In the run up to January I was thinking a lot about my 2024 reading goals. I set reading goals for each year and these can vary from number of books I want to read, to trying a different genre or author. This year isn’t much different however, having Book + Border for a little while now, plus running socials, I wanted to be able to take some time back and focus on the thing I love and why we are all here, reading. So with this in mind, I’ve decided to combine my 2024 reading goals with a more personal goal list.
- Prioritise my existing TBR. There is only one word for my TBR. And that is ‘chaos’. I have bought (or received) so many books in the last few months that my TBR is just out of control. I can’t deny it. It truly is chaos. However, I quite like it. It means I have such a huge selection of books that I actually want to read. Which is amazing. So for this year, they will be my priority.
- Read at least one book over 600 pages. Last year I did read a few books which were, as I call them, ‘chonky’. Many of them through were around 500-600 pages, just not over that mark. This year, I am determined to read at least one that is way over this mark.
- Reduce my ARC requests. In 2023 I was accepted for a number of ARCs which is always such an incredible feeling. However, I did end up requesting books which I just didn’t enjoy all whilst watching my TBR grow to new heights. This year, I’ll reduce my ARC requests and request and read only those I am truly interested in. Probably aim to read 4 throughout the year.
- Don’t be afraid to DNF more books. 2024 will be the year I fully embrace the DNF. I am so stubburn that I will keep reading a book even if I don’t like it. But no more! If I am not enjoying it, then straight into the DNF basket you go.
- Stop worrying about what others are doing. I have a nasty habit of falling into that social dark hole where you compare yourself to others. Everyone is running their own race and it’s not a competition. How I run my race is down to me. And I’m smashing this, and you are smashing yours.
- Embrace my mood-reading. I know I know, this is technically a reading one but I’ve popped this under mental health because it has such a big impact for me. It’s just a bonus that it rekindles my joy for books. When I have a target to hit and force myself to read outside of what I love to just hit the numbers, I just don’t enjoy it. I need to stick to what I love, but also embrace when my mood changes. When it does, just sit back and soak up all those good vibes.
- Mental health. This is a little broader but I still think this is important. I’ve touched on this above however, I’m absolutely making this more a priority. Towards the end of 2023, I started neglecting my “personal” time in favour of work or things that were not ‘for me’. I’ve decided to put boundaries back in place this year and not let that unravel. One of my closest friends is a fitness blogger, and her mantra is ‘Discipline then motivation. Discipline is key even when you have no motivation’. I know that if I am more disciplined, things will become a habit. So things like taking daily walks with the dogs, reading (obviously), journaling, going to the gym, spending quality time with friends and family & trying out new recipes, all positively contribute to my mental wellbeing and I’ll need to prioritise those more.
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So what are you 2024 reading goals? I’d love it if you shared them.
As always, happy reading!