This year I’ve decided to challenge myself as a reader in several different ways. I’m counting on you to help keep me on track! Here are my reading goals for 2017.
- DNF without guilt.
If you look at my Goodreads bookshelf, you’ll see that I rarely do not finish (DNF) a book. Blame it on reader’s guilt, but I feel like I owe it to the author to read every word they’ve painstakingly written—especially if it’s an ARC (Advance Reader Copy). If a book isn’t for me I tend to repeatedly stop and start reading, clean my bathroom, paint my nails, do some laundry, and eventually force myself to finish. I wind up miserable and the author winds up with an unfavorable rating. The fact is nobody is going to like every book they read, and my reading time is too limited to spend on books that just don’t suit me. Regardless of whether I’m 15%, 50%, or 75% finished, if I’m having major issues with a book I’m calling it quits.
- Have more variety.
I love romance, but I can get into a rut reading the same tropes and sub-genres. I want to spice things up a bit this year and read some romantic suspense and mysteries. Who knows? I may even read a young adult or paranormal romance novel.
- Give new authors a chance.
Every once in awhile I’m lucky enough to read a book by a new-to-me author and fall so in love that they become an auto-buy author. I discovered a couple new favorites last year. This year I’d like to read one book by a new author each month.
- Go on an ARC diet.
I get great pleasure out of reading and reviewing, which is the main reason I started this blog. Unfortunately, I’ve developed a weakness for signing up for lots of blog tours and agreeing to too many review requests. If you’re not a blogger, you may not realize the amount of time and effort it takes to read, publicize, and write a review for an upcoming book. My schedule has typically included six or more ARCs a month—all with review and posting deadlines. Blogging is a hobby and it’s a privilege to be able to give my opinions on books prior to their release. Reading shouldn’t be stressful though. I’ve got a TBR pile a mile high, and I’d love more time to read those books at my leisure. I’m cutting back on ARCs in 2017.
- Meet or exceed my Goodreads Reading Challenge.
Last year was my first full year of blogging. The time commitment involved resulted in me reading fewer books than previous years, but I still achieved my goal. My goal this year is 100 hundred books, but I hope to exceed that amount. You can keep track of my progress on the sidebar. Wish me luck!
What about you? Do you have any reading goals for 2017?