Hello, everyone! I’m Caroline! For my first post, I want to share my reading goals for the new year. I’ve thought a lot about what I accomplished in 2019, and how I want to keep growing in 2020!
Read 75 Books
It’s so difficult for me to choose a number of books to read that is challenging but still attainable. In the past few years, I’ve had some really great reading years (90 books in 2017!) and some not so great (25 books in 2018). Based on this, my 2019 goal was to read 30 books to help me rediscover my love of reading without the pressure to read a ton. Well, I ended up finishing 75 books in 2019, so I know I can do it again in 2020. I would love to read 100 books this year, but I don’t need to put that kind of pressure on myself by making that my official goal.
Explore More Genres
My favorite genres are YA fantasy and thrillers, with a sprinkling of sci-fi, and my 2019 reading reflects those preferences because my goal was to fall back in love with reading. Toward the end of the year, I started branching out a bit. I read a couple horror and paranormal books around Halloween. I discovered the joys of the contemporary romance genres. I used to love poetry, but I haven’t read any in awhile. Of course I’ll be reading lots of fantasy and thrillers this year, but I’m going to mix it up and stop judging books by their genre.
Buy Fewer Books
My shelf situation is out of control. I got 16 new books in December alone (most of those were gifts, but still). I need to read what I own before I buy more books, and make sure I’m only buying books I will love. I’m not giving up my BOTM subscription, but I’m avoiding add-ons. I can take advantage of my local library when I really want to read a book I don’t already own. I know I will buy some new releases by favorite authors and books in series I’m reading, but for the most part I will shop my own shelves.
Finish More Series
In 2019, I started a lot more series than I finished. I discovered so many amazing new worlds, but got very little closure. I recently made a list of all my series in progress, and it’s ridiculous. I’m planning a future blog post to share the series I want to finish in 2020, but I don’t think I can make it through ALL my unfinished series in a year. What I do know is that I don’t need to start any new series until I finish what I’ve started.
It’s so easy to get caught up in new releases and the overwhelming number of unread books out there that we neglect our old favorites. This is a mistake. Those are the books that made us fall in love with reading in the first place, and why we keep on reading. I’ve worried that rereading an old book will take time away from reading something new. Oh, well. My favorite books are a part of me, and it’s important to make time to revisit my favorite characters and worlds. Audiobooks are a great compromise to make time for old books while still keeping up with the new, but I want to make time for a few physical rereads this year too.
Read At Least 2 Classics
I did not read any classics in 2019. In fact, the last time I read a classic was 2017. I don’t think that readers have to read a lot of classics to be “good readers,” but I’m also an English teacher, so I feel like it’s time. Classics tend to be slower reads for me, but I think one every six months is manageable.
Read 1 Graphic Novel Each Month
I started teaching a Comic Book elective this year, but I am far from an expert on the subject matter. Since graphic novels are quick reads, it shouldn’t be too hard to fit in one each month.
Grow My Blog & Bookstagram
Starting this blog is the first step to reaching one of my biggest goals for the year! I’ve wanted to start a blog for YEARS but I never could decide if I wanted to start a crafting blog or a beauty & fashion blog or a TV & film blog or WHAT. But last year bookstagram reminded me that my #1 love always has been and always will be books, and starting a blog felt like the next step. Instagram has been a great creative outlet, but I need a writing outlet too.
This blog is still a work in progress. It is not yet everything I want it to be. I don’t even know everything I want it to be. But that’s okay. It is DAY ONE. I’ve got plenty of time to figure it out, and I’m so happy you are here on this journey with me!
What are your reading goals for 2020? Let me know in the comments!