It’s time again for annual reading goals. But first, true confession time.
For the last three years running I’ve failed hard at my annual reading goals. Last year, in fact, I shared exact quotes where Brady makes total fun of me and insists I’ll never meet my reading goal. Nothing like someone who believes in you, right?
But he’s just calling it like it is. 2014 was a repeat of 2013, which was a repeat of 2012. And perhaps I’m setting myself up for another round next year.
Except that really, seriously, truly-madly-deeply… each year I’ve desired and intended to read 50 books. And it’s not the 50 books per say, it’s the routine of finishing one book a week that I’m after. And it just so happens that 50 books a year would mean that I’m finishing a book a week. And that’s the person I want to be becoming. So I’m going to keep aiming for it even if I fail for five or ten more years running. Because there’s something tragically lame about lowering my aims to accommodate my undesirable habits.
So I’m still aiming for 50.
Last year I began setting sub-goals, and I’m going to stick with that this year. When I remembered to review them, the sub-goals kept me moving, so I’m tweaking them and trying it again.
Here’s what I’m aiming for in 2015:
Total: 50 Books.
Monthly: Three of my finished books should be from different topics/genres.
As my sub-goal, I’ll read at least 12 of the following 16 items/categories:
- Game of Thrones #1
- The Last Battle (the final Narnia book I’ve never read)
- Re-read Harry Potter 6&7 (finishing up last year’s HP re-read goal)
- Memoir (probably food-related)
- C.S. Lewis or related (probably the McGrath biography)
- Habits or neuroplasticity
- Child Psychology or Education
- HSP or Enneagram
- History or Biography
- Something I’ve been long meaning to read (like Walking on Water or Dune)
- Something I’ve been meaning to re-read
Some books would count in more than one category, but no harm in that, right?
And I miiiight even push myself to round things out with Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Reading Challenge for the year, but my track record doesn’t make that too promising.
What do you want to read in 2015? Do you set goals or just wing it?