5 Reading Goals for 2016

Posted January 5, 2016 by Paula in Books, Top Ten Tuesdays / 14 Comments

5 reading goals for 2016

5 reading goals for 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up from The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is Top Ten Resolutions We Have For 2016. I chose to go with goals instead of resolutions. Be sure to check out all the other blogs in the link up!

One of my goals for 2016, is to read. A lot! Reading is one of my favorite things to do, but I had slacked off for a few years. In 2015, I really wanted to make up for that, and I did. And I want 2016 to be the same. Here are a few reading related goals that I’ve set to help me reach the ultimate goal of just reading.

Finish my unfinished books from 2015

There were several books that I started on 2015, that I didn’t finish. The problem with all of them – they are on my Kindle. And the Kindle just wasn’t as appealing as holding real books this past year. But I do want to finish four books in particular – End of Days Allegiant, Hollow City, and The Last Argument of Kings. All four books are from series that I love, so I do want to finish them. I just need to get over my Kindle allergy first.

Read more Non-Fiction

I stick to the same genres a lot. It’s mostly dystopian, horror, thrillers, and mysteries for me. But I want to branch out some this year. So, I’m going to read a genre I never read – nonfiction. Well, I do read non-fiction on occasion – but mostly style books. I have three books in mind, and all three were on a ton of best of lists for 2015. Big Magic, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and The Art of Memoir.

Reread some of my favorite books

Last year, Cap read the Harry Potter books for the first time. Talking about the books with him made me realize how much I missed them. So, this year I want to reread the Harry Potter series. And maybe some other favorites like Lonesome Dove, Anne of Green Gables, Gone With the Wind, and Lord of the Rings. I miss my old friends.

Write reviews of each book I read

I started doing this toward the end of 2015, and I really enjoyed it. Reviews are simple ideas for posts, and they still bring value to the blog. I don’t want to read just to have post ideas though. It’s a fine balance that I will have to keep, so that reading doesn’t become a chore.

Read a lot of books

I read 28 books in 2015, which is a lot for me. I thought about setting a numbers goal for 2016, but I was talking about it with Cap and I think he’s right. It would take some of the fun out reading and put too much pressure on me if I had a specific number goal. It’s what happened with the 2015 Reading Challenge. I felt like I couldn’t read a book unless it fit the challenge. It felt stifling. I just want to read. A lot.

So, what about you? Do you have any reading goals for 2016? Do you find it helpful to set a numbers goal? Do you read the same genres all the time? What are some favorites you want to revisit? Let me know in the comments!

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14 responses to “5 Reading Goals for 2016

  1. My reading goals are simple: (1) Read 36 books this year; one more than the previous year. (2) Write Goodreads reviews on the books that I read; this is just for me because I think it would be nice to have a personal review that I can refer back to. (3) Complete the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2016 Reading Challenge. I was two categories short last year! To do this, I will HAVE to stay off of Netflix, Amazon Prime, network apps, as well as TV in general. So hard!
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  2. I have a couple unfinished books from 2015 that I should probably finish as well. End of Days, Allegiant, and Hollow City were SO good! πŸ™‚
    Great goals! Good luck with them all!

  3. Great goals for the new year! My major goal is to read books I’ve bought that are just sitting on the shelves. I’m pretty good with my library books but for some reason if I own them they just sit there! I agree about not setting a number…it can get distracting from just enjoying reading!

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