Last year’s reading challenges went so well that I thought I’d pick up a few new ones for 2015. I’ve kept my favourites from last year and have added a couple personal challenges. The goal: read more diversely, have fun, and maybe finally get through that backlog (1Q84, anyone?).
This is a keeper from last year – I really enjoyed keeping track of what I read, and having a reading goal motivated me to pick up another book when maybe I would have preferred to power through Parks and Rec instead. My 2015 goal is a more manageable 50 books (down from 75) – I’m already on book #7, so so far so good.
Random House’s Reading Bingo
Although I had fun with last year’s Bingo, I wasn’t really planning to fill out the card again this year (to be honest, I kind of forgot and just ended up retrofitting books to squares at the end of the year). Then this year’s theme was announced: Can Lit, and my office decided to participate and hold a little competition. So we mayyyy have brainstormed books that check off multiple squares (I think Unsinkable by Silken Laumann ticked seven boxes, the most), but I’m looking forward to delving into more Can Lit than I probably would have this year – I still have most of the Maddaddam trilogy to go, and can’t wait for those Giller Prize nominees.
Despite my enduring love for Middle Earth, I’m a little ashamed that my last reading of the Lord of the Rings was when Return of the King was released in theatres (over ten years ago! Egads). 2015 is the year I reread the series, and if I’m feeling ambitious, The Silmarillion and The Hobbit, too. I’ve ordered a new edition of the trilogy (a third version, surely, is not too many), and will reward myself with a rewatch of all three LOTR movies – extended editions, of course – when I finish. Teenaged Kelsea is very excited to rediscover one of her favourite series.
Book Riot‘s is a new one I’m trying this year. With a number of exciting-sounding reading ideas – I’m looking forward to the microhistory and retelling of a classic story challenges – it looks like a fun way to get me reading outside of my comfort zone.
Something I’m hoping to be a bit more mindful about in 2015 is reading more books by women. Last year, 28 of the 52 books I read were written by women, which is a decent enough number, but this year I’m aiming for a figure somewhere in the 75% region. I’m on the seventh book of the year so far, and it’s the first one written by a man, so this might be easier than I thought. My Tolkien Reread is going to be a lot of man-authored, man-centric story, anyway, so let’s balance that out with great books by women. Please pitch me your suggestions in the comments.
It might already be February, but I feel as though I’m in pretty good shape so far. Did you reach your reading goals last year, and are you on board for any reading challenges this year?