One of my favorite things about Goodreads is getting to set reading goals. I always seem to start off good, staying ahead of schedule the first few months, then dropping off, only to catch up again midyear, then falling off again in the fall, only to scramble in December to try to catch up.
This year is no different. As of writing this, I have finished 30 of my 35 goal. If I stay on track, I think I can finish one or two more books by the end of this year.
And I am okay with that.
Yes, I would have liked to have finished with the 35 books, but I realized that with the 30 I have finished, I have already read more than I did last year. I take that as a win.
While reflecting on this, I was wondering if I should up my book goal. I decided against that, though, and will be keeping the 35 books for next year. I am hoping I can put myself on a better schedule, be possibly more selective with my books to aid in me actually wanting to read — and maybe taking advantage of those audio books and my twice a week longer commutes to aid in me meeting my goals.
On top of my wanting to finish 35 books, I also have intentions to read more physical books that I own, as well as being more thoughtful with my book purchases — both physical and eBooks. I also hope to do better with my reviews and my blogging in general. When I started this, I had plans to keep a schedule. Then I kept getting busy with work, thus putting the blog on the back burner. I am hoping that I can start finally organizing my life in a more suitable way for me where I don’t constantly feel overwhelmed, nor guilty for not getting everything done as I would like.
There is a part of me that really wants to push myself in regards to my genre choices. Modern Mrs. Darcy has put together two reading challenges — one for fun and one for growth. I am thinking about printing these off, laminating them to use for bookmarks — and so they will always be with me — so I can really attempt to push some more into different genres. I don’t necessarily want to completely finish one of these challenges but I think they could be helpful for those times where I am stuck with reading.
I need to be better about remembering that I will get into a reading rut. And I will need to get myself out of it.
How about you? Do you make personal reading challenges for yourself? Are you interested in pushing your reading habits into different genres?
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