It’s that time of year again – a time of reflection, goal-setting, and signing up for a gym membership to commit to… hopefully for longer than the month of January.
One of my 2017 goals is to read more books. I have a list of almost 100 books in the Notes app on my iPhone, and I seem to be adding to it far more quickly than I check titles off!
This year, I read about a dozen books and multiple cookbooks, as well (I love the stories behind the recipes and people who write them!) Now, this is not a lot by any means, and I attribute the fewer titles devoured to this blog (and my voracious consumption of blog posts!) and an increased interest in podcasts this year (which I’ve been listening to on my commute, instead of lugging a book with me.)
Non-fiction is my favourite genre, and some stand-out titles for me this year were Big Magic, Yes Please, and Rising Strong. If I find a work of fiction I’m really into, though, I can speed through it effortlessly! This was the case with Emily Giffin’s latest chick lit novel, First Comes Love, which I read in a week while on vacation.
I’ve committed myself to reading a little over a novel per month next year – which I hope to surpass, but also want to ensure I meet – figuring it’s attainable based on this year’s consumption. The key, in my mind, is preparation and planning: outlining what 15 books I’m going to read, in which months, buying or borrowing them to have on-hand, and determining when I’m going to read (adding it to my bedtime routine).
I signed up for Goodreads at the recommendation of my mother- and sister-in-law, and I’m so happy to have this social site as an added piece of accountability for getting through my reading goals (you can follow me on Goodreads here.)
In line with this reading goal is my commitment to say “it’s not a priority,” instead of “I don’t have time,” in 2017. I hope and expect it to really alter the way I do – and view – my to-do list items, including reading!
What are your goals for 2017? Do you have any tips to getting lots of reading done?