Here’s my TBR for the Short Short Books Reading Challenge!
The Short Short Books Reading Challenge is a month-long challenge (hence the first short) to read short books! For the purposes of this challenge, I am defining ‘short books’ as 250 pages or less, but feel free to set your own limit. You can also set your own goals. If you haven’t been reading regularly for a while, I suggest you aim to read one book. As I read quite quickly, my goal is to read four short books.
The inaugural Short Short Books Reading Challenge will run from 1st-30th September 2017.
I gathered my short books together one day to take an Instagram photo and realised that I had quite a lot of them. This gave me the idea to run a short books themed reading challenge. I thought for a while about the best time to run it and settled on September, as that’s always a busy month for me. I work at a university and in the run up to the start of term I often have to work longer hours, plus this year I’m starting a new job, so I won’t have so much time for reading. Sticking to short books will make it easier for me to read complete stories in the limited time I have available.
As you may have gathered from the video above, I’m also on the verge of getting behind on my Goodreads challenge. Is this cheating? No, it’s just good planning!
I wanted to make this a challenge rather than just do it by myself because as I’ve become more and more busy co-running the London YA Social Events (@MeetUKYA) social group I feel like I’ve neglected the online book community a bit. I want to seize the opportunity to read more blogs and watch more booktube videos.
I’m hosting the challenge here on my blog and on my YouTube channel – if I get more than four signups I’ll run at least one giveaway. But you don’t need a blog or a YouTube channel to take part – you can share your progress on any social media you like, just click the button below and leave a link to where I can follow you!
Last year I read 45 books. I didn’t meet my overall target (60), but I was a long way from my all time low of 21 books (2011).
To be fair to myself, I was very busy. I have been writing short stories like they’re going out of fashion (or maybe like they’re coming into fashion – I certainly hope so!). I published an online course. Reading often fell by the wayside as I scribbled down bullet points and edited videos.
So how did I do on the individual challenges?
I planned to make a proper go at this challenge, after I only managed three books in 2015. I had all the best intentions – I was going to post a video every month on my YouTube channel about the challenge. I would still really like to do videos about each of these books, but the research involved is quite time consuming so I’m going to shelve this project for a later date. This challenge was hosted by Stacey at Pretty Books.
I did not complete this challenge, though I did do better than last year. I read:
1. The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, by Nancy Mitford
2. Claudine at School, by Colette
3. Fifteen, by Beverley Clearly
4. What Katy Did, by Susan Coolidge
British Books Challenge
In 2015 I read 24 books for this challenge, which was double the amount required. I didn’t do so well on this challenge this year, but it was still quite easy to complete and even exceed the target – you can read any kind of book, as long as it’s British. It was hosted by Kirsty at The Overflowing Library.
1. The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, by Nancy Mitford
This was hosted by The Daily Prophesy. Despite a lingering sense of guilt for forgetting this challenge, and despite the fact that I acquired ever more fairytale retellings in 2016, I only managed to read one book, Poison, by Sarah Pinborough. It did remind me how much I love reading (and not just collecting) fairytale retellings, but it was too late to make much difference as I read it over Christmas!
TBR Pile Reading Challenge
I was aiming for 31-40, Sweet Summer Fling, but I only managed to read 13. This is a reflection of my low overall total, though I did read more TBR pile books (those acquired before January 1st) in the first few months of the year than later on, which is probably because I was doing the TBR Triple Dog Dare as well.
1. The Dark Days Club, by Alison Goodman
2. The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, by Nancy Mitford
3. Misguided Angel, by Melissa de la Cruz
4. Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, by Ally Carter
5. Only Ever Yours, by Louise O’Neill
6. Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover, by Ally Carter
7. This Song Will Save Your Life, by Leila Sales
8. My Secret Rockstar Boyfriend, by Eleanor Wood
9. Claudine at School, by Colette
10. Sorcerer to the Crown, by Zen Cho
11. The Next Together, by Lauren James
12. Poison, by Sarah Pinborough
13. Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Book One, by Bill Willingham
I didn’t do anything for this challenge. It was in the back of my mind but to get around to all the steps involved more planning than I was ultimately willing to do for a reading challenge!
Yes, someone made a meta challenge. I signed up for five other challenges, as above, so I was going for ‘Cinco de Challenge-o’. I only completed one, so I also failed this challenge!
TBR Triple Dog Dare
I had done this every year since it first ran and this was the final dare so of course I had to take part! I only allowed myself a few exceptions and otherwise only read books on my TBR that I owned before 1 January 2016 until 1 April 2016. This challenge was hosted by James Reads Books.
I only completed the British Books Challenge and the TBR Triple Dog Dare, but honestly I don’t mind. I used to worry a lot about not completing challenges, but as I’ve said before, if it’s easy, it’s not a challenge. There wouldn’t be much point in signing up for challenges that I could complete without really thinking about it!
I’m looking forward to choosing a new selection of challenges for 2017 and getting going!
I made the last minute decision to sign-up for the readathon today! I was considering it before but as I have two books I want to finish by tomorrow, plenty more on my TBR, and a cold that’ll stop me doing anything more adventurous, I decided it made sense to go for it!
In this post I’ll be keeping track of how it goes. To begin, here’s the Opening Meme:
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. I’ve heard so many good things about it. I only have a two book stack (check it out on Instagram and Litsy) of books I must read, after that I’m going to pick up whatever I fancy from my many overflowing piles.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Dinner! I’m not a big snacker, but I do have nuts and seeds on hand.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I need to finish 25 books before the end of the year to complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge…I’m quite behind! I’m also behind on all my other reading challenges, so I want this readathon to help me catch up.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
I’ve been aware of this readathon for as long as it’s started, but have never taken part before, being too intimidated! I’m looking forward to finally getting over this and hopefully joining in the many readathons to come!
And here’s the End of Event Survey:
Which hour was most daunting for you?
Around hour 4-5 I started to flag so I switched from reading short stories to reading a novel!
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
The Rest of Us Just Live Here was fantastic and kept me engaged for the rest of the Readathon.
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?
Nope! This was my first one, so I’m hardly an expert!
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I loved the use of social media, it really made me feel like I was part of something when I checked in on Instagram and Litsy and Twitter.
How many books did you read?
I had a good go at two, but I didn’t finish either! I’m a very sleep-dependent person and I had a cold so I didn’t stay up reading!
What were the names of the books you read?
The novel I was reading was The Rest of Us Just Live Here, by Patrick Ness, and I was also reading the Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories collection.
Which book did you enjoy most?/Which did you enjoy least?
I don’t think it’s really fair to compare them but I found the short stories hard-going.
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I will definitely be a reader in future Readathons! It was a lot of fun!
There are two inspirations behind this bookish bonanza – traditional reading challenges, which I don’t think have been done before for YALC, and the YALC Readathon, which was previously run by Jess Hearts Books (the creator), Michelle from Fluttering Butterflies, Vicky from Books, Biscuits and Tea, and Carly from Writing from the Tub.
I originally planned to start a YALC Reading Challenge months ago, because of the sheer number of authors who are going to be at YALC (the Young Adult Literature Convention) this year. I have a LOT of reading to do. And so have you! There are some amazing people on the list with fantastic titles under their belt.
However, I then got the flu. I could barely use my computer for the best part of three weeks thanks to muscle pain and fatigue that my doctor insisted was completely normal! Sure enough, I did eventually get better, but now I’ve lost so much time I decided to combine both ideas, and host the first Readathon Challenge!
Enough about me, onto the rules:
The books that you read for the 2016 YALC Readathon Challenge must be by authors who are appearing at YALC this year. You can see the list of authors who have been confirmed so far here. I also run the annual YALC Goodreads list, where you can vote for your favourite reads.
If you’re unable to attend YALC this year, you can still take part in the challenge – there will be a lot of livetweeting during the convention! If you’re not in the UK, why not sign up and sample some of the finest authors the British Isles have to offer, as well as some internationally successful reads?
This Readathon Challenge is open from today (3 June 2016) until the final day of YALC (31 July 2016).
Decided to take part?
Choose how long you want to readathon for – a weekend, a week, a fortnight, a month, from now until the 31st July, a single evening – it’s up to you!
Choose your level:
Convention Intention – read 1-4 books by authors who are appearing at YALC
Convention Attention – read 5-15 books by authors who are appearing at YALC
Convention Affection – read 16-25 books by authors who are appearing at YALC
Convention Perfection – read 26+ books by authors who are appearing at YALC
You can increase your level if you find yourself reading faster than you expected!
Step Three (optional)
Choose a Bonus Challenge, if you’d like, or more than one if you’re feeling brave:
Happy Historian – previously, at YALC… read two or more books by an author who has appeared at YALC in the past and won’t be there this year
Brilliant Bookswapper – read two or more books that you want to give away to another blogger or donate to the YALC bookswap
Radiant Reviewer – review two or more books by authors who are appearing at YALC
Submit your link below!
If you have a blog, please link to a post that says what level and bonus challenge you have chosen, or update your reading challenges list, if like me, you keep them all in one place. You don’t have to be a blogger to take part – if you don’t have a blog, you can link to your Twitter or Goodreads instead. You can use the banner above if you wish 🙂
Personally, I am going to choose the Convention Attention level, and I’m hoping to read the following:
It’s going well, I’m already part-way through Girl Out of Water and loving it!
After YALC I will do a post and link to my favourite reviews by people taking part in the challenge. You can also tweet about the challenge and share your progress by using the hashtag #yalcread
I hope you decide to take part in the YALC Readathon Challenge and have an amazing time!Edited to add, here’s a quick video in which I talk about the challenge:
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