Reading challenges are a good way to start off the year, don't you think? I fell in a rather depressing reading slump -aren't they always?- for the past two weeks, which inevitably led to a blogging slump mainly because reviewing and blogging suddenly felt too much of a chore to me. December was a really hectic month, and I didn't feel like reviewing any of the books I read. Heck, I only wanted to enjoy them, not try to remember important things to talk about in my review afterwards. Plus, I've been putting off reading my review copies lately so it's been a really, really slow reading month. After I decided this wouldn't do, I went online and checked out the reading challenges that were available to take part in for 2015. Reading challenges are a lot of fun if you pick the right ones for yourself. I get easily dispirited if I fall back on reading challenges so I took extra care choosing which challenges to take part in this year. All of these challenges are quite easy and simple; if you feel like participating in a reading challenge but don't want too much of a hassle, you can consider the challenges I've listed out below. I didn't take part in challenges in which you have to review the book afterwards, chiefly because I'm trying to improve my academic performance this year, which is important, while enjoying blogging about books and reading them, which I enjoy. Below are the reading challenges I decided to participate in for the year 2015, all of which are suited to my student lifestyle. There's also a shelf I created on Goodreads, 2015-reading-challenges, to make sure I keep on track.
FLIGHTS OF FANTASY READING CHALLENGE
As you can probably tell from the title, the Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge is a challenge wherein you read ALL THE FANTASY BOOKS, and you know that I love fantasy more than any other genre. The Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge is a perfect challenge for me to take part in 2015 because it's a pretty straightforward challenge and only requires you to read fantasy books. It's not clear whether you have to post a review on every fantasy book that you read, but personally I don't think it matters that much. I'm aiming for 25 fantasy books. That way I won't be struggling too hard to complete the challenge (I hope) but at the same time, reading more books as this is a challenge! For guidelines or link-ups, you can click on Chelly's or Alexa's blogs above!
OUTDO YOURSELF READING CHALLENGE
Hosted by The Book Vixen
The Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge is exactly what it sounds like. There are different levels to choose from and the main idea is to read more than what you read in 2014! I've completed my Goodreads goal of reading 60 books in 2014, so for 2015 I'm challenging myself to read 6-10 more books, which is the Out of Breath level (1,500 - 2,749 more pages). What makes this even more interesting is that you can change your levels as you read, but here's the catch: you can only move up levels! Again, more details and sign-ups can be found at The Book Vixen.
TBR JAR CHALLENGE
Okay, this is a really fun challenge that I found on Booktube. Basically, there are 12 challenges; you write them out on strips of paper and put them in a jar. These are challenging but fun bookish challenges -things like reread a favourite book (which I've been wanting to do for a long time) and on the start of every month, you pull a random challenge out from the jar and complete it. This is the type of challenge that suits me very well because I think it's exciting to have a different reading challenge every month that's fun and easy to complete.
GOODREADS 2015 READING CHALLENGE
Everyone with a Goodreads account must have participated in the reading challenge at one point. 2014 was my very first year of the Goodreads Reading Challenge and I enjoyed it. It's satisfying to see yourself getting closer to your goal or moving ahead of it whenever you finish a book. For 2014, I started off with 40 books, then moved on to 50 and stuck with 60 in June. Since I didn't have any real difficulties with my goal of 60 books, I'm challenging myself to read 100 books in 2015. I know there are people who can read up to 250 books a year but to me, 100 books a year is a real challenge. 100 books is what works best for me and hopefully, it is a challenge that I can complete successfully. Of course, I can always change my goal if the current one becomes unchallenging anymore.
Kat is a voracious reader who enjoys nothing more than losing herself in a good book. Fantasy is definitely her cup of tea. She often complains about never having enough time to read and constantly struggles with keeping her TBR pile a considerably decent size. Read more or keep up with her bookish whims on Goodreads or bloglovin.
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