Yes, I know it’s February already, but it’s never too late to set goals, right? Every January since I started using Goodreads, I have set a reading goal for myself. Lately, I’ve realized that I don’t like setting numerical reading goals because I feel they’re too strict and limiting. I really don’t like the pressure associated with it when I can’t keep up, especially since I have been struggling to read at the same pace I used to.
Instead, this year, I want to make a reading goal for types of books I want to read without any quantity associated with it. Meaning, rather than picking up every book I can get my hands on and then feeling guilty when I crash and can’t keep up with my reading, I’m going to focus on categories of books that are of particular interest to me.
So in 2021, I would like to focus my reading on the following 5 reading goals…
1. Instagram Authors: The #writerscommunity on Instagram is something I deeply cherish, and I’ve talked before about how integral they have been to my growth as an author. However, I haven’t read the books of every author I follow–in fact, I think I haven’t read most of the authors I follow! I want to change this and read books by the authors I love interacting with and supporting instead of only sharing writing tips and struggles on social media.
2. ARCs & Giveaways: When I was a librarian, I discovered websites like Edelweiss that offer digital ARCs. Since then, I have a bad habit of requesting books that sound so interesting and I want to read, but I’m horrible about following through and actually reading and reviewing the book. This goes with books I’ve won in a Goodreads giveaway, too. It’s so important to me to follow through and support these authors, so I want to actually read (AND review!) some of the ARCs and giveaway books I have collecting dust on my shelves–both literal and figurative.
3. Brandon Sanderson: I love this man’s writing. Unless you’re new to my blog or Instagram, you know by now how much I appreciate not only his books but also his transparency about his personal writing process and willingness to share what he knows and help authors build the skillset to become better writers. It was because he is so transparent and posted his outline for Skyward on his website that I was able to learn how to effectively outline a book. I wouldn’t be the writer I have grown to today if not for Sanderson, so I want to keep reading and learning from everything he puts out there.
4. Books on Writing: Growing my craft of writing is one of my passions, and I want to learn as much as there is to know about writing. Hands-on experience is essential to growing, but I’m a firm believer that it can only get you so far in becoming a true writing master and that learning from others is equally as important. I love words and stories and don’t want to just write one style or genre but to write many. To do that, I want to build off the expertise of those who went before me.
5. Space and Astronomy: My love for space has definitely fueled my love for anything science-fiction. Some of my favorite movies are about the astronauts and scientists who have made it their life work to study the universe, and I find stargazing and telescopes relaxing and therapeutic. I’m tired of wishing I knew more about it, so I’m going to stop wishing and start doing!
So those are all the types of books I want to read this year! My only numeric goal is to read at least 12 books total–just one book a month–which is a goal so small compared to what I usually read that it doesn’t feel like any sort of pressure while still encouraging myself to read at least a book a month, which I need for my mental health.
What are your reading goals for this year? Do you like to set an ambitious number or focus on a more specific, topical goal? Let me know in the comments!