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My Bookish Goals for 2019

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It’s that time of year again . . . 

Everybody is making New Years Resolutions 

 

I don’t make resolutions. I don’t know about you, but those feel like too much pressure to me. There’s also the easy to fall into trap of making unattainable resolutions or ones that society deems acceptable. 

 

Ahem, I’m looking at you . . .

“I’m going to get bikini body ready for summer.” 

“I’m going to make $1 million this year.”

 

No judgment if those are your goals and you have specific and healthy steps to attain them, but I’m thinking more specific and personal this year. 

That’s why goals work so well for me. Goals seem to take the pressure off, while also encouraging me to focus on what’s truly important to me. 

 

So let’s get into my Bookish Goals for 2019 

 

  • Read only 100 books in a year (max of 120) 

Why? In 2018 I read 160 books, but the focus was more on quantity versus quality and savoring the reading experience. Limiting myself a bit also allows me to focus on other areas of life. And let’s be honest, 100 books in a year is still a lot.

  • Request/be accepted for 5-7 NetGalley books per month 

As many new book bloggers do, I requested & got accepted for way too many ARC books from NetGalley. While this is great (FREE BOOKS), I didn’t have as much flexibility to read what I wanted when I wanted. The reading schedule was REAL

  • 7 months or more of an average of 4.0 star rating

Why? This was my goal in 2018 as well. It helps to put my focus on reading books that I think I will really love. 

  • Participate in the Book Riot 2019 Read Harder Challenge 

I’ve been doing this for the past few years and really loved being introduced to books I never would have known about. I’m not forcing myself to finish the challenge or read books that I know I will strongly dislike just for the sake of completing the challenge. 

  • Participate in the 2019 Reading Women Challenge 

I just recently found out that this Reading Challenge existed, but I’m super excited to participate. My reasoning is similar to the Book Riot Challenge. 

  • Focus more on *POC/AOC, **county of origin, and LGBTQIA+ content in books 

I’ve had these goals for the past few years, but I’m continuing with them. I usually aim to hit 20% for each goal. It helps keep my reading well rounded and I am introduced to books I never would have found otherwise.

*POC- People of color (usually the main characters), AOC(Author of Color).

**Country of Origin: Countries other than the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia 

 

Do you agree or disagree with my goals? What are your reading goals for the year? 

Let me know in the comments. I’m always really interested in what people prioritize in their reading journeys. 

 

Self Help · What You Missed Wednesdays

What You Missed Wednesdays – Self Help Edition

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What You Missed Wednesdays is exactly as it sounds!

Book reviews of each week’s genre of choice that you might have missed, and I think you should really hear about.

3 Books a Week with 3 Words/Phrases to Describe Them 

Click on the title of each book to be taken to my full review.

I hope you find new books that you’re excited to add to your TBR!

 

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Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger by Soraya Chemaly 

5/5 stars

My must read book of the year, incredibly validating, necessary for women who are caregivers

 

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The 1% Rule: How to Fall in Love with the Process and Achieve Your Wildest Dreams by Tommy Baker

4/5 stars

Practical steps, business goals and success, highly motivated

 

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Gratitude for Happiness: How to Exercise Your Gratitude Muscles by Ged Cusack

4.5/5 stars

Practical, finding your gratitudes, self care 

 

Well there you have it!

Another edition of What You Missed Wednesdays.

Keep coming back each Wednesday for more Can’t Miss Books!

Which book(s) are you now adding to your TBR?

About Me · Bookish Posts

My Most Important Book Goal

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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?