I’m not the biggest fan of new years resolutions. I’m “that person” who sets a goal only to fall back on it during the second week in January. But, when it comes to reading goals, I can actually stick to them!
This year will be BUSY! One of the busiest I’ve had in a while. We have a vacation planned in August, a wedding for my brother in law where both my kids and husband are in the wedding party, and a bunch of other things. So, the theme when it comes to reading and blogging will be “Go with the flow”. My reading and blogging goals in 2018 were large (See my updated reading goals for 2018 here!). I wanted to see what I could accomplish when I put some pressure on myself….. and I was pleasantly surprised that I accomplished more than I thought I would! As proud as I am in my achievements, it was hard. There was this constant voice inside my head telling me that I couldn’t rest, and it was freaking exhausting. By the end of December I found myself in a massive social media and reading slump. I couldn’t bring myself to do anything. The drive wasn’t there and, when I forced myself to do it, I realized that I was very unhappy. 2019 will be the year with as little pressure as possible! I need to get back into the mood where i’m doing things for the fun of it – not because it HAS to be done. With that, here’s a look at my goals for 2019:
READ 52 BOOKS:
In 2018, my goal was to read 100 books. I desperately wanted to reach the triple digits! AND I DID!!! I’m so proud of myself for that number! But, like I said above, I was constantly feeling the pressure. I wouldn’t allow myself to watch movies or tv shows because I felt guilty for not reading. I also found that I was choosing some shorter books because I could finish them faster. This year is going to be all about reading what I’m in the mood for – regardless of length. By setting my goal for a book a week, I’ll also allow myself some guilt free down time!
READ MORE MALE AUTHORS:
I’m not sure if I gravitate towards women authors because I’m a woman myself, or if it’s just coincidence. BUT – I would like to actively look for more books written by men. I almost always enjoy the books I’ve read by men! I appreciate their sense of humour, their brutality, creativity, and adventure. I especially love fantasy and science fiction written by men. So my goal is to balance the scales.
HAVE AN AVERAGE BOOK LENGTH OF OVER 400 PAGES:
Another reason for my lowered reading goal of 52 books this year, is to allow myself to read LONGER BOOKS! I don’t want to feel that I need to choose books based on the time it will take me to finish it! I want to be able to choose books because they sound interesting – even if that book is over 700 pages! Even though longer books are intimidating, they don’t really take that much longer for me to read. So less pressure means that I can pick up those brick shaped tomes!
BLOGGING/SOCIAL MEDIA GOALS:
LOOSE BLOG POST SCHEDULE!
Over the last year I told myself that I needed to post 6 days a week. For the most part, this was easy – I have a lot of reoccurring posts, reviews, and things to talk about. But, there were some days that I felt like ripping my own hair out trying to figure out what to post! Remember my slogan for 2019? Go with the flow? Well, if I don’t have something to post (and don’t have the time), I won’t force myself! It’s ok to not post every day!
POST ON INSTAGRAM 2X A WEEK:
My social media slump was HORRIBLE! And, to be honest, it still has its claws in me. But I am confident I can find my way out soon! I really want to get into the habit of posting more on Instagram – both bookish content and my planner. I might not reach this goal, and that’s ok. But I do hope to keep up with this in 2019.
BOOKSTAGRAM POST FOR EVERY BOOK I’VE READ:
This will help with my 2X a week goal, but I want to see if I can take a picture of every book I read in 2019. These pictures really only take a few minutes, and I can do a few pictures at the same time. But it’s also something that I’ve really struggled with. I won’t be crushed if I don’t reach this goal, but it’s a goal all the same.
There are my goals for 2019! As you can see, it’s all about me letting myself take a break without being guilt free. I put so much pressure on myself in 2018 that it all became a chore. 2019 will be all about keeping things light and fun! 2019 will be the year of curiosity, fun, and adventure!
What are your goals for 2019?
Until next time, happy reading!