I am a goal-oriented reader, so striving to read a certain number of books each year is an annual tradition. Once again, I’m challenging myself in other areas as well. Do you think I can achieve my 2018 Reading Goals?
- DNF without guilt.
This was one of my goals last year. Technically, it was a success. I gave up on a handful of books that that just didn’t click with me, including some Advance Review Copies (ARCs). The struggle was real, though—especially with ARCs. The guilt! Oh, the guilt! I convinced myself that I needed to get through a certain percentage before throwing in the towel. The truth is that sometimes you know early on that an author’s writing style isn’t for you, or maybe the main character rubs you the wrong way from the start. My reading time is precious, so I’m not going to pay attention to that little percentage indicator on my Kindle this year. If it doesn’t excite, then it’s time to say nite.
- Conquer my TBR list.
It’s easy for me to get swept up in the hottest new releases. There’s nothing wrong with that, and as a blogger I love giving readers my opinions on books before they’re even released. However, there are a ton of books that have been gathering cobwebs on my TBR pile. It’s time to dust off some of those books published before 2016 and hopefully discover some great gems.
- Go on an ARC diet (again).
I had such great intentions last year, but sadly I fell off the wagon and agreed to way too many ARC requests. It’s definitely a privilege to be given a complimentary copy of an author’s work and entrusted to honestly evaluate it. However, a lot of time goes into reading a book, writing a balanced review, and promoting it prior to publication—and sometimes you may not get the book until one week before the release. ARC overload leads to anxiety about meeting deadlines and sucks the joy out of reading. Not to mention, it doesn’t help with goal #2! My goal this year is two-fold:
1) Do not accept more than five ARC requests per month.
2) Only sign up for an ARC if I feel passionate about the book and/or the author.
- Get caught up on my favorite series.
The Naked in Death series by JD Robb (Nora Roberts’ pseudonym) is a mystery/suspense series that is one of my all-time favorite series! I’ve been addicted since I devoured the series while on bedrest with my first child. Robb continues to release two books each year. There are currently 47 books in the series, but I’ve fallen woefully behind. I’d like to get all caught up this year.
- Give new-to-me authors a chance.
Taking a chance on new authors can be risky but it can also have a huge payoff. I discovered some new favorites by going out on a limb and reading new-to-me authors last year, and I would like to continue to challenge myself that way. My goal is to read a book by a new author each month.
- Meet my Goodreads Challenge.
Reading 100 books a year is typically easy for me. My work schedule and hours spent blogging, though, have seriously eaten into my reading time. I’ve set my goal for 100 books again this year, and I hope meet it.
I may need your encouragement to keep me on track. What are sone of your goals? Here’s to an enjoyable year of reading!