SIGN UP: 2011 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

My goal for 2010 was to read 100 books for the year. As of right now, it looks like I’m not going to make it. (Right now I’m at 67.) It does please me that I read more books this year than I did last year but I want to read more. My goal for 2011 will also be to read 100 books. I think there’s a little bit of self-competition in everyone. So I decided to turn this into a fun reading challenge. I want to read more books in 2011 than I did in 2010. Plain and simple. What about you – are you game?

 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
hosted by The Book Vixen


  • Runs January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011 (books read prior to 1/1/11 do not count towards the challenge). You can join at anytime. You can sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
  • The goal is to outdo yourself by reading more books in 2011 than you did in 2010. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. Nothing is set in stone; you can change levels at any time during the challenge.
  • Books can be any format (bound, eBook, audio).
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are fine.
  • You can list your books in advance or list them as you read them. It is not required that you review the books you read for this challenge but feel free to do so.
  • Post this reading challenge on your blog so you can keep a list of the books you’ve read for this challenge. Please include a link back to this post so readers can join the challenge too.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate. You can keep tabs on books you’ve read for this challenge on Goodreads or LibraryThing if you’d like (maybe make a shelf for “Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge”). If you are not on either of those sites then you can list the books you read for this challenge in the comments on my wrap-up post, which will be up at the end of 2011.


     Getting my heart rate up – Read 1–5 more books
     Out of breath – Read 6–10 more books
     Breaking a sweat – Read 11–15 more books
     I’m on fire! – Read 16+ more books


Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

Review Link Up:


Sign Up:

When you sign up, please put the name of your blog and the direct URL link to your blog post where the level you selected and your books will be listed, not a link to your blog’s home page.

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  1. I may have to sign up for this one. But first I need to figure out how many books I actually read last year!

  2. That was my goal too, I wanted to read 100, but I'm only at 82 I might make it but its doubtful. This is a really good idea though.

  3. I'm sorry but I left a link to my home page. :( Wasn't's not me, it's the baby, LOL.

  4. Here's the link to my blog post about the challenge: (don't want my name to be in the linky twice)

    Guess how many books I've read this year already?


  5. What a great idea! I'm definitely game!

  6. How can I possibly resist a challenge that encourages me to read even more than I already do? I can't! Sign me up!

  7. I'll be signing up :) I just have to sort out my numbers so far this year..which is somewhere around 150-ish

  8. I have to figure out how many books I've read this year. I guess I should hop over to Goodreads and tally them up. We'll see how brave I am after I see the total. I read a lot in the later half of the year.


  9. What a great challenge idea! Thank you, I will definitely join you, I was planning on reading even more than I did this year :-)

  10. What a fantastic idea!!! Thank you for hosting!!!! 2010 was the first time I became involved in the book blogging community and had signed up for so many challenges, including the 100+. Didn't even come close so this is the perfect challenge for me. Going to try to get "out of breath". Again, thank you.

  11. Thanks for hosting :) This is right up my alley. And it will be my first book blogging challenge.

  12. Not sure if I'm going to sign up for this challenge yet, but it sounds like a lot of fun. I'll have to see if I can found enough titles to read next year to beat this years numbers (I'm over 170 books read...I think). ^_^

  13. Im definitely on fire level - Since February this year to end of October Ive read 446 Books.

  14. I will try this! I will probably only be Out of Breath, though. I have upped my reading every year for the past three years!
    I read 58 books in 2009, my goal for 2010 was 60, but I raised it to 75 in the summer. I am at 65, so I'm sure I will make it!

  15. I want to try this one. I'm shooting for On Fire as this should get me close to 100

  16. Not sure I can outdo this year. I've read 225 books. I was thinking of aiming for 150 next year.

  17. I'm in! I bookmarked the page so I can make up my post and link up everything on Sunday. I'm at 111 books read this year already... this should be interesting. :D Thanks for hosting! :D

  18. What a great idea! My goal was to read 100 books this year too. I'm only at 79 right now, so doubt I'll make it. :(

    Will definitely come back and sign up!

  19. Thank you for hosting the reading challenge =D
    I am pretty sure I outdo my 2010 readings. ;)

  20. This is a great challenge! I will surely try to top my 2010 total, which will be up and around 50. Maybe I'll reach 75 someday.

  21. I may be joining this challenge! I wonder how many books I read this year (not so many, though o.o)

  22. Great challenge. I will not be participating myself - I read enough books as it is without forcing myself to read more, but I will promote this challenge on my blog.

  23. I would love to join this challenge. My goal is still 100 books for 2010 but I'm only at 89 and 11 books for a busy month like December is almost impossible. Great challenge

  24. I posted the wrong page too. I'm sorry. I'm a first timer. Here's the actual link:

    Oh, and how do I get the book tracker thing like you have?

  25. Count me in! I think I'm going to try for the "I'm on fire" level! Good luck to everyone.

  26. Count me in! This will be fun! :D

  27. Yeah I love challenges even though I never complete them LOL. However, this one is one that I think I will do good at.


  28. I'm actually going to be keeping track of all of my book challenges on my sidebar on my book blog, will that be okay?

  29. Whoo hoo! This is very exciting! I'm all signed up for 16+ on my total from this year. Daunting, but exciting! Thanks for this!

  30. I'm sorry, I posted my home page instead of the challenge page.

    Would you be able to change the link to:

    Much appreciated and looking forward to this challenge!


    Lesley @

  31. I didn't keep track of my books as well this year but I know I read a minimum of 50. I'm going for the on fire category and reading 66 or more this year.

  32. I've only linked to my home page but have posted the button in my sidebar and will keep it there all year.

  33. This is the direct link on my blog for this challenge.

    Thanks Braiden.

  34. This is a great idea and i will sign up! It can be my Jan. 1st post so I will be back then!

    Also, I am now following!

    AubrieAnne @

  35. Woot! I love this one. I didn't make my goal this year either, so I'm going for I'm on Fire!

  36. Psyched for this challenge. Definitely going for "ON FIRE." Not sure if I signed up correctly. Link is to home page where I put the button. Will post about this in early 2011. And, eventually, planning to have a 2011 challenges page and will add to that.

  37. I'm Out of Breath baby! Ready to read my booty off this year. :D

  38. Okay, I did 50 this year, will try for 55, but AT LEAST 51!!!

  39. Great challenge, happy to be in :)

  40. Thanks for hosting. Sounds like fun!

  41. According to the linky, I'm all ready in, but I'm going to join in via comments too. I read 173 books last year. I'm going for 200 this year (again). Good luck and happy reading to all.

    Lisa at

  42. I'm in at the Out of Breath level. I'm not a book blogger, just a book lover who blogs about mostly other things.

    I'd like to read 3 books a month in 2011. I was disappointed when I tallied the number of books I read in 2010.

    Here's where my list of books and the challenge info will reside though I will do a specific post about the challenge next week.

  43. This is a great idea for a challenge! I wrote about it here:

    Thank you for hosting this! Happy New Year!

  44. I've joined the challenge. I didn't keep tabs on what books I read in 2010.
    I'm not a book blogger but I am a book addict.

  45. I had already decided to read more books than I read in 2010. Thank you for running a challenge so closely in line with my plans. :-)

  46. #177 was me, adding my name incorrectly. #178 is me doing it the correct way. It helps to read ALL the directions!

  47. Just signed up - #2 on the second list...didn't read much at all last year, but I'm attempting to read 50 books this year. Great Challenge!

  48. This sounds fun. My official goal this year is to read 350 books. That would be an increase of 18 books over the 332 that I read last year. Somewhere in the back of my mind is an unofficial goal of reading 365 books in a year.

  49. I can't believe I forgot to sing up!! :( Well, I did it now!

  50. I think this is a super idea (I'm going to try for 80 books this year) but I'm new to the whole blog experience and I don't think I set up the link properly. Help! Please don't delete me.

  51. I am so in on this project. I too am striving for 100 books this year. I'm at 19 at the beginning of March which puts me on pass for 120 books by the end of 2011.

  52. A bit late, but I want to challenge myself too. I have a homepage written in norwegian, where i post reviews of books I have read. Sorry its not in english... :/ But we luckily got Google Translate if anyone is interested :)

    I'll read 9 more than last year.

  53. Signing up - what a great challenge!
    I'm signing up for "I'm on Fire" with my goal of 200 books (but I won't count any of the children's books I read daily!

  54. Hey Book Vixen,
    I was just reviewing statuses on my reading challenges for this year and realized I never officially signed up for this one even though I made a post about it on my blog back in February! Ack! LOL! But I'm in!! :)

    Thanks for the challenge!

    p.s. Congrats on upcoming baby#3!

  55. April and May review link isn't working. Just thought I'd let you know. =O)

  56. Michelle - Here's the review link ups for the Outdo Yourself reading challenge:


    I'm not using any linky tools so just leave the direct link to your reviews in the comments.

  57. Loved this idea!
    I am going to read 100 books this though I just read about 40 last year.And every year we could push ourselves to read more!:)
    Thanks Book Vixen!I am already done with about 30 books.

  58. Im going definiteley On Fire as Im up to 323 Books :)

  59. I've finished 29 books so far this year! I'm a bit behind, but still doing pretty well.

  60. def i'm on fire!
    just checked my count at goodreads & it's now at 41! for 2011 ~ amazing!

  61. I've surpassed my level "I'm on Fire" I've already read 22 more books than last year and still have the rest of this month, and Nov & Dec to keep reading! Whoo Hoo!

  62. I've actually completed the challenge at the level I originally chose but am now trying for I'm on Fire. My current report is here.

  63. I completed the challenge although I had to change my level mid-stream. I did read 8 more books than last year! Here's the link to my completed post at my challenge blog:

    I'm signing up again this year too! Thanks for hosting!


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