Reading Challenge Review for 2016

2016 was the year I got back into reading . Ironically, it was also the year I started my Master's program. I was worried I would...

2016 was the year I got back into reading. Ironically, it was also the year I started my Master's program. I was worried I wouldn't get much reading done in the fall because of classes, and while my reading did decrease a bit, I was still able to get through a good bit of books during the second half of the year. I read a total of 64 books during 2016 (see my favorites here), and I've set a goal for myself to read 60 books in 2017. Since I'll be taking classes during Spring, Summer, and Fall of this year, I'm really hoping I'll be able to meet my goal, since it will definitely be a busy year for me.

Last year, I began the Popsugar Reading Challenge for 2016, which included 41 reading prompts, and I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal to 40 books. And while I met my Goodreads goal of 40 by reading 64 books, I didn't complete all my reading prompts for the Popsugar Reading Challenge. There were four prompts that I didn't meet, including the following:

-A book you haven't read since high school.
-A political memoir.
-A book at least 100 years older than you.
-A book that's more than 600 pages.

I intended to read the following books to fulfill those prompts.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Ungodly by Ted Dracos
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
East of Eden by John Steinbeck

I'm hoping to be more mindful of pairing my reading choices with my 2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge prompts this year. There are 52 this year (including 12 bonus selections), so if I read at least one book a week, I should be able to finish the challenge. I'm pretty pumped for this year, and while I didn't finish all my prompts in 2016, I'd say I did a-okay for it be my first year making reading a priority!

Did you work on a reading challenge last year? Do you plan to complete one in 2017? Give me the deets below!

I've linked up with Macy and Emelia for this post.

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  1. A reading challenge sounds so fun but I'm not quite there yet. I seem to like the same type of books and am pretty slow to read others when I step outside of my comfort zone but I love to hear what others are reading! Good luck with your challenge :)

    1. To each her own! I enjoy the challenges. My preference is thrillers, and it may take me a while to get through other books, but I always feel glad I read a book, so I'm totally fine stepping outside of my comfort zone when it comes to reading!

  2. I keep doing the Goodreads reading challenges every year. Last year I was 7 books short if my 80 books goal. This year I've decided to take the pressure off and read 40 books, that way I wouldn't be avoiding bigger books and I could take my time. Great job on your Goodreads book challenge last year!

    1. I just got back into reading last year, but Goodreads definitely motivates me! I completed it last year and am doing it again this year (and hopefully beyond!).
      73 is still an impressive number!