Hola folks, and Happy New Year!
Hope this year has started out well for you guys. It sure has brought a lot of positivity for me, just hoping that it sticks through this year.
Since this is my first post of 2017, I thought it would be appropriate for it to be a ‘goals’ post.
Even though I am planning to do away with yearly goals in most areas of my life, and stick to quarterly ones – my reading life is the one area where yearly goals make sense, and work well for me.
So without further ado, let’s get on with it.
Read 35 Books – This obviously is the customary number goal. I had set a goal of 30 books last year and read 39, so I guess reading 35 books is a safe goal for this year. Someday I would like to set (and reach) a goal of reading 50 books a year. That I believe would be my ultimate ideal.
I don’t ever even dream of reading 100 or 150 plus books a year, because that’s just unrealistic for me, and if I do that, I don’t think I will be able to enjoy the reading experience as much, as I am prone to book hangovers, and need the breathing space to obsess over a favorite book, or mourn the death of fictional characters..so you see!
Finish the Bingo for 2016 – A lot of people have asked me why I am not doing the Bookish Bingo for 2017. Honestly, there are two main reasons for that. The first one being that over the years, I have realized that I don’t like starting new projects, if I have unfinished business I need to tend to. So without completing Bingo 2016, I couldn’t bring myself to even draft Bingo 2017.
And secondly, more importantly, I am just in a different head-space this year. Mostly because, I analyzed my reading life over 2016 (which by the way was a great reading year for me), and while evaluating it – I have noticed certain patterns – some of which are great, but some not so much. So this time I have tailor-made some of my goals (namely goals #3, #4, #5) to address the areas that I am slacking in, but are still important to me.
Having said that, Bingo was too fun to be just a one year wonder, so I am definitely bringing it back for another year, hopefully 2018, and hopefully after I have completed all 5 of my goals for 2017.
Complete 3 book series start to finish – If you have been a reader of this blog for long, you know about my love affair with book series’. There are very few things that I love more than escaping to another world while marathoning a series. But the flip side of this is that, I can never NOT marathon them. I need all the books to be out/published, and I need to read them back to back. No exceptions. So there are times when I just don’t pick books in a series, because I feel intimidated by the commitment to so many books at one go.
Which is why, I have made reading series’ a goal of mine for 2017. I feel like this would give me the perfect excuse to read series’ guilt/intimidation free. I know this might sound a little convoluted and crazy , but trust me, it makes perfect sense in my head, and that’s what truly matters, right? Right?
Now there are many series’ on my wishlist, but I feel the most intimidating among them are Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Percy Jackson & The Olympians by Rick Riordan and The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I would be overjoyed to knock out even one out of these three this year. But that is just wishful thinking, not a compulsion for marking this goal complete.
Read My Own Damn Books – There used to be a time, when I bought books and read them right away. That time used to be a long time ago. These days, more often than not – I buy books and they promptly find their new home on my bookshelf, but then for the most part, we ignore each other, and move on with our lives. Sad, sad state of affairs.
So after what seems like ages of lurking through other people’s posts about #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks Challenge by Andi, I have finally decided to dive in and take it on myself.
In all, I have 19 unread books on my physical TBR pile, and 5 unread books on my Kindle. I know that it might sound like a ridiculously low number to some, but for me it’s huge. Because like I said, I have always been a Zero TBR kind of person. So the goal here is to get my TBR to 5 books, if not to the elusive Zero TBR, by the end of 2017. I think it’s doable, but then I am ever the optimist, especially when it comes to me.
Participate in the community through Readathons and Buddy Reads – This is something that has always on my wishlist, but I always end up slacking here, thanks to life. But life is going to happen anyway, and how much can we procrastinate the things that we really want to do? Okay well I can — indefinitely. But the thing is that I don’t want to anymore. So I am taking the bull by the horns, so to speak, and making this a priority, and planning for it in advance, so that when life happens, it doesn’t blow out all my well meaning plans.
I already have a few buddy reads lined up, and as far as the readathons go, these are the ones that I am really interested in – Dewey’s 24 hours , AuthorAThon, BorrowAThon, Diversathon & OwnVoices October Readathon. Hopefully I will be to get to most of them, if not all of them. Fingers crossed.
That’s all from my end folks. Have you guys set goals for 2017? Reading or just general life goals? Do share. I would love to hear them.