2016 Reading Challenge

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I love reading, that’s no secret. But I have never really been part of any serious reading challenges. Thus, I decided that this year I should be part of a proper reading challenge. I signed up to my Goodreads account and set a personal goal of reading 25 books in the year 2016. Given the fact that we have 12 months, I calculated 2 books a month and 1 bonus.

What I needed next was an idea or some sort of recommendation that I could follow. After searching the internet for a while I found one reading challenge that seemed to fit into my requirements scale.

A challenge is always fun when you have other people taking part in it along with you. So I am tagging all you book lovers to join me on this reading journey for this year.

The Reading Challenge is called 25 Books for 2016, here is the list I will be following.


Are you part of challenges this year?  Let me know.

90 thoughts on “2016 Reading Challenge

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  2. Dear Rashmi,
    After reading Lolita, I needed a break, I picked up, “The Great Gatsby,” I realized why you liked it so much. I loved the book,but found it sad, I liked Gatsby and Nick the narrator’s character in the book, they were delightful.
    Yesterday, I started reading , “Angels and Demons,” I’m finding it interesting. Thank you for your suggestion. 🙂

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    • Hi Ranu, I am so glad to know that you enjoyed The Great Gatsby, it’s a tragedy buy very well written.
      Angels and Demons is a good one too, although it’s a little slow and sometimes you might have to push yourself to get through some of the chapters.
      I just finished my 7th book yesterday. Will be starting my 8th book for the year ‘The 5th Wave’ today. Picking up a sci-fi book for a change.
      Are you on Goodreads? We could continue our discussion there, it will be easier to talk books there than having to come to this post everytime.
      You should also join our forum, it’s called Blogger’s World. if interested, I can send you an invite for the forum. Let me know.
      Regards, Rashmi


      • I’d love to join the blogger’s forum, thank you.
        I did sign up on Goodreads, they have it mixed up, every time I tried to enter I can’t get through, I’m not sure what to do.


  3. Hello Rashmi,
    I hope you had a wonderful birthday party for your son. All the best to you both.
    I’ve finished reading 9 books, Lolita was the ninth book. Now I’m ready to read ,’The great Gatsby.’ What do you think, is it a good choice? 🙂

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  4. Hi Rashmi ,
    I finished reading, “The End of the Affair by Graham Greene,” on Tuesday 23rd of this month. I have started reading the next one, it’s a book I’m reading out of curiosity. While reading Lolita in Tehran , I wondered what was Lolita about, why was there so much dialogue about this book in particular? After starting it I’ve realized , it is not the kind of book,one picks up for reading pleasure. It shows a dangerous side of some humans, which most of us are not aware of, yet it is good to know. I Would appreciate to know your feeling. Thank you.

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    • Hi Ranu,
      You seem to be in a roll! Are you planning to read Lolita next? I have read the book and must say that the content is on the darker side, but the book is very well written! It is definitely worth a read, it is one of the best sellers for obvious reasons although it was controversial.
      However, If you have difficulty with reading content involving incest and physical relationships, then I suggest you proceed with caution. Hope this helps.


      • Thank you Rashmi, I started reading it before I picked up “The End of the Affair,” after reading a few pages I could not go on, so I read the book I just finished and picked up “Lolita,” again. I have other books I can read it seems according to my friends it’s a must read book.
        Also your comment makes me want to read it. Thank you so much for your help. 🙂

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  5. Dear Rashmi,
    I’m pleased to let you know I finished reading my seventh book, “Reading Lolita in Tehran- A memoir in books by Azar Nafisi.
    Once again thank you for your encouragement, if it weren’t for you I probably wouldn’t seriously think of reading twenty-five books. 🙂

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  6. Dear Rashmi,
    I’ve finished reading ,”Far From The Madding Crowd,” I’m so glad. My seventh book is, “Reading Lolita in Tehran.” Its author is Azar Nafisi. I’ve already started reading it about half an hour ago. It’s # 1 New York Times Best Seller. 🙂

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  7. In the reading book challenge, I have read four books ,they are the following:
    1.Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh, translated by Mobi Ho
    2. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
    3. Eleven minutes by Paolo Coelho
    4. The time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
    5. My Next Book is, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
    Book number 5 is quite interesting.

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  11. Hi, this morning i finished reading my book, “miracle of mindfulness, a translation by Mobi Ho.Today I have picked up Ayn Rand’s fiction, “Atlas Shrugged,” this will take longer to read, it has 1168 pages.Thanks for the challenge, I need it to get motivated. 🙂

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  12. awesome!!!
    I was just waiting for a post like this. 🙂
    I am taking my first reading challenge this year.
    I have taken 50 books for this year. and I am done with two books.

    I have not prepared any list in advance. I will be selecting randomly. most of the books will be from Russian authors.
    wish you all the best for the challenge. 🙂

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  13. That’s an interesting list, Rashmi. I don’t think I’ll follow it but as I read a book I’ll see if it fits in any of the categories. I usually set a goal to read 100 books a year. In 2015 I read 85. Since I won’t be doing another Blogging U. course until February, I plan to devote my Wonderful Words Blog posts this month to my reading. I’ll be doing a post on what I read in 2015 and what I plan to read in 2016. I also hope to do a post on each book I read. Good luck with your reading plan.

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    • Wow, 100 books a year? That’s amazing! I could never commit to that big number. I would love to read your post on the books you have read and planning to read. I welcome recommendations from you 🙂
      Good luck with your reading challenge!

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  14. Hi it’s such a good idea to enter the reading challenge with “goodreads.’ I signed up to read 25 books, I hope I can do it. I’ve already started reading a non-fiction, which is a translation by Mobi Ho, the title is,”The Miracle of Mindfulness.” An introduction to the Practice of Meditation.
    Thank you for your post, it is timely. 🙂

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  15. Hi there! I am also participating in a 2016 Reading Challenge and would love to have you join me on my journey as well! If you would like, please check out my blog. I look forward to reading about what you are reading! Happy 2016 and best of luck on your challenge! -BJ

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    • Hi BJ! That’s great, I will definitely check out your blog and join you in your reading challenge. I will do a post on the books I have picked for the first quarter shortly. Happy 2016 to you too! And good luck with the challenge.
      Happy Reading! – Rashmi

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    • Wow….50 is like a book a week almost and you have already completed 2? Awesome!
      Well for this challenge, it’s just about crossing off the category from the list. So every time you cross off a category (or if you are a fast reader once you complete a set of categories) you can tag in the forum or through a blog post. Would be lovely to discuss.
      Do let me know if you have read some really good books worth recommending from the categories in the list!
      Thank you, Happy New Year to you too! 🙂

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  16. I always try to so these challenges of reading x amount of books with my goodreads account and fail. However, I really like the options in this challenge. I might just try to see how many of them I can cross off in an attempt to widen my reading genres. 🙂 thanks for sharing!

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  17. I am in, Rashmi. Given that my current year resolution is to read 50 books, I can easily sign up for this challenge. 🙂 And I have already started reading a book which I have had since forever.0 Let me know if I need to do anything else to be a part of this challenge. Good luck to us. 😉

    p.s.: You look fab in that hairstyle

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  18. Alright.That sounds pretty interesting.I am not a book reader, but I would like to try and take up the book reading challenge with you ! I don’t know about any good books by the way 🙂 But, https://mcmaffei55.wordpress.com had suggested me some good books to read, a few days back.Maybe if you would like to,you can go and have a look at that as well 🙂 I would love to join in the book reading fun. It’s been years since i lost touch with reading books 😛 The last time i read books was during my school days 😀

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  19. I love reading, but school takes up so much time I would never be able to do 25 books! Plus I’m really picky about what I read and I would not be happy reading a book I didn’t like only to complete a challenge. But I sincerely wish you and anyone else participating all the best and I hope y’all come across some great books! 🙂

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    • I can relate to that. I’m quite picky myself. So my biggest challenge would be to find books that fit in the criteria of the challenge.
      Thanks for the wishes! I will def let you know if I come across any great books in this journey! 🙂


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