The First Reading Challenge of the 2020s

Welcome to the new year!

Every year since 2012, I’ve done a reading challenge to push myself to read as much and as widely as possible. This is my ninth year participating in a reading challenge, and I’ve come pretty far from the first few years: this year, my goal is to read 200 books.

With some changes in my life happening this year, I hope to get back to doing the things I love—reading more, writing reviews, and writing more overall.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear about your reading goals for 2020. What do you plan to read this year? What books or comic/manga series do you recommend?

You can follow along with my 2020 reading challenge here.

Site Updates: 25 Feb

I’ve been making some changes to the site recently, and I figured it’s about time I post an update.

  • Added Guest Post category.  Now you can check out every guest post I’ve hosted on this blog here.  I’m looking forward to hosting some new guests (possibly even REGULAR guests) soon, so this feature is going to be pretty helpful!
  • Changed UTWG page.  If you’re curious about this strange UTWG thing I keep writing about – the UT Writer’s Guild – then you can learn more about it here.  You can also find out more about some of our members – and even find their blogs.
  • Added Site page.  Now, instead of just bumbling around on my very full About page, you can check out the Site page to find out specific things about this blog, such as how to suggest a Toledo-area establishment to review or inquire about guest posting.
  • Added Challenges pages.  If you’re interested in learning about the reading and writing challenges I’ve participated in, both online and offline, you can check out the Challenges page.  You can also see my progress in my current 100 Books challenge on the 100 Books in 2012 page.  NaNoWriMo and Script Frenzy pages may be added later.

If you’ve got some time, feel free to poke around in these pages and leave comments – especially if you’re planning to participate in some challenges this year or if you’ve guest posted on my page before.  I’d love to hear from you again!

100 Books in 2012

A friend of mine who’s in the UT Writer’s Guild with me recently told me about the 100 Books in One Year Challenge.  I did some research and decided I’d throw my hat into the ring.

The site I found was Book Chick City, and the lady who runs it said she had a whopping 630 participants last year!  Currently, there are 311 people signed up, not including me!

I’m a bit behind because it took me a week or so to decide, and I haven’t really been focusing on it.  But I promise I’ll do some interesting things this year, and you’ll probably get some book reviews or book-related articles along the way…

…especially after I go to the AWP Conference and Bookfair in March.  8 hour round-trip travel, and if I’m going to be on a train, I’m taking multiple books.

What books would you challenge me to read?  What books would you recommend?  I have great appreciation for young adult, light romance, some science fiction, and fantasy novels.  I also like poetry, if you’ve got recommendations!

If you’d like to sign up as well, you can do so at Book Chick City. (Despite what it sounds like, you don’t have to be female to join in.)  If you’ve joined in, let me know how far you are!  You can see my progress on this page, and as of now I have completed 7 books and am working on numbers 8 and 9.