I am here today with a post that is supposed to go up a teeny tiny bit earlier in the year, but OH WELL! I was busy posting other things and I’m only now getting around to talking to you all about all the goals I have for my platforms and my reading this year. I do have more goals that are geared more towards my career and my personal life but I will spare you those since that’s not what you’re here for AND I do not feel comfortable with sharing most of them haha.
I am not even going to try to look into my goals last year, because the first half of the year was such a trashfire mental health wise that I didn’t care to work towards them and I felt like it was too late in the second half and I quite frankly has lost interest in quite a few of them. I also think the way I approached setting my goals didn’t work for me and I ended up setting some I didn’t even really care about. So this year I really aimed for things I’m planning to work towards anyway and I’m already working towards AND things that bring me genuine excitement when I think about them, so without further ado, here are my reading and blogging goals:
1. Read 52 books
This is the classic goodreads goal that most of us set every year. I’ve read over 100 books for the past two years while setting a goal of 70 because I like to keep the number of book I set myself up to read stress free. So this sounds more than achievable right? But the thing is, my life has gotten exponentially busier so reaching 52 books would really be an accomplishment for me. Add to this the fact that since 2019 was a mediocre reading year for me, I really want to focus on the quality of books I’ll be reading as well as rediscovering the kinds of books I love, since that seems to have changed. So I want to be more mindful in the books I choose to read.
2. Read 26 backlist books
By backlist here, I mean books that were releases prior to 2020. So both books I talked about in my 2019 releases I want to read in 2020 video and the ones I talked about in my 20 backlist books I want to read in 2020 count towards this goal. #ColorTheShelves is making me read A LOT of 2020 releases, which I’m really grateful for, but that also means that I can very quickly start to neglect showing love to books that were released prior to this year. For that reason, I want to put a concrete effort into picking up backlist books, especially since there are SO MANY I am excited to read and so many I have on my physical TBR, which I desperately need to get under control.
3. Read 20 Adult books
As I said in my reading and blogging round-up, I want to slowly work towards including more and more Adult books in my reading habits especially since I’ve been feeling like I’m slowly growing out of YA (especially contemporary) and I’ve been reaching for adult titles more. And ideally, I want these 20 to have as little romance in them as possible, and by that I don’t mean that I want to read less romance, because I love the genre too much to do that, but I want the romance to be in addition to the 20 books, or at least in addition to 15 books. So my true aim is 15 non-romance adult books.
4. Read 6 Middle-grade books
I only read one in 2019, Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World, and that one led me to see that I could find immense comfort in MG books. I don’t know how to explain it but they bring a nostalgic feel and a feeling of going home after an exhausting day that no other type of books brings so I really want to explore more of it. And whereas I made my previous goal challenging, I want to keep this one more accessible and to a number of books that’s lower to the one of MG books I’m already planning to get to this year, so here’s my top 6:
5. Read 6 non-fiction books
This is a goal I also had last year that I miserably failed that, but this year I actually have quite a few NF books on my TBR (that I’m planning on getting to as audiobooks). There are so many topics I want to read about and discover through these types of books and yet I never seem to reach for them, but I want to make sure I make them a priority this year and to actually make the effort of choosing them over fiction audiobooks. Let’s see how that goes.
6. Read outside my comfort zone
Goals 3, 4 and 5 have all been working towards this one. These are all books I don’t reach for but that I want to reach for to broaden the types of books I read and the types of books I LOVE to read (hopefully). Not only that but I also want to start picking up books from genres I usually don’t pay mind to, like thrillers, horror books, steampunk maybe even diverse literary fiction, etc… I don’t know what shifted in the past few months but finding myself so dissatisfied with the self-imposed constrictions on my reading, I circle the same genres and maybe that’s what led me to not liking many of the books I read last year. So maybe this will lead me to new favorites?
7. Finish 10 series
This is pretty self-explanatory. Last year, as I was collecting data for my wrap-up post, I was surprised (but, not really, I didn’t read many sequels) to find out that I only finished 3 series and when I went to update my series tracker I found out that I am currently in the middle of 30 SERIES. Granted, I am caught up on 15 of them, so I have, I think, 15 I need to catch up on to be up to date. But considering that I am starting MANY series this year and that a lot of those I’m caught up on have sequels coming out this year, I need to get working on them.
Ideally I want to catch up on all of them, but realistically, even if I don’t catch up, I want to focus on the ones that either have all the books out or have the final book coming out this year. So that makes 13 of them I want to have marked completed by the end of the year, if I have 3 left over I will still be extremely happy with the accomplishment!
1. Stay on schedule
Last year, I was REALLY bad at staying on schedule, half of it was because of my health but the other half is because I took on more than I could handle and I always found myself scrambling to catch up and NEVER being able to, so that was fun. Now I have a much more manageable posting schedule, with two posts going up on the blog on Mondays and Thursdays and a booktube video on Saturday. I micro-manage my time to stay on track, allocating specific time slots to specific task but hey! it works! I am actually ahead of my posting schedule by a couple weeks, which hasn’t happened in…uh… a year? maybe even over that? And this allows me time to have a social life too, so I’m really happy with it!
2. Keep up with #ColorTheShelves
This might seem silly because I already made the commitment and I can’t back down haha (and because I love my brain child!!!!) but I honestly wanted a goal that would be an easy win! This also means that I want to stay on TOP of things because this feature takes so much work and coordinating that I hope I can keep my current organization going all year because it’s been amazing at keeping me not overwhelmed by the workload and it mostly feels like I’m working with one author at a time because I’m always at different stages of the process with each of them.
3. Launch [redacted] youtube project
This project won’t be a secret for much longer because if all goes well the first video will be going up on February 1st but for now, all I will say is that it’s a project that will help my with one of my reading goals! If you want to make guesses about it, go ahead hehe!
4. Follow more blogs
As much as I discovered dozens of new booktubers in 2019, I’ve Sucked at following new bloggers and it made me sad because blogging is my first love and I want to support and interact with people in the community! Especially now that #DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss is on an indefinite hiatus I need to make an active effort towards looking for new bloggers. I’m happy to report I already started and followed a couple new people this year already whom I’ve been loving. That being said, if you have recs, feel free to leave them in the comments, the more the merrier.
5. Blog-hop at least once a month
This is something else I’ve miserably failed at in 2019. I can count the number of days I’ve dedicated to visiting other blogs on one hand, maybe two if I stretch it and I really freaking miss reading other people’s content and interacting with them on it. It used to be my favorite part of being part of the community but I seem to have forgotten that. I don’t want to jinx it but so far so good, I’ve already blog-hopped twice in January, the first two Sundays of the month, and the only reason I missed the third one (which is actually today) is because I actually spent all day cleaning my room lmfao. Such an exciting life I lead.
6. Keep up with the comments on my blog
Same as the previous two, anything that had to do with actually interacting felt super daunting for me last year (and even the year before) and I can’t deny that my mental health played a big role in that because I was too exhausted most of the time to be social. BUT now that I’m feeling better I’m starting a clean slate (I’m sorry there’s genuinely too many comments for me to reply to all of them) and keeping up with the comments from January and onward, and this is another one I’m happy to report I’m already succeeding at, so let’s hope I keep this up!
And that’s it for this post, friends! These are all my bookish related goals for 2020, and looking at them, I am really confident because I kept them at things I already am working towards implementing in my life instead of “challenges” I have to go out of my way to succeed at. So, here’s to a great and successful 2020 for all of us ❤
That’s it until next time.
What are some of your 2020 goals? Do we have any in common?
If you don’t set goals, what are some things you are looking forward to in 2020?
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.