With a new year comes a new start and a chance to reflect on
your goals. Personally, I’ve never been more excited to start a new year. For
me, 2019 was a wild ride of a year, containing both the best days of my life
thus far… and the worst. I’m grateful to have a chance to reset.
Today, I thought I would start that off by talking about my
goals for the year—well, the ones related to reading and blogging, anyway. I do
have other goals for other parts of my life, but since this is primarily a book
blog, I didn’t think it was necessary to mention them here.
Anyway, let’s get started, shall we?
I don’t have very many goals related to this blog. I know
some people like to set goals for things like blog or social media followers,
which is great for them, and it’s probably super useful for people who do this
as their job. Personally, though, I’ve never liked the idea of setting those
kinds of goals, mainly because I really don’t have any control over how many
people decide to follow me. All I can do is create content I like and hope that
other people like it too.
With that in mind, both of my blogging goals are related to
Publish at least 52
This goal is a slight reframing of my goal from last year,
which was to post once a week. I did pretty good with that for the first half
of the year or so, but then I went back to school for the fall 2019 semester,
and my time for blogging disappeared. So this year I decided to give myself a
little more leeway for those weeks where it’s just not possible to get a post
Ideally, though, I would like to post once a week, and if I
can do that on a regular schedule, that would be even better.
Write one book review
If you’ve been around for a while, you probably know that
I’m terrible about writing reviews. I did post a review not too long ago, back
in November, but the only reason that happened was because I was participating
in a blog tour.
I really want to get better about writing reviews, though.
The whole reason I started this blog in the first place was to discuss books
with other people, since I don’t have very many people in my real life who like
to read. So I’m going to do my best to review at least one book every month.
Those are all my blogging goals. I told you there weren’t
For reading, though, I actually have quite a few goals, so
let’s get into them.
Read 50 books
This is my main reading goal for the year. It’s the same as
last year’s, which, considering I failed that pretty miserably (I only read 35
books), you might be wondering why I didn’t lower it.
The thing is, I know I can do it if I just put some actual
effort into it (in 2019, I spent most of the year battling a reading slump). In
2018, my goal was to read 30 books, and I read 45—I know I can read 5 more.
Get into a daily
One of the biggest reasons why I didn’t meet my reading goal
last year was because I wasn’t making reading a priority. Especially in the
second half of the year, I would go for weeks without even glancing at a book
unless it was for school. Even when I felt like reading, I wouldn’t, for
whatever reason, and instead I’d hop on YouTube or Netflix or Disney+ and
rewatch the same stuff I’d already seen a thousand times before.
This year, I want to break that habit, so I’ve decided that
I’m going to get myself into a daily reading habit. Ideally, by the end of the
year, I will have a dedicated time every single day that I spend reading (it’ll
probably either be first thing when I wake up or right before I go sleep—or
maybe both—but I don’t know exactly when yet).
Participate in at
least 5 readathons
I love readathons. During the second half of 2019,
readathons were some of the only things that motivated me to read. I’d honestly
like to participate in as many of them as I possibly can, but I think 5 is
probably a good start.
If you have any suggestions for readathons I should try, let
me know down in the comments! I’m always looking for new ones.
My last few reading goals are about the kinds of books I
want to be reading this year.
Read 5 books by
Last year, one of my goals was to read 5 books by writers
from countries other than the US. That was an okay goal, but I didn’t really
think it through. First of all, I didn’t end up completing the goal—though that’s
not saying much, since I only completed one of the reading goals I set for
myself last year. The reason I didn’t complete it, though, was because I
realized it was poorly phrased. My intention with the goal was to encourage
myself to read more diversely—books by people of color, LGBTQ+ people, etc. Instead, though, I only successfully read 3
books that “counted” toward the goal, and two of them were Harry Potter, which
weren’t exactly the diverse books I was going for. Anyway, I changed the goal
to make it more specific.
Read 1 book in French
Some of you may know that I am a French major at my
university. I’ll most likely be reading books in French for school, but I don’t
count required readings toward my yearly reading challenges.
However, I’m set to graduate this spring, and I want to keep
improving my French after I graduate. This is one of the ways I plan on doing
that. If I could read more than just one book in French, that would be great,
but I’m setting the bar low for now.
Read 1 nonfiction
This one is self-explanatory, I think. For most of my life,
the only times I’ve read nonfiction were for classes, never really for fun. I
want to try to branch out a little this year, so I’m starting small with just
making it a goal to read one. I have no idea what I want to read though, so if
you have any recommendations for nonfiction I should read, I’d be happy to hear
Those are all I had for this post today! Let me know down in
the comments what your reading goals are this year.
Thanks for hanging out with me, everyone! I’ll see you next