Announcing the 2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading ChallengeI love making goals and working towards them, and for 2013 I want to work on my biggest reading problem: the backlog of books I own but haven’t read. Because they don’t have the threat of due dates and fines behind them, I don’t feel the same urgency to read them, and they continually get pushed to the bottom of my reading stack.

To make some progress towards reading the mountain of books I own instead of always reading the books I’ve borrowed, I’m making a challenge. 12 months, 24 books from my own bookshelves. My rules:

  • They have to be books I already owned. No buying a new book just to read it and consider it part of the challenge.
  • They have to be physical books. Despite a plethora of ebooks and kindle freebies, I want to get through the physical books that are overflowing from every bookcase I own.
  • They have to be books. No magazines, even if reading and tossing would clear shelf space.

If you want to participate in a book challenge for 2013, please sign up below. You don’t need to follow the same challenge I’ve got – if you want to read 12 fiction books, or 24 nonfiction, or whatever you want, it’s fine. Your challenge, your rules. And if you don’t have a blog, you’re still welcome to join in – just leave a comment!

Link Up Guidelines:

  1. The link-up will stay up through the end of January. Each month will have it’s own monthly link-up post to share progress throughout the year.
  2. Link the unique URL of your post, not your blog’s home page. Readers may peruse link-ups months after the fact and you want to make it easy for them to find the relevant post.
  3. Please include the 2013 Reading Challenge Button (unedited) or mention you’re linking up to the 2013 Reading Challenge at The Deliberate Reader.
  4. Share your post and read and comment on those who link up.

I'm planning on a monthly post to chronicle my progress, and it'll include a link-up so that if you are participating and are interested, you can write a post and link it up as well (or tell us about your progress in a comment).

Yes, I'm perhaps announcing this a little bit early, but I'm such a planner and I wanted to give everyone plenty of time to think about whether or not this was something they'd like to join, and, if so, what sort of challenge they'd set for themselves.

If you want to use the button I created on your posts, you're welcome to use it as-is (in other words, please don't edit it or make any changes to it.) I've included the grab code for it below:

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  1. “Because they don’t have the threat of due dates and fines behind them, I don’t feel the same urgency to read them, and they continually get pushed to the bottom of my reading stack.” Oh my gosh YES!!!! I’ll come back later to link up, but I LOVE this idea!!!!

  2. I definitely plan to do some sort of reading challenge in 2013. Have to think about the details still… Will try to link up here when I post about it!

  3. What a great idea! I have an enormous bookcase with “to be read” books on it, and I’m always looking for incentives and “reasons” to *have* to read πŸ™‚ I’ll link up when I write about it in my blog…

    • So happy to have you join in!

      I thought about counting all of the unread books I have waiting for me, but decided that it might depress me too much. Let’s just say I’ve got PLENTY of options for my 24 picks. πŸ™‚

  4. What a great idea! I have to think about this challenge idea. I have a journal that I am recording the books I have read, and a short explanation of the book (Hey, 60 years old and still doing book reports, hee, hee.) The idea of the journal is to be more accountable to read quality books not just fun, entertainment things. So this challenge could take that accountability a step farther. Thanks.

    • Whatever sort of challenge you want to set for yourself works! And I think your journal with the short explanation is awesome.

  5. Mary McCauley says:

    Love the idea! I too have books and books that I have not read & yet am always checking out new ones…Have shared your site with the library, a book club, and a lot of friends. Really enjoy your reviews and have saved some so I can go back to the list and get them. Will have to decide on the challenge though…

    • Thank you so much for sharing the site! And I hope you’ll join in if you think of a challenge for yourself. πŸ™‚

  6. Oh my goodness! I’m in! Same challenge. 24 of my own books!

  7. Count me in! This is such a great idea.

  8. Oh, I so need to do this challenge! I usually challenge myself to read 50 books a year and this year I think I’ll take your challenge to commit to reading the ones already on my shelves, my nightstand, my endtable…

  9. My reading challenge for myself is to read every PAGE of every book for my graduate program that I’m beginning in January…. I know I’ll be sacrificing some of my fun reading time, but I am so excited and want to do as well as I can in my new endeavor. πŸ™‚

    • That’s a good challenge – can I ask what’s the graduate program?

      Hopefully you’ll still have some time for fun reading as well – I always squeezed in at least some, no matter how much required reading I had. It just was a lot less, and a lot lighter.

      And congratulations on beginning the program!

      • Sure! It’s an AM in Liberal Studies {interdisciplinary content in the Liberal Arts tradition…I’ll virtually create the degree from across the Graduate Departments and Schools in the University}. I hope I have fun reading time, too – in fact, I’ll have to just to stay myself! But, the priority will definitely be Grad School… Thank you for the congrats! I’m really excited.

        • That sounds wonderful – I was a Liberal Studies major for my undergraduate degree, and I loved how it let me take such a wide variety of classes. I hope you’ll post some about the courses you’re taking and the books you’re reading – I’d be interested!

          • That is too cool! I am 99%-of-the-time trying to explain the degree, so I’m glad you know all about it! My undergrad offered a similar program, but it never would have dawned on me way back then. πŸ™‚ I’ll definitely have to post about it. I didn’t know if anyone would want to hear about it, but you’re the third person who has mentioned it to me today, so maybe I will. πŸ™‚

  10. What a great idea. I recently re-organized my books and have an entire bookcase devoted to books I want to read. I will challenge myself to a more modest goal of one a month, because it’s not like I’m going to stop getting even more books from the library.

    • I really debated whether to make it one or two books a month, but finally decided to be a little more ambitious. I may regret that, because I’m also not going to stop getting more from the library. πŸ™‚

      Glad to have you along for the challenge!

  11. I’m signing up! I’m terrible at reading the books I already own >_< I have a shelf that is overflowing with books. How do you sign up btw?

    • Well, you can either count your comment as you signing up, or if you want to be a little more official, you can scroll up to the bottom of the post and click on the blue oval that says “add your link.” Link up your post that describes your challenge & that’ll be it!

      Let me know if this isn’t clear & I’ll give more detailed instructions.

      Glad to have you along for the challenge!

  12. I have so many books sitting on my bookshelves that I had to sign up for this challenge πŸ˜‰

  13. Thanks for nudging me toward some sort of a reading plan for 2013. I read a lot, but haven’t read with a plan in mind for a while now… which results in me drifting toward a disproportionate amount of fiction (mostly classics, but still unbalanced). And as an added measure of accountability, I’ve posted my involvement in your challenge on my blog and recruited my family as encouragers. No excuses!

  14. kim in ohio says:

    All my bookshelves and books on the floor are TBR. Plus the 10,000 in the garage. I am son in for this challagne.
    kim in ohio


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