#AMonthOfFaves ~ Goals & Challenges

For the month of December, join hosts  GirlxoxoTraveling with T and Estella’s Revenge for their annual #AMonthofFaves blog event—a fun way to recap the year that was. They have every day of the event (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) planned out, and you can join in anytime! More details.

MON. | Dec. 24 – #AMonthofFaves Challenges and Goals –  Reading challenges, personal goals, resolutions – how did you do? What are your goals for this month, this season or next year. Check in here.

I’m going to stick to reading goals here because writing and personal goals are a whole other ball of wax.

2018 Reading Challenges

Goodreads Reading Challenge: I set a goal of 52 books. I’ve read 59 so far! 👍

Deal Me In 2018: Unless something goes horribly wrong, I’ll go 52 of 52, a short story per week. I posted about half the time. 👍

#FrankenSlam! challenge: I read Frankenstein, The Sorrows of Young Werther, and Paradise Lost, but didn’t make much progress into Plutarch’s Lives. 😬

2018 Nonfiction Reading Challenge: One goal I set was to read over 25% nonfiction. I’m at 36%! 👍 The second goal was to read eight books from a list of twelve about magic or Nebraska history. I ended up reading seven and having one temporary DNF. But I did read a couple other magic history books too. 😬

2018 TBR Challenge: The challenge was to read 12 books from a predetermined list of 14. Okay, so, I knew I was headed for trouble working from a year-long list. I’m a flighty reader. And then there was the quality of the list. I ended up reading six of those books, but DNFing six more. I probably should have read the last two in November & December, but, yeah, I’m a flighty reader. 😬

Wild West Reading Challenge: The level I chose was to read 6 Westerns. No problem! I read seven, though three were Steve Hockensmith’s Holmes on the Range books. 👍

2019 Reading Challenges

I’m going to be keeping it simple in 2019. Instead of formal year long challenges, I have a bunch of personal ones. I want to keep myself free for on-the-fly read-alongs and the like.

Goodreads Challenge: 52 books.

Deal Me In 2019: 52 stories, one deck of cards. Interested? Check out all the details over on Jay’s blog. This is the only hosted challenge I’m going to do this year.

The Black Cat Project and Trilby: Back in October I started the Black Cat Project—basically reading issues of a short story magazine 123 years after they were published. I’m going to continue in January; I’ll be reading issue 4 which hit newsstands in January of 1896. Likewise, in January I’m also going to start a serial read of George du Maurier’s Trilby, which began its run in Harper’s magazine in January 1894.

A Feast with Dragons: I’m also going to be infrequently reading chapters of A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons in this suggested chronological-ish combination read. Which will happen first: Katherine finally catching up or George R. R. Martin publishing the next book in the series?

(The fact that this scene was in a major motion picture cracks me up.)

Shelf Maintenance: This is an ongoing accounting of books acquired vs books read. I think I’m going to try to get

  • 2016 up to 84% read (two titles)
  • 2017 up over 90% read (seven titles)
  • 2018 up to over 75% read
  • Keep acquisitions below 50 titles and $100.

All of the above is, of course, subject to change.
Possibly by the end of the day. (*cough*)

4 thoughts on “#AMonthOfFaves ~ Goals & Challenges

  1. Akilah

    Haha, killer last line. And I’m sure you’ll catch up before George RR Martin publishes the next book. Congrats on completing so many of your challenges.

    As a mood reader, I didn’t have much luck with the TBR challenge when I tried it before. Although the Must Read challenge I participate in is similar, it’s a little more chill, so I prefer that.

  2. natashajk

    I really haven’t ever done reading challenges before but I am being inspired, after reading all these posts, to try one. Thanks for being a part of that inspiration.

  3. Pingback: More Challenges for 2019 – The Writerly Reader

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