I know some people are against New Years’ Resolutions, but I actually really enjoy goal-setting at the beginning of the year. Is anyone else the same? The new year is a great time to think about what you have been enjoying, what you’d like to do more of, and even what you’d like to do less. I’ve made quite a few goals for this year, and several of them concern reading and bookstagram. I also find that writing them down helps to keep yourself accountable (and makes sure I don’t forget any!).
Read 100 Books
Quantity isn’t everything, and although I think this is an ambitious goal, I think it should be possible. I won’t be stressing out about it though, and it’s not all about the numbers. The main aim of this goal is to ensure I am prioritising reading over, say, endlessly scrolling on instagram and twitter, refreshing my feed on loop instead of picking up my current read!
Cut My Physical TBR in Half
Since entering the wonderful world of bookstagram, the number of new books I have been exposed to has dramatically increased, and has directly correlated with the number of books I’ve been buying. On top of that, I have discovered the amazingness (is that a word?) of charity shops, and have found many absolute bargains! This means my physical TBR has entered worryingly high double figures, and if I carry on in 2020 as I have in 2019, that number will only grow! So I am committing to reading as much as possible, and resisting the urge to buy more books, particularly new ones (how could I resist 50p books in brand new condition?!).
Be Selective About Accepting Review Copies
Following on from my previous goal, I need to be a bit more selective about the books I request and accept to review. I am very grateful to have been able to receive some wonderful books from several publishers, and I am always so honoured whenever an author contacts me that I find it difficult to say no. Not to mention Netgalley! But it has meant neglecting my TBR in favour of review books, and led to feeling a little overwhelmed by all the unread books! This year, I need to ensure I only accept books that I really, really want to read, and to not get overexcited about the prospect of receiving so many wonderful books!
Read a Graphic Novel
The next couple of goals all concern widening the genres and styles I read, and the one I am most excited for is reading more graphic novels. The ones I’ve seen have such beautiful artwork, and I have my eye on quite a few! I only own one though – The Handmaid’s Tale – and I am really looking forward to reading this book in graphic novel form.
Read More Middle Grade
Another genre I’d really like to read more of is middle grade. I have seen some series and standalone books recommended on bookstagram and booktube, and would really like to read some. I recently bought The Girl Who Speaks Bear and the first in the Nevermoor series using some vouchers I received for Christmas, and I will hopefully read them early this year. I am hoping they will be quick and fun reads whenever I’m in the mood for something lighter.
Did you set any reading goals for 2020? What are they?