Reading Challenges & Resolutions for 2016

Hello 2016! I can’t quite get used to the idea that a new year has begun. Usually I feel the new year brings a fresh new start, but this year (understandably) my mind is just not ready yet.

Anyway, I finally got around to looking at reading challenges for 2016. And inspired by my fellow bloggers I also decided to write down a few resolutions!


  • Get my TBR down to 250 books.
    Ah, that eternal blasted TBR! In 2015, I purged many of my books during KonMari. I have since bought more books than I care to admit (but I swear they all spark joy!). My TBR is now at 287. In order to get it down to 250 I have to read plenty of books from my shelves, and not buy too many new ones… We’ll see what happens.
  • Bring my blog back to life.
    My poor neglected blog. During the last few months I posted no more than a monthly wrap-up, it seems. I want to write more reviews and other book-related posts.
  • Be a social blogger once more.
    I really miss hanging out with fellow bloggers. I have a ton of marked blog posts in Feedly that I still want to comment on, and I want to be active in challenges again. For those who don’t follow me on Twitter yet, I’m @brilliantreads. And if you’ve stumbled upon my blog, do leave a comment and I’ll come check out your blog! <3

I also have a few minor unofficial reading challenges I’m setting for myself:

  • Read 3 graphic novels.
  • Read at least 15 science fiction novels.
  • Read more women than men.
  • Read at least 3 books in Japanese.
  • Read at least 1 book in German.


2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
Carola has
read 0 books toward her goal of 52 books.

Of course there’s the Goodreads Reading Challenge. Like every year, my goal will be 52 books.

LGBTQIA 2016 Reading Challenge

LGBTQIA 2016 Reading Challenge

As every year, I will be participating in another LGBTQIA challenge, this time hosted over at Pretty Deadly Reviews. I am going for level yellow, meaning I’ll try to read and review 13-20 LGBTQIA themed books.

Women's Classic Literature Event

Women’s Classic Literature Event

For the past few years it’s been my aim to read more women. I am also (still) participating in the Classics Club Challenge, so I simply couldn’t resist this particular challenge! I have quite a few classics written by women on my Classics Club Challenge TBR. These are some potential reads for 2016 (but who knows what’ll happen in reality):

  • Alcott, Louisa May – Little Women
  • Bronte, Charlotte – Jane Eyre
  • Bronte, Anne – The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • Bronte, Emily – Wuthering Heights
  • Haasse, Hella S. – De Heren van de Thee (The Tea Lords)
  • Hall, Radclyffe – The Well of Loneliness
  • Jackson, Shirley – The Haunting of Hill House
  • Le Guin, Ursula K. – The Left Hand of Darkness
  • Mitchell, Margaret – Gone with the Wind
  • Walker, Alice – The Color Purple
  • Woolf, Virginia – Mrs. Dalloway

If you know of more challenges I might be interested in, let me know! 🙂


  1. So.. I was going to comment on your resolutions: I think they are wonderful. Basically, the general ones come down to my own, perhaps we can cheer each other on? From the specific ones I am particularly interested in the books you will read for the Women’s Classic Literature Event. In the midst of purging it is always nice to look at books I might want to read one day, right?
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  2. I hear you about blogging. It requires a lot of time for me to compose reviews, so I am always running behind! 🙂 I hope your plans help you in the way you think they will! I had planned not to register for many reading events this year, but that’s already gone by the wayside! 🙂 My blog is Smoke & Mirrors at You can come on over and check out the reading events in which I am participating! 🙂

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