Reading Goals and Challenges

Today’s post is going to be about my reading goals and the challenges that I will be participating in this year.

Reading goals:
Read 115 books
Read more classic literature
Read more backlist books
*Continue to read series that I have started

General bookish goals:
Post weekly reviews
Friday update
Post monthly updates
Cross-post reviews to Barnes and Noble

Challenges that I will be participating in as of right now:
The 2020 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge
Library Love Challenge hosted by Angel’s Guilty Pleasures and Anne at Books of My Heart– Library Card on Fire: read 60 or more books


*The following series are ones that I want to finish/continue reading (These are all series that I have started reading):
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Giant Days Graphic Novel Series by John Allison
Shades of Magic Graphic Novel Series by V.E. Schwab
Shadowshaper Series by Daniel José Older



I thought of an idea last night to have a new feature on my blog where I let my followers know what books/eBooks I currently have on hold at the library, as I was putting a few eBooks on hold.  I will only do these posts if I have more than two books on hold.  I have made it quite clear how much I love and support the use of libraries if you have access to them, which I know that not everyone does have access to libraries.

What I have on hold:
A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

All of these holds are eBooks and the app that I use to borrow eBooks is Libby by OverDrive, maybe I will do an updated post sometime in the future about the bookish apps that I use.





Today is the third day of National Library Week, a week to celebrate libraries and why we love them. National Library Week started Sunday, but I wanted to write this post today. It is important, that if you have access to a library that you take full advantage of everything that your library has to offer. I know a lot of libraries have different services.

Here is a list of ways to support your library:
1.)Borrow books and movies, even books borrowed from OverDrive and Hoopla count towards circulation.  My library is part of a consortium, which means I can get books delivered to the most convenient library to pick them up if my normal location doesn’t have the book.  I also have access to the entire state catalog with my library card.  If no library in the consortium has the book, I can search the statewide catalog and have the book delivered to my local library.
2.) Donate books that you don’t want anymore. I usually split my unhaul pile in half. I donate half to the library and half to good will.
3.) Volunteer. If you love books volunteering is such a rewarding experience. One of my favorite things about volunteering is seeing all the kids leave with a decent sized stack of books.
4.) Libraries often have book sales where you can buy books at amazing prices, and all the money goes to the library. I highly suggest going to a library book sale, you won’t be disappointed.

Things that libraries can offer:
1.) Overdrive and Hoopla- these are digital services where you can borrow eBooks and Audiobooks. I use these quite often.
2.) Language learning- One of my libraries offers Mango, it’s a service where you can learn a new language for free with the use of your library card.
3.) Freegal Music- I love this service. You get five free downloads per week. It does only offer music from Sony and imprints, but the catalog is huge!
4.) Classes- a lot of libraries offer classes to learn something new.

A lot of people in the world don’t have access to books, whether it be because they can’t afford them or they don’t have access to a library. If you have access to a library, I highly suggest that you use it. And if you don’t use a library when you have access to one, think of all the people that don’t have access.

I love my and appreciate my libraries, what do you love about your library?  For those of you who don’t support your local library, this article might get you to change your mind just a little bit, and make you realize how important they really are.