In 2016 and 2017 I decided that I would have a year of Reading Whatever the Hell I Want.
I had a great time. I read more, I was less stressed and I just generally enjoyed life more.
Now, however, I’m feeling up for a bit of a challenge, mostly because I now have a fantastic library literally right next door to my work and I’m finding myself pretty much just reading the shiny, new releases and neglecting my own books.
Still though, I’m going to try and combine the two. Just one TBR-related challenge and a couple of blog-related ones. I am going to keep my TBR in mind, but I’m not going to let it bother me too much. Huddersfield Library is pretty damn great, after all.
Onto the challenges! I’ll be posting updates in my monthly wrap-ups.
Beat the Backlist
It seems like everybody is doing this challenge in 2018!
In short, this is a reading challenge where your goal is to read backlist books (published prior to the current year). For 2018, it means reading any book that was published in 2017 or earlier. You have the entire year to read as many books as you can/want. YOU set your own reading goal and this challenge isn’t just for bloggers. You do NOT need to have a blog to participate. Any online social media account (Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) will work, and if you have a blog you’re welcome to join in too!
Now to add a bit of a competitive edge, when you sign up for the challenge you’ll be randomly placed on a team. These teams will compete to see who can get the most points, and each month one winner will be drawn from the team with the most points to get a book of their choice (open internationally). You get points by reading books! And you can earn extra by posting a review to retail websites (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc).
I’m going to set my goal at 75% – I want 75% of my reading to come from my books that I already own. That gives me plenty of room to still use the library, which is my favourite lunchtime pasttime, after all.
For the purposes of the competition, I’m also only going to count books that I owned prior to 1 January 2018 and not rereads.
I’ve been sorted into the Story Sorcerers team!
Find out more about the Beat the Backlist Challenge here.
This is a bit of a late addition, but I stumbled across it quite by accident and fell in love with it.
It’s run by Girl XOXO, and it’s super simple. Every month there’s one prompt and every month you read something that fits snugly under that prompt. I like that the prompts are very vague, which leaves you room for interpretation and means you don’t have to scrabble around and end up reading a book you have no interest in.
365 Commenting Challenge
This sounds like such a great idea. There are so many great book blogs out there, but I tend to stick to the few that I’ve been reading for years. I definitely need to get out there more and find some fresh recommendations.
That’s where Nori at ReadWriteLove28 comes in. Her challenge has a simple concept – comment on 365 blogs over the course of 2018 and they don’t have to be book blogs (although 99.9% of mine will be).
Find out more about this challenge here.
Review Writing Challenge
Yeah, this one pretty much does what it says on the tin. However, I need this, so thanks to Delighted Reader for hosting. There are so many books that I want to talk about, but I just never get round to writing the review. I don’t even want to look at how many reviews I’ve written this year, because it won’t be pretty.
I wasn’t really sure what to set my target at, but I’m optimistically going to go for one a week. There is zero reason why I shouldn’t achieve this. You know, aside from my busy work life and multiple hobbies.
So I’m going for a round 50, which gives me a spare two weeks.
I CAN DO THIS.
(I can’t do this).
Click here to sign up or for further information.
What book challenges are you going for this year? Any tips to help me sit down and actually write reviews for a change?