2015 Reading Challenges (UPDATED)

Posted January 2, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, 2015 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge, Back to the Classics Book Challenge 2015, Banned Books Challenge 2015, Historical Fiction Reading Challenges, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

For the fourth year in a row I have decided to take part in Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge. This fun, and often stressful, book challenge is a great way to make sure I pay more attention to what I read. Last year I pledged 65 books, read 99, 89 of which counted towards my goal. I also participated in Historical Tapestry’s 2014 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge, however I fell short of my 25 book goal by 8 books. Oh, well! 2015 is a new year, and this year I have decided to take part in 5 book challenges apart from the annual Goodreads challenge!

fof_button1) Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

  • The challenge will run from January 1-December 31, 2015.
  • You can read as many fantasy novels as you’d like to. No levels for this challenge!
  • There will be 2 giveaways, one at 6 months and one at the end of the year. More details will be provided closer to those dates.
  • Help us spread the word! Feel free to tweet about the challenge using our official hashtag #flightsoffantasy, grab the button to link to the challenge in your sidebar & pin the image on Pinterest.
  • Challenge yourself to read a certain number of fantasy books. Share your challenge number in a comment below, a post on your blog or even a tweet!
  • On the last Sunday of each month, we’ll be sharing our personal updates on the challenge. We’ll be including a Linky, just in case you decide to do the same. (This is optional!)
  • As mentioned, we will have giveaways! If you want to gain bonus entries for the giveaways, read any (or even all!) of our favorite fantasy books listed below:
    • Joint Favorites: Throne of Glass, Harry Potter, Fire and Thorns, Snow Like Ashes, Queen of the Tearling
    • Alexa’s Favorites: Eon, Daughter of the Forest, The Elemental Trilogy, Song of the Lioness, The Hobbit
    • Rachel’s Favorites: The Grisha Trilogy, Harper Hall Trilogy, The Fever series, The Winner’s Curse, Graceling

I tend to read a lot of fantasy, so this challenge hosted by Alexa Loves Books and  Hello, Chelly seems to be right up my alley. For the challenge, I pledge to read 15 books.

2015tbrx2502) 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

Challenge Guidelines
  1. The challenged hosted by Bookish will run from January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015.
  2. Anyone can enter! You don’t have to be a blogger, just as long as you review the book you’ve read. You can review on your book on your blog, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, etc.
  3. Any genre, length, or format of book counts as long as it is a book that’s been sitting on your self for some time. Short stories and novellas do count! The only stipulations that the book must have been released in 2014 or earlier. No 2015 ARCs or 2015 fresh-off-the-press releases allowed.
  4. On the 25th of every other month (see schedule below), we will post a wrap-up for the previous two months. These posts will be done by one our bloggers and will contain new linkys for you to add your own wrap-up posts. If you did not sign up by January 16, this is where you can sign up as well.
  5. To help you tackle your TBR piles we will also be hosting Read-A-Longs on months that do not have wrap-ups. Voted on by challenge participants, Read-A-Longs will have two post dates: the first half of the book and the second half. Please note: You do not have to take part in our Read-A-Longs to participate in the TBR Pile Challenge. You can participate in all of them, some of them, or none of them. This aspect of the challenge is entirely optional.
  6. There will be two giveaways – July and December. Giveaway details will be explained once the giveaway post goes up. We don’t want to overwhelm you with too many details now  🙂
  7. You don’t have to follow Bookish to join the challenge, but you do have to follow us to be entered in the giveaways.
How many books are you planning to read for this challenge?
1-10 A Firm Handshake
11-20 A Friendly Hug
21-30 First Kiss
31-40 Sweet Summer Fling
41-50 Could This Be Love?
50+ Married with Children
I now have about 60 books on my eReader devices and on my bookshelves that I have meant to read for the past two years (or more). This challenge will hopefully motivate me to read this books. For this challenge I pledge to read 21-30 books on the “First Kiss” level. Luckily, some of the books on my TBR pile even qualify for some of the other book challenges I plan on completing this year. Hurrah!

backtotheclassics2015BUTTON3) Back to the Classics Challenge 2015


  • All books must be read in 2015.  Books started prior to January 1, 2015, are not eligible.  Reviews must be linked by December 31, 2015. 
  • All books must have been published at least 50 years ago; therefore, 1965 is the cutoff date.  The only exception is books published posthumously, but written before 1965. 
  • E-books and audiobooks are eligible!  Books may also count for other challenges you may be working on.  
  • Books may NOT cross over categories within this challenge.  You may NOT count the same book twice for different categories in this challenge.  One book per category — otherwise, they won’t count.  
  • If you do not have a blog, you may link your review from Goodreads or other publicy accessible online format.  
  • Please sign up for the challenge using the linky below BEFORE MARCH 31, 2015.  If possible, please link to your sign-up announcement post, if possible or applicable.
  • You do NOT have to list your books prior to starting the challenge, but it’s more fun if you do!  You can always change your list at any time.  Books may be read in any order.
  • Please identify the categories you’ve read in your wrap-up post so that I can easily add up your entries for the prize drawing!  Adding links within the post would be greatly appreciated. 
  • The prize will be awarded the first week of January, 2016.  All qualifying participants will receive one or more entries, based on the categories completed, and will receive a $30 (US) gift card from Amazon.com or The Book Depository, as long as they live in a country that can receive shipment.  See here for list of countries.  

I have several classic books tat have been on my TBR pile for years, and others I would love to read. This challenge hosted by Books and Chocolate will hopefully push me to read more classic literature. For this change I pledge to read a book for each of the twelve categories. (List of books will be published in separate post).

Untitled4) Banned Books Challenge 2015

Buckling Bookshelves is hosting this book challenge to read any banned or challenged book. Check it out below!

DATES: January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015

RULES: Any book that has been banned or challenged counts. Books can be any format, any length, and can overlap with other challenges. Graphic novels, children’s books, picture books are all fine — any book that has been banned or challenged works for this challenge.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Write a post identifying which level you are aiming to complete, linking to this sign-up post. If you don’t have a blog, just leave a comment below stating what level you are trying for. Listing the books you’d like to read for the year is optional. If you do make a list, you are welcome to change it at any time.

LEVELSBelow are the levels you can choose from. Changing your mind is OK — you can go up or down in level at any time. I said low-pressure, remember? I’m not the book police, I promise.

Making Waves: 1-2 Challenged Books
Trouble-Maker: 3-5 Challenged Books
Rabble-Rouser: 6-9 Challenged Books
Rebel: 10-14 Challenged Books
Leader of a Revolution: 15+ Challenged Books

2015 HF Reading Challenge Button_FINAL5) 2015 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

Dates: The challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st, 2015.

Here are the Reading Challenge details:

  • Everyone can participate, even those who don’t have a blog (you can add your book title and thoughts in the comment section if you wish)
  • Add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky we’ll be adding to our monthly post (please, do not add your blog link, but the correct address that will guide us directly to your review)
  • Any sub-genre of historical fiction is accepted (Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Young Adult, etc.)

During the following 12 months you can choose one of the different reading levels:

20th century Reader – 2 books
Victorian Reader – 5 books
Renaissance Reader – 10 books
Medieval – 15 books
Ancient History – 25 books
Prehistoric – 50+ books

This year Passages to the Past is hosting this challenge, and like last year I still plan to read 25 historical fiction books. I fell short by 8 books last year, but I believe my other challenges will help me reach my goal this year. Especially since many of the books I bought for last year’s challenge are now gathering dust on my iPad and Kindle’s TBR piles.

Unlike previous years, I will not have one main post linking all of my reviews for this challenge. Instead, you will be able to check out my progress for this, and the other challenges by looking under the Reading Challenges menu on the Home page. There are separate pages created for each of the challenges mentioned above, and all reviews will be tagged and categorized according to which challenge they belong. Some reviews will find themselves on more than one challenge. If you are interested in any of these challenges, be sure to check them out, and sign up before the cut-off date. Are you participating in any reading challenges this year? If so, which ones? Be sure to let me know!


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