The New Year is always my favorite time of the year because I love starting on a new blank slate. Here’s a brief summary of how I did in 2018. I will say that I didn’t start my reading until May because I took a break from reading/blogging. I had a Goal list that I posted in may—-HERE
- 1. TRY TO READ AT LEAST ONCE A DAY: This was sort of completed???? I didn’t track it this year but I’m going to this upcoming year
- 2. PERMANENT BOOK BUYING BAN: DID VERY WELL! I think in total, I bought 5 or 6 books? The rest I got was free!
- 3. REVIEW MORE BOOKS: Ehh, I do a lot of mini-reviews but I want to do more full reviews in 2019
- 4. QUALITY NOT QUANTITY: I read 80+ books but a lot of three stars in that pile so I obviously need to be a better picker
- 5. TRY TO POST EVERY TWO DAYS OR MORE: Another debatable goal. I try to post every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday now so hopefully, in 2019 my blog schedule will be better
- 6. NEW SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS FOR THIS BLOG: I created an Instagram and Twitter for this blog but I’m so awkward and I talk to no one on those outlets. Hopefully, I’ll get over this irrational fear
- 7. COMMENT ON PEOPLE’S POSTS: EHHHHHH I will do better in 2019
- 8. READ MORE BOOKS THAT’S BY BLACK AUTHORS/BLACK MAIN CHARACTERS: I’ve read at least 2 books every month with black characters so goal achieved!
- Read once a day: Let’s try this again!
- Complete Reading challenges: Will reveal what challenges I want to complete later in this post
- Try to read 1 queer historical fiction book a month: A new thing I’m starting! If anyone wants to join, please let me know! Maybe this could be a book club????
- Continue with book buying ban: Easy!
- Blog every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday
- Be better at social media!
- Continue reading black authors!!
- Post more FULL REVIEWS
- Add more substance to my wrap-ups: Blogger Shoutouts, Monthly Goals, Life Updates, PICTURES, Movies, TV, Reading Challenge Updates
THE BLACK LIT QUEEN READING CHALLENGE
- January: 2 queer fantasy books
- February: 2 black historical/nonfiction books
- March: 2 feminist graphic novels
- April: 2 books with disability rep (the main character)
- May: 2 books with Asian/Pacific Islander main character
- June: 2 queer nonfiction books
- July: 2 fantasy books with a POC protagonist
- August: 2 books with non-christian/catholic rep (Jewish, Muslim, etc)
- September: 2 books with a Hispanic/Latinx main character
- October: 2 horror/mystery/thriller books with a marginalized protagonist
- November: 2 books with Native American/Indian rep
- December: 2 2019 releases (catch up!)
I thought I would give myself the challenge to read books that I’ve been abandoning for the last couple of years (especially books involving fantasy). I also want to read more books outside my own identity so I feel like this system will be perfect for me! If you want to join, let me know in the comments so that I can possibly make this a book club! Also, if you have ANY recs, especially for the fantasy books, let me know, please!!
Reading Women Challenge
CHALLENGE LINK—–>here: We’ve been fans of reading challenges for a while now and are quite excited to get to host our own. Reading challenges are a great way to read outside your comfort zone—and you get to do it with other bookish friends!
It officially begins January 1st, 2019 and ends December 31st, 2019.
Here’s the rundown: complete as many challenges as you can from the list below. If you have one book that covers two categories, feel free to count it for both. It’s not a contest. Our goal is to encourage you to read widely (and fight the patriarchy, but that was probably a given), so just have fun with it! To help cheer you on, we’ll be hosting mini giveaways along the way. e sure to share your progress, use the hashtag #ReadingWomenChallenge.
I’m very excited to be participating in these challenges! I mentally already picked out a TBR so I’m pumped for this year-long challenge!
Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
CHALLEGE LINK —–>HERE. Runs January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 (books read prior to 1/1/2019 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime you want, though the sign up linky will close Nov. 15, 2019.
The goal is to read as many Contemporary Romance books as you’d like. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down. Remember, the idea is to challenge yourself.
I love me some contemporary so this challenge is perfect for me! I also want to read more romance books I identify with and also ones that are outside of my own experience. I think this will help me achieve that goal! I will try to reach the highest level for this reading challenge!
NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge
CHALLENGE LINK——>HERE: The challenge runs from January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. There is no deadline to signup.
Everyone is welcome to participate – you do not need to have a blog.
Any genre, release date, length, etc. counts, it just needs to be a book from NetGalley or Edelweiss.
Books can count for more than one challenge that you are participating in.
If you want to move up or down a level – go for it!
The first day of each month I will post a monthly “link-up” for you to link your reviews. If you forget one month, no worries, just catch up the next month.
Questions: Feel free to leave a comment below or use the contact page at the top of this post.
My Netgally score isn’t the best or the worst but I still want to get to that golden 80%. SO, hopefully, this challenge will motivate me to read all the NetGalley books that are on my shelf and also become better at requesting books that I actually care about. I plan on achieving the silver level (25 books).
Audiobook Challenge 2019
Audiobook Reading Challenge: Runs January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. You can join at any time.
The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2019 than you did in 2018.
Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)
ANY genres count.
Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc.
If you’re a blogger grab the button and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweeting about the challenge.
Updates plus a giveaway will be posted twice during the year. The first update will be June 30, 2019, and the last update will take place on December 15, 2019.
I LOVE audiobooks (however I do have a post explaining why I hate them) so this challenge is perfect for me! I am going to try to achieve the highest level (marathoner).
I know this seems like ambitious (okay this is totally ambitious) but I have a feeling I might have a great reading year and I’m excited to read all the stories!
What are your new year goals (both reading and personal)?