#AMonthofFaves Challenges and Goals

December 26, 2019 Uncategorized 17

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?

17 Responses to “#AMonthofFaves Challenges and Goals”

    • DoingDewey

      Thanks T! I tried to make all my goals specific and manageable. I saw that Briana and Krysta were using a free trial of Tailwind, but I hand’t realized that I could use a limited version indefinitely. I will definitely look into that!

  1. Helen Murdoch

    I am with you on a few of these. My TBR shelves are WAY too full so I am doing the Mount TBR challenge and trying to read 36 of my own books this year. I am also going to read a book a month on social justice to delve deeper.

    • DoingDewey

      Oh, that’s another challenge I should probably think about, since it really is something I want to work on and which I won’t achieve without some effort.

    • DoingDewey

      Haha, this does seem to be a common one! Part of me dreams of the day I can eliminate my huge, physical to-read pile, but in reality I think I might find it stressful to not have lots of reading options 🙂

  2. Akilah

    I would like to post once a week. Thank you for the reminder.

    Great list of goals. They’re all very achievable, too, I think.

  3. Heather

    I really like your goals for next year. I’m also hoping to write more on the blog in the coming year and hopefully that will include some discussion posts. It all depends on what I have time for. I always intend to write more, and then life gets in the way.
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  4. Jinjer

    Great post and great goals!

    My main reading goal this year is to read my own damn books, too.

    Thanks for telling us about that Author Deep Dive article! I bookmarked it because it sounds like a really cool idea.

    Good luck and more importantly, have fun with your 2020 goals!!!
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    • DoingDewey

      Thanks Jinjer! I’m hoping to do a deep dive on Zadie Smith starting next month and I’m really looking forward to it 🙂

      I hope you’re off to a good start to the new year too.

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