Let’s talk reading goals!
I admit that I’m a bit of a slacker when it comes to New Year’s goals. I don’t choose a word for the year, though I think the idea of doing so is lovely. And I don’t make any resolutions. If I did they’d probably be along the lines of, ‘Don’t wear yoga clothes four days a week.’ ‘Spend less time procrastinating writing and more time actually writing.’ <But procrastination is so much fun!> ‘Sleep more’. ‘Investigate the existence of calorie-free chocolate.’
When I saw this reading challenge posted on Bethany House’s fiction blog, however, it piqued my interest. Reading goals! Now that’s the sort of new year’s challenge that I can get behind.
I love that the categories are so varied. In order to fulfill all sixteen of the above, I’d need to step outside of my usual reading genres and try new things. Which would probably be good for my creativity. Also, it might be fun to become a sleuth in order to find books that meet some of the parameters. A character that has hazel eyes like mine? Huh. Or a book with a Christmas scene?
Lots of readers set a goal at the outset of a new year regarding how many books they’d like to read. Are you a Goodreads user? There, you can easily input the number of books you’re aiming to read. I just checked and it looks as if more than 500 thousand readers have already done just that for 2015! As you list the books you read throughout the year, Goodreads keeps a running tally on your nearness to your goal.
Two of my readers, who’re friends, are sharing the same reading challenge this year. Categories in their challenge include, ‘A book set in the future’ and ‘A book with a color in the title.’ They’re keeping score and the one who checks off the most boxes will receive a free book at the end of the year, gifted to her by her friend. Isn’t that a cute idea? I love that they found a way to create a buddy system for books.
I know that many of you are prolific readers. Do you give yourself reading goals? If so, what are yours for this year?