After weighing the pros and cons of reading challenges, it’s time that I outline my own goals and resolutions for the new year. Given that I have less time this year to read than I did last year, I decided to be more modest with my targets. That doesn’t mean I’m any less excited though. I mean, books and reading! Who wouldn’t be excited!
(Master page to track my progress can be found under 2015 Challenges.)
Goodreads Reading Challenge
Goal: Finish reading 85 books
Why: My goal last year was 100 books. Not only did I achieve that, I exceeded by 32 books. I managed to do that because I had just graduated from university and had a lot of time on my hands. This year, I’m pretty much inundated with work. Nonetheless, I think 85 is still doable since I listened to an average of one audiobook per week from October through to December.
Sign-up link: Goodreads
Around the World 2015
Goal: Simply to document all the places I visit through reading books
Why: I think it’s a pretty neat idea to mark all the places on a map. I tried recording locations in an Excel sheet last year but that meant I had to generate my own infographic maps. Evidently, I got tired of it because after June, I stopped posting my monthly overviews with reading statistics. Marking the locations on a Google map will be much simpler.
Sign-up link: It’s All About Books
Popsugar 2015 Reading Challenge
Goal: 30 prompts and 30 books (no double-counting)
Status: 0/30 books
Why: This looks like a fun challenge to take part in. It’s open-ended enough, so I’ll be reading books I’m interested in but specific enough to introduce more diversity. Is anyone else doing this? I think it’ll be even more fun to do it alongside other participants. Let me know in the comments below if you’re attempting this reading challenge.
Info link: Popsugar
Personal Challenges and Resolutions
Goal: Read 1 to 2 non-fiction books per month (20 books in 2015)
Why: One of my yearly resolutions is to expand my mind with new knowledge. Non-fiction books are perfect for that.
Goal: Read 1 adult fiction book per month (12 books in 2015)
Why: As much as I believe that YA spans a vast collection of fantastic books, I don’t want to ignore adult books.
Goal: Read 6 classics
Why: A lot of books take inspiration from classics. I want to be able to see those connections.
Goal: Read 12 German books
Why: I don’t want to lose touch with my mother tongue.
There’s really only one blogging resolution that’s been tugging at me and that is to get into the groove of a blogging schedule. By the end of March, I want to have built up a buffer of 10 scheduled posts. By the end of June, I want to increase that buffer to 20 scheduled posts. Scheduling blog posts would allow me to take more breaks when I’m too tired or not in the mood to generate new content.