Do you believe it’s important to have reading goals? What is your number one reading goal?
Honestly, I only participate in one reading goal challenge: Goodreads Challenge. When I first started blogging, I tried to participate in several challenges but I found that the tracking was time-consuming, cumbersome, and lacked consistency. So, I retained Goodreads and let the rest go. This is not to say that I do not have reading goals. I have listed my goals in this post, most are not in the form of official challenges. Look for my January data-based update post.
It’s beneficial to revisit goals frequently. Do you have reading goals?
(In no particular order)
Each year I set a goodreads goal of 100. I met this goal in September, so a higher number is simply a bonus. 100 is a very doable goal for me since I’ve retired and I read like it’s my job. It may not be a reasonable goal for you for various reasons. It’s all good. I only keep this goal for my own accountability. Reading is not a competition!
More Diverse Reads and “Own Voices” Authors
This is a goal that is a permanent fixture on my list of goals from year to year. I’m always on the lookout for books that match my reading tastes and also support this goal.
Each year I try to improve my nonfiction to fiction ratio. I seem to hover around 20% but I wouldn’t mind raising it. I’m intentional about including at least one nonfiction on my seasonal TBRs (this fall there are 2). I also enjoy participating in Nonfiction November.
Because my preferred genre is historical fiction and my reading often contains heavier and more dense content and historical information, I do strive to maintain a reading balance. I enjoy reading “uplit” for enjoyment, entertainment, and escape. Very often after an especially difficult histfic read (looking at you Lady Tan’s Circle of Women and The Covenant of Water), I will purposely choose a light women’s fiction/romcom/romance/uplit for balance (looking at you Three Holidays and a Wedding and Bright Lights, Big Christmas). I wrote this post about a balanced reading life.
Tick off the Classics
Enthusiasm is Optimal
I love talking about books. I love talking about books I’m enthusiastic about. I’m a book evangelist. My goal is to find books that generate enthusiasm. I am quick to DNF if I’m not experiencing the joy. You might enjoy this post about DNFing. And these posts about popular books I DNFed here and here. Life is to short to read books that you are not enjoying. Do you DNF?
Support Women Authors
Knowing how difficult it was for women in history to publish under their own names or to publish at all, encourages me to support women authors because we haven’t always had publishing rights.
Support Debut Authors
I do enjoy supporting debut authors when I am presented with the chance and when the content reflects my reading tastes. A few debut authors I’ve especially enjoyed are Abi Daré, The Girl With the Louding Voice; Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing; Fatima Farheen Mirza, A Place For Us; and Cara Wall, Dearly Beloved.
Well….this is tricky because, you see, I’m also a picky reader (in that I have definite reading tastes). This does not stop me from attempting books outside of my comfort zone when the content is right. For example, I despair at the thought of missing out on (the audio format of) Project Hail Mary because I might have refused to read scifi.
Reading to Learn
Last, but not least is my continuous goal of reading to learn about different cultures, about differing abilities, about differing perspectives, about historical time periods and events, and about the difference makers.
Do we have reading goals in common?
What is one reading goal you have?
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