New Year, New Goals!

Happy New Year!

Did everyone have a nice, relaxing New Year? We acquired this monster of a board game called Gloomhaven and played that a couple of times on New Year’s Day while watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy (extended edition of course).

The New Year brings with it new goals and looking back on the old goals.

So let’s start with last year’s goals!

Read More Non-Fiction: Um, I failed at this. I only read one non-fiction book last year, and that was for D&D! I don’t count that.

Buy Fewer Books: I also failed at this. In fact, I bought more books in 2022 than I did in 2021. Sigh.

Read my TBR Shelf: Yeah, I added so many books to my TBR shelf that it turned into a TBR bookcase.

Write More Reviews: I actually did this, until my life got so crazy (new job, reading slump, stress, blah blah blah) that I wasn’t able to keep up with it.

So what are my goals for this year! Unsurprisingly, there is more of the same, sort of.

Buy Fewer Books: I’ve actually started two spreadsheets to help with this. One is for new releases that I definitely want to buy this year. The other one is for impulse buys that I would normally pick up while at the store, on other errands, or out with friends. If I still want them after a few months, I will consider adding them to my Amazon cart. And if I still want them a few months after that, then I will buy them. That’s a lot of work, but hopefully, I’ll keep it up and will be able to buy fewer books this year.

Read my TBR Shelf: I’m making a spreadsheet for this one too. It’s going to contain all the books that are on the TBR bookcase, the Book of the Month shelf, and my YA cart prior to any purchases made this year. Once I read a book, I’ll take it off the spreadsheet. I can also use this method to randomize my reading experience by using a random number generator whenever I can’t decide what to read.

Work on My Re-Read of the In Death Series: I got 36 books into the In Death series before I got burnt out because of the frantic pace I was reading them at. I have 20-something books left to go, so I’m hoping to finish by the end of the year this year. I am not going to force myself though. I don’t want to hit a mid-year burnout again. That slump was no fun.

I have high hopes for this year and am positive the extravagant steps I have taken to ensure those goals will pay off.

Reading and Blog Goals for 2022

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! What are your plans? Are you going to curl up with a good book, like me? Or are you going to party hard, in your living room, with a good book, also like me? Yup. the Hubs and I are living it up. Partying hard, as it were.

Since it is New years, it’s the time for New Years Resolutions. I don’t typically make them since I break them so easily. I seriously cannot hold a resolution to save my life.

But why am I putting myself through this again when it didn’t work in 2021?

I have no idea. Glutton for punishment maybe?

Read More Non-Fiction! I think this will forever be on my list. Reading more non-fiction is never a bad thing. And, technically, this is a resolution I did keep by reading 6 non-fiction books in 2021 as opposed to 2020s 2. So improvements are still happening!

Buy Fewer Books! That’s right, I’m going on a buying ban…sort of. I’ll still have to buy books for book clubs and of course when the sale is just too good for words. And this probably won’t last all year, but for now, I must restrain myself!

Read My TBR Shelf! This one is going to be hard. I know I’ll want to quit at some point because a lot of the excitement comes from reading the newest thing, but I’m not going to have a newest thing because I’m not going to be buying as many books (see above). So yeah, read my way through my TBR stack, shelf, cart, etc.

Write More Reviews! So I’ve been doing pretty good with reviews, but I need to write more. My problem is that I look at reading as a fun experience, and don’t always think about reviewing the book until a week has passed and I think to myself “self, that would have been a good book to review”. So yeah, review more books.

So yeah, there you have it, my very short list of Goals for reading and blogging this year. I’m keeping it short because short is doable. Long is intimidating and will make you quit before you’ve even thought about it!

What are your goals? Do you even have goals? Do you think I’m crazy?

Spoiler alert, I’m probably crazy.