Examining 2016 Reading Goals, and Goals for 2017

2016 is drawing to a close (and good riddance!), and as we prepare for 2017 to begin it’s a good time to reflect on the books that I’ve read over the past year, and to come back to my reading goals for 2016 and see whether I’ve been on track.

I had three main goals for 2016 (4 if you count the Goodreads challenge):

  • Read what I want to read when I want to read it. I’ve been trying to move away from deadlines and guilt, especially with review copies, and to learn to mood-read again. And I definitely did that when I moved away from what I “should” be reading to go crazy on graphic novels. This was probably my best goal of 2016, because it helped make blogging feel fun again.
  • Finish series that I’ve started. Some progress here. There were the Tiffany Reisz ones, the Erika Johansen series, and …well, that’s about it. Oops.
  • Be more connected with the book blogging community. Only one readalong this year, and I’m currently behind in it. But… I have been more active following other bloggers on Instagram. Does that count?
  • Read 65 books (Goodreads). Done!

2017 Reading Goals

  • Read books that I already own. I’ve got a lot of books that have been sitting on my shelves forever. I’d like to get to some of them this year.
  • Read diversely. I’ve been trying to read more diversely for the past few years anyway, but after seeing what 2016 unleashed, I’m going to make reading diversely an explicit goal this year.
  • Read fiction that’s stranger than truthThis is based on an exchange I had on Twitter recently, where @TempletonGate replied to one of my tweets stating, “When people say ‘Truth is stranger than fiction,’ I say ‘Not the fiction I read.'” This is what I shall aspire to for 2017.
  • Goodreads Challenge: Read 65 books. This is the same number as I read in 2016, and I think it’s the right amount to aim for. 65 books = 1 book per week most weeks, and occasionally 2. And if I fall behind by 8 books or more like I did this past summer, I can still catch up without stressing myself out.

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