I got the idea to do a discussion on New Year’s goals/resolutions, especially bookish ones, the other day when I was thinking about my reading goal for the year. So with 2017 having just begun, I wanted to discuss reading/book related goals for the year.
I love setting myself goals. Whenever I do this, for just about anything, it makes me much more motivated to do it and accomplish it. But sometimes we put so much pressure on ourselves to accomplish these goals, it’s not good. And then you feel bad because you were unable to reach your goal, which isn’t good either. There are so many great things about setting goals though, which is why I’m going to be discussing the pros and cons of it.
You’re more motivated to read that many books/achieve your goal
Like I said, setting myself goals really helps me to feel more motivated and get! it! done! This isn’t just for reading goals, but in general. I know if I wasn’t setting myself goals, I would still be reading a lot, but I wouldn’t feel as motivated to do it. I don’t know about you, but reading goals make me want to read that many books. So that’s mainly why I do it, so I feel motivated and really pumped to accomplish it.
You feel amazing when you reach your goal
Completing goals, especially super challenging ones, is the most rewarding thing ever! There’s nothing better than finally being able to relax after hitting it. 😉 Actually, this summer I was doing a lot of writing to hit my goal and once I finished, it made me feel amazing, and I got to take a nice little break from all the craziness. Reading is pretty relaxing for me, so I already feel relaxed when I do it. This is another one of my favorite things about goals. That amazing feeling you feel afterwards. 😀
Pressuring yourself too much to complete it
No! This makes me so sad when I see/hear people doing this. 🙁 Please don’t put too much pressure on yourself just to reach a reading goal. Seriously, if you don’t complete your goal, that’s 1o0% fine! I will admit to doing this sometimes, too, but it makes me so sad. I want to be trying hard to achieve my goals but still having fun and not feeling really pressured. in contrast to my last point, this is one of the worst feelings in the world.
Feeling bad if you don’t achieve it/your goal is lower than everyone else’s
I also hate seeing this. Just because you read less books than most people in a year, doesn’t make them any better than you, okay? I see some people feeling bad about themselves because they’re slow readers or can’t read a ton of books because life which makes me sad. Honestly, no one cares if your goal is low or high, because your goal is entirely for you! There’s no point in having a goal if you’re just going to feel bad and compare yourself to other people. And I’m not saying that to be harsh. I really don’t want people to get worried about people judging them, because trust me, they aren’t.
My Goals for 2016
My 2017 is going to be a lot crazier than m 2016, so I set my goal a bit lower than last year. In the fall I’m starting a new school. I know that’s going to take up a lot of time. I’m also traveling for a little bit in the summer and leading up to that I want to get a lot of work done so I have enough money for my trip and enough to still spend on books. So yeah, I already know this is going to be a much busier year for me. That’s why I set a goal that I know I can achieve without feeling pressured to finish it. 🙂 Which I hope all you do, too!
Read more classics
The only classics I ever read are for school, and I want that to change. I already have copies of Les Misérables and Little Women waiting to be read, now I just have to read them. So many people love Jane Austen, so I want to read at least two of her works. There are so many great classics though, I don’t know where to start. Please let me know some of your favorites 😉
Read more diverse books
This goal is really important to me! I read some diverse books in 2016, but not nearly enough. So this year I plan to read more books about mental illness and LGBT+ characters, which are two types of books I don’t normally read. Naz @ Read Diverse Books is hosting this awesome quarterly link up for diverse books you’ve read and reviewed. I’m really excited to take part in this challenge, and it will definitely motivate me to read more diverse books!
Finish my novel
Not really a reading goal, but still. I’m not normally one for New Year’s resolutions, so that’s why my list is so short. I really want to finish my novel though by the end of the year. I plan on participating in Camp NaNo this spring then NaNoWriMo in November, but I want my novel done before the latter. Because I just hit 60k and there’s still so much left, I know I’ll have to work hard to finish it.
What are your goals for 2016? Do you like setting goals, or no? Also, are there any classic books you recommend? Let me know down below!