Jan 9

Reading Goals for 2017

reading-goals-2017Hola 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.




  1. You have just 15 TBR books. That’s really awesome. I don’t even want to mention my embarrassing unread books count 🙁 even I am planning to reduce my TBR pile this year. Planning to go on a book buying ban too. Even I plan to finish some series this year.
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  2. I would love to be kept updated about the books you find good, Shantala. I shall be frequenting this place to know more about them. Here is wishing you luck to complete the Bookish Bingo in 2017 🙂 Please do update on your favourite movies too 🙂
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  3. If you like Percy Jackson, there’s also the Kane Chronicles by the same author. It’s based on Egyptian Mythology, and I personally find it better than Percy Jackson, all thanks to the cute, funny, sarcastic dialogues between the two main characters who are siblings 😀

    And the #ReadYourOwnDamnBooks challenge is way too interesting 😛
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  4. Yeah..lets get the pleasure back in reading instead of a race to finish. I have been doing that consciously and reduced books I take up for review. I would follow your reading journey and look out for the recommendation. Have a Happy New Year.

  5. Your goals are so systematic. You sure are one disciplined girl. I simple picked a goal of 60 and now I am dead. I downloaded a whole series of Agatha Christie and James Patterson… So lot of fast read crime tales this year. I think I need to do that readmyowndamnbooks challenge… Sigh… That story is same for all the booklovers. Wish you good luck. Btw Percy Jackson series is really nice and fast.
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  6. All the best for your reading goals, Shantala! I am sure you will surpass your own expectations. I am a very selective and slow reader these days, so I am nowhere in the vicinity of setting any number targets or anything. But reading your post I am inspired to spend more time with my physical TBR shelves 🙂
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  7. Good luck and happy reading! I don’t have a number goal but I have some author goals and such. List is in my blog. Take a peek
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  8. Hiya !
    You seem so realistic when you list out your goals 🙂 I sincerely appreciate and admire the way you say that you can’t begin something new when the old business is unfinished. It makes sense with respect to books because a piling up TBR is a permanent tension 😀 and space constraint is a bane 🙂
    Wish you good luck with your goals.
    ( If you haven’t read the Princess Trilogy yet, try it. You may like the books. )

  9. I am so impressed with you for only owning 19 unread books. I don’t have the huge piles that some book bloggers have, for sure, but a LOT of my nonfiction books are ones that I bought on impulse and never got around to reading. Way to go having only 19, and good luck on reading that pile down in 2017!
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    • Thank you so much, Jenny. I know 19 looks like a ridiculously low number, but here is some perspective – for years and years – I had either zero books on my physical TBR or possibly 3- 4, if they were a part of the series I was reading. So from there to 19, in the last two years, is a big leap for me. I don’t hope for zero TBR anymore, but at-least hope to read my current pile down as much as I can.
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  10. I so totally get you when you say book hangover!! I need breathing space too to savour and probably go back to re-read a few lin s or pages again!
    50 seems a good target but 3 books a month is the best average to work on and build from there – no big expectations so no big let downs either 😉
    I will try to get into a buddy read this year- never done it before; so will need to find someone as passionate about it as me.
    Best of luck with your reading goals!
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  11. Admirable goals and just 15 TBR books. I’m envious. Plan to read 100 books this year…let’s see.

    • 19 to be precise, and that is only counting the physical books. Which, I know, is also a relatively low number, but that is quite a lot for someone like me, who forever aims for TBR Zero. 😀

      Coming to your goals – 100 books in 2017 – that is such an impressive goal! Wishing you the very best in accomplishing all your goals in the coming year. 🙂
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  12. I am planning to read a few series too. Cliffton Chronicles from Jeffrey Archer, Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, Harry Potter Series (Re-read)… I have to Read My Own Damn Books too. LOL 😀 There are too many of them on my book shelves.
    Good luck with your reading goals, Shantala.

  13. I love reading series too – and I also read them only after I know all the books are out, so I can lose myself in them. The only exception was The Song Of Fire & Ice series – I love the books so far, eagerly waiting for the next one though!
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  14. “Read My Own Damn Books” hmmm, that’s something I should definitely commit to in 2017, but I just can’t. hahah Maybe next year ;D
    Glad to see you’ll be doing more readathons this year. They’re soo fun. Hope to see you Tweeting about #Diverseathon next week!

  15. It’s realistic reading goals for the year and I’ve set myself to read 50 books this year after failing with 40 books for the challenge of 100 last year. I am also trying to catch up with TBR that I left during the past few years. An interesting post on reading goals.

  16. This year I have decided to read as few books as possible – maybe 10, because of the same book hangover that you mentioned. I read close to 80 books last year, and that’s not counting the re-reads. So yeah, I need a palate cleanser.

    I had started off Outlander last year. It began really well, very engaging. But like you said, lengthwise, it’s a little intimidating and I kinda lost patience with it.
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    • Oh I know what you mean. I don’t have anything against big books and long series’, but the Outlander books take the big & long to a whole new level. So intimidating!

      I don’t think there is any way I can marathon that particular series, without having to pack up and migrate to Outlander land for a good part of the year. And that is a commitment I am not willing to make – yet.
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