Time to look forward and make plans for the new year. I’ve already started doing so for my personal life, so now I’d like to focus on my bookish life.
I anticipate being a bit busier this year, so my reading plans will be tailored to that expectation. My Goodreads reading goal will be something manageable for me, about 40-50 books (still deciding), and I won’t participate in as many year-long reading challenges as I did last year (so goodbye to Book Riot Read Harder Challenge and Library Love Challenge.) I will also try to ignore the temptation to participate in readathons that pop up throughout the year. I kept making TBRs for them in 2018 but failed miserably at them all. I don’t want to go through that again.
So no readathons, no Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, and no Library Love Challenge (though I’ll continue to visit my library). My top-most goals will be:
to spend less
to read more of my own books
to complete some series
But here are the other stuff I plan to do:
Goodreads reading goal
I keep increasing my annual reading goal by 5 books. I know I can hit this despite being busy because 40-50 books in a year seems to be my average. (But I have my fingers crossed that I’ll surprise myself by reading double this amount.)
It’s June and I happen to have some extra reading time to spare, so I was beyond excited when I saw Lauren share her TBR for the Marvel-a-thon readathon, I got excited and decided to join in. It’s exactly what I needed.
I love readathons like this. I think them so creative! The Marvel-a-thon was created by Jamieson of Jamishelves. It’s a month-long readathon (June 1 to July 1) based on the Marvel cinematic universe. Here are the details as posted by Jamieson:
This readathon is focused around Marvel movies in the cinematic universe, each of the movies have been split into their phases and there is one challenge per movie.
The goal is to read a book for EVERY SINGLE MOVIE (that’s 21 movies, by the way). Everyone starts in Phase One, and you can’t move on to the next phase until you’ve completed all the challenges. Here is the game board:
Visit Jamieson’s post for more details on the rules. By the way, we are allowed to skip 2 categories per phase. I’ll indicate below the ones I might skip. Since this is a lot of books to read, and since it doesn’t seem to be a big deal whether we read a book or comic book, I’ve mostly chosen comic books so I can hit all the categories. I’ve also thrown in a few rereads for series I want to complete.
With those reflection posts out the way, it’s time to make plans for the new year. My hope is that it’ll be a thrifty year, reading-wise, because my plan is to mainly read more of the books I own and to buy less books. I’d like to cut the amount I spent on books last year by more than half.
Surprisingly to me, I did pretty well on my reading goals in 2017 and managed to complete 4 of the many reading challenges I participated in. Usually, I’d only successfully complete 1 or none. I’ve also been debating whether or not it makes sense for me to participate in reading challenges since I’m never an active participant in them. I do not create separate posts for updates or follow up on the hosts’ blog to state my progress or engage in conversations on Twitter about what I’m reading for the challenge and how well it’s all going. I basically just state that I’m participating then go off and do it all on my own (or not do it, which is usually the case) like the loner I am.
However, I do find it fun to state that I’m participating and make TBRs (though I never follow them) so….I’ll continue with my mad process. Speaking of which, here are the reading challenges I’ll participate in this year and the books I’ll read for them:
Y’all. I totally forgot to do a wrap-up post for the Reading Quest challenge. I had it at the forefront of my mind all of last week, then the weekend came and I forgot. So much has happened. My focus switched to other things and all I could remember by Monday was to have a book tag-filled week. So instead of a tag today, here’s my wrap-up.
A refresher: The Reading Quest challenge was held August 13 — September 10. That’s about a month long, which is one of the many reasons why I decided to participate. It was created and hosted by Aentee at Read at Midnight and is the best and most creative readathon/challenge I’ve ever seen since blogging because you get to select an avatar, like in a video game, and gain points to level up that avatar. To gain points, participants must complete tasks on the following bingo board:
And I’m back with my Bout of Books wrap up. I’m mad late with this because I wasn’t in the mood to blog this past week.
The 20th edition of Bout of Books was from August 21 – 27. I assigned myself 3 goals and a bunch of fucking books because I was feeling ambitious, though most of the books were comics. Let’s see if I was successful.
Another Bout of Books is sweeping through the book blogosphere and I’m infected! 😀
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda at On a Book Bender and Kelly at Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins at 12:01 a.m. Monday, August 21, and runs through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 27, in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. — From the Bout of Books team
Bout of Books is one of my favorite readathons because of how laid back it is. As with all the readathons I participate in, I always make a TBR that I never follow and always do a post (this one) announcing my intent to participate but never join in any social media events/challenges (I don’t have time for all that). I’m also usually on vacation when the summer Bout of Books rolls around, but I’m working this time. 😦
Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend.
For this weekend’s post, I’ll report on my progress for the Tome Topple Readathon, which was held August 4 – 17. The purpose of readathon is to encourage folks to read the longer books on their shelves, i.e. books over 500 pages. I decided to join the fun because this readathon is more than a week long and because I wanted to see if I could rise to the challenge.
I did. And it was a —
I am proud of myself for completing several tomes during this readathon and meeting most of the goals. (I celebrated by partying.) 😆