2019 has been a year of prolific reading for me, and there are still a few weeks to get a few more books in. I always read a lot, but this year was exceptional. And yet, as I suspect all readers appreciate, there are SO MANY books out there, and a whole lot of them demand reading. It’s a never-ending task of which I will never complain.
But next year, rather than tackling my reading piles and lists in my usual random manner, I’ve decided to play in a few reading challenges. Of course there are tons of them, many of which are appealing, but I’ve decided to limit myself to three. I’m declaring that a hard limit because I know if I don’t I’ll be tempted by some other challenge, and then another with intriguing prompts and pretty soon there won’t be any time for anything else I have planned for 2020. I affirm reason must prevail.
Here’s what I’ll be playing in:
- 2020 A-to-Z Challenge hosted by Ginger Mom & Company. With my love for abecedariums this is a no-brainer I’m really looking forward to tackling. The goal is to read a book whose title begins with each letter of the alphabet.
- The goal of Mount TBR (Mount to be Read) challenge is straightforward – to tackle the books in your to-be-read pile. You need to declare upfront a challenge level (the height of the mountain you’ll be climbing) ranging from 12 books on up to 150+ which is considered Mt. Olympus. The books must be ones already in your pile, not library books or newly acquired. I’m committing to Mount Blanc level with is 24 books. Check out the full details of the challenge here.
- Finally, I can’t resist the PopSugar Reading Challenge, just for the delight of having some prompt categories to play in. Upfront I’ll say I’m pretty sure I won’t read something for all the prompts, but we’ll see which ones end up getting checked off. I like the prompts in the Around the Year in 52 Books as well, but it’s a Goodreads challenge and probably a bit more effort intense than I’m willing to commit to, since I don’t really use Goodreads nor do I particularly want to participate in discussion groups.
In any case I’m looking forward to more reading, and perhaps doing some book reporting on this blog in 2020. I’m also loving my recent commitment to play on Instagram so I’ll likely be posting pics of my reads there as well.
My neighborhood library underwent a renovation this summer/fall and just opened up again. It’ll be fun to be able to visit it again.
Additionally I expect I’ll be carrying over a practice I started this year which I’m finding delightful – listening to audiobooks before bed every night. Somehow it always makes me smile, being read to. Who doesn’t like that?
So tell me – how has your 2019 reading been? Have a favorite book? Started thinking about your reading plans for 2020? Considering any challenges to play in? You know I’d love to hear.