I feel like I’ve been talking a lot about plans and goals lately. I guess that’s normal around this time of year, so just call me cliché! I’m not done yet, either, so I hope you like this kind of thing. (Personally, I could read about other people’s goals and plans alllll day long, ha.)
I want to read more this year. Last year I read 20 books which was a huge drop for me. Obviously it was a year of adjustment and that’s fine, but I’d still like to read more. I intend to do monthly book reports this year and hopefully there will be at least three books on each one. Here’s what I’m thinking:
Reading challenge: First of all, I’ve decided to play along with the Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge, which has twelve categories to fill. It’s flexible and low stress and just fun. I will update my progress on this every monthly book report.
Book clubs: I have a monthly in-person book club that I attend, and I usually read every book unless it’s just not worth it to me (see: The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salmon Rusdie). The postal book club is finishing up its first round this month, and there will be six rounds of it this year, so I definitely plan to read all of those.
Library: For reading of-the-moment books that I’m really interested in, I’ll be using the library. I’ve used it for ages for book club, but I just recently started placing holds on popular books that I have to wait awhile for. This led to the discovery that having that return date as a deadline is a big incentive for me, especially when I can’t renew it because it’s requested already.
Audiobooks: I basically quit listening to audiobooks once my commute was drastically shortened, and I’ve been listening to podcasts instead. But I do own some audiobooks that I’d like to listen to, so my plan is to listen to one and then catch up on all my podcasts, then listen to another. Not sure if I’ll be able to keep up, but I’ll try.
Book choice: Along with my word for the year – light – I think I will aim for more lighthearted books this year. Or at least books that are fast and absorbing. This probably isn’t the year I will tackle a large classic, anything epic or dense. I also for sure plan to abandon a book if I’m not caught up in it by the first 50 pages or so.
The natural next question is where I will find time to read, but I don’t think that will really be a problem. I’ll make it happen if I want to. Even though I am super busy, there is always still time that is wasted on dumb things, and if I’m reading lighthearted books then reading can become my go-to relaxing activity.
What are your reading plans for the year?