Good evening everyone! I hope you all have had a wonderful beginning to the new year. Well, since we’re here, let’s shame me! Aka let’s talk about my 2019 Reading Goals, how I did, and what I learned.
Now, disclaimer, I am not ashamed of how I did last year with my reading. I had a lot of crap going on in my life and I didn’t get to read as much as I would have liked. I’m okay with that. But I did learn from these goals and that’s what I’d like to focus on.
I’m not going to go in depth with every challenge and how I did in detail. It’s going to be just if I completed it or not, why not if I didn’t, and, again, what I learned.
Read 10 Series
This is a challenge I didn’t complete. I chose 10 specific series and wanted to read them by the end of the year. But I don’t count this as a fail. I either DNFed the series or finished it. Or made decent progress in it. Either way, it put my attention on the series and I was “forced” to make a choice about reading it.
I ended up DNFing Throne of Glass and deciding I didn’t care about The Remnant Chronicles. I started The Selection, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and The Infernal Devices.
I prioritized and finished Percy Jackson and Saga. I made progress. That’s what mattered to me.
This one I did really well in during 2018, but failed in 2019. I decided that wrapping the books was a waste of paper and choosing one every month wasn’t making me want to read them.
I changed it up this year to give me more time for each selection and reuse old book boxes instead of new wrapping paper.
Read 50 TBR Books
For this, I wanted to focus on reading books I already owned. This was going great until the last half of the year. I was depressed and slumpy so I wasn’t reading as much. My focus was on ARCs and that’s it. So I didn’t get the chance to read a lot of books from my own TBR.
But I’m doing this challenge again and hope that this year will go better.
Read All ARCs
I didn’t do this one either. I wanted to focus on backlist arcs, but I just didn’t end up doing that. I kept up with ones I got, but I didn’t read, like, any backlist. I’m hoping to get to them this year. Either reading them or DNFing them. Either way, my NetGalley is at 82% currently, so I’m not counting this as a fail.
A to Z Challenge
So, I’m sure if I go through all my reads, I would have completed this one. Either way, I do this one for fun, not as a strict goal.
Finish All Currently Reading
Yup, nope. That didn’t happen. But I am going to try to prioritize this in 2020. I want to either finish or DNF the books.
Read 150 Books, 100 Novels
I got really close, but my depression and slump ruined that one. Oops. I cut it back to 100 on GoodReads, but I would like to subconsciously try to hit 150 again. The 150 is counting manga and such. The 100 is specifically novels.
And that’s it! Those were all my goals for 2019. As you can tell, I didn’t do great. But I wouldn’t count 2019 as a flop. I learned, I grew, etc etc. I’m excited for what 2020 has in store for my reading.
Check out my last post to see what books I am going to start out the year with!
Thanks for joining me and I’ll see you all in my next post for a First Lines Friday! Enjoy the rest of your evening!
Good morning everyone. I hope you had a great weekend and kick off this week right. I felt what better day to share my goals for 2020 than on a Monday
Monday’s are one of my most motivating days. I work Sunday nights into Monday and that’s the start of my work week. I’m determined to make this week a good one and productive. So to start that out, here are my goals for 2020.
I’m not going to go too in depth with why I’m doing them here. This will be my ultimate list where I will link to if anyone wants to see the cohesive list of my goals.
If you want me to go in depth with them, I can do separate posts for my Reading Goals and my lifestyle goals. Let me know if you want that.
This may seem like a lot, but I really like to push myself and honestly these are a lot of background challenges.
I also have a kind of TBR Jar but with a twist. TBR Jars never work for me. For the past 2 years I’ve wrapped books in wrapping paper and unwrapped them each month.
Well, instead of being wasteful, I decided to reuse something I have many of: empty subscription boxes. I grabbed 4 Owlcrate boxes and 2 Book of the Month boxes and filled them to the brim with books (One of the BotM boxes is currently bursting at the seams, so to speak). Every other month I will “unbox” one of these boxes and give myself the two months to read them. So in January, I’ll be doing the first and I’ll have between Jan and Feb to read them.
The max amount of books in one of the boxes is 4, the least I think is 2. So it all depends. I’ll probably start with BotM since it’s the beginning of the year. I’m really excited to start this and I hope that it helps me to read some books I wouldn’t have picked up otherwise.
Declutter my Home and Life
Be More Active in the Community
Be More Positive (Toward Myself and Others)
Seek Help With Infertility
Find a New Job/Get Promoted
Study Crystals More
Start Learning ASL and Korean Again
Do Memory Exercises
Like I said, it seems like a lot. I have plans for certain things to tackle these and others I’m not 100% sure where to start.
If you want to join me in doing any of these goals, please let me know! I would love to motivate one another with these things. I plan on making spreads in my BuJo to track how I’m doing with all of them. The reading ones are simple. It’s the life ones I’m not sure where to start with or track.
Thank you all so much for joining me. Please let me know what goals you are going to be working toward in 2020.
Task of the Post
Here’s today’s task. My next blog post will be going up tomorrow. So take today to come up with some 6 month goals. Where do you want to be in 6 months? I will share mine tomorrow, but think about yours. If you want to share with me, go ahead. If not, then don’t feel obligated to. But I want you to at least start thinking about it.