Hey all! 😎
I wanted to share my goals and resolutions for next year. Here’s the thing, I usually don’t set life resolutions– I just let them drop, but this time around I think I’ll be trying to also write them down and place them somewhere I’ll notice them often. My life needs a positive change this year. And as for reading goals/challenges… well, I dropped them in 2019. I think I made a few too specific, put too much stress on doing too much, and I’m also blaming my lifestyle for losing my motivation to work on the goals — I’ll do a wrap up of my 2019 challenges in another post.
Truly, I didn’t think I’d do a post on my reading goals or give myself any challenges for the year, but I like giving myself some direction and since my 2020 reading log is so detailed, I need a reason for it all, right? 😁
For my 2019 post I wrote:
In conclusion: These are totally my reading challenges, BUT I’m not going to stress about them. They are there to guide my reading and help me, but if I don’t finish I’m not going to feel horrible. I’m also not going to force myself to finish a book just to complete a challenge/prompt.
I forgot this, but this year I won’t. I need less anxiety about reading since it is something I do for fun!
General Reading Goals
- Goodreads Reading Challenge
2017 my goal was to read 150 books — I read 339
2018 my goal was to read 200 books — I read 515
2019 my goal was to read 250 books — I’ve so far read over 600…
Right off the bat in 2020 I’ll be moving and starting a new job. I’ll also be closer to family, so I don’t think I’ll have as much to read. Therefore, in 2020 my goal is to read 325 books — a number I feel comfortable hitting without much effort. One challenge I don’t have to worry about.
- Read More MG & YA
I want at least a third of my reading to be YA & MG books. This is for work, true, but some of my favorite books of the 2019 were YA and it is a bummer I missed out on some great books.
- Read more Diverse books
2019 I first started tracking this. I wanted to do better. I did… horrible, but I know it was better than I had any year before. Now that I know where I’m starting from I can assign myself numbers. The goal is to have 40% of my books be diverse in some way — this means POC main characters, non-straight characters, characters with disabilities, etc. I also want at least 20% of my books to be #OwnVoices.
I need to be more conscious of my reading. There is no excuse.
- Listen to more audiobooks
I dropped audiobooks in 2019. The problem is I like listening to music too. I never regret listening to audiobooks, I just need to start them instead of clicking on Spotify haha. Look, I’ll be happy if I listen to 10 audiobooks. That’s a drop in the water for me, but it is enough.
- PopSugar & Read Harder Challenges
Yeah, I like doing these. I’m using them more as guidelines and help with picking books. I’m not stressing about completing them, I’m more interested in seeing how many prompts I complete without really trying. To give this a # to make more challenge like, I’d like to complete at least half the prompts.
- Write up my reviews quicker & better
This means designating time during the week to writing reviews. Yes, I read a lot, but I can still read a ton and spare time for writing reviews. The super goal is to have less than 30 books at a time that need reviews, but I’ll be happy to if the books needing reviews have only been on that shelf less than a month.
I also want to take notes while I read, this way my reviews will be more detailed AND I can start adding cw/tw to my reviews.
- Be better with my ARCs
I did a lot better in 2019 with not picking books up willy nilly. I want to keep this up AND I want to be quicker with reviewing them. I want to review these within a week of reading them!
- Improve blogging
This is another part of getting my reviews under control. I’ve gone a few months where I posted less than 5 reviews… not cool at all. So more book review posts.
Look, the reason I started this blog is because “I want to share my love of books and converse with other book lovers about books and stories.” <– I pulled this directly from my first ever post on May 2016. I don’t care about the number of followers I have– I love you all and I’m glad you’re here, that isn’t what I mean, I don’t care if this number increases or decreases, the number isn’t important, it is the interaction. I’m here to share my love and be excited for others about their awesome times reading, or even reading-adjacent activities. So, I plan on commenting more and being quicker on replying.
- Visit a doctor & dentist
I haven’t been to a health professional in over 2 years. I should get a check up, teeth cleaned, etc. I’ve been lazy and anxious about going to see these people for the first time in this new place. I don’t understand how doctors outside of Kaiser work because that is all I knew in California and every time I think about calling them I start to feel like throwing up and tense and I just can’t. And this feeling leads me to my next point…
- Schedule time to see a therapist
Yeah…. yeah… obviously, I need help. This year, especially these past few months, has been brutal on my anxiety. I’ve never seen a therapist before for it and some of the things I’ve been thinking and doing lately have made me realize I need to go.
- Travel//Go Outside
Okay, fun things. I miss doing things. I don’t have money, but this is just something I need. It is hard since my dog has separation anxiety, but I need to get out of the house more. I want to see and do new things. We are moving closer to family, which should help us at least leave our place more…hopefully.
The dream goal?? What I really want to do? Visit my friend in Michigan and potentially do a weekend trip in Canada! I’ve never been, but really want to go.
- Exercise more
Not only is this something I think will help my anxiety, it will help my health. I don’t feel good and I know if I start exercising and eating better it’ll help.
- Get on a schedule
Schedules and to-do lists help me so much. I need to follow them and get on routine. Exercise, walk the dog every morning, clean some way every day, do some blogging, call home every month, etc. I need to create better habits!
Phew, okay that is a lot, but it seems manageable?? Here is hoping for the best!
I’m impressed if you read all of that! Thanks for sticking with me hahaha.