With 2018 looming on the horizon, my heart is full of joy for what the year may bring! In the spirit of the occasion – and with the absolute best of intentions – I present to you a few of the challenges and resolutions that I’ve decided to partake in once the new year commences.
1. The PopSugar Reading Challenge
PopSugar has dropped the list for their reading challenge for 2018 and I just couldn’t help myself. These challenges are great because they get me reading outside of my comfort zone and have me experiencing authors and genres that I normally wouldn’t have explored on my own.
You can find the list here: https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/Reading-Challenge-2018-44138581
Instead of being able to see all of the books on the list at one time, this year I’ve decided to randomly draw one of the subjects.
I put them all on slips of paper and placed them in a box (that might turn into a jar later -I’m still undecided) and I will randomly choose one every time that I am ready to begin a new book. I figure that if I do it this way, I won’t just finish the easiest ones first and then be left with all of the more difficult ones at the end of the year.
2. My Bookish Resolutions
I’ve made a list of my bookish resolutions in my reading notebook, and I think that they will work pretty well for me. Usually I make a resolution to just not make resolutions – since I’m always setting myself up for failure anyway – but this year, I’m going to make it happen.
I’m pretty sure that the hardest part of this list is going to be the destashing – I am usually quite attached to my books and even if I’ve tried to read them multiple times and failed, I always tell myself that maybe they just weren’t what I needed AT THAT TIME. Thus, I have bookshelves CRAMMED with books that I couldn’t get through.
3. Litsy A-Z Challenge
For anyone who doesn’t know what Litsy is, it is an AMAZING social networking app created for readers, by readers. I’ve heard it described as “if Goodreads and Instagram had a baby, it would be Litsy” and that is probably the best description I’ve ever heard. What that little snippet doesn’t tell you is how INCREDIBLE the community on Litsy is. I’ve seen the Littens band together to help each other out in times of need, or just to brighten the day of someone who is going through a tough time. Recently, a group of Littens sent a slew of Christmas cards to a little girl whose mom had posted that she was having a bit of a tough time at school. The community is absolutely phenomenal and unlike anything I have ever seen before.
Now that I’ve waxed poetic about the wonderful community, the challenge. Litsy A-Z challenge is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a challenge where you read 26 books – each title beginning with a letter of the alphabet. You’ve completed it when you’ve read through the entire alphabet. It sounds easy, but finding titles that start with X or Z can be pretty difficult!
(Normally I would put a picture here, but I haven’t made the page in my notebook yet. Just… use your imagination…)
4. The Goodreads Challenge
So most avid readers know about the Goodreads challenge. It’s a self propelled challenge where you can choose how many books you want to read in a year and work toward that goal. The challenge page hasn’t been refreshed yet for 2018 (upon time of writing), but I think that I will begin with a goal of 50 books.
50 books doesn’t sound like a lot to me, I have friends who have gone well over 100, but I have to keep in mind that I’m an insanely slow reader. Besides, if I do make it to 50 half way through, I can always up it as I need to. This challenge is a tried and tested one, I set a goal every year. I have never completed it. This will be my year Wordnerds.
For anyone who wants to follow my progress on goodreads OR Litsy, I can be found at:
@read.em.and.eat on Litsy
and there is a handy-dandy little goodreads widget on the navigation bar to the right that will keep you posted on my goodreads progress. Feel free to add me as a friend! (I have no goodreads friends! My life is sad and incomplete!)
Alrighty Wordnerds! That completes my goals and resolutions for the upcoming year! I’m incredibly excited to spend a full calendar year with all of you and I wish you the very very best! I would love to know if you guys are setting your bookish resolutions so let me know in the comments!
See you in 2018!