Well last year wasn't the greatest of reading years for me if you look at final totals. I'm quite a bit down from where I was in past years. I didn't really have any kind of structured reading challenges. I mainly just wanted to knock off some books that have been sitting around and piling up in my closet and I also wanted to get some books off of my massive to read list from the library. And while I did do some of that the numbers were down the result of a busy year and because I allowed FB and Youtube and TV to steal my reading time. And looking back I think that is because I didn't really have specific reading goals. But all that said I still did manage to read a total of 29 books so I'm glad I was still reading at least.
For 2020 my main focus is still trying to read what I own. I am on a book buying ban for the time being so I won't be bringing in anything brand new other than what I have on pre-order that was purchased with a gift card. And I'm going to try and avoid the Little Library jaunts for a bit so no books come into the house that way. We'll see how that all goes because yes, I have a bit of the Dory syndrome.
So broken down, my personal reading goal is going to look a bit like this:
- At least 3 books a month from my own piles
-one of these books must be from my box that contains the books that have been sitting around here the longest, the ones that keep getting pushed back because I keep bringing in new ones. Hopefully by the end of the year I'll have emptied this box.
-At least 1 book per month from my library list because I just can't not go to the library
-At least 1 novella per month from A Lineage of Grace and Sons of Encouragement study books by Francine Rivers (for a total of 10)
-I'm going to shoot for the goal of reading 52 books this year. This has always been my goal but I have never quit reached it. Maybe this is my year.
-Because of the success I used to have with the "Spring Fling" and the "Fall Back into Reading" challenges of the past, I am going to list the books I want to read for each quarter. I'm going to put up a Linky in January, April, July, and October for those people that want to join in with me in posting their own reading pile for the quarter. I remember loving looking at what everyone else was reading (though if I recall correctly that helped add to my reading piles. LOL.) We'll see how it goes.
So what do you think? Do you challenge yourself in the reading department? What kind of challenges do you do? How many books in your average reading year?