the challenge by June, which is kind of crazypants, but also not because I read around 100 books every year. So 10 books by June shouldn't actually be that much of a challenge. However, it's not the quantity that is challenging, it's the focus on reading from that particular list.

Bardathon Challenge
I joined this challenge at the beginning of the year when it was being sponsored at a blog. But the blogger stopped posting about the challenge after a couple of months and hasn't even posted to her blog at all since June. But just as some people are unable to complete anything they start, I am unable to let anything go once I've committed to it, so I completed the challenge on my own. As promised in my original post, I completed my goals of reading two comedies, two tragedies, and attending a performance.

I read Macbeth, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The performance I ended up going to was The Tempest so of course I read that one too before I went! It was performed by the Actors' Shakespeare Project and seeing it was SO MUCH BETTER than reading it. They are doing a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in the spring and I definitely want to go see that one too.

So what's on my reading agenda for 2017?

TBR Pile Challenge
I've enjoyed this one so much that I'm going to do it again this year even though I'm the only one. It's harder to make a list this time since I no longer have an actual TBR list, but I'm sure I can come up with a list of books I want to commit to reading. I'll be finishing my list very soon and posting it here.

Classic Book-a-Month Club
This is hosted by Roof Beam Reader and I already posted about it here. I won't read every month's choice but I plan to read at least four.

Possibly another challenge?
I've been reading about a lot of different challenges and it makes me want to participate in all of them! But because of my aforementioned allergy to giving up on anything I've started, I don't want to be too impulsive. If I decide to participate in another challenge, you'll be the first to know!

I'm also considering bringing back my To Read list on Goodreads, but I need to think long and hard about how to place restrictions on it so it doesn't get out of hand and feel oppressive like it used to. As liberating as it is to not have this list weighing on me, it's also handy to remember books I've heard about that I might want to read. I'm very forgetty. This year I made a To Read list in my bullet journal, but it's very short. I deliberately didn't give myself much space. I also have a list saved in my library account that's called "Don't forget this book exists," which is made up of books I may or may not actually read but I don't want to forget they exist (as the name suggests).

Happy end of 2016, everyone! Seriously, this year has been truly awful in many ways. I don't honestly have a ton of hope for good things to come in 2017, but at least we can all commit to spending time with some good books. Here's to escapism! Happy reading!

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