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My 2019 Challenges

Hey all 🙂

I wanted to share my challenges/goals for next year with you all! I’ve been truly debating what kinds of challenges I would set up for myself this year, since reading for challenges can sometimes not work out for me. I tend to rebel against obligation reading these days. Any time I feel like I have to read something, I start putting it off. This is a mindset I need to work on for sure, but I haven’t been sure if having challenges would make it worse…
And yet, I feel like having goals and challenges give my reading some direction when I need it. 

In conclusion: These are totally my reading challenges, BUT I’m not going to stress about them. They are there to guide my reading and help me, but if I don’t finish I’m not going to feel horrible. I’m also not going to force myself to finish a book just to complete a challenge/prompt.

Below are the big challenges I want to accomplish this year. I might pick up a few more from GR groups and I hope to do a few monthly challenges or Read-a-thons when I’m interested. 🙂
*FYI this is a decently long post. I have a tl;dr at the end if you just want a quick update* 

Goodreads Reading Challenge

2016 my goal was to read 100 books — I read 190
2017 my goal was to read 150 books — I read 339
2018 my goal was to read 200 books — So far I’ve read over 500 🎉

I really thought my reading would decrease, but I’ve ended up dropping all other hobbies in order to read more… not cool self, not cool. 

In 2019 I’m setting my goal to 250 books in 2019. It is a goal I can totally manage and one I’m hoping will clue me into doing other things. If I’m WAY ahead of schedule, then I really need to put the books down and do something else. 

 

Ultimate Popsugar Reading Challenge

I did like how this one helped me branch out in my reading. Hitting certain prompts did force me to read undesirable books, as always I was too hard on myself. I didn’t count books I DNF, I didn’t double up on prompts (1 book = 2 prompts), and I was strict in meaning. 

This year I’m going to be much more loose and tweak things as needed. I’m also going to count 3 DNF books. 

Here is the link to the page if you want to look it up and here is the Goodreads group!

 

Read More Children’s/Middle Grade Books

As a Youth Librarian I talk to kids and parents often during the week. I get asked for recommendations and/or need to provide alternative books when asked for books aren’t available. While I do well with YA books, I’m floundering with MG.

I want 20% of my reading to be Children’s books. This is about… 50 books if I stick to 250 books in 2019. 

*Also, this doesn’t count Picture Books because I do read all the new picture books that come into my branch.

 

Read More Diverse Books

I don’t have a number for this– I just know I need to do better. I’m going to be tracking LGBTQA+, POC, #ownvoice, and disability & mental health books that I read. 

This is more of a goal than a challenge, but definitely one I want to keep in mind each month. 

 

Series Takedown Challenge

Okay, this is my biggest challenge. It takes the most effort and is one I fail to complete every year — BUT really, I do so well on it and I think it really does help my TBR and help me finish series instead of leaving them on my TBR forever. 

This year I’m changing it up a bit. I’m not going to force myself to finish series I end up not liking and DNF a series won’t be a strike against me 🙂 Just another series marked off. I’ve picked 11 series that I want to read/finish this year

The Books of Pellinor

This is a series I totally loved as a kid, considering I had the first two novels. I’m currently reading The Riddle and hoping I finish before 2019, buuuuut it doesn’t look likely :/  So, already I’m 2.5/5 books into it. This is top priority to get done.

The Riddle (The Books of Pellinor, #2)The Crow (The Books of Pellinor, #3)The Singing (The Books of Pellinor, #4)

 

The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings

I’ve been saying this is a series I’d read in 2019 since 2017 haha. It is a favorite series of my fiance and my best friend. I gotta at least try it out 🙂 

The HobbitThe Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)

 

The Series of Unfortunate Events

Partly this is to help me read more children’s novels and also just me wanting to pick this series back up again. I read 7 or 8 of these as a kid, but they serious depressed me– especially reading them in a row. I think if I spread them out (maybe 1ish a month) then it won’t be so bad 🙂 

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Mither Mages

I listened to the first book while commuting to school a few years back and thoroughly enjoyed it. I just never got around to the rest of it :/ 

The Lost Gate (Mither Mages, #1)The Gate Thief (Mither Mages, #2)Gatefather (Mither Mages #3)

 

Emelan (Circle of Magic, Circle Opens, Circle Reforged)

Three different series, but mostly about the same people? Look, it is Tamora Pierce and I’ve never read all of these, just a few random ones. I need to read these. 

Sandry's Book (Circle of Magic, #1)Tris's Book (Circle of Magic, #2)Daja's Book (Circle of Magic, #3)Briar's Book (Circle of Magic, #4)

Magic Steps (The Circle Opens, #1)Street Magic (The Circle Opens, #2)Cold Fire (The Circle Opens, #3)Shatterglass (The Circle Opens, #4)

Battle Magic (Circle Reforged, #3)Melting Stones (Circle Reforged, #3)The Will of the Empress (The Circle Reforged, #1)

 

Heroes of Olympus

I finished Percy Jackson as part of 2017’s series takedown and while I put this series on my 2018 challenge, I never got to it. So, moving it to 2019… hoping for the best!

Image result for heroes of olympus books

 

Seven Realms

I received The Demon King for Christmas… in 2018 haha. Time to make sure I read it! 

Image result for seven realms series

 

Luna

This series has been on my TBR forever (lol since 2016 so not forever)! I noticed that the finale is coming out in March, so no better time than to read this series 🙂 

Image result for luna ian mcdonald series

 

Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas is the book that has been on my TBR the longest. It is a MUST READ in 2019, sooooo might as well put the series on here as well 🙂 Dean Koontz and I have a love/hate relationship though, so I’m always hesitant to start his books… we will see how this goes.

Odd Thomas (Odd Thomas, #1)Forever Odd (Odd Thomas, #2)Brother Odd (Odd Thomas, #3)Odd Hours (Odd Thomas, #4)Odd Apocalypse (Odd Thomas, #5)

Deeply Odd (Odd Thomas, #6)Saint Odd (Odd Thomas, #7)

Total: 11 series


 

tl;dr All in all, I want to read at least 250 books next year 53 from my Series Takedown challenge (11 series), 20% I want to be Children’s books, a good chunk should be diverse in some way, and I will participate in the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge

Are you doing any challenges this year? Are you pushing yourself to try new things? How many books will you try to read?

15 thoughts on “My 2019 Challenges

    1. I’m trying to go in with a different mindset. I don’t have to read the books, I don’t have to complete the challenge, but wouldn’t it be fun?
      Trying to change it from obligation and competition to… More of a game I guess. I still haven’t got that part completely, but I’m going to try haha.

      I can’t help myself but keep joining challenges! I know they add stress, but they seem so fun, so I gotta figure out how to mentally not give them so much weight in my life. It’s a weird feeling haha

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      1. I need to do this too…..and keep remembering to do it! I have a few arcs, well 8 (!) that I need to read in January and then I’m stepping back a bit from signing up and I can enjoy my reading year!!

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  1. GIRL the fact that you’ve read about 500 blows my mind O.O lol. That’s amazing 🙂 I read the LOTR trilogy back when the first movie came out and while I liked them, I like the movies better. Hope that this new year will be full of awesome book goals 😀

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  2. I love your approach to challenges—it’s similar to mine since I’m a mood reader LOL. I’m slightly overwhelmed with the challenges I’ve signed up for in 2019 and I just need to remember *why* I signed up rather than kicking myself if I don’t meet my goals.

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    1. Yes, exactly! It shouldn’t be about not making the goals, but about trying and seeing what new things you find along the way! I’m always so excited to sign up for challenges, but then wonder why I “did this to myself” which isn’t cool. So, I’m trying to stay away from challenges that involve other people until my reading is under control.

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      1. Hmm, aliens… I’m trying to think if I remember reading any alien ones. I read a ton of his stuff in one year back in the early 2010s, but didn’t keep up with any of it and a lot of it has run together now! The only books of his I remember really loving were Odd Thomas, the first 3 Frankenstein books, and I thought Phantoms was alright, though I think I disliked the ending of it.

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