Greetings! I know things have been quiet around here, but it's safe to say that She Dreams in Fiction is currently under construction. That's right! Cha cha cha changes are coming to the blog. But don't go anywhere, there are going to be some fun things happening soon! I'm so incredibly excited. So please stick around and I'll see you soon! Happy reading!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

2014 Reading Goals and Challenges!

Welcome to 2014!

I simply can't believe 2013 has come and gone! Yeesh! With another year gone, I have been thinking a lot about what I want to accomplish this year. Last year was kind of difficult, so I've decided this will year will not be the same! So what does a new year and new outlook mean for this blog? I have a few ideas...

Some Goals for the New Year!

First, I think I might step away from the Top Ten Tuesday (TTT) meme for right now. I joined TTT as a way to meet bloggers, discover more book blogs and get my baby blog out there, as well. It was also a way to make sure I was posting something on a regular basis. I definitely enjoyed being part of TTT - and I may even pop in every now and again - but I think I'm going to take a break from it for a little bit. The hope is that I might be able to come up with more original posts this year. Maybe I'll even write more personal posts, as those are some of the things I enjoy reading most on other blogs I visit. I'm not quite sure. Regardless, I want to try something different. On another note, I'm still going to take part in the Tune in Tuesday meme on my other blog, Kaleidoscopic Reveries. I've been part of this meme since I first started blogging and I love that I get to share and discover music each week!

I really want to get better at posting reviews. I know I say this every year, but it still remains an issue for me for some reason. Sometimes I find it difficult to review every book I read because it begins to feel like a chore. If I start thinking of reviewing as a chore, I start to get in a reading funk, knowing a review must come later. I'm going to try to review each book I read, but as soon as I notice myself not wanting to read, I'm going to take a break and just read for fun. I've signed up for some blog tours, and I have some review books scheduled, but I'm not going to put too much pressure on myself. I don't always do my best when I feel obligated to do something... which is sad, but true.

It may be time for She Dreams in Fiction to have a bit of a facelift. I want to refresh the look around here, but I'm not exactly sure how to do it, nor am I positive of what I want. I guess I just want something fresh and clean and, I don't know, more streamlined. If anyone has any suggestions or whatnot, don't hesitate to drop me a line. Have an affordable and awesome blog designer you'd like to recommend? Have tips on how to make things easier for readers to find what they're looking for? What about different programs to help me make my own design? Honestly, I'm open to suggestions for anything and everything with regards to the look of this place.

I want to introduce more variety into my reading. Last year I was able to meet my goal of reading more contemporary novels. I enjoyed it immensely and thought I would make similar goals this year. One of the things I want to do is read at least one book geared towards younger children each month. Picture books, chapter books, whatever it may be, I want to read more of them. I think this will not only be beneficial if I am ever to have my own family, but it will help me be better at my job.

Reading Challenges!

I wasn't going to sign up for any reading challenges this year, but then I thought it might be one more way to help meet my bookish goals and get reading and reviews done! Like last year, I'll be updating my progress on the 2014 Reads page. Any details about the challenges will also be in that list. If you'd like to join and/or learn more about these reading challenges, click on the banners. Like every year, I've set a goal on the Goodreads Reading Challenge. This year, I'm going to try to read 50 books. Since I read 12 over my goal last year (which was 40), I think this is a realistic goal. Here are the other reading challenges I've decided to try this year:

This reading challenge matches up perfectly with my goal to reread at least one book each month!
Purpose: To reread some of my favorite books.
Level: Rereading Champ (10+ books).

This one just looks fun! If you want to know more details about what each category entails, click the banner above.
Purpose: To mix things up a bit
Task: Read one book from each of the 14 categories below.
Visit The Country
Cover Lust
Blame it on Bloggers
Bargain All The Way
(Not So) Fresh From the Oven
First Letter’s Rule
Once Upon a Time
Chunky Brick
  Favorite Author
It’s Been There Forever
Movies vs Books
Freebies Time
Not My Cup of Tea
Walking Down The Memory Lane


Purpose: To try different genres I might not otherwise.
Task: Read at least one book in the monthly genre.
January - Young Adult
February - Contemporary
March - Urban Fantasy
April - Middle Grade
May - Dystopian
June - High Fantasy
July - Adult
August - Paranormal
September - Romance
October - Sci-Fi
November - Historical Fiction
December - New Adult

I participated in this challenge last year and I loved it. It really helped me knock out some of the books I had sitting unread on my shelves, let me tell you!
Purpose: To read books that have waited long enough, already!
Level: A Firm Handshake (1-10 books)

Happy reading, everyone!


4 comments :

  1. Sometimes I feel like reviewing is a chore, too. It helps when I keep reminding myself that I blog as a hobby and for fun. You must not let it pressure you.
    I really like your blog design, but if you want something clean I'm really satisfied with Blog of Erised Designs, Ula was really patient and she knew what I wanted, even when I didn't :D here's her portfolio: http://boedesigns.blogspot.com/p/portfolio.html

    Good luck with your reading challenges! I'm a challenge junkie and I signed up for like 10 yearly challenges :D

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    1. Thanks very much for your encouraging words! I do feel pressure to provide good, frequent content, but sometimes the pressure gets to be too much. Glad to know I'm not alone in feeling that way! Thanks also for the design recommendation! I'll have to check it out. :)

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  2. Thanks for choosing Lucky No 14 as one of your challenges :) And good luck with your other challenges, they all seem lots of fun!

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    1. Thank YOU for coming up with such a fun idea! I just hope I can get them all completed! Lol

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