Recently I sat my overachieving ass down to really think about my priorities and goals, instead of just jumping on every challenge that looked fun. (Because let’s face it, they all look great. And I love collecting accomplishments.)
So this year I’m playing it somewhat safe — at least for a start — and we’ll see how it goes. With that disclaimer out of the way, though, I’m excited to share the challenges I’ll be participating in this year!
(Graphics associated with each challenge were created by the host(s).)
Last updated Jan 9, 2020
PROGRESS: 7 / 150 (5%)
Yes, this is lower than I managed last year, though it is simultaneously higher than many of my friends are aiming for. (I tend to read relatively quickly and frequently, so I’ve exceeded 150 for the past three years.)
I’m okay with surpassing and/or increasing my goal; since I’m not sure what my schedule will look like this year, this is more realistic than reach.
PROGRESS: 7 / 100 (7%)
Coupled with #StartOnYourShelfathon [see below], this should be a breeze: over 50% of the books I read last year were backlist.
I could honestly fit in with any of the Beat the Backlist teams — Borrowers, Re-Readers, TBR Stackers, and Multi-Taskers — and, quite honestly, in 2019 I constantly forgot to submit my titles for points. So I won’t be participating in the mini competition, but I’m cheering on everyone who is!
Last year I managed to complete every prompt on the epic bingo board, but for 2020 I’ve decided to start with the regular bingo board. Though if I finish early — say, by May or so — I may upgrade to the epic bingo.
PROGRESS: 11 read, 4 DNF’d
I still have way too many owned-and-unread books to get through, and I’m definitely hoping to make significant progress towards demolishing my owned TBR. So I’m really glad that I’ll have the rest of the year to work on it.
PROGRESS: 1 / 31
Current badge: Philippine tarsier
Every year is a good year to read books by Asian authors, but especially when you’ve got the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge for extra motivation! Last year I read 58 books by Asian authors, earning the Bengali tiger badge; this year I’m aiming a little lower: 31-40 books, for the Giant Panda badge.
PROGRESS: 0 / 12
I love prompt challenges, especially when they’re so manageable — these prompts are straightforward, and it’ll only take one a month to stay on track.
☐ Match the Dragon Queen: a purple book
☐ You Might Not Have Known: an author’s lesser known book / a lesser known author
☐ Why Haven’t I Read This Yet? a book you’ve owned since 2017
☐ Awesome, Of Course: a book by author(s) of color
☐ In Satan we Stan: a book with 666 pages or longer
☐ Full of Pride: an LGBT+ book / author
☐ Highly Recommended: a staff member’s favorite
☐ A Fresh Look: a book that has an adaptation this year
☐ Star’s the Limit: set somewhere otherworldly
☐ New Kids on the Pub(lisher): 2020 debut author
☐ IM DYING TO READ THIS BOOK … yet you haven’t!
☐ Small Stories: an anthology or book that’s shorter than most
Of course there are tons more awesome challenges out there — including the POPSUGAR Challenge, which I’ve done in past years but am opting out of in 2020. However, my life only gets busier and busier every year, forcing me to be more selective about my commitments. (Probably a lot of y’all can relate.)
I’m sure that I’ll end up increasing my goals and joining more challenges and readathons as the year goes on, just like I did last year. But I think this is a pretty good start: both achievable and exciting.
- What reading goals do you have for 2020?
- Which challenges and readathons, if any, are you participating in?
- Do you have any titles picked out (whether for a prompt or monthly TBR or just to read soon), or do you prefer to leave your options open?