This year, I am setting myself a few reading goals, or reading resolutions, because there are a few things I want to work on. I think it’s important to continually improve myself as a reader, and this past year I really payed attention to my weaknesses and how I think I can improve. Here are the things I want to work on this year:
Put Less Pressure on Myself
This year, I am going completely challenge free (except for the Goodreads reading challenge, of course). I am seriously considering eliminating monthly TBRs altogether (I’m keeping them for the moment because I find them helpful in keeping track of ARCs, etc. and I never really stick to them anyway), but I really just want to read whatever I want this year without all the pressure. Sure, I’ll make exceptions for ARCs – since I need to review them around their release date – and Shakespeare plays – which is a goal I set for myself and really only takes an hour or two each month, so it’s not that bad. And I still want to read one nonfiction book per month, but I’ve gotten so good about that over the past two years that I don’t even have to think about it anymore. I just don’t want to deal with trying to read more from my TBR or all the new releases or avoiding big books so I can read more shorter ones. This year, I want to relax and read what I feel like reading when I feel like reading it. Like a normal person (who doesn’t share her reading habits with the entire internet).
Stop Avoiding the Books that Scare Me
I have so many of these on my shelves (ie The Pillars of the Earth, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Les Miserables, basically everything by Ron Chernow and Edward Rutherfurd), including several I am drawn to regularly. It’s mostly due to their size, so I put them off because I know they’ll take me longer to read. Which is stupid. If it takes me a month or two to read one book, who cares? I am always reading multiple books at once, so it’s not like I’m not going to finish anything during that time. And I’ve definitely read 1000-page books in less than a week before anyway. I just need to do it.
Read More History Books
Most of the nonfiction books I read last year were memoirs, and I loved them. But I did read a few actual history books, and I’d forgotten just how much I enjoyed just absorbing history. I have plenty already on my shelves to choose from, and I just miss being a history major. Who am I kidding? I miss school. Can I go back to college please? Actually, can someone pay for me to go back to college please? No? Fine, I guess I’ll just stick with the books. (Actually I would like to read a book by one of my old professors this year, because I think that would be cool, and the head of my old history department has written quite a few that look interesting. I am SUCH a nerd.)
Stop Planning to Read Certain Books Later
I have a terrible habit of picking up a book and then deciding, “oh, this would be perfect to read in the fall”, or “I’ll have more room for it in my June TBR”, or “I should wait to read this so it counts for this reading challenge/readathon”. And ninety percent of the time, guess what happens? Yup, that book never gets read. It’s bad. This year, I am going to pick up that book and I am going to read that book. Even if it’s June and the book takes place in the snow. Because who cares? (Small exception may be made for Halloween, because that’s kind of my thing.)
Read at Home More
Over the past few months, I’ve kind of stopped reading after I get home from work, and I don’t like it. Yes, blogging takes up a decent amount of after-work time, but I mostly just watch stupid TV. It’s another bad habit I need to break. I do read nearly every day during my lunch break, and I almost always listen to an audiobook on my commute, but I think it would be a lot better for my mental health to come home and curl up with a book. Marathoning entire ID series about murderers cannot be healthy.
What are your 2018 reading goals?