What sort of goals do you guys have when it comes to reading? Beyond things like the Goodreads Challenge, or year-long reading challenges like Beat the Backlist? Are they simple things like, for every new release book you read, you also read at least 1 book that’s been on your TBR?
I have all these personal little goals when it comes to reading and I think I’m going to write them all down here. Who knows, maybe it will even incite me to start achieving some of them.
1.Reread/catch up on/finish series.
Oh my god I have so many of these that I want to reread. My problem is is that if I get the second book in a series, I usually end up wanting to reread the first one, even if it’s only been a year since I read it. Some others it’s more of “yeah I don’t remember ANYTHING” and so it’s more of a necessity to reread it than anything else. Off the top of my head I can think of:
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
- The Diviners by Libba Bray
- The entire Tortall series by Tamora Pierce (confession: I only read the first 2 Alanna books, but I’ve probably read the Circle of Magic series about 20 times or something)
- The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud (well, there isn’t any catching up to do here, I just really want to reread them.)
- The Illuminae_Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (I also need to read Godsgrave but might be able to skip out on rereading Nevernight I think because I know it starts with a pretty little recap)
- Monsters of Verity by Victoria Schwab (I saw while still trying to find time to finish reading ACOL)
- The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare (okay I confess I could probably easily dive into LoS without rereading Lady Midnight, but I don’t wanna. That book was so good.)
- The Magicians by Lev Grossman (oh man the first one was so good and then I kind of just…never picked up the second. Why, Jen, why?)
- The Chronicles of St. Mary’s by Jodi Taylor. (I did start the process for this one! Except I am still in the middle of rereading the second book, sadly.)
2. Work on my TBR.
I joined the Beat the Backlist challenge BECAUSE I have too many books I own that I need to read. But lately I have been SLACKING so badly. My problem is most definitely that I request too many egalleys on Edelweiss, and then fail to actually read anything in a timely matter. Off the top of my head I really want to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, The Scorpio Races, and Air Awakens. But alas, ARCs and egalleys. (And I tell myself, you gotta cap the number you request per month! But then something comes out and I just go….but I gotta!!! And then regret it later.)
3. Read more Shakespeare and other plays
I actually did start doing that this year! I read Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, and Twelfth Night and next on my list to read is King Lear. I actually really enjoy Shakespeare a lot, but again, I get caught up in reading other things instead.
4. Read ARCs and egalleys of books that have been published
So, sometimes I do end up with a month where I realize there is no way I can read all of these egalleys before they are due, so I end up having to toss some in the TBR pile for later. But I don’t want to let them just sit there and rot. I want to read them at some point. So I want to go back and start reading them, finally. Maybe I might take a month and do some catch-up, or start dedicating myself to reading one of them a month or something. Idk how but I’ve got to do it cause they are piling up.
5. Read more ebooks.
I have a LOT of unread books on my Kindle. They’re very easy to accumulate when Goodreads deals and Bookpub and other things tell you, “Hey, guess what’s on sale this week! That book you totally want to read but weren’t desperate enough to get at full price!” And so, when that happens, I “Buy with One Click” and take up some more space on my ereader. (Also, my favorite is when there is a book that is first in a series and you are like “yes that sounds really good but there is little chance I am dropping everything to read it right now” and so you wait a year or so for the second one to be released and about a few weeks to a month before that the first one suddenly goes on sale as an ebook and voila there ya go! Ngl, I did that with Stalking Jack the Ripper. I knew it would happen and it totally did.) Anyway, what I want to do is read at least one ebook a month that isn’t an egalley but one I bought to start clearing that little collection of mine out.
So yeah, those are my 5 main goals really. A lot of them really cross over into each other in a lot of ways, but are also kind of distinct as well. And I keep glancing over my should at the two piles of books on my dresser and thinking “damn those are really high” so yeah, I’ve got to start on this soon.