Time to look forward and make plans for the new year. I’ve already started doing so for my personal life, so now I’d like to focus on my bookish life.
I anticipate being a bit busier this year, so my reading plans will be tailored to that expectation. My Goodreads reading goal will be something manageable for me, about 40-50 books (still deciding), and I won’t participate in as many year-long reading challenges as I did last year (so goodbye to Book Riot Read Harder Challenge and Library Love Challenge.) I will also try to ignore the temptation to participate in readathons that pop up throughout the year. I kept making TBRs for them in 2018 but failed miserably at them all. I don’t want to go through that again.
So no readathons, no Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, and no Library Love Challenge (though I’ll continue to visit my library). My top-most goals will be:
to spend less
to read more of my own books
to complete some series
But here are the other stuff I plan to do:
Goodreads reading goal
I keep increasing my annual reading goal by 5 books. I know I can hit this despite being busy because 40-50 books in a year seems to be my average. (But I have my fingers crossed that I’ll surprise myself by reading double this amount.)
With those reflection posts out the way, it’s time to make plans for the new year. My hope is that it’ll be a thrifty year, reading-wise, because my plan is to mainly read more of the books I own and to buy less books. I’d like to cut the amount I spent on books last year by more than half.
Surprisingly to me, I did pretty well on my reading goals in 2017 and managed to complete 4 of the many reading challenges I participated in. Usually, I’d only successfully complete 1 or none. I’ve also been debating whether or not it makes sense for me to participate in reading challenges since I’m never an active participant in them. I do not create separate posts for updates or follow up on the hosts’ blog to state my progress or engage in conversations on Twitter about what I’m reading for the challenge and how well it’s all going. I basically just state that I’m participating then go off and do it all on my own (or not do it, which is usually the case) like the loner I am.
However, I do find it fun to state that I’m participating and make TBRs (though I never follow them) so….I’ll continue with my mad process. Speaking of which, here are the reading challenges I’ll participate in this year and the books I’ll read for them:
Now that I’m done with my reflection pieces, it’s time to look forward to new adventures in the new year. Well, new bookish adventures in the new year. For a rebel like myself, making plans and TBR lists is pointless because I never follow them. My 2016 reading reflection is evidence of this because I hardly read the books I assigned myself for that year. However, I do like to make these lists, pointless as they may be, and I plan to make a few for 2017 in this post. (We’ll see how well I do by year’s end.)
Also, like last year, I’ll assign myself books I must read by year’s end. These are books that I’m really interested in reading and I hope I will do so and not procrastinate and forget about them.
Goodreads reading goal
Last year my goal was to read 60 books/comics and I surpassed that by reading 88 books/comics but not without some trepidation in the early months of the year. So to make my reading experience less stressful for the entire year, I plan to read 40 books/comics by year’s end.
I’ll keep track of my reading and purchases by using this spreadsheet designed for booklovers who are too interested in their reading stats, like me. 🙂
Weekend Reads is a weekly discussion on a variety of topics. At the end of the post, I’ll include what I plan to read on the weekend.
This weekend’s question:
What are your reading plans for the new year?
I don’t plan ahead when it comes to my reading and blogging and if I do I only plan halfway. I hate being restricted. Of course, planning would come in handy sometimes, especially for topics for these Weekend Reads posts, but I like to make things hard for myself, obviously.
2014 Goodreads Reading Challenge
As stated in my Reflection on 2014: Life post, 2014 was about progress. Although I did not post as much in 2014 compared to 2013, my blog has greatly improved. From the annual report that WordPress has graciously put together, I’ve learned that I’ve gotten more visitors this year. My followers have also increased, which I’m glad for. This is all due to my effort to both post more and seek activities that will help me improve my blog, such as the Blogging 101 workshop and partaking in a few Daily Post activities. I was also more social, visiting and commenting on other blogs. Overall, 2014 was a great blogging year. I’m proud of myself and I’m thankful for all the support, advice, comments, and follows. 😀
Now this post is actually about books and reading (so it will be long). And despite my intention to progress in all aspects of my life, I regressed in my reading. Actually, it depends on how you look at it. According to my Goodreads Reading Challenge, I didn’t reach my goal of reading 35 books in 2014. I only made it as far as 22 books. This much is true novel-wise. However, if you were watching over my shoulder throughout much of 2014, you would have realized that I met and surpassed my reading goal with magazines.