For the last few years I’ve set reading goals for myself at the beginning of January. I guess you could call them Bookish New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t take them too seriously, but more as guidelines of what’s important to me as a reader.
Goals such as reading diversely (POC, female authors, LGBTQIA+, settings in other countries), completing my Goodreads challenge, completing the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, reviewing every book I read, and participating in the BookTube-A-Thon.
This year I decided to add a very important goal to my list.
For 5 months or more in 2018, I want my average book rating to be 4.0 stars or higher.
At the end of each month I total up the star ratings I’ve given books and average them. I find it interesting to see the stats at the end of each month/year. In 2017, most months were an average of 3.5 or so. Rarely hitting that magic 4.0 stars rating average.
Now you might be thinking, so what? It’s just a bunch of numbers. But the reason this goal is so important to me is that reading is supposed to be enjoyable!
I created the goal to make it a priority to read books that I love.
Unfortunately I’ve only had one month so far this year when I hit my goal. I’ve started rating books with 1/2 stars, so my ratings have been a bit lower than before. The rounding would bump it up, but that kind of feels like cheating to me. Since this goal is for me, I don’t want to cheat myself out of enjoyable reading.
So I’m going to keep choosing books I think I’m going to love, rather than ones I think I should be reading.
With 4 months left in the year, I’m making enjoyable reading a big priority for me.
I’ll let you all know how it goes!
What are you reading goals this year?
Are you achieving them?