Hi everyone, it’s Sabrina! I know the year has well and truly started by this point, but today I want to talk about some goals and challenges I want to complete by the end of it. I’ll start with my own personal goals (mostly to do with reading, but there’s a few others in there too) and then move on to specific challenges I’m planning on completing! I think I’ve kept everything possible whilst still being challenging, which is quite important to me. Now let’s get into it 🙂
🌸 be more lenient about giving out 5 stars 🌸
Last year, I only gave out eight 5 star ratings out of 104 books read. If you stretch that to include 4.5 star ratings, the number only increases to thirteen. But I know I gave some of my favourite books of the year only 4 stars! There is a voice in my head that often says to me “if a book had flaws, if you were bored for even an instant, you can’t give it a 5”, but it’s not there all the time because I can look back at almost all my 5 stars from last year and tell you a reason why they weren’t perfect. So, I guess I want to get better at rating with my heart over my head.
🌸 read at least 5 books where sci-fi is the primary genre 🌸
I’ve always said that I am a fan of sci-fi, but a lot of what I read tends to lean more on the lighter side – like The Weight of the Stars or The A.I. Who Loved Me, where the primary genre is something else. This year, I want to make an active effort to read some sci-fi that is more sci-fi than it is anything else. And hopefully I’ll find that I still enjoy it!
🌸 pick up at least one book about genetics 🌸
I’m planning on reading some more nonfiction this year (see the Out of Your Comfort Zone challenge section below), but I specifically want to read at least one full book about genetics. I am always interested in learning about this topic and I’m hoping I can find an engaging book on it. That said, and I know this is a long shot but, please, if you have any recommendations, let me know!
🌸 read at least five books that you already own 🌸
Last year I thought I’d be able to get through 30 and that did not turn out. I think five is a very reasonable number, and considering I have worked some of these books into other challenges I want to complete, I should have sufficient motivation to do this.
Please Sabrina, if you’re reading this back later in the year… read your owned books. You’ll feel a weight off your shoulders.
🌸 stay on top of comments 🌸
I’m ridiculously bad at this, and I am hoping that by putting this as a goal in writing and making some specific rules, I will be able to keep myself on track. I want to reply to comments within five days of receiving them, and comment back within ten days. And this should help me with other things, such as staying on top of Twitter and Pinterest, because I won’t feel so guilty.
🌸 pin a tweet with my updated social media information 🌸
I love how some people have a pinned tweet on Twitter with all their social media platforms linked in one easily accessible place. I’ve been saying to myself that I should do one for months. This is an easy goal, because it’s a one-and-done sort of thing and really I should have done it already. Keep an eye out for it 😛
🌸 make time for writing 🌸
For as long as I can remember, I have written stories. I’ve also never finished a single one – except for maybe when I was a child. I have more stories that I want to write, but I never make time for it and now, I’ve decided I have to. My goal this year is to start with at least one hour a week, on a Thursday. Of course, I’m hoping I’ll write more than that, but that will be my minimum. I’m also not going to be too fussed about sticking to Thursday, but I know if I say “once a week” it won’t be specific enough and I won’t end up doing it.
🌸 reach a 100 day streak on Duolingo 🌸
I have been really enjoying learning French on Duolingo for the past few months. However, I went on holiday in late December and lost my streak. This year, I want to really work on learning more of the language and reaching a 100 day streak will hopefully mean that I’ve done that.
The first challenge I want to complete is my sequels challenge that I laid out in this post last year. I want to read 25 specific sequels (though my definition of “sequel” is pretty loose) by my 25th birthday in December. I decided to do this challenge because I’ve become worse at completing series over time, even when I love a first book, because I guess I just want to keep moving on to the next new thing. Hopefully, this will be a step toward changing that!
Next, I’m participating in the Out of Your Comfort Zone Reading Challenge again! It’s hosted by the lovely Caro @ BookCheshireCat – check out the announcement and sign-up post here. Similar to last year, I have picked a few genres/categories that I want to read more from that are outside of what I usually gravitate toward and a minimum number I want to read from each:
– 10 nonfiction books
– 5 historical mysteries
– 5 middle grades
– 5 translated novels
From last year, I have expanded my nonfiction reading goal from 5 to 10 books and I’ve narrowed down the type of historical fiction I want to read more of. I know ‘translated work’ and ‘middle grade’ are very broad categories, but I never find myself actively seeking out these books and I want to change that. I’m also really excited about the addition of the bingo board this year, and I’ll hopefully be completing that! Keep an eye on my Twitter for updates throughout the year 😀
Finally, I am joining BooksandLala’s Buzzword Reading Challenge this year! It’s pretty open to interpretation, and to be honest, I’m probably going to be bending the rules even more than suggested, lol. There is a prompt for each month of the year and the way I am doing it is that I am planning to read one book a month that matches the prompt. Where the rule-bending comes in is that I’m almost certain I won’t be able to read one book a month because roadblocks will probably show up over the year – for example, I know I usually hit a slump around August/September. So, I am going to stick to one-a-month as much as I can, but I may skip ahead or fall behind every now and then. Basically, as long as I complete each prompt over the course of the year, I will consider the challenge done! I’ve already selected which specific books I want to read for a lot of the prompts and I’ve marked them down on The Storygraph – I don’t think you can see the books I chose through that link, but you can see all the prompts. Again, I’m hoping to update on Twitter as I go 🙂
What do you think?
Are you participating in any challenges this year? Do you have any goals? What is the one you are most looking forward to completing? Let me know!