Hi and welcome to FromBelgiumWithBookLove where today I’d like to talk about my bookish challenges for this year!
I noticed last year that setting clear challenges and keeping track of them here really helps, so I decided to do it again this year. The goal is not to put pressure on myself, but to help me focus and to motivate me. If anything, I want to be less obsessed with reading than I was last year.
The GoodReads Challenge:
I set my challenge at 200 books, like I’ve done for the last couple of years.
The Series Challenge:
Finish the Shardlake Series (3 books to go). I’ve been enjoying this series and I’d love to finish it this year.
Read the Anna Fekete Series (3 books). I have the entire series but I haven’t read a single page, now’s the time!
Finish the Sturmtaucher Trilogy (2 books to go). I just finished the first book and I loved it, but the sequels are even bigger and they’re daunting because of it, so even I though I really want to read them, I think I might need the extra nudge.
The Stephen King Challenge:
Read at least 5 Stephen King novels. I nailed this challenge last year but there are still quite a few King novels I want to read so I decided to challenge myself again.
The Agatha Christie Challenge:
Read at least 5 Agatha Christie novels. A challenge I had fun with last year and want to continue this year.
The Spanish Challenge:
Read at least 10 Spanish books. I will try to read one each month, but I do have some longer ones on the TBR so I’m cutting myself some slack.
The Non-Fiction Challenge:
Read at least 5 non-fiction books. I surprised myself with this challenge last year but I’m afraid I’ll slack off if I don’t challenge myself again.
The Classics Challenge:
Read at least 5 classics / modern classics, including a Dickens and a Shakespeare.
The FairyLoot Challenge:
Read at least 7 FairyLoot novels.
The Physical #BeatTheBacklog Challenge:
Read at least 7 novels that have been gathering dust on my physical Mount TBR and don’t belong to any of the above categories.
I will also try to clear some of my digital backlog but I’m not aiming for a particular number. Like last year, I will also try to read some of my newly bought books in the same month I buy them instead of just adding them to the pile. And once again I will try to show restraint in buying books, accepting proofs and blog tours and requesting NetGalley ARCs. But we all know that’s a slippery slope, it’s day 7 and I’ve already bought 3 😳😂
I think that about sums it up. Thanks for joining me today, wish me luck!