I’m not too great at keeping my New Year’s Resolutions, whether they’re related to reading or otherwise. This year, having re-launched my blog after a few years of only blogging on and off, my biggest resolution is to write and schedule most of my posts at least one month, if not two, ahead of time, and miraculously, I actually managed to get all of January and most of February written and scheduled before the new year. So what’s most important to me this year is keeping that up, but there were a few challenges that called to me this year.
The first is the Goodreads Reading Challenge, which simply tracks the number of books you read each year. My goal this year is 50 books, which is ambitious after my 2014 slump of only 28 books, but I blame most of that on Game of Thrones for taking up all my brainpower and for making me feel like I had to finish all those books before I could start another. (For what it’s worth, I crapped out about halfway through A Feast for Crows in September and haven’t picked it up since. I’m going to try to finish that and A Dance with Dragons sometime in 2015, but we’ll see.)
The second challenge I joined this year is the Hail to the King challenge, hosted by Books With Cass and The Pretty Good Gatsby. I joined this one mostly because I feel kinda guilty every year devouring so many Stephen King novels—it almost feels like it’s cheating because I like them so much (so irrational!) and I get through them so quickly. But this year, my goal is to be FEARLESS and read at least 16 Stephen King novels/short stories (which I’ll probably limit to novellas, because there are probably 16 short stories in a single collection). So there, guilt complex!
The final challenge that I will be participating in this year is the Dive Into Diversity challenge, hosted by Rather Be Reading and Reading Wishes. This particular challenge is the toughest on my list; my reading horizons are pretty narrow. I’m looking to expand them this year while also supporting LGBTQ authors, authors of color, and female authors in particular. I already have some books in mind to read for this challenge, but if there are any you can recommend, please do, especially if they are non-YA. (Nothing against YA, really, it’s just that most of the “diverse” books I’ve found have been YA. So in the interest of being diverse in my diverse choices, I’d like to add some non-YA books to that list!)
I’m planning (hoping) to post an update on each of these challenges on the first of each month, January excluded for obvious reasons, with a final results post sometime near the end of December. I know for a fact that the main thing that will keep me from completing these challenges is the fact that I’ll have to buy a lot of new books. It’s not that I don’t love buying new books (who doesn’t?) but this is a LOT of books to read, and there are still so many that I own that I haven’t read yet. Since I’m not working right now, buying books won’t be especially easy. But I will do my best to complete these challenges (and not forget about them by March like I usually do)!
What challenges have hooked you this year? Let me know in the comments!by