New year, new start to your reading goals
Every January I begin the year by starting an ambitious new reading goal on Goodreads and I'd love for you to join me! This year I've set a 52-week reading goal to shake up your reading list. But, before we get to the list, let's look back at the past few years' challenges for a moment:
2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge 50 books
- Books actually completed: 40 (I'll take it).
2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge 50 books + atleast 50% by female authors
- Books actually completed: 21 🤷
2019 Goodreads Reading Challenge 52 books + atleast 50% by female authors
- Books actually completed: 12 🙄
Yes, you read that right. Despite a productive start each year, I've yet to complete one of my lofty challenges all the way through because life + work has kept me busy. However, I am pleased to say that I've kept to my goal of making sure atleast 50% of my chosen reads are by female authors. <<--- a goal I plan to repeat each year.
So you must be wondering why on earth I would set a challenge this big when I just can't seem to reach the finish line each year?
Because it's fun! And it's ok if I don't make it through this list. It's ok if you don't make it through. If you told me you "only" end up reading 20 books, or 10, or even 5, I'd high-five you because that is pretty awesome, regardless of what your goal is. Let's do this!
What are you in for?
52 weeks. 52 books. Tracked on Goodreads.com. Don't worry about checking these off in order (because I'm definitely not going to). Instead, check these off each week in order of your own preference, choosing reads that challenge you or simply shake up your interests. It's a great way to get through that ever-growing TBR pile that I know you all have stacked on your bookshelves, nightstands, coffee tables, Kindle, and even in your Audible account -- audiobooks totally count! Just as I did in previous years, I'll be aiming to make sure that atleast 50% of the books I read + listen to are by female authors.
I'll be checking in every now and then to update you on what reads I've accomplished and, as always, give you a candid review of what I thought of each book. Have any favorite reads you'd like to suggest? I'm all ears! Send me your recommendations and share your thoughts in the comments.
Whip & Wander Goodreads Reading Challenge
Click here for a printable version
Jordan | Read. Eat. Repeat. says
Bring on the reading challenge! I like the prompts you chose. It’s hard to come up with 52 different book themes!
What a great way to discover new books!
Amber Myers says
I might have to join this challenge. I LOVE to read! This is such a fabulous list. I always have a book nearby.
The Southern Thing says
This is such a great idea!
Melissa M Sanchez says
This is such a wonderful idea and way to incorporate more reading into my life! I think I am making it a goal to read more this year!
If I read one book a month, I'd be happy. It's always put on the back burner for me.
jehava brown says
I absolutely love to read so this is perfect for me!
tiffany Montgomery says
I miss the days of reading adult books. Now my days are reading children's stories... well just a few of those over and over. One day I will read for me again.
Reese Woods says
That is quite an ambitious challenge! I would like to read more in 2019, but I think I may set a slightly lower goal for myself. I think 20-25 books would be more realistic for me. But aim for the stars!