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,