We are officially less than a month away from this dumpster fire of a year being over with. And then we can forget it ever happened. But, for now, we do still have pretty much all of December to get through. Since my reading year hasn’t been great I thought I’d sit down and think about what exactly I would like to accomplish before the end of the year.
In case you missed it, I basically threw out my original reading goals halfway through the year. They were turning out to be super stressful in this mess of a year, and I also had a few regrets with both being too overambitious and what I put on my many, many reading lists. So, instead of killing myself trying to finish everything, I decided to give myself a fresh start. Which didn’t exactly work out, either. And here we are.
Basically, I have discovered that I do like having some sort of structure to my reading plans. It prevents a lot of the sitting around staring at piles of books, decided what to read instead of actually reading. So, in an effort to actually read something this month, I decided to set myself some goals. Hopefully they help.
Read something fun
I really want to read a fun book this month. Something purely entertaining that makes me happy. I have a feeling this might end up being a romance, but we’ll see what I’m in the mood for. Could be a comedy or a comedic memoir. But probably a romance. I think I’m going to end up going with Take a Hint, Dani Brown, but I’m open to suggestions because I honestly have no idea what will catch my attention. I haven’t read much lately, so this needs to be something that will pull me back into reading.
At least attempt to finish the last of my five-star predictions
At the end of last year, I published my second round of five-star predictions. And I have just one of them left! Honestly, I do still think I’m going to love it, and I really want to read it, but I know it’s a sad one. So, I’m going to attempt it, but if it puts me in a weird headspace, I won’t be too upset if it has to wait until January.
Ignore all of the unfinished books and projects
I started this year on a hopeful foot. It was a new year and a new decade and it was going to be awesome! And then… well, 2020 happened. Things didn’t go as planned. I didn’t finish all the books I started or read everything I wanted to for all of my secret TBR projects. But I’m giving myself a pass, because this year has sucked and I deserve a break. Instead of forcing myself to finish everything in a month, I’m choosing to ignore it. As much as I would like to go into 2021 with a clean slate, it’s just not going to happen, and I’m making peace with that (or trying to).
The one book I left partially read (and only put down because my book club was being dumb) that I might still try to finish is Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. Because I was really enjoying it, and I’ve given up on my book club finishing it. If I’m feeling historical fiction this month, that might happen. But the rest of them can all wait.
Listen to an audiobook
I’ve listened to a decent number of audiobooks, but not really as many as I’d like. And it’s kind of been a while since I legitimately enjoyed one. This month, I want to relax and just listen to a good book. I am planning on probably re-listening to Neverwhere, but I might also explore something new. Hopefully I will end up listening to more than one, but I’m trying to keep my goals simple this month.
Read one nonfiction book
I do still want to read a nonfiction book this month, though I want to keep it short and fun (or at least really interesting). This might go along perfectly with my audiobook goal, because I recently picked up quite a few short, interesting nonfiction audiobooks. So far, I’m leaning towards Unf*ck Your Brain by Faith G. Harper, not just because it’s really short, but also because I’ve had a not great mental health year and it would be awesome to go into next year with some better strategies on dealing with that. But I’ve also been itching to pick up a cool science book, so who knows what I’ll end up reading.
Try to read every day
I know this is kind of ambitious given my current reading habits, but I want to see if I can do this without going crazy (because I am also planning on publishing a blog post every day, and that’s already a lot). Even if I listen to just twenty minutes of an audiobook or read one or two chapters, I want to try and get into the habit of choosing to read more, if not every day. I know this probably isn’t totally realistic, but maybe having this goal will be an incentive to create better reading habits.
Relax and enjoy reading without putting any sort of pressure on myself
This is really my ultimate goal. Even though there have been some really great books that I’ve enjoyed this year, I kind of fell out of love with reading. Life just got in the way, and I wasn’t enjoying books as much as I used to. It’s something I’m really not happy about and I want to fix it. Reading has always been something I love, something that is a massive part of my life, and I want that back.
So, as 2020 comes to an end (finally), I just want to read, without putting pressure on myself to do it a certain way. Who knows, maybe I have to reevaluate and update my relationship with reading. But I need to find that missing piece and go forward in a better way. So, even if I absolutely fail at every single other goal on this list, this one is my priority. Hopefully I can spent this next month getting back what it feels like I kind of lost this year, and head into 2021 in a better headspace.
I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe found some useful ideas for yourself as we head into this final month of the year! I’d love to hear from you – are there any reading goals you have for this month? Anything you absolutely want to achieve before next year?