I love the new year and the focus I begin to see in reader circles on planning books for the year.
There are so many fun things readers do — from Goodreads challenges (which is generally just a number of books you hope to read) to monthly (or other) theme challenges.
Of course, challenges aren’t everyone’s jam.
I’ll admit, I really only set a “goal” on Goodreads. And even then, I use the quotation marks because I choose a number that’s generally around what I’m going to do without much effort. In 2022, I set the goal for 200 books, because I had read a little over that in 2021. I ended up at 191, and meh, that’s close enough.
I consider it a win, even if it technically isn’t.
I definitely never want reading to become something stressful. That defeats (to me at least!) the whole purpose.
This year, I’ve been seeing something new (to me) that I think is super creative. Reading Bingo.
The idea is that you have a reading Bingo card (new each month) and if you get Bingo, then you treat yourself to a book that you’ve been putting off buying/reading for whatever reason.
I enjoyed the idea so much, I thought it would be fun to make a January Bingo card for InspyRomance. Obviously, the prize is up to you so it’s the definition of no pressure, but I also thought it would be a neat way to broaden the old TBR for the month in a low pressure way (as opposed to some of the themes I see on the theme-based challenges that seem really hard to meet.)
So here we have it, your very own (my very own? But you’re invited! For real! Join me!) InspyRomance Bingo card. I plan to try to get Bingo using only InspyRomance authors — but I’m not sure if it’ll end up being super possible. (We don’t have any January releases, for example, right now on the Books page.)
Best part of this is that there are a lot of ways to win. And the prize is a book. And honestly? I think there should be a book as a prize for losing, too. I’m adding that in, now that I think of it.
In many ways, this will be a bit of a bigger challenge for me than for many others. As a reader, I tend to be a whim reader. I like to peruse and find a book that catches my interest and read it right then. I don’t actually tend to have a big stack of books waiting for me to get to them. If I buy (or borrow) a book, I want to read it RIGHT. NOW.
And usually I do.
When it’s done? I go looking for another book that catches my fancy. Sometimes (often?) that ends up being something I want to re-read. I love to re-read.
Anyway, let’s chat! Tell me about your TBR — what’s on it? Or if you don’t have one (like me), tell me about how you choose your next book.