At the beginning of the year I set a few reading/writing goals for myself, and I thought it might be fun to look back at them and see how I did:
Read more diversely. I think it’s fair to say I accomplished this. I’m too lazy to get the exact stats, but I feel like I made more of an effort to read diverse books this year, and it showed. I’m pretty happy with how I did, but I do think I could improve the number of diverse books I read next year.
Read (at least) one nonfiction book a month. Success! This has been a goal of mine for two years now, and I haven’t missed a month, which is kind of amazing. The best part is that I’ve gotten to a point where I don’t even need to think about it, I just pick up at least one nonfiction book a month on my own. And I think it definitely has improved my reading overall.
Buy fewer books. Yeah, this one is a MASSIVE FAIL. I don’t even want to count the number of books I bought this year, but it’s hundreds. I had to buy a new bookshelf. I don’t want to talk about it.
Don’t make reading stressful. I wouldn’t call this one a fail, but I could have done better. It’s something I will definitely be working on next year, because I hate making something I enjoy into something stressful.
Do more readathons. I mean, technically, I participated in more readathons than I did in 2016. But I also figured out that readathons cause more stress (see above goal), so I’m okay with it. I did really love doing The Reading Quest, though, so I will probably participate again next year.
Read in public more often. Does reading at my desk during my lunch break count? Because if it does, I did AMAZING. And if it didn’t, I think I read a few pages in the waiting room at the dentist. My goal was more to read at coffee shops, etc. and I definitely didn’t do that. But I’m not sure I care.
Write every day. EPIC FAIL. I wrote maybe twenty days this entire year. But I did start brainstorming a few projects, and I’m getting more comfortable with my own writing, so it’s a work in progress, I guess.
Did you set any reading goals this year? How did you do?