2020 Reading & Blogging Goals

It’s that time of year when we set our blogging and/or life goals.

I’m going to perfectly honest. I didn’t meet any of my blogging goals or life goals for that matter. As for my blogging goals, I seriously overextended myself with challenges. So much so, that I didn’t know which challenges I was participating in. I never incorporated writing and cooking on the blog because I just simply didn’t have the time. It’s something I still want and hope to do in 2020.

New

  • Reading Classic Books Challenge is a challenge I created. There are 12 challenge prompts, Instagram challenges, and giveaways. The cool thing about this challenge is, if you’re participating in The Classics Club 75 books in 5 years, you can do this challenge too. My plan is to pick books off my Classics Club list that apply to the prompts. So, if you’re interested please sign up and join me.
  • I’m also a Judge for the Booktube Prize, which I’m super excited about. This will take a good chunk of time because if I’m selected for 1 or multiple rounds I will have to read 6 books in two months.

Every year for the last few years, I scour the interwebs in search of new and exciting reading challenges. I’m always excited to discover new challenges and this year was no different.

BUT . . .

This year I will NOT overextend myself in challenges. I’m participating in 5 reading challenges vs. the 14 from 2019.

I am going down the Goodreads Reading Challenge rabbit hole this year. I’m not sure what I want to set my goal at considering I didn’t meet my initial goal of 48. So, I’m thinking about halving that.

I’ve done the Mount TBR Reading Challenge for a few years now and just like last year I’m going to set my challenge goal at 24, which puts me on Mount Blanc. My plan is to primarily read books I already own. I mean after all my TBR is so out of control. It’s in triple digits.

 I’ve done Beat the Backlist Challenge in the past and here we go ago. I have A LOT of books on my Backlist and I really and truly need to get to them. I’m hoping this year will be the year that I knock a few off my list.

I think I’m pretty intentional with reading diversely, but there is always room for improvement. This year I’m participating in the Diversity Reading Challenge. I’m going to follow the 12 mini challenge prompts.

  • Diverse folktales/culture/mythology; or diverse retelling; or non-western setting
  • POC: Black/African American
  •  #ownvoices; or gender: female authors in male-dominated genres/non-fiction
  • POC: Middle Eastern/South Asian
  •  POC: East Asian/Southeast Asian/Pacific Islander
  • LGBT+ pride summer: sexuality and gender identity
  •  Mental health/addiction
  •  POC: hispanic/latinx
  •  physical/sensory/cognitive/intellectual/developmental disabilities
  •  POC: Native American
  • Religious minorities

Other Challenges

ABC Book Challenge – I started this, but didn’t finish. Actually, I think I may have only made it “E”, so I’m going to give it another go. The rules are simple – 1) mention 1 or 2 or more books that were memorable that begin with that weeks letter and 2) a book or books that are still living on your ever-growing TBR

Book Blog Discussion Challenge is a challenge I enjoyed, so I’ll be doing this again. I would love nothing more than to have the Gift of Gab (41+ posts for the year), but that’s not going to happen. Have to stay honest with myself. The reality is I’ll be closer to Creative Conversationalist which is 11-20 posts for the year.

Returning

  • Book Blog Discussion
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Book Reviews
  • Friday 56
  • Monthly Wrap Up

Posting Schedule

Weekly Biweekly
Monday: Blog Discussion
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday Monday: ABC Book Challenge
Wednesday: Review / Reading Update Monthly
Friday: The Friday56 Reading Classic Books Update
Wrap Up

 

13 thoughts on “2020 Reading & Blogging Goals

  1. Congrats on being a judge for the Booktube thing! That sounds like a lot of fun. When I set my Goodreads challenge, I always try to make multiple goals. I set the first one at a realistic but not particularly impressive number, usually, and then I have multiple what I call “stretch” goals. Because let’s face it, we all love meeting a goal, and it always gives me a boost when I hit that first goal and can be like, hey, look, I did a thing! Halving your goal sounds like a good way to approach it. :3

    The challenges you’ve decided on this year sound really fun! Best of luck in achieving your goals for 2020.

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  2. I am so, so bad at keeping up with challenges. Right now, I’m just trying to get my book blogging going again, so that’s my goal for 2020! Looking back on earlier New Year’s posts, I never kept up my blogging resolutions, so I’m keeping it extremely simple this year. They say if you don’t quantify a goal, it isn’t going to get done, but whenever I commit to two blog posts a week or something like that, I fail almost immediately and never get back on track. I think you’re right to limit your number of challenges. Next year, you might decide to cut back even more. It gets so hard to keep track of all those challenges, and you may start to feel like you can never read anything just because you feel like it!
    Happy 2020!

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  3. I agree about not overwhelming yourself with challenges! At some point that takes a lot of the fun out of reading. I’m considering Mt. TBR challenge, a nonfiction challenge, and Read Harder and Reading Women challenges. Also the Reading Around the World challenge. That already might be too many (sigh).

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  4. I won’t be doing reading challenges as such this coming year. In the past i started with good intentions but ended up resenting or becoming frustrated due to the restrictions of, for example, reading X number of books in a specific genre in a limited time. So this time i will just aim to read…a variety of books when ever spare time permits, and to blog more regularly. Perhaps posting a minimum of twice each week.
    Good luck to you and all readers with your choices of books for the next 12 months.

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  5. I think paring down your challenges is a great strategy for success. And it’s all about the journey and not so much the destination, right – that’s what one blogger reminded me when I lamented not accomplishing a reading goal one year. Even if it’s not accomplished, good books were still read along the way. Good luck.

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    • Laila, I agree. I definitely learned my lesson this year. I want to focus on quality reading and not reading in order to meet some arbitrary number. The more I think about it the more I think I’m going to set my Goodreads goal low, so I’m struggling to beat the clock or disappointed that I didn’t read that number of books.

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