We are 22 days into the new year, and I am finally getting around to writing my reading goals. This year’s goals are a bit different, but I am hoping they prove to keep me motivated to read and, most importantly, encourage my love of reading to grow further.
As some may know, I am a grad student in an online program. I will complete my program on March 12th, which means that roughly the first two and a half months of 2017 are dedicated to my Capstone and not personal interests such as reading. 2015 and 2016 were slower reading years for me because of school work and working full time. In 2016 I didn’t even set a Goodreads goal. Which brings me to the fist 2017 reading goal.
- NOT setting a Goodreads goal. It may sound crazy and even counter productive in some ways, but not setting a goal has allowed me to choose more books that I’ve been wanting to read but have put off because of length or just simply because I felt they were too much to tackle to get through and process in a quick fashion. No posted goal where I log in and the website tells me I’m behind x number of books means I don’t feel stressed about something I shouldn’t be stressed about anyway.
- Read books I already own. Between my husband and I we hover somewhere around 1,000 books in our home. While some of these are technical and DIY books my husband uses for his various interests and projects, many of them are books that should be read and loved. I spent so much time in the last few years trying to grab all the best and newest releases I learned of from BookTube videos, that my own personal collection – each that has been chosen for some reason by my husband or myself – has been falling to the back burner. This means shelves of books I haven’t read, or books that I read so long ago but don’t recall much of because I was trying to cram so many books into a year. While I won’t stop buying books all together – especially at library book sales – I won’t be purchasing like a crazy lady like I was for a while there.
- Purge the bookshelves. I’ve done several unhauls over the past few years, and I want to continue doing so. Instead of holding on to books that I won’t read again, I am going to be getting rid of them. If I loved or really enjoyed a book, then I can keep it. I want my bookshelves to tell their own story of our literary tastes, and that cannot be done with mediocre books that we won’t be picking up again or recommending to anyone.
- Don’t force myself to read anything. I get this idea in my head that if everyone loves a book I have to at least finish it. I hate to DNF a book, but sometimes it happens. Too many wonderful books to read out there in the world, no reason to stick with something that isn’t appealing to me.
And that’s about it… I think. Basically I want to enjoy reading for fun again and focus on my own shelves.
Hopefully I will be back soon with another update… but that will depend on how fast my brain goes to mush from this Capstone.