Changing My Routine for 2015 (and Rhyming While I’m at it!)

Changing My Routine for 2015 (and Rhyming While I'm at it!)

Changing My Routine for 2015 (and Rhyming While I'm at it!)

For the past few years, I’ve set reading goals for myself and joined several different reading challenges. I’m a goal-oriented person, and I love crossing items off of lists, so it’s hard for me to pass up things like that. However — even though I met the majority of my goals last year — I ended the year with TBR piles that seem larger than ever. This year, I’m taking a step back.

I want to make headway with the books I already have waiting for me, and keep myself from getting too distracted by all the shiny new books. I’m tired of feeling overwhelmed by all the books I still want to read and series I need to finish. In 2015, I want to focus on catching up.

My goals for reading

  • Catching up on series I’m partway through, with priority on series that are now completely published.
  • Reading standalone books I already own.
  • NOT reading any books that are series beginnings (yet).
  • NOT reading any books that don’t fit into my plan (which means I will likely be dropping out of my offline book club).

It’s true that in 2014 I did a series challenge and a standalone challenge, and I could probably take those on again. But no. I’ve noticed that I read some books purely so I can add them to a goal count or daub a square on a bingo card, and I don’t want to do that this year. This means that I’ll still be working on my unfinished challenge and bingo cards, but I won’t be going out of my way for them. This also means that I will not be participating in the Debut Author Challenge for 2015, which makes me a little sad, but it’s okay.

If, for some reason, you would like to track my progress through all of the series I’m reading, you are welcome to join me on FictFact (I love that site!). I am also working hard to make sure I tag all of my books appropriately on Goodreads, so I can track which I own, etc.

My goals for buying/requesting books

  • I will only buy books that I plan to read in 2015 (or books I’ve already read and I just want to support the author).
  • I will not request books on NetGalley or Edelweiss unless they are series continuations that I am already planning to catch up on.
  • I will only borrow books that I plan to read within the month, and that (obviously) fit my other criteria.
  • I will buy the majority of my books from my favorite local indie bookshops, and pre-order when I can.

(I will also try not to download any free/cheap ebooks unless I know for sure that I am going to READ THEM.)

How well can I stick to this plan?

Surely, there will be a few exceptions to these rules (like if there is a new book by a favorite author up on NetGalley and I just cannot wait to read it, or if I’m going to see an author at a local event and want to read their book beforehand), but I will try my best to adhere to this list.

I will probably set a Goodreads goal as well, but it will likely be even lower than before. In 2013 my goal was 60 books (5 books a month), and I met it. In 2014, my goal was 52 books (1 book a week), and I met that too. But there were times when that was a stressful task, and other times when it felt too easy.

In 2015, I plan to do things differently. My Goodreads goal will likely be even lower (say, 40 books). I might not make a monthly plan, like I’ve been doing for the past couple of years (but I will still report on my progress at the end of each month). This year, I just want to enjoy reading, and not stress myself out over any of it.

What are your reading plans and goals for 2015? Will you be changing from what you did in previous years?

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  1. I’m definitely changing bloggy/reading stuff a bit but will be completely opposite of yours. 2014 was just a ‘whatever’ year for me since I’ve been busy with life. I’ve been blogging and reading less books this year and for 2015, I want to read all of my ARCs (which was my goal this year URGHHH) and write more posts. Hopefully we both achieve our goals *fistbump*.

  2. I’m changing what I do next year and doing challenges that I think will co-inside with my personal aims already, but also ones that will encourage me to read outside of the box. I have a collection of dystopians to read and it’s my weaker genre, so I’d love to do a dystopian one, just to encourage and make me try them more. I think for me, the challenges are less of a challenge and just more like an activity to do, something that adds a little bit of fun and excitement to the year, the less challenge like they feel, the more I enjoy, simples. I hope this works for you Kelley, it I were to limit myself so much, I think I’d panic and fail, but if you feel you can do it, go for it! :)

  3. My reading goals are pretty similar to yours, I’ve got so many series that I’ve started that I’d love to get finished in 2015 before I start on any new ones, that’s pretty much my primary reading goal! I’m going to try and not focus so much on the number of books that I read this year, so long as I enjoy them, the numbers don’t really matter.

  4. I am SO WITH YOU. I’m thinking this same thing. I’m pretty certain I’ll not even do the GR reading challenge. I want this year to be less about the race and more about enjoyment. I hope I can get out of the ARC madness and requesting so much. If it follows like my Macmillan requests I’ll not do any better this next year. I have so much trouble not requesting everything. I love your idea of not borrowing things unless you are going to read it within the month. I think I’ll try to cut down on borrowed books regardless. I’ve got to get a handle on my reading. I have so many books I own that I’ve not read (Blue Lily, Lily Blue!!) I’ve got to have more time for me books. I love this post!

    • Yeah, I might just set my GR challenge really low, because I still like the convenience of the challenge itself (a quick reference to the books I’ve read this year), and stuff. But oh, I find it difficult to request books, too. I’ve decided that I’m only going to request books that go toward my goal — namely, sequels — but we’ll see how that goes, lol. And also: OMG GO READ BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE!!!

  5. This is definitely a positive change! I think I’ll be doing something similar this year. It’s so easy to be dazed by al the shiny new books, but I need to catch up with all the books I already own so bad! So I’ll try and focus to do just that! Only a couple of challenges that will help me meet my goal. I hope you do manage to stick to your list. It requires a certain degree of discipline. But I have absolute faith in you.

  6. I love the goals you’re making for 2015 :) I need to catch up with more of the series I started this year and I hope to finish all them (*cough* hopefully). I’M ALWAYS REQUEST-CRAZY IN NETGALLEY. It’s a bad habit, and now I’m filled with uninteresting books :/ Again, love your goals! Maybe I should set some reading goals for next year too ^.^ Merry Christmas!!!! <3

  7. This is my first New Year since I’ve started blogging so I chose challenges that I’ll have no trouble completing. I don’t care too much about the number of books I read, but I want to use the challenges as an opportunity to connect with other bloggers who have similar interests. I hope it’ll work! :)
    Happy holidays!

  8. Love your goals! That pretty much was my 2014. In 2015, I’m joing a challenge to try and outdo myself by 5 or 10 books, a challenge to read from my TBR, and a challenge to use my library more. Those will most likely be the only challenges I join. It coincides with some personal goals (book budgeting and such). I also don’t get to bowed up about challenges so they won’t create stress. If I make it great! If not, that’s alright too. For me they are more encouragement to meet goals rather than something I feel I HAVE to do.

  9. I joined in with a Bingo Card challenge this year and found myself really grasping at straws. I wasn’t in the mood to read any of the books on my TBR for it, so I just didn’t bother! I love the challenges that allow me to use books I was already going to read, but it’s not much fun to restrict yourself to books you didn’t even want to read much in the first place!

  10. The past few months, I’ve been moving further away from ARCs and new releases and trying to work on some of my backlist TBR… and that’s going to continue into next year. And I’m not even setting a goal for how many books because it’s just impossible to know what my life is going to be like for the majority of the year (since I’m having a baby in April). But I’m hoping to take advantage of the free time I have left… I’ll probably be pushing myself to read as much as possible once the holidays are over, and DNFing more freely so I can spend my time on books I’m really enjoying.

    Good luck sticking with your goals. Trying to minimize stress can be stressful in itself!

    • I hear you, Charleen! I’m doing something very similar. I basically set my Goodreads goal to 12 books, because I figure I’ll read at least one a month, but the books I choose to read will be from my current collection, TBR, and backlist. I’m not reading any debuts or starting any new series for a while! Good luck to you too! :)

  11. We have the same goals, Kelley. 2015 is all about catching up for me. I still have tons of unread ARCs (not really advanced now, huh?) from 2014 that I intend to read in 2015. So my goal is basically to stop requesting, minimize my purchases, and stop joining blog tours. I have enough books for 2015 as it is, I don’t know why I keep creating my own problems. So this is a really great reminder to keep things in order, Kelley. :)

  12. I wish I didn’t buy so many books, but I just can’t help it. It’s somewhat of a coping method for me. It keeps me from getting depressed, since I get a bit of ppd after each kid.

    I do like your plan for the year though :) I’m going to set myself a Goodreads goal, but that’s it. Because I like to at least aim for a number. I haven’t reach my goal for this year yet.. 4 books to go. I can do it.. right?! I need to get reading again.

  13. I read this on my email yesterday but had no time to comment. Kelley, you are leaving us? Boo!
    I’m not joining any challenges this year as I too want less stress in my reading. And I plan on less arc’s but I also love arc’s so we’ll just have to see how that goes. Good luck with your plans, you can do it!

  14. I hope all goes to plan! Catching up is such a good idea, and honestly where I am heading right now. I’m cheering for you and your relaxed plan. :D

    I made my GR challenge number, but failed at the other ones I tried to tackle — particularly new authors challenge because they aren’t always at the library and I don’t want to commit to an unknown. I learned basically that I read what i want, when I want, so I shouldn’t try to stick myself into too many boxes. And I have a few Netgalley books that I really need to get to that don’t fall into my most comfortable category and that is why I have been pushing them off!

  15. I WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK! I’ve kind of been requesting too many books off NG, but I’ve also been really picky about it. And yeah, I definitely say don’t buy a book unless you’re planning to read it now, UNLESS THERE’S A HUGE SALE GOING ON WHICH ENDS UP BEING A PROBLEM. I have books from sales that I still haven’t read yet.

    Anyways, GOOD LUCK. I think it’s a good idea to settle back and catch up on things that you ACTUALLY WANT to read rather than books that fulfil challenges

    • Hahaha! You want to hear something crazy? Whenever I buy a book online, I always want to get a few, you know… but lately I’ve been having trouble thinking of any books to add to my order! O_O It’s insane! But I think it’s partly because I’m being more realistic about how many books I can read and which books I really WANT to read, which is a good thing. And GOOD LUCK to you too, Valerie! :)

  16. My plans for 2015 are quite similar, Kelley! I want to read what I already have, and am definitely staying away from series unless I already own them. I *really* want to clear out my Kindle and raise my NetGalley rating. My focus next year will be on the massive TBR mountains I have acquired physically and digitally.

  17. I stopped participating in challenges in 2014 because, like you, I felt like I was reading just to have something to add to that challenge. If I don’t complete them (like Goodreads!) I get so bummed out :( I will set up a realistic goal this year in Goodreads, but that’s it!

    I am really bad with requesting and buying books that I don’t read later, I try not to do that, but somehow I always manage to do it over and over!

    • It’s funny how we have to like… fail at a challenge or read a book we don’t want to, just for the challenge, to make us realize that we should just not take on so many challenges in the first place! I find it’s easy for me to NOT request books if I just avoid NetGalley as much as possible, haha. Same goes for buying books and avoiding bookstores!

  18. I’m trying to finish series too this year. I keep starting them and forgetting about them! Plus I have SO MANY books on my book shelves at home that I was dying to get my hands on and now I have even read! I’m being a bit more careful with requesting books too. I requested WAY too many last year and then stressed over trying to read them all and get reviews up in time. This year I’m being a lot calmer with my requesting! Good luck with your new goals!

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