I absolutely love the first day of a new year. I am an extremely organized and goal oriented person, and that first crisp winter day feels like a world of possibilities are on the horizon. I have a common theme among all of the goals I set for myself: I like to challenge myself but still be realistic. I wouldn’t classify myself as an over-achiever, but I do like to feel successful and accomplished and my goals will reflect that!
But this is a book blog, so I will move on towards my bookish goals for the year 2021. And I just have to mention that it felt great to write that. 2021. Thank goodness! Without further ado: here are some book related goals I have for myself in what I hope will be a much better year than 2020.
Let’s Talk Numbers: The easiest goal to set is the number of books I want to read in the year. A few years ago I set a goal of 100 books and achieved it. The next year, I set my goal at 101. My thoughts were that I wanted to achieve more than I had the previous year, but let’s be real, setting it a lot higher like 125 or 150 is just too high. I do have a full time job and a family after all, and there will eventually be a limit as to how many books I can feasibly read in a year, so I thought, “Why not just increase by one each year?”. So my numbers goal for 2021 is: 103. One more than last year.
Slow Down: This one is a little easier said than done. I love reading, and since starting my Instagram page and this blog, I read more than ever before and I love it! And I realized that keeping up with these pages adds a little pressure to my reading life. Not a lot, not uncomfortable, but enough to encourage me to keep reading and make sure I read everyday. The result of that pressure, however, is the reading of a ton of books! And don’t all readers have those moments where they wish they could read all the books all the time!? I really do want to read ALL. THE. BOOKS. But with that being said, I don’t want to race too fast through my books and instead want to slow down, just a little. It is completely reasonable to take a week to read a book and I need to remind myself that when I start to stress that I have been reading a book for three days and am only halfway through.
Read One Book At A Time: Ok, this one might seem silly to some of you who never even considered reading more than one book at a time. But, when you want to read all the books, like I do, sometimes you are dying to pick up your next read before your current read is even finished! I had moments in 2020 where I was in the middle of as many as six books. That’s just silly. I really want to pull back on that and (try) to read only one book at a time, at least for the majority of the year.
Authors and Specifics: My last goal involves some specific books and authors that I want to read. Last year, I wanted to read all of Karin Slaughter’s backlist, both the Grant County and Will Trent series. I made it only through the Grant County series, so this year I will continue with Will Trent. I would also like to read my first Lee Child book. He is such a well renown crime fiction author and I have never read anything he has written, so this year I will change that.
That’s all folks. Simple, right. We shall see what this year brings, hopefully some positivity, some joy, and lots and lots of reading. Happy New Year friends!