(image credit goes to Shealea!)
This is my TENTH post in the #Project14Lists series, hosted by Shealea at That Bookshelf Bitch! You can find more information here, as well as a thread of my posts for the event here.
Previous #Project14Lists Posts:
1. Winter TBR
2. #Short-a-Thon: Graphic Novel/Manga Goals
3. 2019’s General “Life” Resolutions & Goals
4. 2019’s Reading Resolutions & Goals
5. 10 TV Shows I Want to Watch in 2019
6. Random Bookish Facts About Me!
7. 10 Movies I Want to Finally See in 2019
8. 2019 Releases I WISH I Could Find Under My Christmas Tree
9. 24 Books On My 2019 TBR
Today’s #Project14Lists post is…
Reading Challenges & How I’m Sticking to Them in 2019!
PLANNED READING CHALLENGES:
Unlike the vague goals I detailed in a previous post, these are specific challenges.
1. GOODREADS READING GOAL:
In 2018, my goal was 150, and right now, I’m over 300. I decided to lower my reading challenge to 100. That’s enough to help keep me on track, but low enough that I don’t let myself cave in to any pressures to sacrifice my mental health for my reading numbers.
2. NEW RELEASE CHALLENGE:
If you saw my sign-up post last month, you already know about this one. The New Release Challenge is a year-long challenge devoted to reading 2019 releases! My original goal was to hit “enthusiast” level (101-200 new releases), but I’m lowering that to aiming for “veteran” level (61-100).
3. READ 5, BUY 1:
There’s a great Google Doc you can reach here, made by Luna. The goal is simple: read 5 books for every 1 you buy! I’m actually tweaking this a little bit to say I can only buy 1 unread book for every 5 I read; for books I borrow from the library and adore, I’ll still purchase a couple of those per month.
4. 100 OFF MY SHELVES:
I want to read 100 books next year that I own(ed) before January 1, 2019. If I can hit this goal by Christmas, I’ll probably allow myself a big Boxing Day order from BookOutlet, or something!
5. CATCH UP ON REVIEW COPIES:
This is easily my most overwhelming challenge: I want to catch up on all of my pre-2019 ARCs while still staying on top of my 2019 releases, too. To accomplish this, I counted it up, and I’ll need to read an average of FOUR (4) pre-2019 ARCs per month—which is less than I thought it would be, but still feels like… kind of a lot? 😂
HOW I’M STAYING ON TRACK:
How the hell am I staying on top of these challenges?
I’m going to place reminders around my desk—namely, I’m going to invest in a small whiteboard to keep on the wall by my “current reads” shelf!
2. FREQUENT BLOG UPDATES:
I usually sign up for things and then don’t mention them again on here until they’re over, so I’m going to start giving challenge-specific updates in each month’s wrap-up!
3. TWITTER THREADS:
I want to start using twitter threads to keep a running update on my challenge progress! I’ll be pinning these to the top of my bio for anyone who wants to peek, but they won’t go live until closer to the 1st.
4. LITSY UPDATES:
If you’re not on Litsy, you should check it out—it’s like Goodreads and Bookstagram had a stress-free, quiet baby. My favorite thing about Litsy is how low-key it is—nobody really uses ‘themes’ or staged photos—which makes it really easy to post quick updates for challenges! My username is @howlinglibraries and I follow back!
5. A “LIVE UPDATES” PAGE:
This is the method I am most excited about: I’m going to tack a “challenge updates” post to my menu here on my blog, where you can check back at any time to see RECENT UPDATES to my reading progress! You won’t get a notification every time it’s updated, but I will post a reminder in each month’s wrap-up and TBR. The post will be coming some time in the next few days, so keep an eye out!