This year I took part in my first proper reading challenges, Beat the Backlist and the Goodreads Challenge, with varying success. Although I absolutely smashed my Goodreads Challenge, I struggled to balance backlist books with new releases and ARCS as well as log my reading progress with the BtB database to register points. However, I had a lot of fun with reading challenges and found that they (mostly) helped me keep on track with my reading!
For 2019, I’m committing myself to even more reading challenges and am super excited to take part. I’ve matched my challenges up to my reading goals, which I’ll be sharing with you all on New Years Eve, but for today I’m sharing with you all which challenges I’ll be taking part in and 8 books I will read for each as well as linking you up to the hosts so you can sign up too if you want! A massive thanks to the wonderful Tina for her 2019 Reading Challenge Index which helped me find some new challenges to take part in.
I love taking part in the Goodreads challenge every year and loved it even more this year when I smashed my reading goals. I’m not sure if I’m quite ready to read 100 books in a year so for now I’m setting my firm goal at 75 and 100 books as a stretch goal!
State of the ARC (AvalinahsBooks)
I can’t even begin to say how useful I’ve found Evelina’s State of the ARC for getting my ARC’s back on track. I’m officially on board for 2019 and super excited to take part in State of the ARC from the beginning (rather than in the last few months of the year haha). I’m also looking forward to doing the bingo card for the first half of the year. I aim to read at least 20 ARCs in 2019.
For the Love of Ebooks (AsToldByTina)
My kindle is in chaos and in sore need of some tender care next year. As my ebooks are digitally stored away in my kindle, I’m not constantly reminded of them by default of them taking up space in my house. I would love to focus more on my poor neglected ebooks, especially as I keep acquiring so many in those pesky kindle sales… I’m aiming to read 10 ebooks.
New Release Challenge ((un)conventional bookworms)
I’m not gonna lie, I actually loved reading so many new releases this year. I thought I could resist the lure of the new releases but it turns out I couldn’t, so rather than continue to pretend that I’m not interested I want to just throw myself into reading new releases but in a more organized fashion (ie. actually plan for them). Hopefully, this means I’ll be able to keep up with more new releases without letting them overwhelm my ARCs, ebooks and backlist books! I’m aiming for 10 new releases.
Mount TBR (MyReadersBlock) & Beat the Backlist (NovelKnight)
I really need to sort myself out when it comes to backlist books next year. As we’ve been incredibly fortunate to be in a more financially secure position I’ve been able to spend a little bit of money buying more books. The downside of this is that I find myself drowning in more backlist books than ever! After seeing Annamieke’s sign up for Mount TBR, I’ve decided to combine it with Beat the Backlist. Mount TBR asks that you set yourself a target that then gets locked in, forcing you to actually have a solid goal to work towards. I can then use those backlist titles to earn points for my Hogwarts house (GRYFFINDOR) for Beat the Backlist! I’m committing to reaching the top of Mt. Vancouver in 2019 by reading 36 books.
As I’m signed up for the Hodderscape mailing list, I got an email a few days ago informing me of the Hodderscape 2019 reading challenge and immediately planned to take part. When I first started blogging I felt like I had to force myself to read more YA and contemporary in order to be ‘relevant’ but this year I let myself indulge more in SFF and loved it. The reading challenge contains 12 prompts to SFF up your 2019 reading lists.
So, those are my reading challenges for 2019 all set up and ready to go. I’d love to hear which challenges you’re taking part in, if any, and whether we have any of the same books we’re planning to read!