New Year, New Goals – my 2020 reading plans

It’s hard to believe that 2019 has come and gone. We are officially in a new decade (does this count as the Roaring 20’s all over again?), and like so many others, I’ve got a couple goals for myself in the coming year. Currently, those goals are mostly book- and blog-related, but that’s largely because any fitness goals will be hard to figure out reasonable limits for until my heart surgery is done–and there are now under two weeks until that day, which is pretty exciting.

All that said, here are my plans and goals for the upcoming year:

1. Read 1 book I own for every 1 ARC I read, and 1 ARC for every 1 book I buy or get from the library.

Last year, I tried to limit my library usage in order to encourage myself to read all the books on my shelf at home. That just led to me requesting a bunch of titles on NetGalley and/or buying books so that I technically now owned them. Basically, last year I cheated my own system. So this year, I am trying a more streamlined rule that will ensure I stay on top of the ARCs I’ve requested while also ensuring I read more of what I already own.

2. Use the planner I bought.

I caved this year and bought the Always Fully Booked planner by Little Inklings. It’s just so pretty! I’m not always good at sticking with planners, but I’m going to make an effort to use this one regularly–if nothing else, I want to use it to keep track of my monthly TBR and new releases, and maybe to plan out some of my future blog posts. Let’s see if that sticks…

3. Post at least 5 days a week, or ideally 6.

I had a couple stumbles in the few months since this blog started, where life got hectic and I would go a week or so without posting anything new. This year, I’m going to try writing some of my posts in advance and just scheduling them, so there’s less pressure when my life gets busy and I don’t have time to write new ones.

Once law school starts in the fall, I’ll reduce this goal to 4 times a week, because I don’t want to overwhelm myself.

4. Read at least 50 books.

Yes, I read 105 books in 2019, but I think a lower goal is healthier for me overall. It’s lofty enough to ensure I carve out time for reading in my schedule–which is important for me, because reading is one of my major sources of stress relief–but low enough that I won’t feel guilty about reading longer books since they “only count as one.” And speaking of long books…

5. Read the Stormlight Archive series.

They’re the only titles in the Cosmere universe that I haven’t read yet, and the fourth one is set to come out next winter. Though their enormous page counts are daunting, I’m finally going to take the plunge.

6. Future goals TBD.

I don’t think all goals need an annual timeline starting January 1st, and I’ll try and make and/or start some new challenges as the year progresses. Stay tuned, folks.

Got any resolutions of your own? Let me know–I’d love to hear about them! Maybe they’ll even give me some new inspiration 😉

Until next time,

Kathryn (“K-Specks”)

7 thoughts on “New Year, New Goals – my 2020 reading plans

  1. Joanna @ TheGeekishBrunette January 2, 2020 / 8:28 am

    Good luck on your goals! I am trying to request less arcs and read more that i own.

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    • Kathryn Speckels January 2, 2020 / 9:30 am

      Ooh, I forgot to include requesting fewer ARCs on my list, but that is definitely on there as well. Going to really try and keep myself in check, especially since I have a couple backlist ones I never finished (mostly because I got approved for them really last-minute on NetGalley–like, 6 days until publication is not a reasonable amount of time, publishers! Be considerate of us humble reviewers!)

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      • Joanna @ TheGeekishBrunette January 2, 2020 / 9:34 am

        I’ve only had that happen once to me! I don’t get how they expect people to finish before publication. We have other things going on, lol.

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  2. Zezee January 2, 2020 / 8:46 am

    LOVE that planner!! I kinda wish I hadn’t seen it because now I want to buy it, lol!
    All the best with your goals.

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    • Kathryn Speckels January 2, 2020 / 9:32 am

      Right?? And everything inside is so pretty as well, with tons of spaces in it for book-related (and non-book-related) planning! I’m hoping that how pretty it is will encourage me to use it regularly 🙂

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  3. dinipandareads January 8, 2020 / 1:25 am

    I really like that first goal! That’s a great way of ensuring that whatever you’re reading is a good mix of ARCs and backlist or new books. I’m gonna do my best to focus less on new books this year and more on reading my backlist, which also gives my wallet a nice break 🙂 Haha good luck with your goals!

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    • Kathryn Speckels January 9, 2020 / 9:07 pm

      Haha thank you, same to you! I’ve got so many backlist books I want to get to this year, including several major books I was looking forward to last year but haven’t gotten to yet because…I have no excuses lol. But so far I’ve been more or less keeping with the goal: I read one book from my shelf, Mooncakes was from the library, and now I’m reading two ARCs at once–one print, one digital.

      (I didn’t really come up with a rule for my audiobooks though…since those are all from the library, didn’t think they needed rules…)

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