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For no reason in particular, I never felt the need to sign up for challenges (aside from the Goodreads challenge, of course) before 2016, but I signed up for two on a whim last week. I don't have any set-in-stone goals for either because I don't want to stress myself out over meeting certain reading quotas, but I am going to do my best to read a respectable number of titles matching each challenge's criteria.
Challenge #1: The Around the World Challenge
Hosted by: All About Books
Objective: To visit "many different places in the world through books, especially places that are rather rare, and not the kind of settings you see in 95% of all the books you read."
How to get involved: You just have to keep track of all the places you "travel" through reading (AKA the settings of all the books you read) on an online map (I use ZeeMaps, but Google Maps is another great choice). You can also complete one or more of various mini challenges, such as reading one book for each continent.
Why I'm particiapting: I already keep track of the places I visit via books; I started doing so last year without even realizing that this challenge existed. (You can check out my 2015 literary travel here.) So when I found out about Around the World, it only seemed natural that I sign up.
Challenge #2: The Debut Author Challenge
Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl
Objective: "To introduce readers to this year’s wonderful group of debut authors" and "to challenge readers to read 12 or more (or less! It’s up to you!) middle grade, young adult, and new adult debuts this year."
How to get involved: Read and post about any MG, YA, or NA debuts with 2016 release dates. Then post your links to the monthly wrap-ups over on That Artsy Reader Girl to enter to win prize packs.
Why I'm particiapting: I love reading debut novels. It can be hard for debut authors to get the word out about their titles, as they don't have established fan bases, and I like being able to say "I was a fan of [insert author here] since she published her first book." The Debut Author Challenge seems like a great way to promote debuts and discover and discuss new titles.
Are you participating in any reading challenges this year? If so, which ones? Let me know in the comments.