As you may have noticed, it is 2018. Since it’s the new year, you’ve probably got your resolutions and/or goals all laid out and ready to be accomplished. To us book worms, reading goals take center stage.
Reading is pretty important to the life of a book worm. It’s about 85% of what our life is made up of. Observe:
That means we need to put our reading goals first. But, how do we accomplish these seemingly impossible tasks?
Well, you could always get onto the back of a winged dog and fly to a magical library, where time stops and you can read enough of those beautiful books to accomplish your goals, then return home.
Unfortunately, I have yet to figure out a way to do that. When I do, I’ll tell you. In the mean time, there are other ways we must accomplish our goals (Though the winged dog idea is pretty cool).
1. Read Anytime, Anywhere
Take a moment and think about all of the short bursts of free time you have that you’ve never considered before. It could be after you’ve finished your work in school and are waiting for the teacher. Maybe it’s on your bus or subway ride to work or school. Perhaps it’s when you’re at Starbucks, sipping your coffee or hot chocolate.
All these times are great times to pick up a book and read! By reading, you’re saving time later in the day to do other things. If your excuse for not reading a lot was “Not enough time”, congrats! More time has magically appeared for you to fill with books galore.
Also, if you are reading this, you are on an electronic device of some sort. You probably spend quite a bit of time on it each day. To accomplish your reading goal, you can take twenty minutes less scrolling through your feed and spend that time reading.
It’s amazing how much time you actually have to read!
2. Get Books
Maybe you’ve found the time to read, but you need books to read. I offer a few of these suggestions in my post How To Get Out Of A Reading Slump. The first thing that you could do is look on your book shelf for books that you haven’t read. Or, you could select favorites because a book is a book. Plus, if it’s a favorite, you’re going to love it.
Next, you could go to the library and check out books on your TBR or books recommended by friends. Or, you could choose to read a certain genre such as non fiction or Newberry Winners.
3. Keep Track of Your Read Books
It’s no fun to realize that you have books that you read, but didn’t keep track of them. Or, you have the nagging feeling that you read ten fantasy books, but only nine are recorded. There are a few methods to prevent these horrible happenings.
First, you could get Goodreads. A lot of bloggers have it, and it allows you to keep track of all of the books you read and even make “shelves” so you can arrange them by type. I personally do not have Goodreads, but it seems to be an easy tool to use.
You could do what I do and keep a journal where you write down all of the books you read and the date that you finished them. That way, you have a nice way to be able to easily see every book that you’ve read. I highly suggest this method.
4. Set Realistic Goals
I am absolutely not saying don’t dream. It’s good to have challenging goals that will keep you on your feet. But, if you know for a fact that you read 50 books last year, than setting your goal to 300 is not realistic.
A realistic goal in that situation would be 75, 100 being something of the ultimate challenge. unless you have huge plans and a ridiculous reading schedule, I would suggest not adding more than 25 books to your goal.
5. Re-Reading Is Good
There is nothing stopping you from re-reading all of your favorite books to help you achieve your goal. You like these books, so you probably won’t DNF them. You can read them faster because you’ve read them before.
Re-reading is a great thing to do. I personally plan on re-reading most of the books on my bookshelf this year. You could do that and see how your opinions have changed or if you notice any new details.
Remember to keep this handy guide throughout the year and use it to your advantage when you are on the road to accomplishing your reading goals!
Need any book recommendations? What book are you most excited to read this year? I’d love to know!