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2020 Reading Challenges and Readathons I'm participating in

2020 is right around the corner and I am excited.

The upcoming year is the start to a new decade and the start to tons of new life experiences and opportunities. Everyone is abuzz with hopes and huge bucket lists and ambitious plans.

Going into 2020, I’m obviously going to keep up with my reading and am planning on making my reading a little bit more fun. Over the past month, I’ve seen SO MANY announcements for 2020 year-long readathons and reading challenges. It’s overwhelming to decide from several amazing options, but I’ve managed to decide on a few of them.

Now, I generally don’t participate in year-long reading challenges because I tend to forget about them. But this time, there are groups for these ones and friends from my bookstagram club are joining in as well. Hopefully, this will help me not forget and actually finish these challenges.

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Totally, I’m participating in 5(!!!!) reading challenges this year.

[1] Goodreads Reading Challenge

This is a staple for me every year. I’ve been participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge since 2015 and it’s a great way to track your reading.

How this works: it’s a very flexible challenge because the goal is set by you. The goal is the number of books you want to read next year, and using Goodreads* helps track your reading. All the math about whether you’re behind or ahead in your reading is done by Goodreads to help you keep track of your status.

My goal is 150 books, the same as 2019. Usually I stay ahead of my goal and manage to surpass it early enough but it wasn’t so this year. I barely managed to hit my goal. Because of that, I’m not increasing my goal next year. It would be nice to read more, but 150 is what I’m aiming for.

*by marking books as “read” along with the dates on the website

[2] A-Z Reading Challenge

This is another staple. I don’t consciously put effort for this every year. It’s more of an afterthought at the end of the year where I look back and see if I managed to get all the letters done. It’s just fun to look back and see how many you’ve managed to fill. This is also a very low effort challenge.

How it works: You read a book starting with every letter of the alphabet, with an exception for a few letters. See this post to know more.

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[3] South-Asian Reading Challenge 2020

Fanna @ fannatality came up with this brilliant reading challenge which aims to put more focus on South-Asian books and diversify our reading. More details about the challenge haven’t been released yet but I’m super excited to participate.

Click here to see the announcement post.

[4] #StartOnYourShelfathon

CW @ The Quiet Pond came up with this idea because she has a ton of backlist books on her physical which needed to be read last year. When she posted the idea on twitter and received a ton of positive response, she made up this AMAZING reading challenge.

To be honest, I don’t really need to be participating because my backlist books aren’t that many, but I want to just for the aesthetics and activities within this challenge. It’s very tempting.

The best part of this is that it doesn’t have prompts so I can mix it up with other reading challenges as well. Flexible challenges are my jam.

Click here to see my joining post and TBR!

me standing next to a stack of books of almost my height.

[5] 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge

I found this challenge purely by luck after it was shared in a book group that I’m in. The challenge has a total of 50 prompts (a lot, I know). I was very unsure of joining this one because of the amount of effort it will take to find books for the prompts, and the large number of prompts.

After deliberating for a whole day, I decided that I might as well give it a go. I haven’t participating in a reading challenge like this before and I really want to try. Plus, the prompts are so good and interesting! They will definitely push me out of my comfort zone and introduce some new books.

Click here to see the official post.


If I said that I’m not overwhelmed at all by the thought of taking on all of these challenges, it would be a lie. But since most of them are flexible and can be mixed with other challenges, it should be doable as long as I plan my reads right.

I’ve already started planning on how to tackle the Popsugar challenge with #StartOnYourShelfathon bu choosing books that I own which fits some Popsugar prompts. I think I can do this.

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Are you participating in any challenges for 2020? Reading or otherwise?

2018 blogging goals

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Before last year, I never made resolutions. Seriously. I’m a person who makes plans as opportunities come and just go with the flow. I don’t make long-term goals because I’m not sure if I’ll be able to keep them up with life’s changes. I do make some goals monthly but not yearly.

But last year I saw everyone in the blogging world make resolutions and felt like making some too. I did and I never saw that list again. But I just checked back and I did manage to follow-through with some goals, not all.

So why am I making resolutions again this year, you ask? Because I have hope that eventually I WILL follow through all. I also want to set proper goals unlike the very vague ones last year.

I do have a few personal goals as well, but I’m just talking about the blogging ones today. There are not many but each requires time.

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[1] Comment more

356 commenting challenge logoFor a few months in the middle of 2017, I fell back on commenting. I hardly read blog posts, even. But I started picking up after and recently I’ve been trying to comment more on blogs and Instagram.

So that’s my goal—comment more on blogs and instagram. Give back more of the love.

I’ve also signed up for the 365 commenting challenge hosted by Nori over at ReadWriteLove28. The goal is to visit and comment on 365 blogs throughout the year, pacing however you want to. I obviously want to comment more than that, but this will get me to visit new blogs so I signed up.

[2] Have less backlog of reviews

I read a lot of books and I spend way lesser time reviewing them. Hence, I sometimes end up with over half a dozen pending reviews accumulated, review a bunch of them in batches at once and also leave off a few. Right now I have about 8 books to review. And I’m really hoping I haven’t forgotten what was in them.

I’m going to work towards having lesser backlogs which means reviewing as soon as possible, or at least noting down my thoughts so it’ll be easier to remember later.

[3] More bullet journal posts

These are actually some of my most popular posts but I do mostly only one per month and that is my monthly set up. I have so many ideas but I just need to execute them. I’m going to do more posts on bullet journalling, preferably at least two per month.

[4] Take more blog photos

I have been taking a lot of my own photos for the blog recently but I still mostly use stock photos for the header images. I want to work on taking more aesthetic photos to use generally and for the header images.

Once my exams are done, I’m going to sit down and first list the types of photos that I could use generally and shoot them. Later, I’ll work on taking pictures on spot throughout my day.

I want to reach the point where every blog post has photos and all the images are my own. This might not happen this year itself but I want to work towards it.

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And that’s it for my goals! They’re few in number but all of them require work every few days in the least and I think I’ll have my hands full.

Have you made any resolutions/goals for this year? What are you focusing most on—career, personal, family, hobby etc? What goals are you most looking forward to work on? Tell me everything in the comments!

8 things I wish I did everyday

 

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I’m pretty sure what most people (including me) actually want to do is lie around, have money come to us without doing anything, eat and sleep. Oh and maybe watch YouTube sometimes. All we want to do is BE LAZY.

But despite all of this, I am actually a productivity-oriented person. Only if I’ve been productive in the day I feel good. Excluding the days I go out and have fun. In short, I just want to do a lot of stuff in a day. I don’t count going to classes and mandatory things towards being productive. Only work that I have to do voluntarily or on my own time (yes I count assignments because they’re “not mandatory” :P)

Basically, I’m holding myself accountable for working on doing more everyday and cultivate daily habits by documenting this online.*

*Let’s see if this actually makes me do the things.


[1] Wake up before 8:30am on holidays

Oh look. The first point and I’m already straying from the “everyday”. But to be fair, I wake up around 6am on college days.

I’m a night owl person, okay? But lately I’ve been getting so lazy at night and don’t do anything except finish assignments and college work that are due the next day.* I actually get SO much done when I wake up earlier because I’ve got more time, you know what I mean? It feels like I’ve really got 16 hours in the day instead of a meager 8 when I wake late.

*I do most of my college work the night before and procrastinate away time until then. I legit left a a small project off until the night before even though I was told about it 3 weeks in advance. #winningatlife

[2] Make my bed 

I actually do this on holidays because when my bed is all neat, I’m less inclined to curl up in blankets and fall back asleep, and as you know I want to be productive in my day. But throughout the week when I’ve got college, the blankets are just left messy. It’s because I get up around 6 and rush to get ready so I can catch the bus at 6:50, which doesn’t leave room for me to have a proper breakfast*, let alone make my bed.

And hence, once I get back home about 12 hours later, I fall into bed after changing into PJs and lie there doing nothing for about an hour. Nice. *rolls eyes*

*for real tho, I don’t have a proper breakfast. Only half a bowl of cornflakes partly because of time and also cuz I simply don’t like eating that early. It makes my stomach queasy.

[3] Read the newspaper

I legit know nothing what’s going on around me. The only things I know are from seeing social media, and everyone on there either doesn’t follow/post about news either or they’re from other places on the world. This is NOT good. I really should read the newspaper. I’m about.. three years behind on news. I read the newspaper everyday for a few months in 10th grade and felt so knowledgeable* and now I’m just clueless.**

*lol

**ask me anything. I won’t know it. Not kidding.

[4] Blog

Fun fact, I used to publish blog posts everyday. That was waay over a year ago.

I’m not saying I want to publish posts everyday, but I just want to do small bits everyday that add up. Because planning, writing up the post, taking photos for it, editing them and making graphics cannot be done at one stretch. I don’t usually have that much time together (or the mood to do all of them). This would make it so much easier. Right now, I’m only blogging on Sundays. It means I have to write up two/three posts on Sundays and do the photos etc during the week and add them to the post using my phone.*

*lol y’all gonna think either I’m exaggerating or that I put too much effort. It’s fine. Just that I’d rather sleep? But I also want to blog?? I’m saying I want to blog while sleeping. Yes, that’s it.

[5] Go out

I HARDLY go out. And I count going to the store to buy stationary for it. This is because my first goal is to get out and see the world. If I had a few days of holidays together, I would probably forget to step out of the house unless I had some work or friends dragged me out to hang.* K bro.**

*I have a long long way to go in life. In the last two weeks alone I’ve been told by people in college quite a few times that I should talk and include myself in things more. 

**I wish there was a GIF for this. I googled. I didn’t find any. Someone make for me plis. Thenks. I use K Bro so much, it should be a GIF for me.

[6] Write/journal

You know, I used to write? Like, poetry and short stories?* And I even attempted at writing a novel? I went to about 13k words and then it just lies somewhere in my files untouched and very mad at me.

I haven’t written ANYTHING for more than 6 months. All my creative thinking is going for my blog, maybe? Also I don’t have the time. That’s just sad.

And if not writing, I want to journal about my day or something. Get my thoughts down. It might get me started towards writing again? I don’t know.

*I even posted some on this blog. There are categories for this in the footer. They just might be the last of my writing legacy. Sigh.

[7] Learn something new

College intimidates me. I meet all these people who know so much about many things, are actively learning more than what is being taught in classes, going to workshops and taking up projects etc. And I’m just reading. I also don’t know half the things they talk about and I. AM. INTIMIDATED.

want to learn, but I don’t have the time for it. But now, looking at everyone else, I’m determined to learn on my own. Even if it’s basic things that everyone already knows and I can’t show off about it. The “I don’t have time” excuse isn’t—shouldn’t be—acceptable.* I want to learn something new, on my own, everyday. Even if it’s small bits.

*Someone hold me accountable plis.

[8] Workout

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Even when other people say this to me, I fee like laughing because hardly some ACTUALLY do it. I want to laugh even more looking at ME saying it.

I worked out once for 15 days straight in December. Then the situation of my leg wound became worse and I was ordered bed rest, and that was that. I started up again by bringing my best friends on it too. My streak was spotty*. Not everyday, but I did work out for a couple months like that. I haven’t since about a week before college started. I wish I did some form of exercise everyday, but I’m STILL clueless about when I would. Because if I’m not lying on bed after getting home from college, I’m doing something for the blog fast fast before starting on college work. Or I’m simply reading.**

*quite spotty

**oh look I’m already making excuses before I start exercising. I’m hopeless.


So.. yeah that’s it. Going over this is being way too ambitious. Aand I really should go start on one of my three assignments. Oh goody.*

*Is it just me, or am I mentioning my college work a bit too much in post?

What are some things that YOU wish you did everyday? Are any I mentioned on your list as well? What’s stopping you from achieving them? Like, really. Stop reading this, GET UP and go do those things! (JK please still find time to read my blog thenks) 

2017 resolutions

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New Year’s resolutions is a thing, but to be honest, I’ve never set resolutions exactly. Most years I have some goals and plans as to what I want to do but no time have I taken it seriously and actually followed through. I didn’t even set goals! They were just passing thoughts.

Last year, I decided not to keep any goals because I had no idea what the year would bring and frankly, setting long term goals is not my thing. I just go with the flow. But I decided that it’s time to be an adult as I’m 18 now (since 2 days) and I should have some picture of what I would like my life to be. And not just “goals” but plans too, because what are goals if not the beginning of plans?

1. Blog better

Blogging has become a huge part of my life now! I spend quite some time drafting posts and planning etc. I want to improve my blog by publishing better posts, producing better content, redesigning my blog and also make more effort on social media. I hardly promote my blog on my twitter and I post infrequently on Instagram. I want to bring my stats up, post more and also have fun with it!

2. Be more crafty

I love DIY crafts. And since I hardly have any book merch (shipping costs too much), I thought I’d make some myself like bookmarks and mugs and art prints. I also want to sketch and paint again. I used to but I didn’t in 2016 at all because I didn’t have the time and later, motivation. So I plan to get back on that! I’m hoping it will also make my bookstagram pictures better, not gonna lie.

3. Catch up with friends more frequently

I only recently realised how many acquaintances and friends I have. Many times, it’s them who reach out to me, especially if they’re not someone I meet regularly like my squad. It might show as if I’m not putting any effort into the friendship, so I want to initiate conversations and meet-ups with them. Being an introvert, I don’t like making plans involving going outside and such but I gotta make some effort and do this! I’m usually the one who just goes along with the plan made.

4. Write!

I’ll admit, I’m not that much of a writer; but I do like writing. So I want to write poems and short stories and maybe a novel-length one too, even if just for my satisfaction. I also have to finish writing the stories I started on this blog. One of them, I only have to conclude, but I’m not getting to it. I should.

5. Manage my time

Maintaining a bullet journal this year has helped in keeping my schedule straight and not forgetting things and getting stuff done. But I still waste a lot of time, sometimes simply by staring at the wall or the time in between obligations. If I have to go out in an hour, I don’t start doing anything because I can’t complete; and so I waste time. I should start managing time better because 10 hours 6 days a week goes to attending college classes and travelling alone, I don’t have much of down time. Add into the mix blogging and reading and socializing plus assignments—phew!

6. Sign up for mailing lists!

I’ve been putting this off because I have absolutely no idea how to email publishers! Several blogger get books and all I do is get jealous by seeing their Instagram stories. I have to get on with it and get myself on that list too!

7. Take better care of myself

I don’t take care of my skin or my mental health or my body. I have to have some self-pampering time and take care of myself! This winter I’ve had so much problem with my skin because I didn’t take care of it properly and my wound is not healing because of the same. I’m also getting more head aches and becoming snappy. Gotta schedule in some me-time without books.

 

And, that’s about it. Most of these are small day-to-day things which will make life better overall and that’s my goal. There are no big milestones that I want to cross, that will happen when it will and I’m not going to pressure myself for it. I’ll just concentrate on small things that make a lot of difference.

(Also, can I mention how many people say 2017 is going to be their year. Does that mean the years after that won’t? We should say that every year from 2017 will be our year, maybe?)

Have you set any goals or resolutions for this year? Do you have any plans or milestones that you expect to cross?