Happy 2019! I don’t normally make New Year’s resolutions, because I think they’re generally forgotten past January, but this year I thought I’d try something new and set some reading goals for myself. I never like to set a goal for the amount of books I read per year, because I hate that added pressure weighing heavily in the back of my mind, but there are a few non-quantity related goals I’m going to set for myself when it comes to reading. Plus, having them here in written, list-form will definitely inspire me to make a commitment.
Replace binge-watching with binge-reading.
Watching TV is something I’ve been finding to be really tedious and boring lately. I’m so sick of sitting down at night at watching two or three episodes of whatever show I happen to be in the middle of. This year, I’m going to make more of an effort to cut out this mindless binge-watching and start using that time to read instead.
Read more nonfiction, especially memoirs and essays.
As a reader I’ve always focused on fiction more than any other genre, but more and more I’m starting to broaden my horizons by introducing more nonfiction. This year, I want to read more memoirs, specifically Mary Karr and Tara Westover’s Educated, and I’d like to read more essay collections, by Joan Didion and David Sedaris, etc. Further, I’d like to read more psychology, personal growth, and business books, like Susan Cain’s Quiet and Sophia Amoruso’s #Girlboss.
Read more back-listed novels.
Even with reading a book whenever I can, there are still so many backlist titles I haven’t gotten around to! It’s always fun to read new titles when it seems as though everyone else is reading them and buzzing about them, but unfortunately that’s not good news for my backlist TBR, which I’m really hoping to tackle this year.
Allow time for re-reads.
I used to re-read books all the time, but this past year, I didn’t re-read anything! There’s nothing I love more than revisiting my favorite stories, so I’ll be making that one of my goals in 2019. I’m looking to (hopefully) make time for some of my favorite young adult novels from high school, and maybe even squeeze in a reread of The Goldfinch, which I first read in 2016, before the movie comes out this November.
Read more translated fiction.
I hardly read any translated novels, and I really want to fix that this year. In 2018, I read my first Murakami, and I’d like to continue reading more of his works this year. There are so many other translated authors I want to read as well, but Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels are at the top of my list.
In a nutshell, I just want to stretch out of my comfort zone and read more of everything! Do you have any reading goals for this year? Share them with me!