Challenges, Memes

Top Ten Tuesday: 2015 Goals, Resolutions, & Reading Challenges

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic. I’m a huge fan of lists, so this meme is right up my alley! 


This week’s topic is Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 — bookish, blogging or otherwise!
So I’ve kind of broken this down into two categories:  the Reading Challenges I’ll be attempting in 2015, and my 2015 Goals and Resolutions. And as always, these are in no particular order.
2015 Reading Challenges
*I will be tracking my progress for these reading challenges on my Reading Challenges page
Goodreads Challenge
Hosted by:  Goodreads
My Goal:  60 books
2014 was NOT a good reading year for me.  In 2011 I set my Goodreads reading goal very low, only 35 books, and I surpassed that, reading 76.  In 2012 I made the goal 80 books, and only read 53.  Last year, I lowered my goal down to 60 books, and barely made that goal, reading 64 books.  But this year, I set my goal as 65 books and I only read a measly 49.  I blame it on my pregnancy and the fact that I was too sick to read for my first trimester.  In 2015, I’ll have a new baby to care for on top of my 5 year old, so I think I’m going to lower it back down to 60 and hope I can make it there.  Luckily babies sleep a lot so hopefully that will mean a good amount of reading time!
Hosted by:  My Reader’s Block
My Goal:  24 books
Once again, I’m going to attempt the Mount TBR Challenge.  In 2013, I set my goal for “Mount Blanc” which is 24 books off your shelf that you owned prior to January 1.  That year I read 25 books off my TBR.  This year I went for the same goal of 24 books and only read 18.  For 2015 I’m going for 24 books again, and I hope to surpass that because I plan on focusing a lot of my reading on books I’ve purchased myself.
Hosted by:  Novel Hearbeat & Writer Grrl Reads
My Goal:  10-25 points
Along with focusing on books that I’ve purchased myself, I also want to focus my reading in 2015 on finishing series that I’ve started, or catching up with series that I’ve started.  And the Prequel & Sequel Challenge is great for that!  I participated in Jessi from Novel Heartbeat’s 2013 Sequel Challenge, which was a bit different, where you would just set your own goal as to how many prequels or sequels you would read for the year.  I set my goal as 10 books and I ended up reading 23 prequels and sequels that year!  But the challenge is a bit different now, where you get points for each prequel or sequel read during the year, whether they’re novellas or full-length books, and you get bonus points for finishing a completed series. Because of this new system, I’m going to choose the “Newbie” level, where my goal is 10-25 points.  But I hope to read a LOT of prequels and sequels this year, so hopefully I can surpass that level!
Hosted by: PopSugar
My Goal:  Complete All
This was kind of a last-minute add-on for me.  I figured that it’s so different, and yet a lot of books can easily qualify for lots of these, that it should be a fun and different challenge for me to try this year.  (Sorry if you can’t read the writing in the picture–I couldn’t find a good photo of the list.  You can click the link on the title of the challenge and that will take you to PopSugar’s page and a much clearer list.)
2015 Goals & Resolutions
  • Clean out email inbox and unsubscribe to unwanted emails (This one’s not very bookish or bloggish but it NEEDS to be done!)
  • Update social media and blog reader platforms (Unfollow some inactive blogs and social media users, find new blogs to follow via social media and blog reader platforms, etc.)
  • Respond to blog comments once a week (Doesn’t have to be the same day each week, just at least once a week, respond to all recent comments left on my blog)
  • Stick with my every-other-day schedule for the blog (If I have to skip some days, no big deal, but I want to try to stick with that schedule for the most part) 
  • Post at least one discussion post per month
So that’s only 4 Reading Challenges and 5 Goals & Resolutions, but I’m trying to simplify as well as challenge myself.  Hopefully I can accomplish all these goals and challenges!  


What reading challenges are you attempting in 2015, and what are your blogging and bookish resolutions for the new year? Let me know, or leave a link to your TTT in the comments, and I’ll try to stop by your blog!


  1. Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

    December 30, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    This year I didn't participate in any challenge other than the goodreads challenge and I totally missed doing them, even if I wasn't successful so I'll be checking out your challenges. Especially the TBR one because… yeah… that needs to happen!

  2. My Thoughts.... Literally!

    December 30, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Those are some great challenges. I like the Pop Sugar one, that's a cool idea. I also like the idea of commenting once a week. I need to be better at commenting and setting a goal for that would help. Nice list!
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

  3. Brandi Kosiner

    December 30, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Oh man, unsubscribing, I so need to do that. I normally just delete

  4. JaneGS

    December 31, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Nice set of goals–I'm also doing the Mount TBR Challenge, which is how I found your blog. Good luck with your reading with a new baby. I remember my reading really took a back seat when my kids were babes.

  5. Melissa

    January 1, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Thanks for joining in our Prequel & Sequel Challenge! Hope you do well this year =) As a relatively new mom myself, I totally understand the difficulty reading while pregnant and with a newborn! Good luck — and I hope you find some moments to read once your new little one arrives =) Yours is the second blog I've visited with the Popsugar challenge … I'm intrigued now! I did the unsubscribe from e-mails thing a while back, and it feels AWESOME. I love that all my e-mails are now things I actually want to read, rather than just constantly deleting. Good luck with all of your resolutions and happy new year!

  6. Kristilyn (Reading In Winter)

    January 4, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Oooh … a new baby is exciting! And yeah, they do sleep a lot! Ha ha … I remember getting a lot of reading done during those first month feedings, since it would take a half hour or so for each feeding every few hours … LOVED my ereader at that time! My guy is a good sleeper now, too, so that helps.

    Good luck on all your goals!

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