First off, I hope you had a lovely New Year’s celebration whether it was festive or simple. I spent my New Year’s Eve cozy in bed watching the film A Touch of Mink starring Doris Day and Cary Grant on Netflix. I’ve yet to meet a Doris Day film I haven’t liked and this is no exception, I totally recommend it if you haven’t seen it already!
Now, let’s move on to one of the most fun things about the new year- goals! More specifically for this post, my reading goals for 2016. Reading has become something I fall in love with more and more as the years pass. It has also become fun for me to set goals and see if I can reach them within my reading, so I have come up with a few simple goals for myslef in 2016 that I want to share with you today:
• Read 50% of my currently unread books
In 2015, I became borderline obsessed with purchasing books that I wanted to read. It was so much fun and incredibly satisfying considering ever since I was young I’ve always wanted my own personal library (a special "Thank you!" goes out to Disney’s The Beauty and the Beast for planting the early seeds of this dream). However, I began buying more books than I could read, so now I have a total of 87 books, including printed and ebooks, that I have yet to read.. Yikes! So in 2016, I want to read around 44 of my own books, because in my opinion I think it is a wonderful feeling to have a library filled with a higher proportion of books read versus unread.
• Re-read the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan
This series has a special place in my heart. I began this series when I was in middle school and it was one of the few books that I willingly read for fun at that age. I was not a big reader back then and books rarely kept my attention, but this story gripped me. Unfortunately though, I fell off the series after the 4th book, since at the time the series was not completed yet and inbetween waiting for the publication of the next books my interests moved elsewhere. I re-read the 1st book, The Ruins of Gorlan, in the spring of 2015 and was reminded of how much I loved the story and it’s characters. So I am set on completing this series in 2016!
• Read according to my mood
Last year I noticed something about myself: when I planned what I was going to be reading within a particular month, I rarely followed through with it. Often I would read the book that was on the top of that list, but then quickly move to other books outside of my scheduled program or didn't read any other books at all. This caused a few reading slumps last year, which didn’t feel great. My slumps were a weird feeling of wanting to read, but not being in the mood for anything on my list. Kind of like when you’re hungry, but there is nothing you want to eat in your full kitchen. So in order to prevent or reduce having any reading slumps this year, I’m just going to read according to my mood a larger part of the time. I will plan on setting a goal of how many books I read in a month though. I may even have a set book or two that I want to read for a specific reason for that month, because of a read-a-thon or a buddy-read I’m participating in, but overall I’ll just go with the flow!
• Participate in a few buddy-reads
Part of what makes life worthwhile is being able to share experiences with others, so this year I’d like to share more reading experiences with my friends and potentially new friends! Being able to read and discuss a book with others is such a fun time. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to gush, vent, or work through a part of a story I recently read, but haven’t had anybody around who had the slightest clue about what I’m reading.. It’s quite sad. My hope is that this year will be the year I can share my thoughts and rollercoaster of emotions about books with others.
• Read 50 books
I don’t have much of an backstory behind wanting to read 50 books this year. I just think it would be fun to try to do! For the past two years, I've been reading seriously and tracking what I’ve read and have gradually been increasing my read count. I read 35 books last year, which is a personal record for me and I think it’d be cool to top it. You know, only by a casual 15 books.
So those are all of my reading goals for 2016. I’m already so pumped for the wonderful year of books and community ahead! I’ll be jumpstarting my reading with year by participating in the #TBRTakedown 3.0 Read-a-Thon and I’ve already posted a video all about it on my YouTube channel (and you can also find it on my videos page) if you want to know more about what that is. I’ve also started to listen to Amy Poehler's Yes Please on audiobook and it’s amazing so far! Not only because of the content, but because Amy herself is the narrator.
Now let’s chat! Do you set reading goals for yourself or do you just go with the flow? If you have any reading goals share them in the comments! I’d love to read what you’re hoping to accomplish this year. Also, if you're is interested in buddy reading with me, let me know in the comments or via social media too!
Here’s to a year filled with great stories and even greater friendships!