So, I know that we’ve all been super excited about ending the miserable year that was 2020 and not to rain on anyone’s parade…but it’s officially 2021 and it’s raining, covid is still out there, and I still can’t go out just for the fun of it without worrying about sanitizers and masks.
Obviously, the first day of 2021 is not going to be a magic fix, but it’s a little underwhelming.
Why am I being so pessimistic early in the morning 🤦🏾♀️ i blame the rain. it’s so dreary and gray right now
Good morning friends!!! Welcome back to Let’s Talk Bookish, the first one of 2021!! As always, Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, that is hosted by me and Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.
Today’s topic is: Reading Resolutions (suggested by M.T. Wilson @ The Last Book on the Left)
Thank you so much to M.T. for suggesting the topic! I also wanted to thank everyone who suggested topics on the form – we really appreciate you!!
I do have some thoughts on this topic, so, without further ado, let’s get started!
Do you set reading resolutions in the New Year?
I don’t actually set reading resolutions for the year; it’s more like a goal, and there is a difference between the two.
Apparently, a resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something while a goal is an aim or desired result (thank you Google).
Resolutions make me feel like I have to do something no matter what, and it does feel bad when I can’t do it. I sometimes tell myself that I can’t do xyz anymore when I’m trying to break a habit, but then I fall back into it, and it really makes you feel bad that you can’t stick to what you said.
So goals it is. Goals are easier to work with because they’re just that: a goal. You aim to reach something, and if you don’t get there, it’s okay, because you did your best and you can try again some other time. There’s nothing that makes you feel like you have to keep your word, and I prefer it that way.
Do reading goals help?
Yes they do.
I love having goals on to-do lists because they keep me focused and are a way for me to know that I accomplished something. It’s so satisfying to be able to cross off a goal I reached, or an assignment I completed, or a mammoth post I finally finished and posted.
Setting reading goals for the year motivates me to accomplish something in the long run, though I honestly do start to lost that motivation after a few months.
Last year for instance, I had a goal to read 110 books. Halfway through the year, I was nowhere close to that, so I brought it down to 90 books. As of yesterday, I only finished 67 books. But having that goal written somewhere helped even if I didn’t make it.
Keeping tracks of my goals also helps because it tells me that maybe I was aiming too high, or something happened last year that stopped me from reading more, and I can use that information to make a more reasonable goal for this year.
What are your goals for this year + do you participate in the GR challenge?
I plan on having a post talking about all my goals once I’ve figured them out, but right now, I’ve already set my reading goal for 70 books this year. I’m not sure what else to have a goal for besides reading more diversely by joining other reading challenges like YARC, so I still have to think on the rest.
And yes, I do participate in the Goodreads challenge. I love the way the website keeps track of my books, and that it shows my progress as I read throughout the year. It’s not the best user friendly website when it comes to other things, but the shelves and the challenge (including the year in review page) are two parts that I absolutely love about it.
And that’s my two cents for today.
This Week’s Participants:
How are y’all doing? Do you set reading resolutions or goals? What are your goals/resolutions for this year? Is it absolutely dreary where you are? How do you decide how many books to read each year, if you do set a number? Share your thoughts in the comments below!