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There are worse crimes than burning books…

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. – Ray Bradbury

Hello wonderful readers. I can’t believe I haven’t written a blog post in so long. Truthfully I’ve been in such a massive reading slump for about the past 8 months and it’s been killing me. I’ve started so many books in the hopes of getting myself out of it but nothing seemed to be working. I tried new authors, short stories, long stories and even tried to reread my favourites, but nothing stuck. I feel so bad! So many new and exciting books have been released in that time, I even brought some, but they are still sitting either on the bookshelf or on the kindle waiting to be read and loved.

I haven’t even been blogging either. With the reading slump, I didn’t feel like doing that. I wanted to but just couldn’t get into it either.

So I decided to just take a break from both books and blogging. Not to panic, my time away was not wasted. I’ve still been bookstagramming (since I don’t have to read the actual books for that) and I’ve caught up on so many movies and TV shows that I was putting off because I was too busy reading. And now I feel better for it.

I went to a book signing in September and that was the first time that I felt excited and had the urge to read again. It’s been a slow process coming back, but I will get there.

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2016 Reading Challenges Rundown

So after attempting a few reading challenges for the first time last year and having varying success with them, I decided to do a few different ones.

During 2015 there were two challenges that I really liked and discovered over at Seriesous Book Reviews. They were the prequels & sequels challenge and the monthly keyword challenge. I’m going to be doing the Monthly Keyword Challenge (new blog hosting it this year) and have just started a new series check list page to track my series reading progress.┬áPersonally I would like to finish off some of the series’s that I have started. I seem to have made a habit of reading the first book but never read the rest of the series.

Another discovery is the Around the World challenge. This is where you read books and mark the places you read about. But it also includes mini-challenges. Loving the sound of this one.

I will also be returning to the Alphabet Challenge and the Goodreads reading challenge.

I don’t really like the look of the popsugar reading challenge this year, so I will be giving that one a miss and the TBR pile Challenge (that I totally failed) has been cancelled for this year, but many different versions can be found on many different blogs.

My one personal challenge to myself this year is to read at least 30 paperbacks. 2015 saw me reading a lot of ebooks. While I don’t have I problem with that, my paperback collection was still growing and not getting read

However I believe the 5 main challenge I have should keep me entertained throughout the new year. Also any monthly challenges I see fit to do will be added to the list. I hope to do the Reading my library monthly challenge again.

I will be keeping track for my progress on my 2016 Challenges Page. So check back throughout the year to see how I am tracking with this years challenges.

Now for the challenges:

2016 Alphabet Soup Challenge

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I have to read a book starting with every letter of the alphabet. Sounds easy enough, but after last year I discovered that I keep reading books that started with the same letters. Might have to try and knock them off early in the year.

2016 Monthly Keyword Challenge

2016 monthly keyword challenge

Another fun challenge. To read a book (or more) relating to the chosen keywords for each month. I’m going in totally blind for this one. I haven’t pre-selected any books, but I’m pretty sure I have a book in my collection for each month.

Around The World 2016

List all the places that I visit in the book that I read during the year. This looks like another fun challenge. I don’t know if I will do any of the mini-challenges, but I will see how things work out. Who knows maybe I’ll complete them without realizing it.

AroundTheWorld2016

Goodreads Reading Challenge

To read 70 books for the year

Personal: Paperback Goal

To read at least 30 paperbacks. I miss the feel of reading a paper book. Plus I have to many unread on my shelves.

{Website} What should I read next?

You finally close the book that you were so totally connected with, only to look up from it and wonder ‘where do I go from here?’ You look in your personal book collection, visit a library or two or even ask friends and family for recommendation, but still nothing is taking your fancy.

I know this feeling so well. I own way too many books according to many people I know (but it still doesn’t stop me from buying more), only to stare at the bookcase for a long time wondering what to read next. So as I have been known to do from time to time, I Googled my problem and stumbled upon this site:

http://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/

It’s nothing overly fancy, but it does give you a few hint based on the book you have just read or a favourite author, what you might like to read next. You can even sign up and save your searches.

For example: I just finished reading the Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith and entered that into the search bar. Below is the results of that search

  • Alyson Noel, – The Immortals: Dark Flame
  • Alyson Noel, – Night Star
  • Alyson Noel, – Shadowland
  • Cecily Von Ziegesar – Gossip Girl #1: A Novel (Gossip Girl Series)
  • Charlaine Harris – Sookie Stackhouse Boxed Set (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood)
  • Rachel Caine – Glass Houses: The Morganville Vampires, Book I (The Moganville Vampires)
  • Alyson Noel, – Blue Moon: The Immortals
  • Darren Shan – Cirque Du Freak (Saga of Darren Shan S.)
  • Alyson Noel – Evermore
  • Rachel Caine – The Dead Girls’ Dance: The Morganville Vampires, Book II (The Morganville Vampires)

You may or may not find something you like, but it is still a handy little site to have just in case you get lost in all the books out there.