Hey there! It’s been some time since my last post. I hope you’re all doing well and being safe during this whole stressful time.
So, I know we’re already half way through April, but I wanted to briefly discuss my reading and other bookish goals for the year, as well as future plans for other reading goals I’d like to achieve over the next few years.
I’d like to read 52 books this year.
It’s not a strict goal that I’ll be devastated if I don’t hit it, but I just wanted to give myself the challenge of trying to read one book a week. I’m a bit behind, but that’s okay. I’m aiming to read four books per month, basically.
I’m focusing on reading for fun.
The past year has been, you know, Not Fun for anyone, and I just want to focus on reading things that genuinely interest me and I want to have fun doing so. I’m not really aiming to read critically or anything (though that might just come naturally the more I read, as it would with anyone), but I’m aiming to just find things that interest me and have a good time.
Read more diversely.
We can always all do our best and our part to read more diversely, so I’m making it a goal to read at least one book a month by a POC, disabled, own voices, and/or non-binary, etc. author.
I’m rereading books to finish series.
Alrighty, so because of stuff that happened almost five years ago, I never ended up finishing these series. Not because I wasn’t invested, but I went through a really dark time and have only very recently been getting the urge to read more again.
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas books 1-5 to finish books 6 & 7. Novella can be read at any time. (As of the time I’m writing this post, I’m more than 50% through Heir of Fire, book 3.)
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas books 1-2 to finish books 3-5.
- Air Awakening by Elise Kova books 1-4 to finish book 5.
Unhauling books I’ve had for way too long that I know I won’t read, & not being afraid to DNF something I’m not enjoying.
Life is too short. TBRs get too long and ridiculous. I’ve had some books for years and years and haven’t touched them. Will I read them one day? I don’t know, but I don’t want to keep them if it means just more unnecessary stress or clutter. If I have the urge, I can always borrow from my library or repurchase them.
There are some books, however, that I have no idea if I’ll read them or not and have been debating on selling or donating, but I for some reason can’t bring myself to do it. These books include the Shadowhunter chronicles by Cassandra Clare, and the Lunar Cycle by Marissa Meyer. I’ve had them for so long, and I just don’t know if I can bring myself to read them anymore.
Getting my TBR down to zero (or less than 20) by the end of 2025.
It’s ambitious to say this as I have… way too many books I want to read, and obviously new books come out all the time, but I’m hoping to get my TBR down to zero by the end of 2025 if I can. Or at least down to 20. I think that would be so much more manageable.
Trying to read more from my library and only purchasing books I’d like to reread one day, or just have a spot on my shelf.
Because of where I currently live, the selection at my local library is not what I wish it would be, but I would like to try to read the newer releases of books through my library (or kindle unlimited or whatever) first to see if I enjoy them or not before spending my money.
Not shame myself for not reading a certain genre, age group, etc. anymore.
Hey, what a great goal to have. I know as readers – especially ones on the internet – many of us can feel like we have to read every genre and age groups out there, but we really, really don’t. The older I’m getting, the more I’m realizing how much I want to transition out of YA reads and focus on more adult reads. I’ve noticed that a lot of people who are close to 30 or are over 30 have felt the same way. There is nothing wrong with being any age reading YA, middle grade, elementary, etc. But I’m also at a point where I want to read more experiences from people who are in their 20s or in their 30s doing stuff, you know?
Blog related: I’d like to try to keep this blog alive and post at least once a week.
I’ve had this blog since 2014, and so it’s been a long time of talking about books and other things along the way. As a way to renew this place, I’m going to be focusing solely on reading material, but I’ll probably talk more about other things I’ve been enjoying in wrap-up style posts (such as video games, TV shows, etc.). Again, I’m not going to condemn myself if I decide to just stop blogging all together. The amount of energy for doing much of this hasn’t come back yet, but we’ll see what happens.
I believe those are all of the bookish, blog, and reading goals I have for this year (and into the future). Even though I’m a bit late, I hope you enjoy coming along with me through my reading journey.
Tell me what one of your goals for this year is. It doesn’t have to be reading related if you don’t want it to be.