Ready for the #2016HW? Sign Up Today!!!

Posted December 2, 2015 by Michelle in Reading Assignment Challenge (HW) / 11 Comments

2016HWLogoWe had so much fun going back to school this year with #2015HW that we’re doing it again! Just like #2015HW you’re in charge of the assigned reading list. Like any good students, Berls and I learned a few things from doing #2015HW this year, so we’ve made a few changes to hopefully make it even better. So what do you say? Ready to join Berls and Me for the 2016 Reading Assignment Challenge!?

The Rules

  • The 2016 Reading Assignment Challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st 2016. You may sign up anytime between now and July 1st.
  • You may only participate for the months AFTER you sign up (so if you sign up in February, January doesn’t count)
  • Commit to reading 1, 2, 3, or 4 books a month and MAKE A LIST of the SPECIFIC books you will read in 2016. This is the point of the challenge: you’re committing to reading a set list of books and a certain number of them each month. It’s your chance to finally hold yourself accountable for those books you keep promising you’ll read!
  • You may read any genre or any format (i.e., eBook, Audiobook, Paperback, Hardcover). But they must be published before January 1, 2016 and they must be at least 100 pages.
  • Pick a level and make your list. REMEMBER: you’re committing to not just those books, but that number of books a month. You CANNOT read them all in one month. We’re doing away with the complicated and often confusing extra credit this year, but you’ll get a chance for a fresh start each quarter (details below)
  • At the end of each month, cross off the book(s) you read. We will have a link-up each quarter (hosted by Michelle in April, Berls in July, Michelle in September, Berls in January 2017) for you to link your progress. Details below, but… The link-up will be open for the first 7 days of the new quarter and we will randomly select a quarterly winner of a $5 gift card to Amazon. Giveway will be open Internationally.
  • Tweet your progress to #2016HW and keep an eye out for random tweets from us.
  • There will also be a grand prize drawing in January 2017. The number of entries you get in the grand prize giveaway will depend on how you perform in the quarterly Report Cards and what percentage of books you read from your list. The quarterly giveaways will be based on that quarter alone, so even if you can’t complete the challenge for the year, you will have plenty of opportunities to win!

The Levels

Reading Level 1:
12 books (1 book/month)

Reading Level 2:
24 books (2 books/month)

Reading Level 3:
36 books (3 books/month)

Reading Level 4:
48 books (4 books/month)

Note: This year DNFs count as having read the book – you will NOT need to replace books that you DNF.

The Quarterly Report Cards

Last year we had monthly report cards where you could check in, let us know if you used extra credit or passes, share reviews, etc… and as the year progressed we learned two things:

  1. The passes and extra credit were way too confusing. In our minds they were simple, but so many new scenarios came up each month making us realize they were more work than they were worth.
  2. The passes and extra credit weren’t doing what we’d hoped. Our goal was to give people a way to not fail the challenge early in the year. But by summer many had failed, by the fall Michelle and I were even out. It was just too hard. Sometimes you need a fresh start, you know?!

So Quarterly Report cards are going to HOPEFULLY fix both problems. We’ve thrown away the complicated passes and extra credit system and instead the quarterly report cards are your chance for a do-over.

You heard us right. You get a do-over. Every quarter.

Here’s what you’ll need to do every time you turn in your Quarterly Report Card:

  • Report which books you read, during which months.
  • Report which months, if any, you didn’t make it.
  • Link to your review and/or reading progress on Goodreads showing you read the book(s).
  • Your final grade for the quarter, based on this chart:

    Quarterly Grades

    • I made an A! Read all your books all three months of the quarter.
    • I made a B! Read all your books for two months of the quarter.
    • I made a C! Read all your books for one month of the quarter.
    • I made an F!Didn’t read all your books during any months of the quarter.

So what if you made an F for that quarter? Yeah, it stinks, but it’s a new quarter and you get a chance to start over (with the same list of course!) At the end of the year, when you enter the final giveaway you’ll get extra credit based on your grade for each quarter. To get the extra credit, though, you must have turned in your report card for that quarter.

We also learned that about halfway through the year, some of those books you were SURE you wanted to read in December you no longer want to read. So we’ve made one more concession. At the end of the second quarter, in your Second Quarter Report Card you may change out ONE MONTH’S worth of books. So if you’re level one, that’s one book. If you’re level four, that’s four books. But you have to commit to those four new books and you can’t change them again.

And that’s it! This is a bit stricter than a lot of year-long challenges, but that’s because we want it to be a little harder and hopefully more satisfying when you rock it!

Time to make your 2016 Reading Assignment list!

Make the list of the books you WILL read for the challenge, picking your level. Remember you’ll only get one chance to change your list – at the end of June! Also remember, you must read the number of books you say you will each month. If you have any questions now or at any point during the challenge, email Berls ( or Me (

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We hope you’ll join us! Good luck!!

About Michelle

I am a mom to two pretty amazing kids, four pretty cute fluffy children and a wife to one adorable husband. I am a gamer, reader and a graphic designer with 20 years experience. I recently started my own business "Limabean Designs" to help other bloggers, authors and anyone else create amazing things that they would be proud to show off. I have been reading since forever and started blogging because I love sharing all the awesome books this world has to offer. I am also the co-host for the COYER Challenge, Reading Assignment Challenge and the Bookish Resolutions Challenge. I try to create a warm welcoming environment on my blog where authors, readers, and bloggers will have a great time. Let’s chat books, games, blogging, recipes, design, or family over a cup of coffee and a glass of wine!



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11 responses to “Ready for the #2016HW? Sign Up Today!!!

  1. I failed out last year in February. Looking forward to trying it again this year with the new rules! I’m participating via Goodreads, but I’ll also be on Instagram.

  2. Hi. Thanks for hosting this again. I failed last year but am determined to complete it this year. Thanks once again and have a happy 2016.

  3. I’m still stuck if I want to join this challenge or not. I was thinking of making it more laid back by reading one book a month, but I wouldn’t actually pick the book my reader’s would through the to be read list meme. I don’t know if this is something you guys would be okay with? I think I would have a hard time picking 12 books I’m for sure going to read.

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    • Unfortunately the point of the challenge is to pick the books before it starts not each month. You don’t have to assign the book to a specific month but you must pick the 12 (24,36) you plan to read. Hope that makes sense 🙂 sorry!

  4. I failed for 2015 (work and life got in the way) but I’m going to try this again. This time I’m just going for Level 1 and listed some books that I have been wanting to read for a long time. Fingers crossed I do better this time!

  5. Ani

    Definitely going to sign up for next year. I’m still choosing my books though. I managed to keep up with the 2015 Reading Assignment and still going strong, but I learned that a lot of books I picked, I was dreading reading them and kept putting them off. Other books ended up being a struggle–my dumbass picked a lot of books that I kept telling myself I needed to read even though I really had no desire to read them at all. Yes. I’m stubborn crazy like that and somehow managed to make it through.

    For 2016, I’m going to at least choose books I definitely DO WANT to read. No more of that “I have to read this to finish a series” b.s.

    Again, thanks for hosting this challenge, you two! And the new rules sound great–I like the fact we can change out books mid-year if something doesn’t work out or if I stop wanting to read a certain book for whatever reason.

    I do want to ask, however, there is still mention of extra credits–are these simply for extra entries for the final giveaway or something?

  6. I like the sound of the changes you made! I was one of those bloggers who failed in the first few months and I have learned that this challenge isn’t for me, I just am too much of a mood reader and having to read a book I planned to read at the start of the year just doesn’t work for me. So I won’t be participating this year. I do think it’s a great challenge and I like the fact it’s a little stricter than other challenges. Hope you all have fun with this challenge this year!