2016 Reading Challenges

Hello everyone!! It is that time again! As 2015 draws to a close (and all the reading challenges with it), I have been perusing the book blogs for 2016 Reading challenges that I would like to participate in. Of course, as always, I am going to be super optimistic and sign for a million. LOL. Some of these can be doubled up so yay and I am trying not to get too crazy on the levels but I plan to read 100 plus books in 2016 so I am confident I can meet these challenges. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this list of challenges and if you would like to learn more about any of them or join in on the fun, you can click on the challenge graphic or button to go to the hosting site. I am looking forward to an amazing 2016! This year I will be posting wrap up posts as I finish the challenges or else I will forget like I do every other year! Eeek!

2016 CHALLENGES COMPLETED: 5/12

8N290J5 Of course this year I needed to sign up for the What’s in a Name challenge! I have participated the last two years and completed it last year. I love this challenge! The goal here is to read books with titles matching the categories below: (COMPLETED)

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What an animal ix I am super excited for the What an Animal IX Reading Challenge. I also participated in this one last year and loved it. I realized that I read far too many books with animals either in them or on them. Totally a good thing in my book so I am actually bumping up my goal this year. I am shooting for level 3 which is to read 13-20 books meeting the criteria.
1. Read at least 6 books that have any of the following requirements:
a. there is an animal in the title of the book
b. there is an animal on the cover of the book
c. an animal plays a major role in the book
d. a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you’d like).
1) Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Tiger Trouble! by Grant Goodman
2) The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge: A Memoir in Dog Years by Rheta Grimsley Johnson
3) Family Tree by Susan Wiggs (dog on cover)
4) A Piece of Sky, A Grain of Rice by Christine Hale (bird on cover)
5) Eye of the North Wind by B.Y. Yan (horse on cover)
6) After Alice by Gregory Maguire (rabbit on cover)
7) Finding the Raven by Patty Dickson Pieczka
8) Spot 12 by Jenny Jaeckel
9) Just Fine with Caroline by Annie England Noblin
10) Say Goodbye For Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde
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contemp-romance-challenge-button-2016-sm_zpszhqwfajv I am participating in the Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge for the first time this year. I don’t get around to reading many contemporary romances so I’m extra excited about this challenge and to explore the genre a little more. The goal is to read as many contemporary romance book as you can. I would like to start off with the first level 1st base which is to 1-5 books.   (COMPLETED)
1) Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by JoJo Moyes
2) The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
3) Family Tree by Susan Wiggs
4) Just Fine with Caroline by Annie England Noblin
5) The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot
6) Southernmost by Sarah Sadler
7) November 9 by Colleen Hoover

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Sound The 2016 Retelling Challenge looks like a ton of fun. The goal is to read fairy tale retellings but other retellings count as well like myths, legends and folk tales. I am committing to reading to the second level: Goose girl which is to read 5-9 books.
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Full House Challenge Final 2016I had alot of fun with this Full House Reading Challenge last year so I am excited to be participating in this challenge again. The goal is to read books and match them with the topics here. I will be crossing them out as they are met! (COMPLETED)Full House Challenge Grid 2016

Southernmost by Sarah Sadler (Author you wish was better known) 
The Other Widow
by Susan Crawford (Published in 2016)
The Fate of the Tearling
by Erika Johansen (Book from a series you love) 
The Hating Game
by Sally Thorne (Had Laugh out loud moments)
Immurement
 by Norma Hinkens (Debut Novel)
It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is cool too) by Nora McInerny Purmort (Thought Provoking Book)
The Beautiful Possible by Amy Gottlieb (Book Club Worthy)
Not a Blueprint: It’s the Shoe Prints that Matter by Nina Norstrom (Color word in title)
Synthesis: Legion of Stateside Delusions by T.C. Koury (Author with the same surname as
yours)
Girls On Fire by Robin Wasserman (You didn’t want to put it down)
Brave New Weed by Joe Dolce (Way out of comfort zone)
Father’s Day by Simon Van Booy (family relationship in title)
Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by JoJo Moyes (Book you bought)
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson (Setting begins with  B: Brooklyn)
Aunty Lee’s Chilled Revengby Ovidia Yu (Author outside own country: Singapore)
The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot (Self Challenge: read more contemporary romance)
The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge: A Memoir in Dog Years by Rheta Grimsley Johnson (Memoir)
The Quest for Merlin (Magimakía Book One) by Rafael Lovato (the First in a Series)
Abducted by Roger Rapel (You’d like to change the cover)
The Takers by Amanda Bigler (Dominant color on cover: Red)
After Alice by Gregory McGuire (New author to you)
What the Waves Know by Tamara Valentine (Would make a good movie)
X-men: The Phoenix Saga by Chris Claremont(Author), Jo Duffy(Author), and John Byrne(Illustrator)  (library book)
Pale Highway by Nicholas Conley (Published 2015)
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (been on TBR Forever)

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2016GNButton.jpgI am once again participating in the Graphic Novel & Manga Challenge. I am striving for level 2: The Bronze Age which to read and review 24 graphic novel/manga/comics in 2016. Yes! I will list them here as I go!

1) Descender Book One: Tin Stars by Jeff LeMire (Writer) and Dustin Nguyen(Illustrator)
2) Bitch Planet #1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma (Artist), and Robert Wilson(Artist)
3)  Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan (writer) and Niko Henrichon (Artist)
4) X-men: The Phoenix Saga by Chris Claremont(Author), Jo Duffy(Author), and John Byrne(Illustrator).
5) Title: Deadpool: The Complete Collection – Volume 1 by Daniel Way (writer), Steve Dillon (art), Matt Milla (colors) and Cory Petit (letters)
6) X-Men: Age of Apocaylpse – The Complete Epic, Book One by Scott Lobdell, John Francis Moore, Howard Mackie, Brian K. Vaughan, Ralph Macchio (Text), Terry Kavanagh (Text), Judd Winick(Text)
7) Dark Wolverine Vol 1: The Prince (Dark Wolverine #1) by Daniel Way, Marjorie M. Liu , Giuseppe Camuncoli(Illustrator)
8) Spot 12 by Jenny Jaeckel

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backlist-booksI am pretty excited for The Backlist Books Reading Challenge! I have a ton of books that I want to read for this challenge. The goal is to read as many or as little backlist books as you want. Backlist books are any books published a year or more before the date you read it. There are no levels so this one is a pretty stress free challenge! (COMPLETED)

  1. Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by JoJo Moyes
  2. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  3. The Martian by Andy Weir
  4. November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  5. Bossypants by Tina Fey
  6. Table for Five by Susan

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alphabet-2016

I also want to make participating in the Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge a yearly occurrence as well! The goal with this challenge is to read books with titles that match every letter in the alphabet.
A) Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Tiger Trouble! by Grant Goodman
B) The Beautiful Possible by Amy Gottlieb
C) Connected Underneath by Linda Letgers
D) The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge: A Memoir in Dog Years by Rheta Grimsley Johnson
E) Eerie by C.M. McKoy (review coming soon)
F) Father’s Day by Simon Van Booy
G) Girls On Fire by Robin Wasserman
H) The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
I) Immurement by Norma Hinkens
J) Just Fine with Caroline by Annie England Noblin
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L) Lowcountry Stranger by Ashley Farley
M) Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by JoJo Moyes
N) Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
O) The Other Widow by Susan Crawford
P) Pale Highway by Nicholas Conley
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R) Rags and Ruins by Bob Dixon
S) Switch: Time For A Change by Sandra LaMorgese, PhD
T) The Takers by Amanda Bigler
U) Unnatural Souls by Linda Walker
V) The Vilcambaba Prophecy by Robert Rapoza
W) What the Waves Know by Tamara Valentine
X) I am Princess X by Cherie Priest
Y) Yesternight by Cat Winters
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imagesbuttonThis is my first year also participating in the 2016 Horror Reading Challenge. I am excited about this. Every year I read a sprinkling of Horror books so this year hopefully there will be more. I can’t wait. I am aiming for the second level, Brave Reader which is to read 6-10 horror books.
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500 Banned Books Badge 2016

I am also happy to be participating again the Banned Book Challenge. The objective here is to read challenged books. The levels are:

  

   

     Making Waves: 1-2 Challenged Books
Trouble-Maker: 3-5 Challenged Books
Rabble-Rouser: 6-9 Challenged Books
Rebel: 10-14 Challenged Books
Leader of a Revolution: 15+ Challenged Books

Right now I am shooting for Rabble-Rouser but I may up that during the year.

panels-logoI am also taking part in their sister challenge for Panels which is the comic & graphic novel sister site to Book Riot. Excited for this one!

Read a self-published comic.
Read a feminist comic. – 2) Bitch Planet #1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma (Artist), and Robert Wilson(Artist)
Read a comic featuring one or more teenage protagonists.
Read a superhero comic whose race or gender has been swapped from the original or traditional hero.
Read a complete run of a comic.
Read a comic based on a book and the book it’s based on.
Read a graphic biography.
Read a comic that was originally published in a language different from your own.

Read a comic set in space.
Read a collected webcomic.
Read a comic with at least one creator of color.
Read a comic set in Asia by an Asian creator.
Read a superhero comic NOT by one of the Big Two.
Read a slice-of-life comic not set in the U.S.
Read a comic that has been adapted from a T.V. show or movie (not vice versa).
Read a comic about a real-life historical event. –   Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan (writer) and Niko Henrichon (Artist)
Read a black-and-white comic.
Read a watercolor comic. – Descender Book One: Tin Stars by Jeff LeMire (Writer) and Dustin Nguyen (Illustrator)

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3890And my last challenge that I will be participating in this year is The Goodreads Reading Challenge. I am challenging myself to read 120 books again this year. I made it last year and I WILL make it this year. (COMPLETED)

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