Those of you who have been with me for a while will know I haven’t done too well with my bookish goals for the last couple of years (2014 and 2015) but that hasn’t stopped me from having some new goals for this year. I feel the need to be clear though…these are not the kind of goals that make me feel wretched if I don’t reach them. I think of them more as a gentle motivator to prompt me to stop wasting time, to help me out of reading ruts or to remind me of the things I think are important (like supporting local bookstores even when it costs me). But I have cut down on my goals this year. I’m don’t, for example, have a specific goal about reading things other than crime fiction. If it happens, great; if not, so be it.
Once again I’m helping to co-host the Australian Women Writers Challenge and will also be a participant. I’m aiming to read 25 books and review at least 20 of them this year. There is also a bingo card for this year’s challenge and I will attempt to play.
In what is turning out to be a very languid virtual journey around America for the Reading USA fiction challenge I’m aiming to read 6 books by new (to me) authors set in different states during the year. I should at least get into double digits (I’m currently at 8 states visited after two years).
To aid my continued dabbling into the older books my favoured genre has to offer I’ll aim to participate in at least 6 of the monthly classic crime reading challenges hosted by Past Offences (where each month participants read a book published in the nominated year). For January the year is 2015 and I have already started reading my selection so I’m off to a flying start with this one.
My mountain of TBR books is smaller than it has been in many years (145) but mostly because I decluttered a lot of them thanks to the magic book I read last year not because I actually read them. This year the goal is to get the TBR (all formats) to less than 100 by the end of the year, either by reading them or further decluttering. No human needs more than a year’s worth of reading material to hand when they have a perfectly wonderful library and bookstore within walking distance of their front door.
I don’t buy many books these days but once again I’m planning that those I do buy are from Australian stores. This does include eBooks but I give myself an exemption for downloadable audio titles as these are not readily available here.
I am not going to read a single book with Girl in the title. Screw the marketing people and everyone else jumping on this bandwagon.
What about you? Any reading or book-related goals for this year? Any secrets for achieving success once you’ve set goals?