Reading Goals For 2016

9 Jan

2015 was a great reading year for me, but I’m always looking for ways to improve my reading experience! So, of course, I have a new set of goals for 2016. I know for a lot of people having a number, or really specific goals, can be stressful or ruin reading for them. But personally I find goals & challenges really motivating, so I’ve set up quite a few for this year. Not as many as last year (for example, I am not going to be doing a specific page number goal–though I will be tracking how many pages I read), but enough to keep me on track.

First off, I’ve set my book goal for 175, up from the 150 last year. I did get about 15 books past that in ’15, but I have some clunkers on my list this year so I don’t want to overdo it.

Like last year, I will be doing a series challenge. But instead of the 12 series I aimed for last year, I will be tackling 3 big ones in 2016: Iain M. Banks’s Culture, Robin Hobb’s Realms of the Enderlings, and Stephen King’s Dark Tower. These are of course subject to change if I start one of them and dislike it. Though I do have a few smaller series (3-4 books) I’d like to get to, I’m not going to put them on my list of goals but I’ll count them if I finish them!

Perhaps most importantly (for me), I’m doing a TBR challenge. My TBR is massive (170+ books), so my goal this year is to read 50 books off my TBR. This shouldn’t be an issue at all, since the books on it are all ones I want to read. Basically, I need to stop adding every new book that catches my eye to the pile and focus on what I know I want to read. Of course this leaves lots of wiggle room for new & impulse books!

From last year, I’m carrying over the big book challenge. I’ll be reading Infinite Jest, Gravity’s Rainbow, and Ulysses. My problem last year was the time commitment these books take up, but I have a solution! I do all of my reading at night before bed, but for these I’m going to devote 30 minutes to an hour during the day to reading one of them (or other hefty books). This way I can take my time without worrying about all the books I am “missing out on.”

Last but not least, I’ll be doing an around the world challenge. I want to read books written by authors from 15 different countries. To be honest, this one won’t take any extra work: between my other goals and the Man Booker International longlist coming out soon I should be set. This is more so to track how diverse my reading is. I’m also going to be attempting to read more diversely in terms of content: hopefully I’ll get to some poetry & non-fiction this year, though I’m not making that a set goal.

So that’s it for 2016! It might seem like a lot, so we’ll see if these change as the year goes on, but at the moment I’m really happy with what I have set up for the months ahead.

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