It’s a new year and that means it’s time for some new reading goals!
I didn’t succeed nearly as much as I wanted to with my 2019 reading goals, which is why I haven’t wrapped them up, but I think it was because I was being too ambitious. I’m going to be more chill about my reading goals this year.
Let’s get into them.
1. Quality not quantity
I read 200 books last year which I think is amazing, but I think I got a bit too wrapped up in the numbers. I still read some very good books, as I rated a lot of books 5 stars, but this year I want to make sure I don’t focus too much on the numbers. I want to make sure every book I read is something meaningful and enjoyable.
2. Read 52 books
I just did a whole speech about quality not quantity, but I still want to read at least 52 books! That’s one book a week, which I think is achievable.
3. Read backlist books from authors I love
I have a tendency to read a lot of new releases, especially from authors I love or think I will love, but I don’t pay as much attention to backlist books from those authors! And I definitely should! I have some favourite authors and I need to read all their amazing books.
4. Borrow more from the library
As you can see from my stats, I read a lot of books I already own which was great, but I need to get into the habit of borrowing from my library as opposed to buying an eBook, even if it is cheap. This applies more to audiobooks! I have a lot of audiobooks I purchased that my library actually already owns.
5. Read longer books
I read some pretty long books last year, but not as many as I wanted to. I’ve always been intimidated by big books — those that are over 500 pages — but I read some really great ones and realise there’s nothing to be scared of! So I want to read more big books — mainly fantasy, but there’s a couple of contemporaries I have my eye on.
6. Read books I’m only genuinely interested in
I did this goal this year and it really improved my reading! By reading books I’m only genuinely interested in, I rated almost every book I read 4 and 5 stars!
7. Remember reading is fun
This ties in a bit with quality not quantity. Basically I need to remember that reading is supposed to be relaxing and challenging, depending on the book I’m reading. I don’t want it to be stressful and anxiety inducing if I don’t read enough books or I’m not reading the books everyone else is hyping.
Yearly Readathons and TBR
I decided to join a couple of yearly readathons this year because they sound like so much fun!
My own readathon
First, I have my own yearly readathon with my friend Steffie. Each year (well it’s only been two years), my friend and I read one book together each month. But this year we’re adding a book to read for the whole year too. Wish us luck!
Read a Series or Two Challenge
The first I joined is Sakhile’s Read a Series or Two Challenge, a readathon dedicated to reading the books in a series that you haven’t gotten to yet.
Here are the books on my TBR:
I’m really excited to join the #StartOnYourShelfAThon because one of my reading goals for this year was going to be to read more of the books I already own, rather than buying new books. But then CW created her readathon surrounding reading books you already own and I thought to join it! It’s really cute, for every book you read, you get a star and help a sloth find his star chart.
I have my TBR here, but here’s some books that I intend to read:
Do you have any reading goals this year? Are you planning on joining any readathons? Let me know!