I realize it’s almost March, but I’m just now getting around to posting about my goals for the year, which sounds about right LOL
As always, I’ve jumped into several Litsy challenges, mostly because I love tracking my reading just as much as I love actually reading. I’ve also made a few personal resolutions for year as well. Here are a few of the challenges I’m doing this year, along with some photos of the pages in my journal I’m using the track them – the pics are from the beginning of the year before I started filling everything in!!
- Tackle Some Fatter Books
For the last few years I’ve consistently raised my Goodreads goal by a few books every year. But that means that I have also put off some of my thicker books in favor of reading several shorter ones in order to hit that goal. This year, I set GR at only 50 books for the entire year, giving myself plenty of breathing room to tackle these chunksters. I have a BUNCH of books that I call “Almost Chunksters” – ones that fall into the 450-800pg category – longer than I usually read, but not long enough to be “real” chunksters. I’ve already checked a few of them off and it feels GREAT to finally be making progress on these!!
- Read Some Classics and Nonfiction
Along those same lines, I also have several books that aren’t necessarily longer than my usual fare, but are a little more intellectual than my usual fare, which, I’ll freely admit, consists of a lot of fluff. I’m not ashamed of reading lots of happy books, because reading is my escape from life and I’m all about it. However, I do have a backlog of classics and more complicated books, plus plenty of nonfiction tomes, that I do want to read. This ties in with lowering my GR goal. It simply takes me longer to read 200 pages of a Charles Dickens book or a book about World War II than it does to read 200 pages of a romance. At a minimum, I’m reading a chapter a day of a “hard” book, and adding a new book each month. So on January 1 I started David Copperfield. Even though I was only halfway (ish) through it by the end of the month, I started reading a chapter a day of Ivanhoe on February 1. I’m almost done with Copperfield now and am going to start Of Mice and Men on March 1. It’s so satisfying to read some of these books I’ve been meaning to read forever!
- TBR Deck of Cards & Roll 100 Challenges
These are two different Litsy challenges that were really flexible in how you decided to set them up. I decided to use both to tackle unread books I have around the house. Embarrassingly enough, I had zero trouble coming up with the 152 titles needed to do so! TBR Deck of Cards is simple – using a deck of cards, you put a prompt or title on each card and work your way through the deck however you like. I’m reading 4 books from the deck each month, drawn randomly. For Roll 100, I made a list of 100 books. The challenge host is using dice to roll two numbers every month, and I read those numbered books from the list.
I’m really enjoying both of these challenges. So far, four of my TBR Deck books have been DNFs, but I’m actually totally fine with that. It’s great to see these books moving off of my shelves, mostly because it means more room for more books!
- Climbing Mt. TBR
This is an official challenge on some blog somewhere, but the last year or so I’ve done it unofficially just for my own fun, using the numbers/mountains suggested by the original hosts. Last year I managed to summit Mt. Everest (100 books), so we’ll see how far I can climb this year! I’ve already achieved Pike’s Peak this year (12 books) and am climbing Mt. Blanc. I like that this challenge overlaps itself. So it took 12 books to hit Pike’s Peak. Mt. Blanc is 24 books, but I’m building on top of the 12 books I already read, not starting with a new set. I only allow myself to use books that were actually on one of my written TBRs, and if it’s a series of books, it doesn’t count until I’ve read the last book. (So all 55 of the 87th Precinct books? They only counted as one step on my mountain last year!)
This photo also shows the tail-end of my pages set aside of the OWLs challenge – based on the Hogwarts classes from Harry Potter, the prompts were just so much fun. There are five prompts per class, and you determine your “grade” for each class by how many prompts you complete. This is another one that I’m not “officially” participating in (it’s not a Litsy challenge) but am having fun doing on my own.
- Road Trip USA 2022
I absolutely love trying to hit all 50 states, although I still haven’t done it in one year. This challenge is officially being hosted by someone on Litsy, plus I’m also tracking it on Storygraph. I’ve visited 11 states so far, including Nevada which I haven’t been able to find in the other two years I’ve tracked this, so I’m stoked haha I have a map printed off and color in states as I hit them. I’m very visually motivated!!
A fellow Litten is turning 40 this year (as am I!) so her challenge is to read at least one book from every year from 1982 to 2022. This is such a fun idea and I’m extra enjoying it since it fits my 40 years as well! As with most of my challenges of this time (the USA roadtrip is the same way) I just read what I’m planning to read anyway and check off a lot of blanks that way. Towards the end of the year, I’ll probably assess and see if I need to specifically find books for a few certain years.
- Prompt Maze
I came up with this one just for fun and set it up as a spreadsheet so I could share it. Your start in square A1, which has the instructions for the challenge. It directs you to square A2. In A2, there are three different prompts. Depending on which prompt your book fills, you get sent to a different square. So if you read a Fairytale Retelling, you go to square D3. Nonfiction sends you to A5. A Romance sends you to F1. Each square from there has three prompts sending you to three different squares, etc. Eventually, there is a finish… if you can find it. I have this one saved as a Google spreadsheet, so feel free to check it out if you want to. If you click File and “Make a Copy” it will create a copy that you can edit. I’ve saved it with all the prompt squares blacked out so you can’t see where you’re going (after all, it is a maze!). You can either un-black them out as you reach each one, or reset the whole document if you’d rather plot your way through the maze! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XzUxq7VU8jZt4TzOB-cQIOLgYr9NG5CZ- -xoKsdrg-M/edit#gid=0
Note: for some reason WordPress refuses to make the two dashes next to each other in the link into two dashes, and keeps turning it into one dash, which means the link doesn’t work! So if you want to see the maze, copy both the part of the link that is hyperlinked, and then the second part after it, which seems to be the only way I can get there to be two dashes lol
The real question is, why do I do so many challenges?? I just can’t help it. Litsy has 100% fed my challenge addiction, and I can’t even say I’m sad about it. I love tracking my reading, love tracking challenges, and love finding books to match different prompts. It’s just great fun as far as I’m concerned, and I can’t seem to stop!! I thought I’d share some of the basic ones for you, so if I mention them throughout the year, you’ll know what’s going on. And if you love reading challenges and aren’t on Litsy yet, I highly encourage you to make an account. It is SUCH a fun community, full of challenges, readathons, and buddy reads. I absolutely love it.
2022 is actually off to a crazy start – and I’ll hopefully be posting more reviews soon!!!