Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly challenge hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
I love making goals—maybe a little too much, for it seems I always have more goals than time. But, as Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” So here are my reading and blogging goals for the coming year.
1. Read 100 Books
One hundred is a good number for me because it pushes me when I get lazy and motivates me when I get reader’s block (yes, that’s a thing, or at least it should be).
2. Read Better Books
I’ve made the previous goal each of the last two years, and if for some reason, that goal didn’t motivate me to read consistently, I often found myself cutting corners and doing whatever it took to get ahead in the generally ruthless business of reading. One way for me to meet this goal is to have a list of good books to read this year. Which leads to the next goal.
3. Read At Least 15 Classics
One kind of “better books” I’d like to read are classics. Here are just a few I’m excited to read this year:
Pride and Prejudice
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
King Solomon’s Mines
Journey to the Center of the Earth
4. Grow as a Reader
Read all different kinds of books. Read unfamiliar genres (science fiction, for one). Read books I’ve heard a lot of good things about. Read long books. Read books I’m afraid of (I suppose fear is a part of any good adventure). Here are some genres I have on my list for this year; some of them are familiar, and some are new to me:
Writing Improvement (see goal number 10 below)
My customized Book Riot reading challenge will also help with this goal. On the reading challenge are a lot of books I wouldn’t pick up on my own. You can find my challenge here.
5. Conquer Mount Library
I’ve read a minuscule percentage of the books in my personal library. Somehow, there’s always a shiny, new book to be found elsewhere, at my local libraries, for example, or on Netgalley. It seemed like there was plenty of room on my shelves until one day, there suddenly wasn’t. Now, the books are stuffed two layers deep. It all started with buying a few books here and there, and suddenly, what has it become? It took on a life of its own. I must conquer the beast.
6. Upgrade to a Self-Hosted Blog
This blog is almost a year old, now, and that’s why this year seems like a good time to upgrade to a self-hosted blog. So, readers, look forward to no ads. No, wait, look forward to different ads.
7. Give My Blog a Makeover
Along with self-hosting comes the ability to further customize my blog with a better design, a logo, new features, etc. (please comment with any ideas you have!)
8. Learn Book Photography
I’m sure my first attempts at this will not be allowed anywhere near this blog. Or maybe they will if I decide to do a post telling what I learned about book photography.
9. Be a Better Planner
For someone who loves planning so much, it’s surprising how much I’ve fallen into the trap of just winging it with blog posts. This year I should, nay, I will be a better planner, and I hope my posts will be better for it.
10. Be a Better Writer
What better way than to read a lot of books, books about writing, but also books about everything?
What are your reading goals for this year? Let me know in the comments!