It's a new year and I'm ambitious as usual about what I want to do. I fully admit to falling off the resolution wagon every time, but that's no excuse not to set goals!
Resolutions later. I've set them but I'm still working out some details, and I'll post about that in a few days. Right now, and this does not count as a resolution, I want to share the reading challenges I'm joining up this year. The last time I did any reading challenges in earnest, I had about 6 going in one year. It was great. But after the end I crashed and burned so hard I didn't even post about them like I said I would. I barely touched the sole book challenge—to read some of those books you already own—that I signed up for last year. But it was a great one. So I'm doing it again, even though no one is officially hosting it. This is my own little challenge: to read at least 12 books from my own shelves, one for each month.
Here are the others I'm working on:
This January (i.e., now), the kids are trying the Read Aloud Revival 31-Day Read-Aloud Challenge. In short, your pre-reader–thru–17-year-old spends 10 minutes every day with his or her book, reading (or storytelling) aloud to anyone. I have eight kids who are eligible, with varying degrees of enthusiasm. If they hit at least 25 days out of the 31 in the month, they can be entered to win a prize. Plus, there are motivational tickets you can award along the way. And the love of reading grows. It's just a lot of win all around.
Modern Mrs. Darcy is always good for a read. Here is her 2018 reading challenge. It looks like she's going a little more in-depth with her readers this year. Good on her—I'm all about building some real community on the 'Net.
This list of 50 DIY reading challenges at BookRiot has some great ideas. Frankly, I don't need any more ideas. But I liked this one too much to pass up—going by seasons, it's very doable alongside the others I've got going:
22. Each month and/or season, read a book that takes place then.
And finally, I'm going to knock off some of the books I pinned TBR on my Pinterest board Booklust. Again, I'm aiming for about 10.
Maybe next year I'll make up my own reading challenge. I've already thought up some categories, but I think I have enough to go on this year.
Speaking of readers in community on the Internet, drop me a line if you are participating in (or hosting) any of these challenges, or tell me about one you're doing that's not listed here. (That goes for you and Dad, too, Mom.) What are you going to read this year?