Hello readers! Two posts in one week? Who am I!? Someone who is avoiding folding laundry, that’s who.
Anyway, with the new year it’s time to set some new goals. As always, I want to keep these goals reasonable so that there is a chance I can actually meet them, but I also want to challenge myself.
I’m working full time as a high school teacher now, so I don’t have nearly as much time to read as I used to. When I get home from work, I am exhausted and can barely keep my eyes open. I sometimes listen to audiobooks in the car during my commute and I have some time on the weekends. I’ve been steadily increasing my goodreads goal over the past few years, but this year I am going to step it down a bit and set it at 50 books. After all, I do still have the summer off from work, so there is tons of reading time then.
Supporting Independent Bookstores:
It wasn’t a goal that I set for myself, but in 2019 I only purchased physical books from independent bookstores and used bookstores. I definitely want to keep this up. I love my local independent bookstores. They helped me out a lot with Christmas and birthday presents over the past year. I also worked on my social anxiety a lot in 2019 and bookstores provided a nice safe-feeling place to start to push myself out of my comfort zone a little bit. I joined a couple of book clubs, went to several all day events, and met a lot of authors. I want to keep supporting these bookstores in the new year. I still get a fair number of ebooks from Amazon, and I still subscribe to Audible, so I’d like to try to ease up even further on my Amazon use this year. At some point I want to switch over to Libro.fm, but I’m not sure that I’m quite ready yet (I’m still using that Audible romance package and enjoying it).
Keeping Up with the Blog:
In past years, I have set goals for myself to post once a week or twice a month or maybe even twice a week? Let’s be real, there’s no way that’s going to happen. Sometimes I just don’t have the energy or the ideas, or everything I write for a period of time is stuff I don’t feel like sharing. That’s fine. This is a hobby, so I am only going to do what I feel good about. I just want to keep posting every so often and not forget about this blog completely.
I joined a really fun book club in 2019 and I want to keep going to meetings this year. Honestly, book club is the highlight of my month, so even though I am always tired after work, I am going to make sure I go to as many meetings as possible.
Diversifying My Reading:
Some of these are genres and categories that I have already been trying to read more of, and some of these are going to be brand new to me this year. I don’t want to make any monthly goals this year because I am reading a lot fewer books each month than I used to. These numbers are rough goals for myself for the whole year, so I want to make sure to revisit them about midway through the year and see if they need adjusting.
3 self-published books
5 non-fiction books
7 adult fantasy
5 2020 releases
3 graphic novels
1 book of poetry
1 book written in French
Controlling My Book-Buying:
I don’t feel guilty about buying books when I am supporting local independent businesses that I love, but my book-buying has gotten a little bit out of control. I have absolutely no room for books, and even though chances are high that I will move out of my parent’s house somewhat soon and into my own place with more bookshelves, I also want to make sure I’m not just hoarding books, but actually reading them. My goal/limitation this year will be that I can only buy one book if I read two books I already own. Rereads don’t count, but e-books and audiobooks do. Wish me luck! I think this will be my hardest goal out of all of them.
That’s it for my 2020 bookish goals. I go back to work tomorrow, so who knows when you’ll hear from me next. Until then, happy reading!