January 3, 2018
2017 was an awesome reading year for me! I read over 100 books (112 to be exact), which well exceeds my usual book consumption….by quite a bit. Although 2017 was a great reading year, I was taking a break from blogging at the beginning of the year, and so I only participated in the Goodreads Challenge (which I knocked out of the park). Thinking ahead to 2018, I am hoping to keep up my reading streak, but also blog more than I did in 2017. With that in mind, here are the challenges that I am ready to take on (mind you I am still debating some as I begin typing this :)):
The Goodreads Challenge
It is so simple, yet it is probably my favorite challenge of the year because so many of my non-blogging friends and family participate. You pick a number of books you’d like to read for the year, and you go for it. This was the first year EVER that I hit 100 books, but I feel like I need to keep the streak going so 100 books it is!
Beat the Backlist (Hosted by Novel Knight Book Reviews)
I have so many freaking books on my shelves and on my Kindle that I need to read. I am such a sucker for Kindle Daily Deals, and I have put a ban on myself for this year because I already have too many. I also have so many advance copies of books from ALA and other sources that I have yet to read (some are even 2018 releases that I’ve had for 6 months or more). This challenge assigns you to a team and you just read whatever backlist books you want. My goal (and yes it is lofty but it still will not even make a dent) is to read at least 1 physical book and 2 ebooks per month from what I already own.
Commenting 365 Challenge (Hosted by Read Write Love 28)
This is a challenge to keep me more actively engaged in blogging this year. I’m not going to set any hard limits on how many times I am going to blog per week or per month, but I am going to commit to checking out new blogs and commenting on them (and hoping that maybe I’ll get a few new visitors to my blog). I hope to visit a wide variety of blogs, and meet lots of new people.
Book to Movie Challenge (Hosted by Gather Together and Read)
Jamie at the Perpetual Page Turner recently did a post about 42 books that will be movies in 2018. At the time, I thought it would be a fun challenge to read the book before these popular movies come out (knowing that I already had a head start having read a few of them). Then I came across this challenge from Gather Together and Read, and I knew I was in. I’m setting the bar low because I pretty much stink at keeping up on movies, so I am going to be open to book to movie adaptations from previous years. My goal is: Level 3a: read 1-3 books from any release year, watch 1-3 movies from any release year.
Nonfiction Reading Challenge (Hosted by Doing Dewey)
I don’t read nearly as much nonfiction as I do fiction, but I have definitely read some good nonfiction over the years. I also adore Katie and love following her blog. I have several nonfiction books on my Kindle so I am hoping to tie this one in with my Beat The Backlist Challenge. My goal is to read 12 nonfiction books, roughly one per month (I fully acknowledge that there will be months with 0 and months with more).
Library Love Challenge (Hosted by Angel’s Guilty Pleasure and Brooke Blogs)
If you know me at all, you know I am a HUGE fan of my local library! Well over half of my books from 2017 came from Palatine Public Library, and I cannot say enough about the resources and customer service that they offer. I will support my library in any way that I can, and this challenge is one easy way to do so. I think I’m going for the gusto on this one: Library Card on Fire 60+ books!! Wish me luck.
Audiobook Challenge (Hosted by Hot Listens and Caffeinated Book Reviewer)
One of the reasons that I think I was able to complete so many more books this year is that I added audiobooks to my rotation. I listen to them in the car, while I’m cleaning or cooking, or just when I am doing any sort of mindless work. I’ve learned that certain books work better for me on audio than others, mainly thrillers and memoirs. I do listen to quite a few Young Adult and Middle Grade reads as well. My goal is the Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) which is 10-15 books.
So I totes want to do the Michael Jackson Reading Challenge, but at this point in time, it feels a bit overwhelming to plan out. I just have to give it a shout out though, because seriously….how freaking awesome! Let me know if you are going to do this one!
Also, a huge shout out to Nicole from Feed Your Fiction Addiction who compiled a list of all 2018 challenges, which is quite a huge undertaking. It is such an awesome resource that so many of us appreciate. Thanks, Nicole!!
I will be adding a page to my sidebar to track my progress on this monster pile of challenges. Feel free to check in on me anytime to see how I am doing:
What are your reading goals for 2018?