2016 Reading Challenges

Here are the reading challenges I'm participating in this year. Books listed for the challenges are subject to change. 

Rock My TBR

About: The goal here is simply to read books from your TBR pile--books that you already own, no library books or books you buy in 2016. It's actually quite amazing to me how TBR piles accumulate so quickly (mine being no exception), so I am going to tackle this challenge.
Includes: Twitter chats, giveaways, monthly wrap-ups.
Personal Goal: I'm only committing to reading one book from my TBR per month, a total of twelve. I know I will be reading plenty more but I don't want to feel obligated to read certain books.

My List: Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Atlantia by Allie Condie
Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
Specials by Scott Westerfeld
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Into the Light by Nicole Weider
Through a Tangled Wood by Various Authors
Crows & Cards by Joseph Helgerson

Book to Movie Challenge

Hosted by ebookclassics

About: My personal rule: Always read the book before watching the movie/TV show. Unfortunately I'm not always good about getting to the book meaning I miss out on certain book to movie adaptations. With this challenge, the goal is to read books that have a movie or television version, not necessarily being released in 2016.

Includes: Discussions, monthly themes, giveaways, review link-ups, mini-challenges.

Personal Goal: I am going to try and read a minimum of twelve books for this challenge.

To enter this challenge, you are supposed to answer three questions about book to movie adaptations:

List 3 2016 book to movie adaptations. 1. The 5th Wave 2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3. The Jungle Book.

Have you read the book and did you love/loathe it? 1. I have not read the 5th Wave book, but I am going to try and read it this year. 2. As for Fantastic Beasts, I thought I had read it but I don't really remember anything about it. So a reread for sure. 3. I read the Jungle Book years ago and found it...interesting.

Why are you excited about the adaptation? 1. I have heard great things about the 5th Wave and the trailers are pretty exciting. 2. I wasn't into Harry Potter at all when the movies came out so I missed all that excitement. Even now I'm not all that big of a fan, but the trailer for Fantastic Beasts has gotten me excited. This is a chance for me to do some Harry Potter rereading and maybe get into the fandom more. 3. I really like the idea of doing a live-action version of The Jungle Book, though of course a great portion of it will have to be CGI because of the many talking animals. But I think it could be a visually stunning film.

What do you think of the casting? 1. Chloë Grace Moretz is a wonderful actress. I especially liked her in Hugo, and she also starred in If I Stay, another book to movie adaptation. So I think she'll be able to pull off another YA heroine. 2. Eddie Redmayne. He's gotten a lot of attention from The Theory of Everything and he's about to get a whole lot more. Though I've never seen one of his movies I'm excited to see an example with Fantastic Beasts. 3. So many stars are voicing characters in this movie: Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, and more. With this kind of cast I have high hopes for the movie.

My List: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Martian by Andy Weir
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Monthly Motif Reading Challenge

Hosted by girlxoxo.com
About: In this challenge, each month is assigned a particular theme or motif and then you must read a book based on that motif. I thought this was particularly fun, as a way to read some genres I don't normally get around to.
Includes: Monthly themes, review link-ups.
Personal Goal: I want to successfully read one book for each theme, which will be listed below.
My List: JANUARY- Who Dunnit?--The Best of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton
Crack the case and solve the mystery with your first book of the year.
FEBRUARY- New Releases--Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep
Read a book released in the last year.

MARCH- Take a Trip--Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Time Travel or read a book set in a country different than where you live

APRIL- Best of the Best--Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz
Read a book that has won recognition or a literary award

MAY- Story of Survival--Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Make it out alive, beat the odds, save yourself stories. Try thinking beyond the typical wilderness survival. Surviving high school? Surviving a family road trip? Yep- those count too! PS. Dystopians would work great in this motif too.

JUNE- Girlxoxo Recommends--Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
We’ve read a lot of great books. Check out our archives and pick one of our recommendations off our book lists.

JULY- LOL--The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
Hilarious memoirs, silly chick lit, comedic scifi. Pick a book that is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud.

AUGUST- Genre Jumble--Son of Charlemagne by Barbara Willard
Read from a genre that you don’t normally read from

SEPTEMBER- Steampunk, Science Fiction, and Fantasy--East by Edith Pattou
Pretty self explanatory and loads of great books to pick from in this motif.

OCTOBER- Things That Go Bump in The Night--A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
Cozy mystery ghost stories, paranormal creeptastic, murder mystery- it’s up to you!

NOVEMBER- Fiction Takes A Break--Old Testament Parallels by Benjamin Matthews
It’s all about Nonfiction November this month!

DEC- That’s a Wrap--You Have to Stop This by Pseudonymous Bosch
Finish a series you’ve been meaning to finish or read the next book in a series you started but never finished.

12 Month Classics Challenge

About: Classics, though by definition some of the best books of all time, are often under-appreciated. And this challenge seeks to remedy that. Each month, you must read a classic fitting that month's theme, making a total of twelve at the end of the year.

Includes: Monthly themes, review link-ups.

Personal Goal: The goal for me is to read twelve classics to match the themes.

My List: January--A classic you've always wanted to read--The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
A classic you've always dreaded reading--Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
A classic you've been recommended--Animal Farm by George Orwell
A classic you've seen the movie/miniseries/TV show of--Emma by Jane Austen
An American classic--The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A British classic--The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
A European classic (non-British)--Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
A modern classic--The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
September--A children's classic--The BFG by Roald Dahl
A classic by a female author--Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
A classic by a male author--
1984 by George Orwell  
December--A classic written under a pseudonym--Persuasion by Jane Austen

The Color-Coded Challenge

About: Instead reading a particular genre of book, in this challenge participants must read books with specific colors in either their titles or their book covers. There are nine different categories/colors to read a book for.

Includes: Themes, review link-ups, wrap-up link-up.

Personal Goal: The usual. I just want to fulfill the requirements of nine books of specific colors.

My List: 1. A book with "Blue" or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc) in the title/on the cover.--Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
2. A book with "Red" or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgundy, etc) in the title/on the cover.--Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
3. A book with "Yellow" or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.) in the title/on the cover.--The Non-Designers Design Book by Robin Williams

4. A book with "Green" or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc) in the title/on the cover.--The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
5. A book with "Brown" or any shade of Brown (Tan, Chocolate, Beige, etc) in the title/on the cover.--The Hawk and the Dove by Penelope Wilcock

6. A book with "Black" or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc) in the title/on the cover.--The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
7. A book with "White" or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc) in the title/on the cover.--The Wise Woman and Other Stories by George MacDonald

8. A book with any other color in the title/on the cover (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, Magenta, etc.).--Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
9. A book with a word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.).--The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Goodreads Reading Challenge

 Hosted by Goodreads

About: This challenge is as simple as can be. All it requires is a commitment to read a certain number of books during the year, and then you go out and read them! The nice thing is that Goodreads provides a widget to keep track of the books you've read and how many books you should have read by the current date to be on track.

Includes: N/A

Personal Goal: I read 86 books total last year, so my goal for this year is 87! I don't want to be pressured to read all the time, so I just want to beat last year's book count.

My List: I am not making a list of books I want to read, but I will add books as I read them.
Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger 
Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy by Ren
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey 
Candide by Voltaire 
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
The Reformation: A History by Patrick Collinson
Calculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic by Ross L. Finney
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe 
Biblical Worldview Rhetoric I: Student Version by Shaunna K. Howat
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Best of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton
The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
Selp-Helf by Miranda Sings
Creative Schools by Ken Robinson
Assassin Study by Maria V. Snyder
Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
Atlantia by Ally Condie


  1. Thank you for joining the Book to Movie Challenge! I'm really excited about Fantastic Beasts too and I had no idea Inferno was being made into a movie. I'm reading the Lost Symbol right now.

  2. I am also taking part in the Book to Movie Challenge. I am excited about seeing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; plus I am hoping to read and watch The Martian in 2016 too.