Reading time 4 mins

I feel compelled to challenge myself in the coming year. I think a reading challenge is a fun way to get this done. I am really agonized about which challenges to enter, and which to skip. I didn’t really enter any challenges in 2014 except the goodreads reading challenge. I only promised to read 30 books. I went way over that and completely surprised myself.

2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Karen has
completed her goal of reading 30 books in 2014!

I am a bit more optimistic about 2015. Even with the relocation that is coming up, I am sure I can do better.

Here is a list of the challenges I have committed to in 2015: (click on the graphics to read more about them and see the host pages)

2015 Read Your Freebies Reading Challenge

I am gonna try to read and review at least 12 books the I have obtained for FREE. I have so many books just waiting for me to read on my kindle and physical copies I have won. I am gonna show those books some love (hopefully) and read/review at least a dozen of them.

2015 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

I am hoping to read a least 100 books in 2015. No pressure. These books can include my freebies, arcs, physical books, blog tours– anything, as long as they are 100 pages.



This challenge just looked like fun. Read a book with the key word in the title (or close to the key word) pick one.


  • JAN- Bird, Girl, Ever, Silence, Bad, Truth, End
  • FEB- Key, Water, Lie, Chase, And, Once
  • MAR- KInd, Face, Power, City, Blue, Night, To
  • APR- Dream, Prince, Long, Wind, Rose, The, Rock
  • MAY- Ash, Road, Thief, Bend, In, Far
  • JUN- My, Together, Whisper, Win, Soul, Sleep
  • JUL- Sun, Unto, Energy, Fate, High, Look
  • AUG- Fall, Boy, Glass, Heart, Lost, Now
  • SEP- Color, Touch, Life, Day, How, Sweet
  • OCT- Ghost, Home, Beach, Away, Test, Number
  • NOV- Rise, Holiday, And, Little, Call, Dark
  • DEC- Space, Mirror, Over, Flower, Trap, Cold

I hope I can keep up.


I like that this one challenges me to step outside of myself and read a book for the theme. Here are the themes:

  • JAN Book to Movie or Audio
    Read a book that has a movie based off of it. For an extra challenge, see the movie or listen to the audio book as well.
  • FEB– Award Winner
    Read a book that has won recognition or a literary award.  Here’s a list of literary awards to help you get started on your search: Literary Awards.
  • MAR–  Genre Jumble Read a book in a genre that you’ve never tried or that you’re least familiar with. For example, if you typically reach for romance novels, try a mystery this time. Ask your local librarian for great suggestions on the genre your least familiar with.
  • APRMystery, Murder, and Mayhem
    Read a murder/mystery book, a book in which someone dies of mysterious causes, or a book in which the truth must come out.
  • MAYLibrary Love
    Show your library some love and visit your local branch. Choose a book to read that they have on display.
  • JUN–  Take A Trip
    Choose a book to read that takes place in a country different than the one you live in or choose a book written by an author that is from a country different than your own.
  • JULStanding Up
    Read a book in which the main character stands up for themselves, stands against an enemy, or stands up for something they believe in.
  • AUG– Alternate Reality
    Read a book that’s set in the future, on another planet, in another dimension, or in an unknown world. A Dystopian book will count this month as well.
  • SEPFurry FriendsRead a book that includes an animal either as a main character or supporting character. Horses, cats, dogs, insects, bird, etc. The book doesn’t have to be about the animal but the animal needs to play some sort of role in the story or be mentioned several times throughout the book.
  • OCTGoblins, and Ghost, and Ghouls, Oh My!
    Cozy mystery ghost stories, paranormal creeptastic, funky fantasy creatures- it’s up to you!
  • NOV– An Oldie but a Goodie
    Pick a book published before 2000 that you’ve always wanted to read, but just never got to. Or pick a book set in the past (before 2000).
  • DEC– That’s a Wrap
    Finish a series you’ve been meaning to finish or read the next book in a series you started but never finished.

This is my official sign up post for these challenges!


Is that enough? I think so.

What Challenges are you doing in 2015?

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