#ClassicsCommunity Reading Challenge 2020 Goals + TBR

Hello everyone!

So, if you’ve seen my Reading Goals for 2020 post, then you will know that one of my goals this year is to read more classics! And what better way to do so than by taking part in a brand new reading challenge?! This year, Lucy from the Booktube channel @lucythereader is hosting the #CLASSICSCOMMUNITY 2020 READING CHALLENGE! It’s a super simple challenge to read more classics, where you make your own goals. There is a goodreads group and I believe Lucy will be making videos as well, so check out her channel as well! (Actually, check it out anyway- she’s so lovely and sweet, she really deserves all the love.)

If you would also like to take part in this challenge, here is a link to the goodreads group. In any case, let’s get on to my goals and my TBR!


My Goals:


  1. Read at least 12 classics in 2020.
  2. Read 1 Shakespeare.
  3. Read 1 modern classic that is a play.
  4. Read 2 poetry anthologies.
  5. Read 2 books by Jane Austen.
  6. Read a book by one of my favourite authors.
  7. Read a book published before 1500.
  8. Read 3 international classics (AKA classics that were originally published in a language other than English).
  9. Read 2 classic non-fiction works.
  10. Enjoy classics!

Of course #10 is the most important, but I wanted to give myself a couple more challenges to help me structure my TBR so I didn’t just stand in front of my bookshelves helplessly, and also help make sure I read a range of classics!


My TBR:


  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  • The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  • DICKINSON (Collected poems by Emily Dickinson)
  • The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Shooting an Elephant and other essays by George Orwell
  • Ariel by Sylvia Plath
  • Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • Die Verwandlung (Metamorphosis) von Franz Kafka
  • The Tale of Genji by Lady Murasaki Shikibu
  • The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter

Whilst I would be really happy if I read more classics than just the ones here, I think this is a good place to start! I tried not to pick any HUGE classics as I don’t want to pressure myself too much and I will be taking finals, starting uni, and doing lots of travelling this year, so who knows when I will have time to read and what life will throw at me.

  • Are you going to take part in this reading challenge? If so, please let me know what you are planning on reading in the comments, or give me a link to your own post!
  • Do you like reading classics? Discuss with me below!

I look forward to hearing what books you guys want to read for this challenge, or whether you like classics at all! In the meantime…

Happy reading,

Keira x.

READING GOALS 2020 (+ Blogging goals!)

It’s that time of year again when I read all of the goals posts in the world, procrastinate doing my own by reading even more goals posts, and then finally post my own! I thought long and hard about these goals, and I edited x changed them a lot, so hopefully these should be good and push me just enough in the right direction! Without further ado, let’s begin!!!


READING GOALS


I decided to be a bit reasonable, but still challenge myself, with my goals this year, as I am trying to yank myself out of a 2-year slump (slowly easing hasn’t been working). Therefore, I have decided on five reading goals that I really want to accomplish this year!


GOAL #1: READ MORE INTERNATIONALLY

Being internationally-minded is so important to me, and I wanted this to be reflected more in my reading this year. Reading books written by authors from different countries not only gives an insight into the culture and attitudes of that country, but also opens me up to a whole load of literature that I have been missing out on!

To help us accomplish this goal, Adele (@bookishdella) and I are hosting the International Reading Challenge 2020! If you’re interested in reading more internationally this year, please check out the reading challenge!


GOAL #2: READ MORE CLASSICS

Over the past two years, whilst my reading has been slumpy, something I have been reading more of than ever is classics! This is 99.9% because of my English Literature class where I have to read a lot of books in two years (I think it’s around 13, which is a lot for a sixth form read: junior/senior year of high school English Lit class). That class will obviously finish when I graduate, which is happening in MAY!!!

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I won’t be studying English at university, so unless I read classics on my own it just won’t happen anymore, and seeing as 2/5 of my favourite books from last year were classics, that would be a shame! Therefore, I am making it a goal to read more classics this year, and I will be participating in the #CLASSICSCOMMUNITY READING CHALLENGE 2020 in order to make this happen! TBRs for this challenge as well as the International Reading Challenge are forthcoming.


GOAL #3: READ MORE BOOKS IN GERMAN.

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If you didn’t know, I’m pretty fluent in German, but English is my mother tongue, and I typically read in English, not German. That being said, reading in German helps me keep up the language which I don’t use that often. Plus, I have quite a few unread books in German on my TBR, so this goal should help me get through some of those! I believe I only read one book in German last year, and that was required reading, so really reading anything in German would be great!


GOAL #4: READ MORE BOOKS PUBLISHED THIS YEAR.

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I think I bought maybe 1? 2? books that were released in 2019, and I certainly didn’t read either of them. It’s not that there were no new releases, I just wasn’t really paying attention to them (or anything to do with books and blogging, let’s be honest). This year that will be different! To start, I will be posting about my most anticipated releases of the year soon, so please keep an eye out for that!


GOAL #5: READ MORE NON-FICTION.

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One thing I did read a lot of last year was non-fiction. Unfortunately, none of it took any books off my TBR… it only added more. And none of it counted for Goodreads either. Not that these are the most important things, but they do reflect something which does matter: I bought and got interested in a lot of non-fiction last year, none of which I was able to finish because I had to skip to the pages with relevant information for the paper I was writing and then move on to the next one!

This year will be the year that I read some of these amazing books from COVER TO COVER and absorb all the knowledge!


BONUS GOAL: PARTICIPATE IN READING CHALLENGES AND READ-A-THONS!

Now this is sort of a sub-goal, one that I will partially use to meet other goals, but it is also something I would like to focus on doing a bit more in 2020! If you know of any fun or exciting ones, please tell me about them!


BLOGGING GOALS


I don’t have many blogging goals this year, but I want to sort of ‘rediscover’ blogging, and hopefully do it better than before! I’ve been on a 6 month+ unofficial, unannounced hiatus, but now that I’m back I want to make this blog something I’m more proud of. Hopefully that means more creativity, and maybe some more critical posts, discussion posts etc. I might also do some travel related stuff later in the year, as well as continuing to share my thoughts on music! Essentially, there are three C’s I want to achieve when it comes to my blog in 2020: CREATIVITY, CONSISTENCY AND COURAGE!


And those are my goals! I have some personal ones and stuff, but let’s not air my dirty laundry on the internet (I’ll save that for when I actually reach the goals). In the meantime… leave me a comment about your goals!

  • What are your goals for 2020?
  • Do you know of any reading challenges or read-a-thons that I should participate in??!

Happy reading,

Keira x.

2019 in review: the best songs of 2019

And the last episode of my 2019 in review series is finally here! Yes I released all four parts on the same day… I have A LOT of posts that need to go up before January is already HALF OVER so it couldn’t be helped. Hopefully it has been a nice welcome back to my blog after my LONGGGG hiatus? Like with my top 5 books post, these aren’t in any particular order, but just a collection of my favourite albums and songs of the year!


Firstly, a quick honourable mention to MAX’s Hell’s Kitchen Angel that I loved this year, but was released previously and therefore doesn’t count!


BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR


Catfish and the Bottlemen- The Balance


It wasn’t until I was struggling to decide which song from this album deserved to be a song of the year that I realised it was hopeless, I loved this album and the whole thing had to be here. So here it is.

Catfish and the Bottlemen are a Welsh rock band who were formed in 2007 and have been releasing stunning albums ever since. As they are a rock band, naturally, this is a rock album.

Songs to listen to include my personal favourites Basically, and Overlap, but listen to any song and you’re in for a treat.


Jus2- FOCUS


Jus2 is a 2-member sub-unit of boygroup GOT7 and is made up of two Korean vocalists: JB and Yugyeom. This is the duos debut album, although Yugyeom has been around since 2014, and JB since 2012.

Both have released songs on Soundcloud before, and their personal sounds are very evident in this R&B-meets-House album. A sprinkle of pop and K-Pop production magic makes this the perfect in-between album to appeal to fans of both their solo and group work.

Songs to listen to include the chic title track, FOCUS ON ME, the brighter track Touch, and the seductive Toiki (Sigh), which was released on the Japanese edition of the album (wait to the end for the best part).


IU- Love Poem


IU is one of my favourite Korean solo artists. She’s been around since 2008 and is incredibly beloved in Korea, although she doesn’t receive nearly as much attention in the West. Her voice is gorgeous, her songs are well produced and have an IU-quality that make them incredibly special.

I always look forward to IU’s work and this is my favourite album from her since 2013’s Modern Times. In fact, this album brings back some of the jazzy sounds of the 2013 album, along with a mix of slow R&B and emotional ballads, for a varied but perfectly cohesive album.

Songs to listen to include Blueming and above the time, both of which have music videos, as well as Love Poem, which is incredibly beautiful and was released as a single prior to the album coming out.


Honourable mentions go to GOT7’s Spinning Top: Between Security and Insecurity, and TWICE’s Feel Special! Please check these albums out to and give them all the love!


BEST SONGS OF THE YEAR


The Night of Seokyo- Dancing In The Moon (ft. Dawon)


The Night of Seokyo are a K-Indie production crew that have been around since 2016. They often work with vocalist Dawon, who is featured on this track, and her vocals make the song even more expressive with her dreamy vocal colour. Dancing in the Moon is my favourite of their songs to date and really encompasses the sound and dreaminess that I have come to associate with their work.


Lee So Ra- Song Request (ft. SUGA)


Lee So Ra is a beloved singer in Korea. She first debuted in 1993 as part of a jazz group, and released her first solo album in 1995. As an artist she is incredibly versatile, having sung everything from heavy rock to soft ballads, and this latest song is definitely towards the ballad side. Suga’s rap here is soft and heartfelt, adding to the heart-warming and comforting atmosphere of the song. I highly recommend watching the music video above with English captions on as the lyrics are particularly beautiful.


GOT7- Page


GOT7 are a boygroup with 7 members who debuted in 2014. PAGE is a b-side track off of their album Spinning Top: Between Security & Insecurity and was written and produced by member JB (of Jus2, above) in collaboration with other producers. The group initially wanted this to be the title track, but it was passed up for the more marketable ECLIPSE, but I can see why they wanted this to be the title track: it’s full to the brim with personality and catchy hooks.


Honourable mentions go to Red Velvet’s Sunny Side Up! and TAEYEON’s Four Seasons! Please give these amazing songs a listen.


And those were my favourite releases of 2019! Feel free to discuss your own favourite music in the comments, I would love to hear what you have been listening to!

  • What were your favourite albums of 2019?
  • What were your favourite songs of 2019?
  • Were there any songs here you didn’t know?
  • Did you like any of these songs too? Or do you disagree with me?

Happy listening,

Keira x.

2019 in review: music stats

Okay, so you might have seen my bookish stats post that I posted earlier today…. but here is the music version! Enjoy!


So this first set of statistics includes all the music I LISTENED to in 2019. Unsurprisingly, my most listened to songs, artists and genre were K-Pop. That being said, less than half of my listening was K-Pop, as you can see by the little genre chart on the right. The most surprising part of this was a) that I listen to a lot of native american music (must be the instrumental stuff I like) and b) that TWICE’s BDZ (Japanese song) was my most listened to song! I think I listened to it on repeat for about 2 weeks in the summer when I had it stuck in my head, and then never really listened to it again! I’m not surprised that GOT7 was my most listened to artist though- their albums this year were top-quality, and I went to a concert as well. I thought Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now would be amongst my top songs, as well as MAX’s Hell’s Kitchen Angel, but apparently I didn’t listen to them as much as I thought I did!

Also can I just point out that I listen to music from over 40 countries this year. I’m pretty proud of that!

As for the songs I downloaded, I don’t have any stats on the non-Korean stuff (I will keep track this coming year), but of the 2019 releases I downloaded, the sub-genres and artist types were pretty varied. Female solo artists were my favourite, as was pop, followed closely by Ballad and R&B. I downloaded a fair bit of rock as well, but I tend to listen to most of my rock from western bands (shout out to Catfish & the Bottlemen who had a great year), so I’m not surprised that it was a bit lower than other genres.


I will be posting my definitive favourite songs of the year post soon, so please keep an eye out! In the meantime, have a chat in the comments!

  • What were your most-listened to artists and genres this year?
  • How is your music taste different to mine?
  • Are there any songs/artists I liked that you didn’t?

Happy listening,

Keira x.