Sunday, 10 January 2016

Challenges in 2016

I will not join a lot of challenges for this year. It seems I am not able to keep up with other reading obligations. And as one fellow blogger said: as soon as you promise to read a book, it seems it is not that attractive! It is better to go to the shelves and grab a book depending on your present mood.

The main challenge as always is my TBR shelves. The aim is to lover them. However, I get tempted by the various challenges and they are great fun. I will therefore join one if it is compatible with my overall aim to lower the number of books on my TBR shelves.

Paris in July is a must of course. Hosted by Tea and Thyme, it is my favourite challenge of the year. You get to know so much about Paris from participants, finding new reads, places to visit, things to eat etc. Really looking forward to this one.

Well, that is in principal all there is to my challenges this year. I anticipate a lot of reading though being part of two book clubs. Furthermore, I am now writing reviews and articles for a Swedish web paper on literature and culture. Meaning, I have to spend more time in producing something more professional. Looking forward to this challenge.

What’s in a Name

The Content ReaderI have already joined one challenge, since it is compatible with my overall aim.  Wormhole  is hosting What's in a Name, aiming at reading 6 books in 2016.  I managed to find books from my shelves that fit into the theme of each one.  Looking forward to exchange views with the participants.

A country - The Knight Templar in Britain by Evelyn Lord (hope Britain is ok?)
An item of clothing - The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (hope this ok as well, white hinting at a robe?)
An item of furniture -  The Binding Chair by Kathy Harrison
A profession - Alkemistens dotter (The Alchemist's Daughter) by Carl-Michael Edenborg
A month of the year - Light in August by William Faulkner
A title with the word 'tree' in it - Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy

Vintage Scavenger Hunt

The Content Reader
This challenge is hosted by My Reader’s Block.  ”Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to find as many objects on the scavenger hunt list as possible on the covers of the mystery books you read (for the list go to link above). As has been the case for Vintage Bingo you may play along in either the Golden or Silver Mystery Eras (or, for the more adventurous, both).”

Since I have decided only to accept Challenges if they are compatible with lowering my TBR shelves, I have to see what I have as regards suitable covers. Will come back with a list, either for Gold or for Silver. I enroll here only on a whim and knowing that I really do not have that many mystery or thriller books. Let’s see what I can do. It sounds great nevertheless, so I could not resist.

The Classic Club

The Content ReaderI will continue with The Classic Club although the results from my point of view are appalling. More discipling for 2016 please! Still have a few to catch up, and they are on my shelves so no excuse anymore! You find my list here: Classic list.

My 500 Words

The Content ReaderI have joined a writing challenge hosted by Jeff Goin. The aim is to write 500 words a day for 31 days. Just to get your writing going and coming into a routine.  The writing can be anything you choose as long as you write at least 500 words a day. This blog post for example is a little bit more than 500 words, so - voilĂ  - my goal for today achieved. I want to use it also for other kind of writings.

Some of my challenges for this year. I will try to be more organised, disciplined and focused this year. I have great expectations for this year. Just have to wait until the end of the year to see what I have achieved and if I am pleased with the outcome!

Looking forward mingling with you through challenges, blog posts and comments. Thank you for a wonderful 2015 and looking forward seeing you all in 2016!


  1. Haha love to read about people's challenges. I am tempted by the scavenger hunt. It is a good idea to accept challenges that pare down TBR books. Good luck.

    1. Thank you! Although I am serious about my TBR shelves (they overflow for the time being) I still need determination to choose specific books. But, I will do my very best, and the good thing with challenges is that you share directly with other people.

  2. Thanks for giving the Vintage Scavenger Hunt a try! I hope you have fun with it!

    1. My pleasure, it is such a great idea to read book which are also a little bit older. Not having that many suspense books on my shelves that are suitable I will probably go for downloading some to add to the charts. I will do some gold and some silver!
      Looking forward to exchange views.