As I mentioned in my post on the purpose of reading challenges, I want to be more purposeful in how I use them. To that end, I’ve changed how I pick my reading challenges. Instead of going through the many great round-ups of reading challenges (including those from GirlXOXO, Feed Your Fiction Addiction, and A Novel Challenge) and picking all the challenges that excite me most, I first picked reading goals and then picked some challenges to help me meet them. Every challenge on my list matches a reading goal and most are either hosted by a blogger I know or encourage interaction with new bloggers at least once a month. I’m also hoping having a shorter, more intentional list of challenges will make it more feasible for me to check in on my progress every month. So, with that in mind, here are my goals and challenges for the coming year.
Read books that will help me understand the world – I debated about this one because it’s a bit commitment, but I’ve decided to join Rachel at Hibernator’s Library in reading around the world in 80 books. She’s using a suggested reading list from BookRiot and plans to finish in 5 years. For now, I’ll shoot for the same pace, which means I’ll want to read about 16 books this year (a little less, since I’ve already read a few on the list).
Read books that help me understand politics in the US – As it turns out, my goals are pretty similar to Rachel’s this year, so I’ll also be joining her read-alongs for the 6 books the NYT recommends for understanding Trump’s win.
Read books by and about individuals who belong to marginalized groups – I’m a firm believer in the power of books to build empathy and understanding. For that reason, I think it’s incredibly important that people read books that share the experiences of members of marginalized groups. I was looking for a challenge that would let me do this in a broad way, so Platypire’s Diversity Challenge was a great fit. Each month, there’s a different category and I’m going to plan on reading 1 or 2 books each month.
Write more discussion posts, creative features and recommendations lists – I’d like to write more discussion posts because they generate such great conversation. I feel like I have to work at coming up with topics more than I used to though! I must have talked about most of the questions that are obvious to me. This past year, I enjoyed participating in the Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction, so I’ll be doing it again in 2017. I’ve also been wanting to do more non-review posts for some time, so I thought Sarah of Sarah’s Bookshelves phrased this goal well last year, so I’m borrowing her wording on wanting creative features and recommendations lists. I’ll probably get some ideas for these features from these great lists from Pages Unbound and Bookmark Lit. I might be being overly ambitious, but I’m going to aim for one non-review post per week, in addition to my Nonfiction Friday feature. Wish me luck!
What are your blogging goals for the new year? And how will you be tracking your progress, if at all?