2019 was not the best year for me in terms of reading. I spent most of the year not reading much. Then in November, I suddenly got the motivation to read more and took up a media diet plan. I quit binge-watching videos and have been reading a short story and a poem every day. This has rekindled my passion for reading and I’ve decided to sign up for the following reading challenges this year.
1) Go Big or Go Home Reading Challenge
This challenge is hosted by Annemieke @ A Dance With Books. It requires you to read 1 big book (500+ pages) per month, but you can set your own rules. I like my challenges flexible and my books big, so I’m signing up for this one. Instead of 12 books which have around 500 pages, I’ll be reading a few bigger books that total 6000+ pages.
These are the books I will be reading for this challenge:
- Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda (9 Volumes): 4961 pages
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas: 1276 pages
2) Book Blog Discussion Challenge
Technically this is a blogging challenge, not a reading challenge. It is hosted by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! and Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction. This challenge requires you to post book-related discussions on your blog and link them to the challenge pages. I’m signing up for the Discussion Dabbler Level (1-10 posts).
3) Turtle Recall Reading Challenge
This challenge is to read books set in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. You can read whichever books you want and as many as you want. Although I’d like to dedicate the whole year to read the entire series, since I’m participating in a few other challenges, I’m signing up for The Counterweight Continent level (1-5 books).
4) NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge
As someone with too many review copies waiting to be read, this challenge is a godsend. I plan to knock out 75 NetGalley/Edelweiss books from my Mt. TBR this year and will be signing up for the Platinum level.
5) Year of the Asian Reading Challenge
This Challenge is all about reading books by Asian authors. It is hosted by CW from The Quiet Pond, Lily from Sprinkles and Dreams, Shealea from Shut Up Shealea and Vicky from Vicky Who Reads. There will be optional monthly prompts. I’m signing up for the Philippine tarsier level (1 to 10 books).
6) Deal Me In Short Stories Reading Challenge
This is an interesting challenge where you assign a short story to each of the 52 cards in a deck. Every week you shuffle and pick one card from the deck and read the story associated with that card. If you want to do a lesser number of stories, you can use one or two suites instead of the whole deck of cards. You can do more stories as well. Check out the challenge page for variations.
I attempted this challenge a couple of years back and failed because I signed up for too many challenges. Now I’m all geared up for this since I’m already reading one classic short story a day. I’ll finish the current anthology I’m reading on 9th January and 10th is coincidentally a full moon day. So I’ll take part in the Deal Me In “Full Moon Fever Version”.
Here is my single suit list with collections of short stories:
A♦ Complete Guy de Maupassant Short Stories – Vol 1 & 2
2♦ Complete Guy de Maupassant Short Stories – Vol 3 & 4
3♦ Complete Guy de Maupassant Short Stories – Vol 5 & 6
4♦ Complete Guy de Maupassant Short Stories – Vol 7 & 8
5♦ Complete Guy de Maupassant Short Stories – Vol 9 & 10
6♦ Complete Guy de Maupassant Short Stories – Vol 11 & 12
7♦ Complete Guy de Maupassant Short Stories – Vol 13, Selected Stories by Henry James and F. Scott Fitzgerald
8♦ Selected Stories by Saki and Bram Stoker
9♦ Selected Stories by O Henry, Oscar Wilde and Joseph Conrad
10♦ Selected Stories by Rudyard Kipling, Charles Dickens and James Joyce
J♦ Selected Stories by D.H.Lawrence, Honoré de Balzac and Jack London
Q♦ Selected Stories by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Leo Tolstoy and W W Jacobs
K♦ The Unhappiness of Being a Single Man: Essential Stories by Franz Kafka