Reading Goals for 2016

I love setting goals and resolutions. I don’t necessarily keep all of them, but I like setting them nonetheless. Same with reading. I always set my yearly goal. I am never overly ambitious, so I always keep my goals. Last year my goal was 30 books, I thought I wouldn’t have that much time to read with the baby and all. However, I managed to get 52 books read. This year, I’m going to be bit more specific about my goals. Here they are.

1) The Number of Books: I have set my goal to 40 books. I know I can do better than 30, but I’m not ambitious enough for 50. It turns out babies demand even more of your time as they grow older.

2) The Reading Challenge: I decided to do a reading challenge. I browsed the internet for a little bit, but I couldn’t find one that I really liked. I didn’t want a challenge that would require me to buy a ton of new books. So I decided that simplicity is the best: I’m doing an Alphabet Reading Challenge this year.

This challenge basically means that you get to read a book whose title starts with each letter of the alphabet. I was quite sure I had plenty to choose from just from my own library. I was right. I planned a little bit and set up a shelf on Goodreads. I might change some according to my cravings at that particular moment.

3) Nonfiction Books: I love myself a good nonfiction book. I decided I’m going to read 10 of them this year. I have a couple that I’ve been eyeing, including Yes Please by Amy Poehler, Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England by Lesley Adkins and Roy A. Adkinds and Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay.

4) Big Books: I’m kind of scared of big books. I tend to avoid them. I always tell myself ‘I’ll just squeeze this short book before I read something longer’, but I rarely get there. My goal this year is to read 5 books that are 500 pages or more. What I’m planning at the moment are The Far Pavillions by M.M. Kaye, SPQR by Mary Beard and The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

These are the four goals I have for 2016. I hope I can keep them, but I won’t be overly sad if I can’t.

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