2019 Blogging Goals


Aloha, 2019!

I love when other bloggers post their goals because I find it fun to see what they choose to prioritize (and whether I should prioritize that stuff, too!). I have tried to make yearly goals before, but I either dictate my reading life too formally (have y’all seen how I kind of fail my quarterly tbr posts yet??) or else don’t have a good plan of attack (um “read more”? what is that). For 2019, however, I have both goals and a way to reach them. I want to:

  • Read 39 books
    • focusing slightly on finishing any series I currently have in progress
    • and prioritizing past-due NetGalley titles to bump me up to 80% approval (currently at 48%)
  • Post 2-3 times per week on this blog and average 100 views per month (currently at 75)
  • Post 3 videos per month on YouTube and reach 50 subscribers by the end of the year (currently at 15)

For instance, reading at least 210 minutes per week won’t guarantee that I’ll finish 39 books by the end of 2019, but it’s a habit that I both enjoy and that will keep me reading. I also can’t guarantee that I’ll average a certain number of views or reach a certain number of subscribers, but planning ahead and sticking to a consistent posting schedule won’t hurt, either. I also plan to count statistics for the first time because I love what SocialBlade offers and want that kind of info for both WordPress and Bloglovin’. (Like, I can’t even guess at a goal for subscribers because I have no idea how many I gain per month. ūüĎé)

So… that’s it! What are your goals for 2019?

2016 Recap

AHHH. How is it already 2017??? (Gross.) I made two major goals in 2016 again:¬†finish 40 books and check off all 24 challenges as part of Book Riot‚Äôs #ReadHarder campaign ‚Äď and, well, I failed, AGAIN.¬†¬Į\_(„ÉĄ)_/¬Į (You can see my actual goals here.)

If you’re interested, here’s how my stats broke down:



I read 30 books, or  75% of my goal of 40.


Books I read:
sherlockchronicles CityOnFire femalepigs A Darker Shade final for Irene TheLostTimeAccidents AGatheringOfShadows AMothersReckoning RosalieLightning RegionalOfficeIsUnderAttack Eligible LumberjanesV3 WhenBreathBecomesAir youllgrowoutofit giantdays1 giantdays2 lumberjanes4 thousandthfloor undergroundrailroad ThePassage goodmorningmidnight womeninscience adulthoodisamyth thefirethistime faith1 moongirl1 crosstalk giantdays3 belljar

Some stats:



Book Riot introduced their #ReadHarder challenge in 2015 and I¬†loved the idea. It got me to actually think about what book I was reading, and, in some cases, gave me that extra nudge to read something that was already in my tbr pile. I went through all the challenges and¬†made a list to help guide my reading‚Ķ but again decided to bypass that list¬†and start reading books just because I wanted to read them. I also started a food memoir (Fresh off the Boat) and a book about religion (The God Delusion) – but didn’t find them interesting enough to finish – and couldn’t find anything on my tbr¬†list that was 100 pages or less (although¬†Adulthood Is a Myth came close).

I read 9 books, or 38% of my goal of 24.


* Infographics thanks to Goodreads.

2015 Recap

I made two goals in 2015: finish 41 books and check off all 24 challenges as part of Book Riot’s #ReadHarder campaign – and, well, I failed.¬†¬Į\_(„ÉĄ)_/¬Į (You can see my actual goals here¬†– which include books I said I would read in 2015 as part of a Top Ten Tuesday post¬†– but that’s not even worth mentioning because I read NONE of them.)

If you’re interested, here’s how my stats broke down:



I read 31 books, or  76% of my goal of 41.


Books I read:

AsLongAsYouLoveMe BadFeminist BetweenTheWorldAndMe BrokenMonsters TheGirlInTheSpidersWeb TheGirlWhoKickedTheHornetsNest TheGirlWhoPlayedWithFire HarkAVagrant HowStarWarsConqueredTheUniverse 23899174 IsEveryoneHangingOutWithoutMe Lumberjanesv1 LumberjanesVol2 TheMartian MissPeregrinesHomeForPeculiarChildren ModernRomance MsMarvelVol1 MsMarvelVol2 MsMarvelVol3 MsMarvelVol4 TheRoad TheRoyalWe ASingleMan StationEleven StepAsidePops WannaCook WeShouldAllBeFeminists WhatIWasDoingWhileYouWereBreeding WhyNotMe YesPlease YoureNeverWeirdOnTheInternet

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Book Riot introduced their #ReadHarder challenge in 2015 and I¬†loved the idea. It got me to actually think about what book I was reading, and, in some cases, gave me that extra nudge to read something that was already in my tbr pile. I went through all the challenges and¬†made a list last December to help guide my reading… and then sometime during the summer, I kind of decided to bypass that list¬†and start reading books just because I wanted to read them. So… I didn’t accomplish my specific goals, but I did read a lot of books that popped onto my radar in 2015 (HELLO MS. MARVEL) – and that’s just as good.

I read 16 books, or 67% of my goal of 24.


* Infographics thanks to Goodreads.

Thoughts On: Reading Goals

“Thoughts On” is a monthly feature on thewasofshall where I give my (often rambling) thoughts on a topic relevant to reading, literature, or the book business. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

Since the first of the year is notorious for goal setting, it‚Äôs also a prime time for book-related challenges to pop up: like the annual one hosted by GoodReads, Book Riot‚Äôs #ReadHarder challenge, PopSugar‚Äôs Ultimate Reading Challenge, Authors A to Z, Flights of Fantasy, and maybe one or two more. If you’re a reader who a) likes to track what they read or b) likes to stretch their reading habits, challenges are awesome ways to not only read more but to also read smarter. The very act of participating requires some on-the-side planning to make sure that the book choices you make throughout the year will¬†conform to the challenge’s rules. Additionally,¬†if your challenge is purely a numbers game, you’re forced to figure out how many days or weeks you’ll have to finish a book before moving on to the next one.

I’ve participated in the GoodReads challenge since 2011, but my numbers pledged¬†went as high as¬†70¬†while my numbers read¬†were as low as¬†19. There’s been a lot of talk¬†on why a particular reader is participating in the challenge (or why they’re not), but for me, it’s never about¬†whether or not¬†I read¬†my¬†desired number of books.¬†Instead, I like keeping track of what I read and I do that on GoodReads – so my participation in the GoodReads challenge naturally follows suit. Eventually, as I read less and less each year, so too will my pledged number each January 1st. It’s like a fun game where¬†all the fun is participating and the results are ultimately¬†unimportant.

This year, however, I decided¬†to participate in a more focused challenge: BookRiot’s¬†#ReadHarder challenge, which posits 24 broad themes from reading a book by someone of the opposite gender (easy peasy) to one written when its author was over 65 (not so easy peasy). As I mentioned above, it’s forcing me to do a bit of research before I simply pick up a book that’s at the top of my tbr pile. To help myself, I created a page which outlines each task and which book I’ve decided to read to fulfill that task. I spent almost an hour asking myself, Which books could potentially fit each task? Out of those titles, which sound interesting? Or are currently on my tbr list? Or are ones that I already own? Because I also told the bookternet that I wanted to read a number of books in 2015, I got busy matching titles on that list with my #ReadHarder list – which resulted in yet another question: which book could I match with a¬†specific task to narrow down how many books I would pledge to read?

If you’re a member of¬†GoodReads, you’re able to poke around my Stats page and see just how many books I tend to read per year (which is how I get my pledge number in the first place). Even though I read 4/5 of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series – which, combined, totaled 4,056¬†words – I¬†still only read 19 books¬†and my total pages read was the lowest it’s ever been. Not very encouraging to a person whose theoretically pledged to read 24 books for the #ReadHarder challenge, 26 titles for¬†my Top Ten Tuesday post, and however many¬†other titles that pop up. That’s a solid 50 books right there – not only higher than my total goal of 41 but also¬†way higher than my average of the last two years.

It’s almost like I’m setting myself up for failure.

Except, kind of, I’m not.¬†Because, like I keep mentioning, I¬†don’t take my participation in the GoodReads challenge all that seriously. I also am viewing my participation in BookRiot’s #ReadHarder challenge as an excuse to read some of the books I’ve already told myself that I want to read but, for whatever reason, haven’t. Like Lauren Beukes’ Broken Monsters, Louise Erdrich’s The Round House, or Jill Lapore’s The Secret History of Wonder Woman. These all sound like fantastic reads but, because I don’t own a copy, am in the middle of a series, or am thinking about a different book when it comes time to pick my next read, these titles languish on my tbr list. Now, I’ll get to read them.

Also, and most importantly, the reading goal that I actually hope to accomplish this year is reading 30 minutes per day. However many books that amounts to or however many tasks that completes, reading on a daily basis is my main priority. I’ve talked about making reading a habit, but I’m still not consistently hitting my goal. So, yes, completing all 24 #ReadHarder tasks or hitting my 41-book goal would be awesome, but I’m not stressed out if I don’t make it – because I really just want to keep reading day in and day out, from whatever book of which I happen to be in the middle. And, ultimately,¬†that’s my reading goal for 2015.

Have your own thoughts on reading challenges? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!