This is a post like to write at the beginning of the year, because, apart from my (many) reading lists and reading challenges, I like to give myself some general goals to focus on through the year. A few of these are similar to 2016’s goals, because they’re things I want to continue working on. But I am excited for some great reading this year, and I think keeping these goals in mind will help me make the best of it!
- Read more diversely. I think this is on a lot of lists this year, because diversity, particularly in literature, has become a big issue recently. And rightly so. I tried to read diversely in 2016, but was a bit disappointed when I looked back on my reading list. Even when I was paying attention, and choosing diverse books that interested me, I think I could have done a lot better. I’m starting out this year with a readathon focused on diversity, which is an excellent way to kick off the year. I don’t want to set a concrete goal for myself, because I want to put less pressure on myself this year, but I do want to really focus on reading and reviewing diverse literature.
- Read (at least) one nonfiction book a month. I did this last year, and it was a huge success! I am so happy with how this worked out, because it forced me to read more nonfiction, and to pay attention to what kinds of books I was picking up. I really enjoy nonfiction, and I read a wide variety last year, but my tendency is to read mostly fiction. I think this goal also helped me read more diversely, because I ended up reading a lot of diverse nonfiction, which I loved!
- Buy fewer books. I’m a book sale addict, and am now drowning under piles of books. I’m pretty sure this was a goal last year and I failed. Epically. This year, I want to focus on adding books to my library that I really want there, not just because I heard someone mention them and they’re half off.
- Don’t make reading stressful. I put a lot of pressure on myself to complete challenges and read a certain number of books and put up a reviews every so often. While my Goodreads goal is set pretty high at 100, I really want to focus on reading what I feel like reading when I feel like reading it. So even though I love doing reading challenges, this year I’m just going to focus on reading what I like. The only challenges I’m participating in are Goodreads and Mount TBR, which is an incentive to read books I already own.
- Do more readathons. I generally enjoy readathons, and like the idea of reading with a community of fellow readers. Last year, I participated in a few, but it was difficult with grad school. Since I just turned in my thesis (THANK GOD), I can now spend my free time doing whatever the hell I want. And, most of the time, that’s reading. So I’d like to get out of my comfort zone a bit and have fun with more readathons this year.
- Read in public more often. I have this fantasy of a cute guy coming up to me in Starbucks and asking about my book and then we fall in love. The problem is: I never actually sit in Starbucks (or any other coffee shop) and read. I’m super introverted, and grad school has only made that worse since I’ve spent most weekends at my desk. This is a good way to get out and be more social without actually having to be that social.
- Write every day. Okay this isn’t a reading resolution per se, but whatever. I wrote a lot in grad school, but that was mostly stuff I had to turn in and now hate (like the thesis from hell). This year, I want to write more for me, and I’ve discovered that going days without writing really affects my momentum. So I want to make a conscious effort to write something every day. Even if it’s a blog post. Or two sentences of my story. I have a portable computer and a writing app on my phone, so I have no excuse.
Do you have any reading (or writing) resolutions for 2017? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear what your goals are for this year!