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Happy Tuesday y’all! This week’s topic is “Bookish Goals for 2023.” If you haven’t already, you can check out my New Year’s Resolution post where I list a few of my bookish goals for the new year. I’ve also already posted my goals for this year’s reading challenges. Here though I’d like to post specific goals related to my reading. I’ll also be using today’s post to sign up for Because Reading’s 2023 Bookish Resolution Challenge which runs all year (details to sign up below).
Read 125 books in 2023.
I know what you are thinking….”But Lillian, you only read 100 books in 2022. How will you read 125?” The answer is I don’t know, but I have lofty goals 😂 When I started tracking my reading at the end of 2013, I was averaging between 150-200 books per year. I read a lot slower now, and a lot of what I read is class material for Liam now that we homeschool. I also read a lot of books with him that I never count on Goodreads. That stops today! If I read it, it counts *stomps metaphorical foot* Picture book, counts. Graphic novel, counts. Audiobook, counts. Textbook, counts. Middle grade book, COUNTS. It all counts in 2023.
Make at least half my reads in 2023 from my TBR shelves (physical, Kindle, or Goodreads).
I had this same goal last year, and I have to say, I did a good job of keeping up with it. I read 100 books, and only 48 of those were new releases. The rest came from my TBR pile or old ARCs. I’m slowly culling my Goodreads TBR with the Down the TBR Hole meme making it more manageable and less overwhelming. I hope to continue that trend this year.
Listen to one audiobook a week.
Last year, my goal was to listen to one a month. I learned really quickly that if I’m struggling to focus on what I’m reading (which seems to be 99.9% of the time these days), if I switch to the audiobook edition, I wind up enjoying the read. That said, I listened to 36 audiobooks in 2022, and I’ve already listened to 3 audiobooks to start the new year. Go me! 🥳
Read, on average, 2 hours per day or 60 hours per month.
I have an unhealthy obsession with the Bookly app y’all. I love seeing those pretty pie graphs and charts. It also motivates me to read. Most days I already read about 2 hours, a lot of days I read more like 4-5 hours (insomnia is a bitch), so I feel like this is totally attainable for me.
Raise my NetGalley percentage to 80%
This has been an ongoing goal of mine for a few years. 2015 was a hard year personally for me, and that is when my NetGalley & ARC reads fell behind. I did a decent job of working to catch up last year, even though my percentage didn’t go up. To raise my percentage this year, I’m going to hold off on accepting any books except from authors/publishers I regularly work with and read at least 50 books from my NetGalley backlist by July….wish me luck
DNF books I’m not enjoying.
I’m the world’s worst at DNFing books. I feel like if I’ve been given a book for review, a gift, or book I purchased that I should push through it and finish it. Y’all, there are too many books out there to waste your time on bad books. With that in mind, I’m adopting a new policy for myself and for the site: If I cannot honestly give a book 3 or more stars OR if I would not recommend the book on this site or gift it to a fellow reader, I will abandon the book. To be honest, this will be a big weight off my shoulders moving forward. I’m only one person on this blog, and I will never be able to read all the books sent to me in their entirety especially if I force myself to read books I do not enjoy.
Write reviews as I finish the books.
This one is so hard to stick to! I inevitably fall behind. However, I did a good job of keeping notes in 2022, making it easy to write the review when I fell behind. Right now, I have no outstanding reviews to write which is SO freeing. This resolution is more or less to motivate me to stay the course.
Pick 1 Audiobook Book, 1 E-Book or Physical Book, and 1 NetGalley ARC a week to read and either complete them or release them.
This resolution came from Kai @ Fiction State of Mind. She shared her resolutions in our #COYER Challenge Facebook group, and I loved this one. I’ve altered it slightly from hers to fit my own needs. My TBR is so huge, being able to knock out three a week would go a long way in helping me reach my other resolutions.
The 2023 Bookish Resolutions Challenge is hosted by Michelle & Berls @ Because Reading and started on January 1st and ends December 31st. This challenge is all about setting bookish goals. You can check out the full list of rules and sign up now until Feb. 28th.
Your Turn! What are your reading resolutions this year? Share below