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 is the tentative list of the books I will be reading for this challenge:
- A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson – 544 pages
- Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman – 512 pages
- Algorithms by Robert Sedgewick – 976 pages
- A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell – 906 pages
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – 1276 pages
- Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie – 647 pages
- The Found and the Lost: The Collected Novellas of Ursula K. Le Guin – 816 pages
- A Clutch of Indian Masterpieces: Extraordinary Short Stories from the 19th Century to the Present – 544 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).
Books read as part of this challenge:
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 50 NetGalley/Edelweiss books from my Mt. TBR this year and will be signing up for the Gold level.
5) 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
The green ones are completed and would be listed under a reading roundup post.