One of my goals for 2016 is to read more. Last year, I read/listened to 44 books. Not too shabby, but I fell short of my goal of 52 books. This year, I’m using three reading challenges to guide me:
First off is my overall goal of 48 books, which I’ll be tracking via the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I figure this is a little more than last year (where I was in a reading funk for much of the first part of the year, and focused on binge watching some TV shows during surgery recovery rather than reading), so should be totally achievable.
As a sub-set to those 48 books, I’m signing up again for the Audiobook Challenge hosted by The Book Nympho and Hot Listens. I really enjoyed this challenge last year (exceeding my goal!) and appreciate that it’s helped me to develop a newfound love of audiobooks. This year, I commit to the same level as last year: “Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me)” which equates to 15-20 audiobooks. Honestly, I feel like I’ll exceed this, but since I am pretty picky about narrators (and last year’s success was due in large part to binging on the Sookie Stackhouse series), I’m keeping this goal at this level.
And finally, as I started thinking about what I wanted to focus on in 2016, I at first thought I’d binge all the books I haven’t yet read by some of my favorite authors. But then a friend found this PopSugar Reading Challenge and I liked the idea of the variety this would bring to my reading. So I will use these 40 categories to help me find some new and different books. I am allowing myself to let a book meet two categories (but no more) and already have many books planned or identified.
I’ve created a page right here on the blog to keep track of all three of these challenges at once! I’ll post quarterly updates on my progress, but this page will have real-time status of how I’m doing. I like this level of accountability and being able to “check off” my progress. I’ve also added a widget over on the right side of the page sharing what I’m currently reading and listening to. Since reading more is one of my main goals this year, I wanted to have visibility and accountability all over the place.
Do you set any reading-specific goals? If so, what are they? Have a great book you’d recommend? Please share!