Reading Challenges

The start of every new year brings new reading challenges.  I’ve never had too much luck with challenges.  I love looking up reading challenges to do and watching everyone else’s progress, but for some reason, I’ve just never been able to commit.  I’ve made list upon list of books to complete various challenges, but I’ve never actually tried to follow through with a single one.

This year, I am going to watch some of my favorite challenges and keep track of my progress, but I’m not going to actively attempt to finish any.  If I finish one, fantastic; if I don’t come close, I really don’t care.  I’m really just curious how diverse my reading normally is.

Maybe next year I will be inspired to complete a challenge.

So which challenges am I tracking this year?

PopSugar’s 2018 Reading Challenge

Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge

Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Reading Challenge

What’s our stance on reading challenges?  Love them? Hate them? Obsessed?

2017 Resolutions 

Happy New Year! I hope you all have enjoyed the weekend, the end of 2016, and the start of 2017. I don’t usually do resolutions, but this year I want to try when it comes to this blog. I have really let this place go, and I think some goals will keep me going (at least for a couple of months). So here are my reading and blogging goals for 2017:

  1. Post twice a week. It doesn’t really matter what, I just want to keep up a presence online. 
  2. Keep a reading journal. I recently bought a journal specifically for this, so hopefully I can keep it up and use it to help me with goal number one. 
  3. Expand my reading. I want to read things I normally wouldn’t this year. I want to challenge myself. One way of doing this is to follow some reading challenges, like the ones Book Riot and Modern Mrs. Darcy are doing for the year. I don’t know if I will actually follow through with completing the challenges, but I do want to look at the goals when I choose new books to add to my shelves. I want to broaden my reading experiences, and these challenges may help with that. 

I know these goals are a little vague. I want to keep them vague. My goal is not to reach a certain number of books or posts, it’s to spend the year feeling satisfied with my bookish life. 

What are your booksih goals for 2017?

Reading Classics

Lately I’ve been getting into reading more classics.  I majored in English in college, so I have read a lot of what are considered classics in the past, but life has gotten in the way of my continuing reading education.  While I still greatly anticipate the coming new releases and will continue to read those, I will be sprinkling in some older works into the mix.  Out of the thousands of “classics” in the world, I have created a list of 225 books that intrigue me, and this will be the guidepost for my future endeavors into the classics.  Some of these books are books I’ve already tried and either loved or hated.  Some are due for a reread, and some deserve a second chance. I’m interested to see if my feelings have changed.

The books on my seasonal reading lists are included on this list.  The classics I read from my Summer Reading List will be reread at some point in the future.  The books on my Fall List I am currently reading, and will be crossed of the list as I finish them.

So, with this list, there are no rules.  These are the classics I want to read.  It’s merely a list so that I don’t forget any books I have found interesting and would like to read. A reminder that I once thought I would like to read a book, so that when I feel the urge to read something a little less modern, I have a list to turn to.   Just because a book made it onto this list does not impose any duty or requirement to that book. There is no time limit.  If I go an entire year without reading a single book on this list, that will be okay.  There is no order in which these books must be read.  In fact, there is no requirement that I have to read any of these books at all.  If I change my mind, or if I decide to DNF a book, that’s perfectly fine with me.

I’ve created a tab on the top of my site where the list will be located.  I’ll be working to keep track of my progress on this page, so check back often!