Every year, many people make goals. You’ve probably even made some for yourself. “Eating healthier” or “exercising more” maybe just a couple of examples. I usually don’t set goals for myself because like most people, I don’t usually stick to them by the end of the year. However, I did set some reading goals this year.
Here are my top ten goals for this year:
- Set a reading goal
I never set the bar too high on these Goodreads challenges. The first time I tried to do this goal, I set it for 100 books. Although I’m an avid reader, I almost never actually make it to that amount. So every year I keep it consistent at 50 books even though I managed to read about 70 books in 2017. It helps keep a goal that I know I can reach without any pressure or stress. I’ll probably adjust later in the year depending on how it’s going. As you can see, I already have two books on the list.
If you’d like to keep up with that I’m reading and how my goal is going, you can follow me on Goodreads. Just keep in mind that I probably will not accept your friend request unless I have an idea of who you are.
- Reading challenges
Every year I try to find a fun reading challenge. I try to find challenges that keep it short so I’m not stressing out about not checking a box. I’m a book reviewer so books for review tend to take more priority over books for fun. They also help fill in those boxes quite quickly.
This year, I’ve decided to check out the challenge from Modern Mrs. Darcy. This awesome blogger has put together an awesome challenge packet that will help you read more this year. I’m also going to try to do the 2018 Reading Challenge from Bethany House. Every year, this publishing company puts out a fun and creative reading challenge to do. I’ve already marked off two of the boxes.
- Read books I don’t normally read
Normally, I don’t read Amish fiction because it takes over a majority of the Christian fiction genre. While I think they have a fascinating culture, I love variety when it comes to reading. I’ve decided it’s time to get out of my comfort zone and give genres such as Amish fiction a chance this year. I also want to read more non-fiction this year.
- Participate in Top Ten Tuesdays, WWW Wednesdays, and continue First Line Fridays
One of my goals this year is to participate in Top Ten Tuesdays. I’ve always wanted more for the blog than just book reviews. I wanted it to be a blog that fellow bookworms would use as their go-to blog. Books are my favorite things to talk about so I decided to join Top Ten Tuesdays!
WWW Wednesdays are super fun because you’ll have a chance to see what may be coming up next on the blog.
I love spotlighting a book every week for you guys. First lines are always so fun and I love seeing which ones you end up choosing. This year, I will be continuing this meme.
- Conduct more author interviews
You read that right! One of my goals this year is to give you guys a buttload of author interviews to read. Who knows, you may find a new favorite author.
- Support fellow Christian Fiction bloggers
This was something that I had great intentions and tried to make a daily habit, but this year I want to be more intentional. I plan to subscribe, follow, comment, and share other Christian fiction bloggers. I’ve also decided that I’m going to be doing blogger spotlights at least once a month depending how many people I can get on board. I’ll be setting up a Q&A so you can learn more about the blogger behind the blog. Who knows, maybe you as the reader will find a new favorite blogger to follow.
- Make a priority to read for fun
I love almost all of the books that I have the privilege of reviewing, but a lot of times it comes with deadlines. Deadlines can lead to stress, especially if it’s taking longer to get through a book than expected. So sometimes I need to take a break from reviewing and read something on my TBR that I don’t have to review. Although every book I read, whether I borrow it from the library, a friend, or a book off my bookshelf, gets reviewed on the blog. This year, I need to make more time to make this a priority.
Although, my TBR will never be completed. Seriously, every time I turn around, I’m checking that “Want to Read” box for another 25 books on Goodreads. Hopefully, this goal will help me read those books that I’ve been meaning to read but never got around to.
- Start doing buddy reads/join an online book club
I’ve never actually participated in this before. Well, unless you count being a part of a launch team where everyone is reading the book around the same time. I tried to participate in the one that Waterbrook Multnomah started over the summer, but I never actually participated. This year, I want to be intentional. It’d be fun to have someone reading the same book as you so you can chat about said book. Anyone else interested in doing that?
- Become more organized
I need to start keeping journals with notes what I’ve reviewed and what’s still waiting to be reviewed. As well as deadlines and any other notes that I need to be made aware of. I tried keeping a spreadsheet for that very reason, but it just got too overwhelming and put too much pressure on me. I already keep a notebook full of notes for the books I’m reading so that the things I want to remember to talk about in my reviews are fresher in my memory. Any suggestions?
- Read more classic books
I love classic books, but I haven’t picked one up since high school. Most of the classics that I’ve read, I’ve read for fun. No one made me read them. Plus, I always get so excited whenever a topic of a classic that I’ve read slips into topics of conversation. It always makes me so happy.
And that concludes my list of bookish resolutions/goals for 2018! What are some of your goals this year? Let me know in the comments below.