Today I’m checking in on how I did with the challenges I committed to last year as part of the #AMonthOfFaves year-end recap event, hosted by Travelling With T, Estella’s Revenge, and GirlXOXO. Despite making myself choose very few challenges last year, I haven’t done nearly as much for my challenges as I’d like! In particular, I’ve not done enough planning to read for my challenges and then tracking what I’ve read. Without that, I think I’m unlikely to make much progress. That said, I do have a few reading stats I’m really happy with, they just don’t exactly match the resolutions I set out with 🙂 Here are my resolutions from last year and the progress I made:
Read books that will help me understand the world with the Around the World in 80 Books challenge from Rachel at Hibernator’s Library – I originally planned on reading 16 books for this which was… overly ambitious given what I prioritized reading, to say the least. I actually only read 2 books for this challenge – The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency set in Botswana and Four Reigns set in Thailand.
Read books that help me understand politics in the US with another of Rachel’s challenge to read 6 books the NYT recommended for understanding Trump’s election. I have to admit I intentionally abandoned this one. I didn’t think much of the first book on the list and was saving my energy to engage with politics in other ways.
Read books by and about individuals who belong to marginalized groups with Platypire’s Diversity Challenge. This was the challenge I stuck with the best, which makes sense, since it was also the most important to me. I read at least one book for 7 of the 12 themes, although I didn’t do a great time reading them in the right months. Next year, I’ll probably try to fill in the months I missed.
Write more discussion posts, creative features and recommendations lists with the Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction. I essentially ignored this challenge, especially in the second half of the year. This is another goal I’ll probably carry over to next year, although recently I have gotten the most enjoyment from just writing reviews, so we’ll see.
How did your challenges go?