In 2017 I learned about the Goodreads Challenge, in which readers set their own goals and see if they can meet them. I also learned about The Better World Books Reading Challenge, which really captured my imagination. Here’s what I said:
So here’s my plan. I’m going to try to integrate these two challenges. I want to read 50 books in 2017, some of them just plain fun, some of them necessary to my writing career, and some of them that will fit the descriptions on the Better World list. I’d like to complete both challenges by the end of December.
Do you want to join me? If you’d like to–no pressure–comment below. Tell us which challenge you plan to attempt or both, if that applies. And then, as you move toward your goal, feel free to list the books you’ve read in subsequent comments on any of my other blogs and if you feel like it, what you thought of your choice. I’ll try to keep a list so by year’s end we can recount our successes together .
And as a reward for at least giving this a try? I’ll keep a list, and in January of next year I’ll choose at random five commenters to receive an autographed copy of one of my recent novels.
Last week I told you about a new reading challenge, and I’m delighted how many of you have decided to read together this coming year. I’ve already read two books that fit that list. So I’m well on my way. And some of you are, as well. I’m inspired.
Please note that the last Wednesday blog of each month will have a section devoted to Read Along With Emilie 2018. I’ve just added a Reading Challenge Category to list relevant blog posts. You’ll probably find “categories” on your right, if you’re reading on your computer.
This will be your opportunity to tell us what you’ve read, how you’ve liked it, what you plan to read next. You can do it by commenting on that day’s post. It will also a good chance to ask others to recommend books for different categories or give us your choices. We don’t have a chat room, but the blog and our Facebook Group, Read Along With Emilie Richards, will give everyone a chance to say their piece.
However! Today I want to finish last year’s reading challenges with a flourish.
In January 2017 I promised that if you accepted either challenge and commented about them on my blog during the year, I would enter you in a giveaway for five copies of one of my (recent) novels. So it’s time now to figure out who participated.
Here are the people I have on my list so far. If you did participate either here or perhaps mentioned your participation on my Facebook Page, and I don’t have you on this list, it’s time to comment on this post to tell me.
- Kathryn Trask
- Jane Dougherty
- Kay Myhrman-Toso
- Nancy Seitz
- Yvonne B53
- Susan Roberts
- Nita Voleski
- Cathy Norton
- Randi Shelton
- Nancy Lepri
- Kathy Dean
- Jean Skarda
- Michelle Walker-Fullerton
If you would like to, please check in and tell us how things went for you this year? Did you like being challenged? Did you find a special book you might never have read?
On Tuesday of next week I’ll let random.org choose five winners from this list and any additions. If you don’t have a U.S. mailing address, we’ll decide together the best way to send you one of my books.
Thanks to everyone who signed up for a challenge, either one of these or somewhere else. You don’t have to finish a list to be considered a winner. You read for fun and enlightenment. You were willing to try new books. What could be better? I’m proud of all of us.