New Year Challenges 2018

New Year 2018

Happy New Year everyone!! Hope you all enjoyed seeing the new year, regardless of how you chose to do it. Me and my partner had a very chilled evening of eating Chinese takeaway, preparing my 2018 bullet journal, watching Jools Holland’s Hootenanny, and crashing out at about 1.30am. We also celebrated the anniversary of the night we first met 3 years ago, so there were lots of quiet celebrations all around. Preparing my bullet journal last night also gave me a moment to catch up with everybody else’s new year goals, challenges and January TBR’s which have given me some great ideas for my own plans!

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As always, I will be taking part in the Goodreads reading challenge. I’m a huge fan of Goodreads and find the reading challenge really useful for keeping track of all the books I’ve read and measure exactly how well I’m doing. Last year was the first year ever that I met my reading challenge of 25 books with 3 read pre-August and 23 read post-August. Because I made such great progress in the latter part of the year, once I had escaped the shackles of academia, I figure that it would be easy to double my target so this year I’m challenging myself to read 50 books!

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My 2018 prep caused me to stumble upon the Beat the Backlist 2018 challenge. I’ve never really heard of this before, but after checking out NovelKnight’s website I was really excited to join up. Not only is it an excellent opportunity to chip away at that extensive TBR backlist, but you also get to join a team and win points!!

Last year, I really struggled with the Bingo challenges but found that I absolutely LOVED taking part in Life & Lit‘s Yule Bingo. The only differences being that I could win points for my Hogwarts House in the latter! Clearly, offering me a competitive incentive really works and I’m looking forward to helping my Beat the Backlist team, the Dewey Dragons, conquer in 2018.

If you’re looking for a way to tame your wild backlist books, then I’d highly recommend joining in with BtB which you can do so here. If you do join up, drop me a comment and let me know what team you’re on! You can read as many or as little books as you like, as long as they were released prior to 2018. I am aiming to read at least 1 ARC, 1 new release, and 1 backlist book a month so this is the perfect way to incentivize me to read even more backlisted books, rather than keep adding them to my dusty Goodreads shelves. Some backlist books that I’m looking forward to catching up on this year include:

The Night Circus // The Snow Child // Station Eleven // I’ll Give You the Sun // The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue // THUG // Black and British: A Forgotten History // Legend 

If you have any books that you loved then recommend them in the comments 🙂 

January TBR


I’ve started myself off pretty easy for the new year, as it always makes me feel sad if I can’t meet my TBR goals for the month. Much better to start small and add on if I smash these 4 out pretty quickly. I’ll be reading THUG as part of the Life & Lit BoTM, Everless as my first physical ARC, Music in Disneys Animated Features as my current e-ARC, and Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View as a Christmas present read.

What’s on your January TBR’s?

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