CORL (Check Off your Reading List) Challenge 2014 GB Challenges

Check Off your Reading List Challenge 2014 – CORL 2014

Myra here.

A Blessed and Bountiful New Year to one and all! We are hosting another reading challenge here in GatheringBooks, one that we thought would undoubtedly appeal to most bibliophiles and fellow book lovers. Instead of doing our usual award-winning-books reading challenge which we have hosted for the past two years, we thought of expanding it a little bit: Check Off your Reading List Challenge 2014 or CORL 2014. This would run from January until December 2014.


We thought that 2014 would be the perfect year to finally get those book spines cracking and to curl up with the book that you’ve been meaning to read for the longest time but always keep postponing for some unforeseeable moment in the distant future.

Now is the time to get serious and check off that reading list that has been languishing in a forgotten drawer somewhere. This is it!

Here are the detailed guidelines for your participation:

  1. The Check Off your Reading List Challenge (CORL 2014) would run from January to December 2014. Sign-ups are open until 30 November 2014. It is never too late to have your bookish resolutions.
  2. There are three levels of participation:
    • Level 1 (10 books or less) – Bonafide Bookworm
    • Level 2 (11-25 books) – Book Savant
    • Level 3 (over 25 Books) – Rabid Bibliophile 
  3. You can come up with your own reading list. It can be as imaginative or as prosaic as you wish it to be.
  4. The list does not have to consist of actual book titles. It can belong to books coming from a specific genre (e.g. read more picture books this year), from a specific era (e.g. classic children literature from 1800-1950s, best 2013 children’s books), or theme (e.g. award-winning-titles, LGBT issues). Think of it as your bookish resolution for 2014.
  5. We know that you must be participating in a number of reading challenges, so you’re more than welcome to have your reviewed books overlap with other reading challenges you will be joining for 2014 (we’d probably do the same thing).
  6. You would have to write your reviews of what you have read for this challenge. The reviews do not have to be long. It could just be one-liners or your starred rating in Goodreads. We would be creating a page where you can put the links up for your reviews (watch out for this).

    *** You can now link your reviews for the months of July-September here. ***

    It would be good to check out other people’s reading lists and perhaps add a few to our own.

  7. No, you do not need a blog to participate. Goodreads, Shelfari members are welcome to join – a weblink that leads us to your post should be enough. Or leave a comment in this blog post about your progress.
  8. How do you sign up? Sign up here if you wish to join in our challenge and include the url/link of your post (not your website) which announces your intention to join in this Reading Challenge – and the level you are aiming for. Feel free to grab these cutesie buttons that Iphigene and I have created for our challenge and post it in your blog.



Our Own Reading List

  1. The reason we have bimonthly themes here in GatheringBooks is for us to be led to more books and authors we would not otherwise have known. And so we resolve to read more books in connection with our upcoming bimonthly themes.
    • January – February: Game of Thrones – Blue Bloods, Queenship, Aristocracy
    • March – April: Celebration of Diversity
    • May – June: Makan! Buffet of Asian Literature
    • July – August: War and Peace
    • September – October: Aliens, Scifi, Steampunk Extraordinaire
    • November – December: Fantasy Overload
  2. I personally plan to read more of my YA series that I haven’t started reading yet (either the Gormenghast Trilogy or the Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix).
  3. I also plan to read more poetry collections/compilations.
  4. Iphigene and Fats plan to read more “grown-up” books (Bradbury, Pamuk, Byatt).
  5. We are going for LEVEL 3: Rabid Bibliophile! I’m sure we’d finish off more than 25 books from our reading list.



If you’re in for some bookish resolution and curling up with the book you’ve always wanted to read, join us! We would love to cheer you on as we all gradually check off that reading list in 2014.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

40 comments on “Check Off your Reading List Challenge 2014 – CORL 2014

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  2. Fats Suela

    I laughed at the “grown-up” books. Haha. =)


  3. Sounds good, Myra-Of course I’m in! I’ll probably post about it next week, though. I’ve already written for tomorrow. I’ll need to think about some specific goals. I’m joining the challenge of diverse books (1 per month) too by Cindy Rodriguez. Here’s the link: Happy New Year!


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  5. marykatbpcsc45

    Hi, I need to read the Divergent series before I see the movie. That will be my starting point for 2014. I am also interested in reading more poetry titles. I am glad you visited today so I could learn about your great site. Thanks. 🙂


    • Hi Mary, I just finished the Divergent series about a month ago – *Seriously, Highly Recommend!! 🙂 I too wanted to read them before the movie comes out in March, I think. Truly, you will definitely not be disappointed!


  6. Myra – I linked my 2014 list here and will participate! I will note when I’ve read specific titles from this list on my #IMWAYR posts – unless I do a special review. Thanks for the invitation!


    • Wonderful! Thanks Carrie! I would definitely check out your list and possibly add a few of those to mine as well! 🙂 Such a bookish way to start the New Year, I love it! 🙂


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  9. In in on the plan…..even thought I run a food blog, I’m an avid reader too…Read about 60+ novels last year…Sometimes on a free day i read one novel after another.Never thought to challenge myself until I saw this today 😉 will be adding the link soon!!


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  23. Hi Myra! 🙂 This is right up my street! So many books of different genres I’m ‘waiting’ to read, and I have a nice collection and am adding more all the time. Thus… Count Me In!! 😀

    I’m still tying up a few needed loose ends with my blog (not long blogging plus had a 6 month break and just came back, literally). A Page will be created for this challenge because I love books, love reading and there’s a few important ones I want to read and this is going to give me the order I need to get through them.

    I’m going to ‘try’ for Level 2 and do my best. Once set up, I’ll post my link.

    And Thank You for doing this, it’s highly appreciated to get my rear into gear! 😉
    ~ Vicky


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