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"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."— John Green


My 2016 Reading Challenges

If you've been following my blog for a little while, then you'll know that 2015 was an awful year for my personal reading with 2014 not being too much better.  I've been getting into slump after slump and it's been awful.

So to kick start 2016 and my reading again, I've since joined a book club and I'm going to be attempting the following reading challenges:

First up is the Backlist Books Reading Challenge, hosted by Pretty Deadly Reviews.  I have a lot of books (which I'm sure a lot of you do as well) that I haven't read yet, but were published years ago.  It's a problem that I thought this challenge would help me fix.

The details from Pretty Deadly Reviews:
  • This is a 2016 challenge, running from January 1st, 2016 to December 31st, 2016
  • For these purposes, I’m counting backlist books as anything published a year or more before the day you read it. So if it’s January 1st, 2016, the book you’re reading must have been published in 2014 or earlier
  • Books must be read and reviewed. You do not need a blog to enter, but a tumblr, a Goodreads account, just some place to put a little blurb after you’re done reading. A review can be a traditional review, a booktube video, a few sentences on GR. It’s up to you
  • I’m not going to have any levels or anything like that. Read as much or as little as you want!

Next up is another one from Pretty Deadly Reviews, the LGBTQIA 2016 Reading Challenge.  LGBTQ+ literature is one of my favorite genres and an area where we desperately need more books!  I love readings books published that incorporate a LGBTQ+ character, so I'm really excited about this one!  The level I'm doing is highlighted below.

The details from Pretty Deadly Reviews:
  • This challenge will run from January 1st, 2016 to December 31st, 2016.
  • The book must contain an LGBTQIA main character.
  • Books must be read and reviewed. The review can be any kind of review you want, traditional, a few sentences, a vlog review. Anything goes.
  • Backlist books also count as part of this challenge.
  • There are going to be different levels that correspond to the colors of the rainbow:
  • Red = 5 books
  • Orange = 6-12 books
  • Yellow = 13-20 books
  • Green = 21- 30 books
  • Blue = 31- 40 books
  • Purple = 41- 50 books
  • The Giveaway will be for one LGBTQIA book. International is okay, but you MUST be signed up for the challenge. The giveaway will be held at the end of the year.

Finally there is the Full House Reading Challenge, hosted by Book Date.  The point of this one is to fill up the bingo card she has on her site, completing a "full house".  There are different challenges within each square, like "Read a book with a setting starting with B".  So this one, while having a motivating force is a little more fun-centered than the other two.  Also this one allows books read for other challenges which is helpful.

The details from Book Date:
  • Challenge will run from Jan 1st to December 31st 2016
  • Write and publish a post stating your intention to participate. In the post please include the Challenge graphic and a link back to this post. Then link your intention post at the bottom of this post.  Make sure it is the actual post and not just a generic link to your blog.
  • Add your reviews back here on the link in this post. At the end of every three months there will be a U.S. $12 prize with a book of your choice from the Book Depository or U.S. Amazon voucher, for the entries. There will be a new linky then for the next quarter and so on to the end of December.
  • Reviews are not mandatory and if you prefer to keep a list of the books read and the category they cross off the card, then you can still enter for the completion of a Full House by linking to that list on the final linky or in a comment.
  • Jan - March Link Up
  • April - June Link Up
  • July - September Link Up
  • October - December Link Up
  • Each review can only be linked up once in the year. However it doesn't matter when you read the book in 2016 - which month, just link as you remember or have time. So if you read it in January you may not get around to linking it until say... May. That is fine.
  • Books may cross over from other challenges that you are doing. 
  • There will be a final post to link in a summary post for the challenge for those who have completed a full house. This will close on the 2nd January 2017  and a winner will be chosen using random.org for a U.S. $30 prize which again can be used to buy books at the Book Depository or be received as an Amazon voucher.


  1. Go well with all your challenges Eli and thanks for joining in the Full House challenge. Enjoy.

  2. Good luck with your challenges, Eli! I joined the Backlist challenge too!


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