What are your reading goals for 2018?
I know we’re already a month into 2018 (I was suppose to post this in January), but I still wanted to discuss my reading goals for this year with you – and who knows, we might have some of the same ones.
After failing to complete most of my reading goals for last year, I decided not to plan out any concrete ones for 2018. Of course I still want to make a dent in my TBR pile, but I don’t want to stress myself out if I can’t complete a goal or read a certain number of books. Instead, I want to go for a more ‘relaxed’ style of reading, so here are my reading goals I for 2018:
Read (at least) 12 books
I aim to read at least one book a month – the reason for this is because I don’t want to feel like I’m constantly behind other readers. Sometimes pressuring myself to read a certain number of books, for the month or year, puts me in a reading slump which all readers know is dreadful thing. Hence, this year I don’t want to worry about the quantity of books I read, but rather the quality of the book. I want to ask myself more questions like: Does reading this book make me happy? Did I learn or take something from reading it? As the saying goes,
Life’s too short to read bad books and drink bad coffee.
Read More Diverse
As a woman of colour, I want to read as diversely as possible. The world contains more than one single story and some voices aren’t being heard. I want to learn about different cultures, backgrounds – I want to read in as many diverse perspectives as I can. Books mirror the lives of the readers, and when I started to read more diversely I connected to the stories better and that made me enjoy reading them even more. Last year I read quite a few diverse books, but this year I want to double the diverse books I read and to read books by written by people of colour.
Read More Classics
A goal I make every year, but find very difficult to keep is reading classics. Don’t get me wrong, all the classics I’ve read so far, I’ve loved. But when it comes to classics, it’s the language and the style of writing at the beginning that puts me off from really getting into reading it – well at least that’s the issue for me. Therefore, this year to keep me from dozing off while reading classics I intend to not read them by myself – I’ll be doing buddy reads throughout the year to keep me accountable.
Listen to Audiobooks
When I was in university, I used to do most of my reading via audiobooks when I was on my commute or doing chores around the house. Since I’ve graduated, I have not been listening to audiobooks that often but no more – this year I plan on listening to at least 1-2 audiobooks a month. I do enjoy reading physical & eBooks as well, but I find that you can utilize your time more efficiently when adding audiobooks to the mix. Anyone else feel this way?
Broaden Reading Scope
One of my biggest reading problems is that I tend to stick to the same genres a lot. I can’t help it – I love my fantasy, historical fiction and true crime reads. Nevertheless, this year I want to my reading to be memorable, I want to minimize the number of forgettable books and increase reading books that have an impact on my life. I plan on getting out of my comfort zone and reading genres that I usually wouldn’t pick up like:
-Non-fiction & Memoirs
What did you think of my reading goals? Did we have any similar ones? Let me know in the comments!