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.