I’m excited to jump back into #AMonthOfFaves, hosted by Tamara of Traveling With T and Tanya of GirlXOXO, with some goals and challenges I’ve been considering for the new year. As I look forward to 2020, I’m still planning on keeping my challenges limited. Personally, I’ve not found that challenges lead to a lot of socializing (perhaps the fault of how I use them). Instead, I plan to set my own goals and participate in more read-a-thons instead of challenges, since those tend to make me feel more involved.
Write more in-depth reviews – I’d like to start spending a lot of time with single topics or authors. I’m hoping this will allow me to provide broader context for the books I review. I’m also still thinking about how I can do a better job engaging with the content of each book I read, without getting into spoilers.
Write more discussion posts – I’ve almost completely stopped writing discussion posts and I miss the great conversations they start with other bloggers. I’d like to get back to this, writing at least one discussion post a month. For this goal, I’m breaking my own rules and joining a challenge, since the 2020 Book Blog Discussion Challenge, hosted by Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon at It Starts at Midnight, perfectly matches my own goals.
Read more deeply on specific topics – I’ve done a little bit of this during 2019, but I want to get more intentional about it, so it will form a larger percentage of my reading. I’m going to start planning my upcoming reading in my monthly wrap-up posts. That way, I can make sure I always have a deep dive into a topic or an author going on. I also found a great post from Leslie at Cupcakes and Cashmere on doing author deep dives that I’ll be taking some inspiration from.
Read at least 40% nonfiction – Although I’m not planning on joining or hosting a challenge this year, there are some good ones I want to highlight. Rachel at Hibernator’s Library is hosting two focused challenges, a history nonfiction challenge and a social justice nonfiction challenge. And if you’re looking for a general nonfiction reading challenge, Shelleyrae at Book’d Out has got you covered.
Write 3 posts a week – I was able to do this for parts of this year, but not as I got busier in the last quarter. I’m going to do my best to get back to this posting schedule next year.
Read my own damn books – Another carry over from last year and another good one for me to recommit to in the new year, since I’ve definitely let myself get distracted with shiny, new library books! I’m going to try to do some deep dives on topics related to books I own, in hopes of balancing these two objectives.
Read books by and about people from marginalized groups – This year, I let this goal slip in favor of trying to read my own books. I’d like to tilt the balance back a little more in favor of this goal and again, I think the best way to do this is by reading more intentionally. Hopefully by planning my reading at the beginning of each month, I can make this goal more of a priority. I’m going to plan on continuing to follow the list of topics from Platypire’s Diversity Challenge in previous years and aim to read one fiction and one nonfiction book for this goal each month.
Maybe get into Pinterest a bit more – It sounds like Briana and Krysta at Pages Unbound have had a lot of success with Pinterest this year. I think pinning every day is unrealistic for me, so I’m going to aim for three times a week.
That should be more than enough to keep me busy! What reading and blogging goals do you have for yourself as we start a new year?