Who’s up for a Reading Challenge!?

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At the start of 2015 Popsugar released their reading challenge for the year and it took off. You couldn’t have a book blog and not know someone who was taking on the challenge. And now I’m looking to start something that’ll give me a chance to have one more thing in common with you all, and something else to discuss on a regular basis.

Here’s what you need to know. The challenge isn’t as daunting as the Popsugar one. It’s only 20 books. Which I know is more than doable for just about everyone on WordPress, myself included. And it’s really just a fun and interactive way to perhaps read some books and authors you otherwise wouldn’t have. That’s it! I’m fully aware that my girlfriend might be the only one to actually take on my little challenge, but it’d be pretty awesome if ANY of you also wanted to participate. I’ll be making videos for every book I read that’s part of the challenge.

And who knows, if you participate and complete the challenge before I do you might get a nice reward in the form of a Half Price Books/ Amazon gift card to further fund your reading for the year. How cool is that!?

That’s it! Now here’s the list for my 2016 Reading Challenge. Feel free to steal the picture and post it on your blog or Instagram account. (And send me a link too).

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What do ya think!? Maybe a little interested? Say yes. And don’t forget to tag me either here or on Instagram @johnny_reads whenever you start or finish a new book for the challenge!

For the record, I hadn’t seen the Popsugar list in months when I came up with mine. There are a few similarities, but it’s a new year and I imagine there are plenty of books that can be read to fulfill any of the requirements. Now shhh, I’m off to start my challenge! A little early. Hehe.

2015: The Year of the Reading Challenge

I have a personal reading challenge each year to read 50 books. But this year I’ve seen so many different reading challenges floating around WordPress that I’m growing dizzy. I’m used to seeing people talk about their Goodreads challenges because those are their own goals, but I really don’t remember seeing so many posts at the beginning of 2014 about this challenge and that one. Maybe there’s some reason for this that I’m unaware of or maybe I still had no idea what I was doing on WordPress 12 months ago that I was simply out of the loop.

I’ve looked over a few of the challenges and they’re okay. I don’t think they’d really interest me because I’m not going to let some website or blogger tell me what I should be reading, unless I conduct a poll of my readers, that is. I’d like to think I can accomplish the goal of being well read just fine on my own without a very definitive list leading the way. But eh, I think I’m in the minority here based on the posts I’ve come across.

So, are you participating in a reading challenge this year? I am. It’s called the “John Guillen Finally Reads 50 Books in a Single Calendar Year Reading Challenge.” Here are just a few of the ones I’ve come across, with the PopSugar one easily the most popular.

If I hit my follower goal for the year, then I may just come up with one of these for next year. Wouldn’t even matter how many people actually participated. It would just be another way for me to interact with you all.

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