I have been spending the past week thinking about my reading habits, what I want to change, and how I want to grow as a reading and reviewer. I started by looking at my successes and failures of the past year and selected challenges that would (1) not make me insane and (2) would help me achieve my goals. As much as I would like to be the kind of person that would successfully complete a crazy challenge I think I have hit a point in life where I realize that being a mood reader is not something I can (or am really even willing) to change. And so, drumroll please, I present my 2020 Reading Goals and Challenges!
Goal: Read My Stack of Books
I have a gorgeous stack of books in my house. I need to stop feeling guilty about all the books I own and replace that negative feeling with the joy having those books brings me. So, for 2020, I will no longer refer to it as a burden or an embarrassment. Instead, I want to read my Stunning Stack of books. All of them.
Challenge: Start on Your Shelfathon from The Quiet Pond.
CW @ The Quiet Pond has the most beautiful site and I am so glad that this particular challenge popped up because I will look forward to checking her site more and participating fully in the StartOnYourShelfathon which challenges us to start with the books we are reading on our own shelves.
Goal: Read Through My Backlist
As of today I have 305 books on my To Be Read list on Goodreads. This list grows exponentially every week. I am fine with it continuing to grow but I am sad for the books that keep getting buried further and further down the list. I must rescue those books! I want to read 24 books from my backlist this year.
Challenge: Beat the Backlist from Novel Knight
This will be my third year participating in Novel Knight’s fantastic Beat the Backlist Challenge but I vow that this will be the year I fully participate. This means looking at the mini-challenges and actually logging my books. This challenge really inspires me to tackle that backlist every year but I never follow through with the social aspect of it. Which is changing this year! For 2020, I am going to request to join the Borrowers team and try and get all of my TBRs from my library.
Goal: Listen to More Audiobooks
I love audiobooks! Listening to audiobooks means that I am never “wasting time.” Running errands = reading time. Commuting = reading time. My frustration level with the general junk life throws at me is almost totally gone because everywhere I have to go I am listening to or reading a book all the time. I would like to listen to 24 audiobooks this year – two a month.
Challenge: Audiobook Challenge from Caffeinated Reader and Hot Listens
Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reviewer co-host this challenge. In 2018 I participated for the first time and last year I saw my audiobook reads go through the roof. If adding audiobooks to your year is something you want to try, I highly recommend this challenge. You can sign up here!
Goal: Keeping Better Data
One of my biggest failures of the past few years is not keeping track of my data. I don’t remember who recommended books to me so I can’t tag them back. I don’t transfer data from my Goodreads into my other challenges. I’m ridiculous. There is no challenge for this (that I know of right now) so I am going to start my own.
Challenge: Social Saturday
Hosted right here @ SilverButtonBooks. Every Saturday I am going to be social. That means checking other sites, entering my data on the challenges, and just being a responsible participant. If you struggle with this or just need to designate a day to be more social, feel free to join me!
Tell me, please!
What are your 2020 Reading Goals and Challenges?