2020 Reading Goals & Challenges

We’re still quite early on in December, but I wanted to talk about some of my reading goals and challenges that I’m setting for myself in 2020 because, let’s be real, my reading the past few years has been a bit lackluster. So I really want to challenge myself to read novels again (and keep up with webcomics, of course, which has been 90% of what I’ve been reading the last few years).

Anyway, I’m also going to be talking about my year end goal for this year. It’s not much, but it’s something I’m going to hope to achieve before December is over.

So, let’s talk about them!

December 2019 Year End Goals

I have a couple of books I started reading this year, got about halfway through, and then put down and never picked up again, so I want to fix that lol (Not that I lost interest, per se, I’ve just had a very up and down mental and emotional year.)

So the books I want to complete by the end of December are:

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – I’m 55% of the way through as of this post, and I was loving it so much! I think I lost motivation because I ruined part of it on myself by looking ahead and just… I need to stop that lol

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I’m 39.78% of the way through the book as of this post, and again, it’s not that I wasn’t enjoying it, it was that my reading mood shifted and I just couldn’t pick it up for a while.

Those are the two primary books I want to read by the end of this year. I know I can do it; I just have to set some time to do so.

Okay, so these are some books I know I’m going to finish this month:

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – I have been listening to this audiobook on and off for… too damn long lol I have about 7.5 hours left to go as of this post, so I’m FINISHING IT DAMMIT. (The audiobook is 45 hours in length, so… it’s been a journey lol but a good one!) I love this book and can’t wait to start the next audibook – which is even longer than the first! 😀 *cry* And the third is even longer than the second… *sob* (It’s really fine. The story is fantastic so far!)

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson – I started this book on a whim a few days ago because I really just wanted to read something that wasn’t a webcomic (or anything else on my shelf, clearly), and started reading this on my kindle and haven’t stopped. I’m about half way through and really enjoying it because I didn’t realize it was faeries, and I love faerie stories, so it’s been a great read for me so far.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – A few customers at my seasonal job (a bookstore) were telling me about how they or a relative/friend read this, and after reading the synopsis, I had to pick it up. WELL, I started and didn’t want to put it down, so. Definitely going to finish this book this month. It’s already magical and I’m only 24 pages into it as of writing this post.

I doubt I’ll have time to finish anything else this month, so I’ll leave other things for next year.

Speaking of, let’s talk about my goals for next year!

Reading Goals & Challenges for 2020

As I said earlier, I miss reading novels- truly, I do. And though I’ve been reading some here and there, I miss the days where I was reading 50 books in a year (about a book a week), and though I’m not aiming to hit that number again, I do want to try to read maybe half of that?

That was actually my goal for 2019, and, well… yeah, even if I read the five books above, I’d still be five short of that 25 book goal. But that’s fine! I’ll be a little disappointed in myself, but I’m not going to let it hinder me. I still read a decent amount of books – more than last year, for sure – and I’m proud of that! So, I’m going to keep that goal:

2020 Reading Goal: 25 books for the year

Now, let’s talk challenges. I want to seriously challenge myself in 2020 for a multitude of reasons, and so now I’m going to talk about some of the challenges I’m setting for myself this upcoming year:

Challenge 1: Any book on my TBR for that month MUST already exist on my shelves. That’s right. I’m going to try my best to not buy more books than I read this year. I want to seriously cut down my TBR since I’ve had some books for five years or so and haven’t touched them. (This may also include donating more books to my local library.) Of course, there will be some exceptions. But 99% of what I pick I want to already come from my shelves.

Challenge 2: Read at least three classics throughout the year. And by that, I still mean classics that are on my shelves. I mainly want to focus on Jane Austen, but I’ve got a few others I’d like to read at some point. Even though I find classics very difficult to get through, this is listed as a challenge for a reason.

Challenge 3: Complete as many reading prompts from the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge as I can. I wanted to participate in it this year, but I quickly fell off of the wagon, so I’m aiming to do as much as I can (and want) in 2020! They have such a fun list, so why not?

There’s no real reward or punishment that comes from completing or not completing these challenges other than the satisfaction of doing so. Maybe I should reward myself with chocolate or something…

Anyway, I think that’s it for my reading goals for next year! I’m not trying to push myself too hard, but rather ease myself back into reading. It’s been a rough few years mentally and emotionally, and I’ve only been recently starting to feel a little more human and less robotic. So I hope that 2020 brings a lot more happiness in the reading department as a result.

Let’s chat!

Tell me what your reading goals are for the new year! Are you planning on participating in any challenges? What are you most looking forward to next year (non-book related, if you want)? Let me know in the comments!

New Years Book Tag

Hello beautiful people! Today I’m coming at you with a book tag~ I figured I haven’t done one of these in a while, and this one’s a fun one since it focuses on the new year and stuff, so here we go!

I saw this on Super Space Chick’s channel, so check out the video here!

1. How many books are you planning to read in 2018?

I did this last year with my Goodreads goal and I’m also doing it this year: setting my goal to ONE book. That’s right. One book. I want to have zero pressure as my life is crazy and with a lot of planning and other things that are going on this year, I don’t want to focus on reaching a number, especially with how I’m mainly been reading comics and I can’t exactly keep track of those on Goodreads. But I will be reading novels this year because where I feel like last year was the “year of comics and manga,” this year will still be that, but I’m definitely feeling like reading regular novels, too.

But for a more “serious” goal, I want to aim for 10 novels. Again, little pressure, but I’m very busy with a lot of things this year.

2. Name 5 books that you didn’t get to this year but want to make a priority in 2018.

Okay, I know I listed six books instead of five, BUT I didn’t get to any of these in 2017 and I REALLY WANTED TO, so I’m going to try to read all of them sometime between now and summer. At least, that’s my goal.

3. What genre do you want to read more of?

I’m always up for fantasy as it’s my all time favorite genre, BUT I’d love love love to read more Science Fiction this year, whether adult or YA, or even comics! If you have any awesome sci-fi recommendations for me, please let me know!

4. Name 3 non book related goals for 2018.

  • To complete my course to become TEFL certified (teach English as a second language) and teach English in South Korea by the fall/winter of this year!
  • Which includes getting all of the paperwork done. All… of… the paperwork… *cries*
  • Learn at least one new dance every month, whether it be from a Kpop band or a cover dance or whatever! I need to get more active and start really thinking about my health more. So this is the generic “health” goal lol

5. What’s a book you’ve had forever that you still need to read?

*stares at shelves*

I don’t know which to choose.

6. One word that your hoping 2018 will be:

Adventurous!

7. Tag a friend!

I’ll tag all of you peeps because, well, I never know who to tag in these sections lol


Let’s Chat! ^w^

What’s one non-book related goal you have for this year? I’d love to hear about it!

Top 5 Wednesday: Characters You’d Invite to Your New Year’s Eve Party

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday as hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. Wow, I haven’t done one of these since July, but this week’s topic is characters we’d invite to our New Year’s Eve party. I never really do anything for New Year’s (but this year my husband and I are going to our friends’ place), but here are some characters I’ve have over if I were having a party and all of that (and I’m cheating by inviting pairs or groups, shh):

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5. Karou and Zuzana (Akiva and Mik can come, too)

These two would provide so much entertainment, I just know it. They’re the epitome of friendship goals, and I would seriously love to just hang out and chat with them. And the boys can come, too, because they’re practically attached at the hip.

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4. Safi and Iseult

More fun girl chat times! Safi would definitely be the chatterbox while Iseult calming observed and looked on. I think that they would provide a great balance to the party and would just be fun to have around.

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3. The Raven Boys and Blue

How could I not invite the boys and Blue? Each one would provide their own form of entertainment, and I think that Gansey would try very hard to not try to point out things that are different from the kinds of parties he’s used to. Ronan would act like he isn’t having fun, while Adam would probably have a good time chatting with Iseult. And then Blue would roll her eyes at the absurdity of it all, but still have fun.

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2. Shazi and Khalid

Shazi would be such a great story teller (duh) and would be able to talk about other new years and how the stories of those time correspond with those we have now. I think she would provide excellent entertainment, and then Khalid would be there because, well, he’d follow Shazi into hell if she went.

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1. Laia and Elias

These two just need a break from all of the roughness of their lives, to be honest. I think that they would just be there for the fun chatting, the snacks (Elias), and would laugh and have a good time.

This is honestly something that I wish could happen in real life. This sounds like such a fun party and everyone would bring different personalities and stories and fun. Oh man, why can’t this be real?

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Who would you want at your New Year’s Eve party? Would you want more party animals, or people you could just sit around on couches with and have nice conversation? Let me know!

Bookish Resolutions for 2016

Happy New Year! I can’t believe we’re already into 2016! Seriously. 2015 flew by.

So now’s the time where I make those promises that I don’t intend to keep. You know: resolutions. Okay, well I’m going to try my best to stick to these resolutions, but no guarantees.

But first, let’s review my last year’s resolutions and see what I actually accomplished:

  • I did NOT read at least three classics.
  • I did read three to five books per month when I was on a roll, so I’m counting this one.
  • I did accomplish my goal of reading at least 30 books, because I read 50 books total!
  • I did NOT participate in #ProjectFiveBooks or 0 by 16.
  • I did NOT revise my 2014 NaNoWriMo novel.
  • I did do occasional corresponding blog posts and videos, as well as did more discussions, tags, wrap-ups, and hauls.
  • I did NOT get a domain name.
  • I did NOT seek out any ARCs.

Alright, well, that was a lot of NOPE instead of a lot of YES. But I’m actually not sad about that at all! I did so much on my blog, plus I’ve read so many books, that I’m really happy with what I accomplished in 2015.

And now that we’re in 2016 I’m totally looking forward to some new things in my reading and blogging life. So here is what 2016 will hopefully look like for me:

Reading Life

  • Read at least 30 books – If I reach this goal, great! If not, that’s okay, too.
  • Read more adult books/books in other genres – I want to expand my horizons a bit more and try to read more out of my comfort zone.
  • Listen to more audiobooks – I really do enjoy audiobooks! I just need to find the right ones and time to listen to them.
  • ARCs – Maybe this will be the year I start asking about ARCs! We’ll see.

Blogging/Booktube

  • Make videos once a week – I’m trying to aim for every Monday, but it’ll happen at least once a week if I can manage it.
  • Comment on other blogs more – I seriously lacked in this area in 2015, but I’m going to do my best to comment more on others’ blogs this year!
  • Include more topics on writing – You guys seem to really like these posts, so I’m going to try to talk more about writing in the new year.
  • Have fun with it – I tried to keep schedules and whatnot, but it just doesn’t seem to work for me. I’m just going to have fun with my blog and youtube channel, so I’m going to post what I want, when I want. But, that being said, I am going to do my best to post at least twice weekly.

And that’s it for my resolutions for 2016! They’re a lot simpler, broader, but still attainable. I think that 2016 is going to be another great reading year, and I can’t wait to take you all along with me!

Accompanying video: 2016 Bookish Resolutions