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2016 Challenges & Reading goals

I hope everyone has enjoyed their holidays and had a lovely Christmas. I was spoilt rotten and have eaten way too much food! I’m now watching the Boxing day test match (yes, I enjoy cricket), eating leftover prawns and doing a little work on my blog. It’s the perfect afternoon!

One of my favourite things to do at the end of the year is to set myself lofty goals and challenges that I will most likely forget before winter! I’ve decided to set myself three reading goals and two blogging goals.

I’ve decided to keep my Goodreads goal the same as 2015: 52. It is an easy number to achieve, and thinking of that target as a book a week is reassuring. Most likely I will read more than the 52, but in the past 5 years I have had a really bad reading year where I read only 30 books (which was 2014, surprisingly) so I don’t want to set a massive goal and scare myself!

Another goal that I have set myself for 2016 is to make some space on my bookshelves and to read some of those books that have been languishing on them for the past ten years. I’ve even joined a challenge – the wonderful Read My Books Challenge, hosted by The Worn Bookmark. I’ve set my goals for that challenge over here, but to achieve them I will need to read 29 books off my bookshelf, net. So if I buy a book, the number will jump up to 30! I’ll keep track of this in my monthly roundups.

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My final reading challenge is concerning classics – I am going to read at least one a month. Every month I will select (or Classics club spin) a classic that I will read. If I read two (or three) in a month, it can’t count for a different month. Each classic needs to be on my classics club list and reviewed on my blog.

Onto my blogging goals – I’ve attempted to keep these simple this year. My first one is concerning reviews. The primary reason I blog is to review books I read, so I am going to spend more time and effort on my reviews. They aren’t what gets likes, comments and views, but they certainly are the cornerstone of this blog. I’m going to commit to posting one review a week and spending more time and effort writing well thought out and interesting reviews.

My second goal is to start doing a new feature on the blog and post a new update to it every month. I’ve decided that this project will be “Curated” which will bring together my love of story telling in multiple mediums. I’ll post more information on that in January, and hopefully a few people might join in and share their favourite collections!

That’s it for my goals, hope everyone has a great 2016!

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Bout of Books Goals and TBR

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So, I’m really excited to be participating in this Bout of Books – I’m going to be able to set a couple of hours aside each day to read, and I can’t wait!

My goals are pretty loose this readathon – and that is to be active on twitter, to update my blog daily and to read at least two books. I will also read the first 10 chapters of Gone With The Wind. I want to participate in a challenge or two, but if I don’t feel like participating then I won’t.

My TBR includes:

Red Line by Brian Thiem

Savage Tide by Greg Barron

Australia and Canada in Afghanistan by Jack Cunningham and William Maley

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Any book that takes my fancy from my TBR bookcase.

I’m looking forward to chatting with everyone this readathon, if you are a twitterer, please add me @bookybecksa or let me know your handle so we can cheer each other on!