I did pretty well on my bookish goals for this year. I wanted to read more books than last year, and I've read more than 100 books than I did in 2013. Uh, whoops? I've reread a lot, tracked my page counts, participated in two Bout of Books, reviewed every book I read, read more non-fiction than last year, and read two classics that I hadn't read before. I didn't do so great on DNFing (it's hard to persuade myself to DNF something I paid money for) or reading outside my comfort zone, but you can't win them all...
On to my goals for 2015!
1. To read at least 200 books
Interestingly, I think the reading strategy I adopted this year - which I'll talk about next week - helped me read WAY more books than last year. So where in the past I've been able to get to between 160 and 175 books in a year, I think my new strategy can help me smash 200 again. It's such a nice round number...
2. To complete the 2015 reading challenge
|Popsugar has a printable version|
Honestly, I don't even remember where I originally found this. Tumblr, maybe?? But it's a pretty great way to force myself to read outside my comfort zone, so I'm going to give it a shot!
3. To DNF when required
Seriously, I've read so many books this year that have been downright terrible and/or rage-causing. Next year, I should really just...not bother to finish them.
4. To track my reading statistics
My original plan for this year was just to track my page numbers, but I've since started tracking a whole stack of other information that I'll talk about (probably in more detail than you ever wanted) next week. It's been really interesting to see how things pan out in terms of various things, and I want to keep tracking all of that next year.
5. To read outside my comfort zone
Hopefully between Classics Club and that reading challenge up in #2, I'll do better at this next year. Because yeah. I really sucked at it this year.
6. To participate in at least one Bout of Books
I don't think I'll be participating in the January one, simply because it's in like five minutes time and I'm not quite ready for that just yet. But later in the year, when things are a little calmer, I'll join in.
7. Try to balance my new reads and rereads
Just shy of 40% of my books this year were rereads, so I didn't do TOO badly on this one. But next year, I'd like to try and get it closer to 50%, because I have a LOT of rereads that still need to be reviewed.
8. To review every book I read
The main challenge on this one is when I finish a book just before I go to sleep. I have a tendency to write "review to follow" on Goodreads and then totally forget to go back and actually write a review. See also: Daughter of Blood and Starlight, which I read in early 2013 and still haven't reviewed. Whoops?
9. To reread mostly books I haven't reviewed
There are some obvious exceptions here in the form of books that I want to reread before the movie comes out (Paper Towns) or books I need to reread because the sequel has just been released and I have no idea what happened in the previous books (pretty much anything ever, to be honest). But for the most part, I'd like my rereads to be books that need reviewing, because otherwise I tend to just reread the same books over and over again (*cough* Persuasion *cough*).
10. To read at least twelve non-fiction books
This shouldn't be TOO difficult, I hope. I managed more than that this year. But then again, I only managed 3 non-fiction books in 2013... One a month shouldn't be too much of a challenge though. Surely...
What are your bookish goals for the year ahead?