As you may know, I don’t really usually do any yearly reading or blogging challenges set up by the community, for a few reasons. One, I didn’t really know this was a thing until the past couple years and by the time I realized it was, I felt a little imposter syndrome about joining up. Two, there were so many amazing ones to choose from, how did you stop yourself from signing up from every one you stumbled upon?
So, I didn’t really think anything of it and just went on with my life.
Don’t ask me what changed this year, but I went from signing up to hardly anything to signing up for FIVE challenges this year. All of them are detailed below and I hope you all will help hold me accountable so I actually have a shot of doing decently on any of these! Especially because I’m really excited for each one and really hope to achieve them and my goals attached to them!
This is a challenge I joined last year and then miserably failed at, but it’s something I’d really like to do, so I’m going to sign up again this year! My goal is to write at least one discussion post a month, though I’m honestly hoping for more than that. *shrugs* But we’ll see where the year takes us! If you have any ideas of discussion posts you’d like me to write, let me know in the comments below!!
Goal: 11-20 – Creative Conversationalist
This is also a challenge I joined last year and also failed miserably at. I think it was both because I wasn’t thinking about it as much, I had quite a few reading slumps and I wasn’t very good at tracking my progress to keep me motivated. I am going to be upping my game when it comes to tracking my progress this year, so I am SO excited they brought this challenge back this year, because I am determined to be more intentional with my reads!
This is another goal that I’d love to read more if I can, but I want to aim realistically, especially since I also have SPFBO reads and trying to read my entire backlist and overdue ARCs this year. But some books I’m hoping to definitely read are:
- Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri
- Jade City by Fonda Lee
- Jade War by Fonda Lee
- The Sword of Kaigan by M.L.
- The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson
- The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
- The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin
- Kangaroo Three by Curtis C. Chen (*puppy dog eyes*)
Goal: Indian cobra: 11 to 20 books read
I actually wrote an entire blog post about this last week, so you can read more details about that there! But basically, the goal is to read all of the unread books you own, whether it’s your physical or digital bookshelf. I finally got my book inventory done this afternoon, after working on it for two weeks, so I can announce that I own 143 UNREAD BOOKS.
*slowly crumbles into a pile of dust and dissolves*
I don’t think I’ll truly be able to read that many books unless I make a major lifestyle change, since it practically doubles the number of books I usually read in a year, but you know what, we’re going for it anyway *cue start of the year optimism*!
I’m joining this one, too, because it ties really well into the Start on Your Shelfathon CW is hosting, because out of those 143 books, I have 67 UNREAD ARCS.
*Dissolved dust flies away on the wind and evaporates into finite shame*
Also, a little truth behind that number. It includes both ARCs are actually advance reader copies that I am now desperately behind on (I’m so sorry) and books sent as gifts by authors to review that were already published at the time of receiving them, but still drastically overdue (I’m so sorry).
This has been a major stresser for me for a while now, which is why I closed my request form for the foreseeable future, will only be accepting the most desired books from publishers and really want to make this a priority this year! Out of the 143 books I hope to read, these 67 in particular are getting the most attention.
Goodreads Yearly Reading Challenge — Hosted By Goodreads
We all know the drill with this one. Last year, I missed my goal of 75 books by three books. *cries* I set my goal to 150 books since I need 143 to read everything currently on my bookshelf and I will honestly be impressed if I can even get to half of that number. But 2020 is the year to aim high, so let’s do it!
Well, for someone who doesn’t ever do any readathons of any sort, I definitely have some challenges I want to meet this year! I am going to try and be more on top of it by adding a “Reading Challenges Update” section on my Bookish Breakdown Monthly Wrap-Up posts, so hopefully I won’t forget I signed up for these like I did last year and actually make some process with my reading goals!
What about you? Did you join any of these? Or any others you’re excited about? Let me know in the comments below and happy reading and blogging this year!