2016 When Are You Reading? Challenge

when are you reading 2016 final

I’m back for the third year of the WHEN ARE YOU READING? challenge! If you did this before, welcome back! If you’re new, welcome! Let me know if you have any questions or feel free to make up your own answers.

  • The complete challenge will include 12 books from the following eras:
    • Pre 1500
    • 1500-1599
    • 1600-1699
    • 1700-1799
    • 1800-1899
    • 1900-1919
    • 1920-1939
    • 1940-1959
    • 1960-1979
    • 1980-1999
    • 2000-Present
    • The Future



  • 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!

If you want to see examples, you can see my Challenge page for an idea of how to start.


2016 When Are You Reading? Participants

Me (Sam @ Taking on a World of Words)
Sara Beth Williams @ Author S. Williams
Yvo @ It’s All About Books
Debra @ Booking It
Jen @ jabrushblog
Michelle @ siderealday
Ellen @ Ellen Allen
Becky @ Becky’s Books
Lauren @ The Laurenest
Amy @ Curiouser and curiouser
Gwen @ Dark Willow
Dyan @ The Bookish Introvert
Alana @ Alana King
Sally @ Sally Allen

28 Responses to “2016 When Are You Reading? Challenge”

  1. Yvo at 1:42 PM #

    Such great news, I will definitely be joining again!


  2. jabrush1213 at 3:13 PM #

    Love this challenge! Sounds like a challenge.


  3. MmrliRuddy at 9:46 PM #

    So wish I could join in but these days I fall asleep before I can even finish a page much less a whole book. Sounds like a great challenge though


    • Sam at 10:09 PM #

      Thank you. I love reading before bed because it puts me to sleep. But it does make it hard to finish a long book haha. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. siderealday at 4:26 PM #

    I’m going to join if only to continue encouraging myself to try and read more diversely. Also, I did enjoy some of the books I read for the challenge last year.


    • Sam at 5:02 PM #

      Awesome! I’ll add you to the list when I get home. Glad to have you, happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. beckylindroos at 11:30 PM #

    I wan’t going to do any challenges this year because I’m still tired from last year. However, yours piqued my interest so I now have one. I just keep a really simple list of the dates and put the books I read next to them with a link to the review.


    • Sam at 6:00 PM #

      That’s awesome! So glad to have you join, Becky! Happy reading.


  6. Lauren at 11:35 AM #

    I’m gonna give this a go! I might not have 100% unique titles between this and a few of the other challenges I’m doing, but I’ll probably have several eras with multiple books by the end of it. It’ll work… http://thelaurenest.com/2016-reading-challenges/


    • Sam at 6:01 PM #

      Overlapping is no problem. Glad to have you on board, Lauren!


  7. Amy at 11:35 AM #

    Is it too late to join the challenge? I need to read more in 1900 to 1999 sections so this would be a great challenge for me 🙂


    • Sam at 6:03 PM #

      Awesome! I struggle with the earlier sections the most. Best of luck!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Gwen at 5:24 PM #

    I think I’m going to add this to the challenges I’m doing this year! I probably would’ve read from 1700 on anyway, but I’ll have to specifically seek out something for the first few. Great challenge.



    • Sam at 7:19 PM #

      Great news! I’m excited to have you join us. I’ll add you to the list of participants. Happy reading and good luck!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. thebookishintrovert at 6:59 PM #

    Hi! Is it too late to join the challenge? Can I join as well? 😀


  10. Alana at 10:26 AM #

    Is it too late to join the challenge?


    • Sam at 5:13 PM #

      It’s never too late! Do you have a page you’ll be tracking your progress on? I’ll link to it here of you do. Welcome!!


  11. Sally Allen at 3:26 PM #

    I’m late to the party, but better late than never. 🙂 I’ve put up my first post on it today: http://sallyallenbooks.com/2016/06/reading-time/



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