My 2021 Reading Goals
Be more intentional with reading
What does being intentional mean for me? It means to purposely take action that is important to me. Being intentional is a personal experience. For me, rather than focus on x number of books read per year, I want to consume more books that bring me joy, inform, and challenge me.
What does that mean? I want to be more conscious of the books I choose to read and spend time and money on.
Books that bring me joy: books that make me think and feel (both positive and negative)
Books that inform me: where I learn something new and/or build upon existing knowledge
Books that challenge me: books that confront me, or is from a perspective I’m not familiar with, or aspects I’m ignorant of.
- I want to read more backlist books (books that aren’t new releases)
- I want to finish series I liked
- I want to read more books I own
I don’t want to read or purchase books due to the hype if it doesn’t genuinely interest me. Life is too short to fill my time and energy on books I’m not keen on. Which leads me to my next point.
Develop a regular reading routine
My next point stems from being intentional, but it still stands on its own. Everyone is busy. Reading time is limited. Reading often takes our leisure time. And with today’s society, time is our most precious currency. I’m too broke to spend my time on things that don’t serve a purpose or be wasteful with it. Therefore, developing a regular reading routine may be extremely beneficial.
- I aim to read at least 10 minutes a day. Ten minutes. In the greater scheme of things, it’s not something too big but it’s a realistic goal with my schedule. I can easily read in my break/time off/commuting. Plus, ten minutes doesn’t put a big pressure on me to achieve such things.
Shouting to the void that I want to have a regular reading routine is all fine and dandy but I need to have tools or an approach to ensure I achieve such goals. SooOooo…
Keep a consistent reading journal
Reading journals don’t need to be aesthetic. There, I said it! And I must continuously remind myself of this: READING GOALS DON’T NEED TO BE PERFECT AND PRETTY, DAMN IT. I’ve constantly struggled with keeping a reading journal due to me wanting to make it aesthetic rather than useful. And ugh I hate being a perfectionist, but I’m working on it.
What does a Reading Journal consist of? Anything you want. Reading journals are a testament of what you want in regards to reading and books.
What I will include in my reading journal:
- Book Log (Information such as: Title, author, publisher, etc.)
- Bookish thoughts
- Book review or reading response
- Reading Challenges
- Book lists (bucket lists, books I love, TBR, etc.)
I want to incorporate a consistent reading journal because of the many benefits. Benefits of a reading journal include (but are not limited to):
- Greater focus on reading and being intentional with my time and reading goals
- More meaningful and better reflection on what I read and learned
Read owned books
Of the 115 books I own (not including duplicates), I have read 26 books. 26 out of 115. Meaning, if this was a test I would fail. My reading rate is 22% of the books I currently own. I have unread almost 80% of my owned books. I need to do better.
Last year, I fell down the rabbit hole of purchasing new releases and hyped books and bought the books before having a change to read them. Whilst I love supporting authors, it was unsustainable for both my shelf space and wallet.
I want to bring my reading rate of up to at least 50% of book I own. Meaning, whatever number of books I own I will aim to read at least half of that. I want to be intentional with what I purchase and own. A books true purpose is to be read and damn it, I will fulfil my books dream!
Declutter the books
I know there’s a saying “you can never have too many books”. And that’s true. However, for myself, I don’t like the idea of owning books I don’t plan to read. Therefore, I’d like to keep that shelf space free for a book I would like rather than owning a book just for the sake of owning it. I want to consciously curate my shelf space with books I love and am genuinely interested in.
It’s already past the middle of January and I’ve already purged 7 books I don’t plan to read or have already read and didn’t love. Yay! Progress, not perfection.
I know I can’t speak for everyone, and different people enjoy books differently. That’s okay. I just need to set realistic boundaries for myself and shelf space.
Do you have any reading goals? If so, what are they? Let me know!