2014 Reading Challenges

One of my favourite things about the month of January and starting a new year is being able to sign up for brand new reading challenges. And I know I’m not the only one. I usually get so excited that I sign up for at least five different ones, but judging by what happened in the past few years (ie. me completely forgetting about every single challenge I’d signed up for by the first day of February) I’m trying to take things a little bit slower this time and be a bit more organized.

Apart from my annual Goodreads challenge of reading at least 65 books in 2014, I decided to sign up for two others. Very low key, eh?

British Books Challenge
Hosted by Feeling Fictional

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The BBC is a reading challenge that was created by Becky from The Bookette in 2011 as a way to encourage people to read more books by British authors. The challenge was taken over by Kirsty at The Overflowing Library for 2012 and has been hosted at Feeling Fictional since 2013. If you sign up for the challenge you will be aiming to read at least 12 books by British Authors (which works out to one a month). The books can be in print or out, old or new titles, any genre and for any age range. For more information and to sign up click here.

I’ve been thinking about signing up for this one since last autumn, but by the time I came across someone’s sign up post it was too late and pointless to join in. I haven’t done a proper calculation yet but I think I read an equal amount of British and American (or any other nationality) books in 2013. This year, I’d like to read even more books by British authors. I’ll probably combine this challenge with my resolution to read more YA books this year and watch out for good UKYA titles to read. Any recommendations? :)

Review Pile Reading Challenge 2014
Hosted by Fiktshun and Phantasmic Reads

Review Pile Reading Challenge

Hosted by Rachel @ Fiktshun and Reanna @ Phantasmic Reads, the aim of the Review Pile Reading Challenge is… pretty straightforward, actually. :D To read as many review books as we possibly can. You don’t have to have a blog to join this challenge. You just need to have some books received for review and a place online to review them. As for the books, any format or any length – as long as you received the book specifically for review – is allowed. For more information and to sign up, click here.

Since I always have about a dozen review copies I’m trying to squeeze in, I figured this challenge would be right up my street and something to motivate me throughout the year. And who doesn’t need that bit of extra motivation, right? I don’t have a specific list of books I’m aiming to read but I’ll try to read at least 20 review books by the end of the year.

How about you, did you sign up for any reading challenges this year? Do you like them? Or do you prefer having a low-pressure year and read whatever you fancy at the time?

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10 Responses to “2014 Reading Challenges”

  1. Good luck with your challenges, Vicky! I totally understand you about being so excited you want to sign up for everything, but like you I’ve reined it in a bit and gone for just two challenges on top of my Goodreads reading challenges too. Hopefully this way we’ll both complete our challenges!
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  2. Alexia561 says:

    Good luck with your challenges! Despite my best efforts, I wound up signing up for three as well. Can’t seem to resist a good challenge!
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  3. Johannah says:

    I don’t have any reading goals except for my ten romance/fantasy novels and my goodreads challenge of 40 books. I hope I can do it.
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  4. Megan says:

    The BBC is new to me and sounds interesting. I’ve also signed up for the Review Pile Reading Challenge as well, along with a few others. I’ve already scheduled in all the books I need to read in my blog calendar, so hopefully I won’t get behind this year.
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  5. I’m also doing the review pile one! I love how motivational those reading challenges can be :D Good luck and happy reading.
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  6. kimberly says:

    Good luck with your challenges!
    I’m running a Better Late Than Never Challenge- to read through review books that are older than 6 months, and in a So It Begins (begin new series), and Ending challenge, an ebook challenge and a read my TBR pile (older than 2014)
    I was obviously a little challenge happy end of last year! ;) But I’m hoping I can do it!!

    Happy Reading!!
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  7. Erin says:

    I’m addicted to challenges too – they’re fun. Good luck!
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