Friday, January 1, 2016

A Fangirl's Guide to Reading Goals

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With the beginning of a new year comes a time of reflection and anticipation, of looking back on the last twelve months and looking forward to the next. It’s also a time for making new goals!

Each year, I try to include some reading-related goals on my list because no matter how much one loves books, reading can be easily pushed aside when life is busy.

And while we may want to, we can’t always pick up our books and ignore everything else...

Here are five tips to make more time for reading this year:

Set a number-based goal.

Pick a number that would be challenging enough to make it fun but not so high that you feel miserable trying to read enough books to reach it.  Usually, I set a goal in the range of 40-60 books.

Keep track of finished books.
Having a record of finished books is useful for keeping track of the number of books and other details. I used to keep a reading journal where I listed the titles of the books I finished and the names of the authors. 

In recent years, I’ve switched to keeping track with Pinterest boards.

Listen to audiobooks.
Audiobooks are great for when you want to read something but don’t really have the time to sit down and read. You can listen to them while doing homework, chores, or even while traveling.

Join a reading challenge.
Reading challenges are easy to find (for example, check out TFI’s Summer and Autumn challenges). Not only are challenges a great way to find incentive for making time to read, they also offer plenty of creative prompts for finding new books to check out.

Read with a buddy.
As with any goal, accountability is a huge factor. Having a reading buddy (or a few) can be a ton of fun! You could start with a favorite book or pick something entirely new to read together. (And you’ll have someone to discuss and fangirl over the characters with!)

What are some of your favorite ways to make more time for reading?
What are your reading goals for 2016?

1 comment:

  1. I always make reading goals, both a set number of books to read and certain titles or anticipated releases I want to read.

    Goodreads is a good tool to set a reading goal and keep track of books you've read or want to read. I've used it the last few years for my reading goals.