This year I’m keeping it very simple and quantifiable for my goals.
Review ten board books.
This probably seems like a stretch given that I just went two years without posting any board book reviews! But in years past I did about ten a year. That’s one per month considering that I plan to take two months off from posting.
Review ten picture books.
Again, I haven’t done that for two years either, but that was more pandemic-related and not having access to good cameras. The photography situation has cleared up now so I think this is a reasonable goal to consider. I’m not particularly looking at fiction or nonfiction, I just want to get back in the habit of reviewing these as well.
Review ten or more graphic novels.
Yes, there’s a theme of ten here! That’s because now that I’m trying to routinely take two months off each year, ten fits easily and manageably into my posting schedule. For each of these first three I’m hoping to post approximately one a month.
Review at least 25 books for my next diverse MG fantasy novel list.
Considering that I’ll only be posting during about 42 weeks, but also that I have many continuing series to keep reviewing, this works out to roughly one MG fantasy review per week. We’ll see if I can keep that up even with planned breaks! I’m not going to attempt to post my next list in 2023, as it seems that every other year is a lot more reasonable – it’s a lot to review 40-60 books in a year, even if they’re middle grade novels. If I get 25 done this year that will put me on track to post the next list at the end of 2024.
Take two months off from blogging (not necessarily consecutive).
This has been a goal of mine for a while, I think taking off June and December would be idea, but it has yet to work out quite that way.
Review ten works of nonfiction.
Left to my own devices, I often tend to go for fiction. I’ve gotten back into the habit of reading nonfiction again in 2022 and want to keep that going. This can overlap with the other challenges that are format- but not genre-specific, so I will count nonfiction picture books or graphic novels.
Do you have any blogging or reading goals for 2023? I almost never do reading challenges anymore, although they are fun at times. These days my reading has to be very flexible to adjust to changing life plans.