2016 Reading Goals

For 2016, I decided to have three reading goals:

  1. Finish reading all Brandon Sanderson published works. Easier said than done. Brandon is so prolific, he has a total of 35 published works (based on my calculation) in all sort of formats: books, novella, and short stories. There is also a problem about The Wheel of Time, originally written by Robert Jordan and continued by Brandon after Jordan passed away. It’s a series of fourteen books, and Brandon wrote the last three… which means I have to read the whole 14 books. I trust they’re good, though, so definitely not complaining about having to read them. :D
  2. Tackle the Book Riot Read Harder challenge. Basically, I want to read books I don’t normally read. Book Riot provides a list of 24 tasks that need to be completed, and I have to say that this is definitely going to be difficult to complete. But hey, let’s give it a try.
  3. Do a door-stopper reading challenge. I am thrifty, in a weird way. Believe it or not, I partly make my decision to buy a book based on the price:number of pages ratio. Like, I wouldn’t buy a novella that’ll cost me $9.99, but it’s actually much more complicated than that. The solution, therefore, is to read thicker books, or the so-called door-stopper books. For 2016, I plan to read as many 1000+ pages books as possible.

Goal #1: Read All Sanderson’s

I have a similar list in my planner, but decided to put this table here because I just like to keep tracks of things, I guess?

Books

Title Read Remarks
The Way of Kings  YES  Read in 2015
Words of Radiance  YES  Read in 2015
The Final Empire  YES  Read in 2015
The Well of Ascension  YES  Read in 2015
The Hero of Ages  YES  Feb 6, 2016
The Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning
Elantris  YES  Read in 2015
Warbreaker  YES  Read in 2015
Alcatraz vs The Evil Librarians
The Scrivener’s Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
Steelheart  YES  Read in 2015
Firefight  YES  Feb 8, 2016
Calamity
The Rithmatist  YES  Read in 2015
The Gathering Storm
Towers of Midnight
A Memory of Light

Novella/Short Stories

Title Read Remarks
The Eleventh Metal
Allomancer Jak and The Pits of Eltania
The Hope of Elantris
Shadows for Silence in The Forests of Hell
Sixth of the dusk
Mitosis
Legion  YES  Mar 6, 2016
Legion: Skin Deep
River of Souls
The Emperor’s Soul  YES  Read in 2015
Defending Elysium
Firstborn
Infinity Blade: Awakening
Infinity Blade: Redemption
Perfect State  YES  May 13, 2016
Mistborn: Secret History

As you can see, I’ve got a long long way to go.

Goal #2: Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

You can read about the challenge here.

Task Book and link to GR Completed?
Read a horror book    
Read a nonfiction book about science.    
Read a collection of essays.  
Read a book out loud to someone else. Cookie Rhyme, Cookie Time (Abigail Tabby)  Yes (Feb 19, 2016)
Read a middle grade novel.  The Hidden Oracle (Rick Riordan)  Yes (May 5, 2016)
Read a biography (not memoir or autobiography).  
Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel.    
Read a book originally published in the decade you were born.    
Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award.
   
Read a book over 500 pages long. War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy) Yes (January 25, 2016)
Read a book under 100 pages. The Grownup (Gillian Flynn) Yes (January 2, 2016)
Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender.    
Read a book that is set in the Middle East.
   
Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia.  
Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900.  
Read the first book in a series by a person of color.  The Wrath and the Dawn (Renee Ahdieh)  Yes (April 25, 2016)
Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years.    
Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie.
Debate which is better.
Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes.
Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction).    
Read a book about politics, in your country or another (fiction or nonfiction).    
Read a food memoir.
Read a play. The Importance of Being Earnest (Oscar Wilde)  
Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness. Charm & Strange (Stephanie Kuehn)  Yes (Feb 11, 2016)

Empty column means I haven’t decided which book to read.

Goal #3: Door-stopper Reading Challenge

Hello and welcome to my door-stopper reading challenge.
Do you want to tackle that George RR Martin books, but struggling to get through the first chapter? Did you vow to finally read LOTR this year? Are those thick fantasy books staring at you, judging you, while collecting dust on their shelves?

Well, it’s time to pick up those books and do some heavy lifting (or just read them on ebooks, yeah?) Join the Door-stopper reading challenge and conquer War and Peace (or not).

The goal is to read as many 1000+ pages books as possible throughout 2016. You can set your own goal, one, two, three, fifty, or just go crazy and don’t set a limit at all. It’s up to you!

Here are some lists to help you out:

A Goodreads List of Books Over 1000 Pages

Library Thing’s Big Fat Book Challenge 2014

Wikipedia – List of longest novels

And my obligatory table to keep track of things.

Title Number of pages Read on
War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy) 1392 Jan 25, 2016
 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (Susanna Clarke)  1006  Mar 10, 2016
 Book #3
 Book #4
 Book #5
 Book #6
 Book #7
 Book #8
 Book #9

2 thoughts on “2016 Reading Goals

  1. I’m doing a similar challenge to the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. It’s from Popsugar. Gaah it’s hard to select which books fit in each category!

    1000+ pages?? Ahh I easily get intimidated with such thickness! But good luck with your challenges here, Windie! These are tough but I’m sure you can conquer these! :D

    1. Oh yes, I read that too but Popsugar one has so many tasks I gave up before even starting it. hahaha.

      You know, in a way reading 1000+ pages book helps save my money because it took me long enough just to read one. I’ve recently finished War and Peace and it took me a good 3 weeks.

      Thanks Trisha! :D

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