A new year, a new challenge. Kind of. Since I’ve slowed down over the last couple of months I’ve decided to lower my usual challenge. Instead of 100 books, I want to read 52 books, one a week. And instead of 40000 pages, I aim for 20000 pages, half.
I’m not doing a series challenge. One of the reasons I slowed down last year is because I was so focused on series that I burned out. There are several series on my “active list” that only have two, three or four books in total. I want to finish those, but if I don’t, I don’t.
I do want to do more with this blog, not just updating my reading list every once in a while. I want to do both monthly general updates and write reviews regularly. This will be the hardest challenge for me. It’s almost time to get a new planner, I order a custom one and one of the options is to add blog planning pages, so those will be added, hopefully they will keep me on track.
To help with my blog challenge, I want to keep writing notes about the books I read. I started this in August last year. And I’ve been keeping up, I haven’t skipped any books. Which is quite an achievement for me.
I have a lot of books that are first in a series. Over a 100, some are series I’ve started in the past but never finished (like Temperance Brennan or the Sookie Stackhouse series) and want to start over. Some I might never read, to be honest. But I do want to lower this number. It isn’t a set goal, more or a wish.
My most important goal this year is to just have fun reading, not to worry about any goals I’ve set. My upcoming “reading retreat” (I always go on vacation on my own in January) should help with this. I expect that I will focus on stand alone books for now. I’ll sprinkle in some of my active series and first-in-series books, but only when I feel like it.