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New Year, New Me Challenges

It’s 1st January 2020! Happy new year, and happy new decade, everyone.

I always say it, but I have the feeling that this year is going to be the start of a new me. Over the past few days, instead of setting myself resolutions, I’ve set targets, challenges, things I can achieve.

Fitting into the dress

I own the most beautiful AX Paris bodycon dress, and I mean beautiful! But, although I can fit into it, I can’t quite ‘fit’ into it. I look a little like a sausage. This year, I am determined to stick to my work out schedule, eat a little better, and fit into the dress. I’m thinking, if I have a specific outfit to work towards, I can better track my progress.

Alongside this goal, I’m determined to earn my blue belt in Kickboxing this year. Last year I was plagued with injury and illness, and ended up missing all three opportunities to grade for belts. With three opportunities, and two belts to earn, I’m sure I can do it!

Books and Tea Reading Challenge

For someone who loves literature, I certainly do not read enough. Back in November, I stumbled across this challenge and decided to commit to it before I could change my mind. I quite like the variety of this particular challenge, and I’m looking forward to reading a collection of more contemporary texts – I’m more used to reading stuffy, old, Victorian classics!

As well as completing the challenge, I’ll be reviewing each of the books I read and linking them to this post, should you want to read it too!

My BnT Reading Challenge 2020

Match the Dragon Queen – purple books – The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan

You Might Not Have Known – an author’s lesser known book / a lesser known author – Sixty One Days Away by Tony Appleton

Why Haven’t I Read This Yet? – a book you’ve owned since 2017 – Altar of Eden by James Rollins

Awesome, Of Course – books by authors of colour – Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

In Satan we Stan – a book with 666 pages or longer – London by Peter Ackroyd

Full of Pride – LGBT+ books and authors – Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson

Highly Recommended – a staff members favourite – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

A Fresh Look – a book that has an adaptation this year – The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Star’s the Limit – set somewhere otherworldly* – To Hold The Bridge by Garth Nix

New Kids on the Pub(lisher) – 2020 debut author – Young, Dumb, First Time Mum by Taylor Martin

IM DYING TO READ THIS BOOK … yet you haven’t! – Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

Small Stories – an anthology or book that’s shorter than most – What’s Love Got to do With It by Various Authors

If all things go to plan, this time next year, I’ll be a trimmer, blue belt wearer, who’s devoured twelve books!

What are your goals and challenges for 2020? Let me know in the comments.

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