Welcome to the first day of the 2016 When Are You Reading? Challenge

1 Jan

when are you reading 2016 final

Happy New Year! It’s January 1st and that means it’s day 1 of the 2016 When Are You Reading? Challenge! In case you missed my previous post, I’ve put the ‘rules’ below. Please let me know if you’ve decided to join, I’d love to have you all be a part of this fun challenge.

I’m hosting the 3rd annual When Are You Reading? Challenge! It’s a short challenge, only 12 books, which challenges you to read books set or published in different time periods. Those periods are:

  • Pre 1500
  • 1500-1599
  • 1600-1699
  • 1700-1799
  • 1800-1899
  • 1900-1919
  • 1920-1939
  • 1940-1959
  • 1960-1979
  • 1980-1999
  • 2000-Present
  • The Future

At only one book a month, this one has always been fast and fun. Often I find the books I was going to read anyway fit into the time periods. There are very few ‘rules’ associated with the challenge. I put it in quotations because you’re free to do what you want with it.


  • Determination of what year a book belongs in is the decision of the participant. On the whole, choose a year where the largest part of the action occurs or the most important event.
  • I will compile a list of those participating on this page but you must link back to this page to be added to the list so that other participants can find us!

It works best if you dedicate a page or post to tracking your books so I can link to it. I had four participants last year and I’m hoping to up that again this year.

If  you’re interested, let me know and grab the graphic my fabulous husband designed (isn’t he great?!) to let others know you’re participating. I can’t wait for you to join!

Pages for the 2016 challenge are up now. Please click on over here and here for more info.

Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

13 Responses to “Welcome to the first day of the 2016 When Are You Reading? Challenge”

  1. DebraB January 1, 2016 at 11:19 AM #

    I would like to join. What a fun idea! I also signed up for another challenge, but there should be a fair amount of overlap between the two, so I think it’s doable. i’d love to have a copy of the timeline you mentioned as well.

    Thanks for doing this!


    • Sam January 1, 2016 at 4:04 PM #

      I thought I’d gotten rid of the mentions of the timeline. Oops! It was a tool I encouraged last year but it takes a lot of time. If you are still interested in creating one, you can use the website timetoast.com where you can create your own timelines for free. Let me know what you think of it! 🙂 Excited to have you on board. Happy reading!


      • DebraB January 1, 2016 at 4:16 PM #

        Thanks for the tip about the timeline website. I will check it out!

        Liked by 1 person

  2. readersandmore January 1, 2016 at 3:24 PM #

    That’s so cool that you’re hosting a reading challenge! This isn’t my kind of challenge but good luck 🙂


  3. xxertz January 1, 2016 at 9:52 PM #

    Good luck to everyone on this challenge!!


  4. alilovesbooks January 2, 2016 at 5:59 AM #

    I’m so tempted to sign up. Might encourage me to widen my reading as I tend to avoid historical fiction.


    • Sam January 2, 2016 at 8:53 AM #

      Take some time to think if you’d like. There’s no deadline to sign up so you’re welcome to wait a month and then decided. I do hope you join. It’s a fun challenge! Happy reading.

      Liked by 1 person

      • alilovesbooks January 2, 2016 at 5:08 PM #

        Thanks although I’m already thinking what books will fit so seems likely I’ll be joining 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  5. mhparkin January 2, 2016 at 4:04 PM #

    This seems really interesting XD sadly, I’ve already got a reading list set. Hope you and whoever does this reading challenge reach your goals. I always like posting on Goodreads what I’ve read. XD Makes me feel brilliant when I see how many books I’ve read over the years.


    • Sam January 2, 2016 at 5:02 PM #

      Good luck with your own challenges. I always set a Goodreads goal to push myself to read more. I chose 45 this year, which is down from 2015 but takes into account some big life changes for me. Happy reading!


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