Monday, January 2, 2017

2016 Reading Challenges Wrap Up and my 2017 Reading Challenges

Well, the day of reckoning has arrived and it's time to look at how I did on my 2016 Reading Challenges and decide which ones I am going to participate in this year.

2016 Reading Challenges:
2016 was my first Goodreads Reading Challenge and I had no real idea about how many books I read in a year. I read books for this blog, for my other blog, for a children's book committee I am on, for Cybils Middle Grade Fiction round two judging, and occasionally I even read an adult book or two. So for 2016, I set my goal at 150 and, officially, I finished with 222 books (not counting some I forgot to list). So this year, I set my goal at 250 books.

I love the Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge hosted by Alyson Beecher at Kid Lit Frenzy because it really does challenge me to read more nonfiction than I might otherwise and in one of my favorite forms - picture books. And each year I set my goal and never reach it, or it looks like I don't reach it because I sometimes forget to link my post. In 2016, I set my goal at 25 books and read a total of 19, some not linked.

I did exactly as pitifully on the 2016 Newbery Reading Challenge as I did on the 2015 Newbery Challenge hosted by Julie at Smiling Shelves. Out of a goal of 29 points, I managed 7. Try again in 2017?

2017 Reading Challenges:
 As I said, I upped the ante on this challenge by 100 books to a total of 250.  We'll see what happens.

The 2017 Old School Kidlit Reading Challenge is being hosted by Katie Fitzgerald at Read-At-Home-Mom. As Katie writes, each month will focus on a different category and challengers are to choose a book that fits the category, read it and review it somewhere. You can find more information about what makes a book old school and the monthly categories on the challenge page.

The 2017 Picture Book Reading Challenge is being hosted by Becky at Becky's Book Reviews. There are three ways to do this challenge: a Bingo card, a checklist or an ABC list following the letters of the alphabet.  I've decided to do the Bingo card, which looks like this:

I've decided to sign up for one more reading challenge this year. I still have some books I haven't read that I got from Netgalley and Edelweiss and I've decided it's time to get them off my TBR list. Bookish Things & More is hosting the ideal reading challenge to meet my goal of finishing these books. For this challenge, I've chosen the Silver Level of 25 books, even though I don't have that many.   

I have to admit, these seem like a very ambitious goals for 2017.  I just wish I were a faster reader.

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