Today’s discussion is about reading goals. In this post I will discuss why I think setting reading goals is important, why I set reading goals, and my reading goals for 2017. Now these are just my personal opinions on the matter.
Why is it important to set reading goals?
It’s important to set reading goals because it gives you something to work towards with your reading, yet still reading for enjoyment. Setting reading goals can also help you read more. A reading goal could be the number of books you want to read in a year, how many minutes/hours a day that you want to read, and page goals. When you achieve those goals, you feel accomplished, and it is such an amazing feeling knowing that you did something that you set your mind to doing.
Why do I set reading goals?
I set reading goals because I like to have an idea of how many books I want to read. I only set yearly goals, as my reading can vary month to month. Since I have set yearly reading goals, I have found that I actually read more. Last year my goal was 15 books, I read 28. This year I set my goal at 50 books, and I am currently reading book 72. You may be wondering why that after I surpassed my goal of 50 books I didn’t raise my goal. I didn’t raise my goal because I wanted to use the final total of books read this year (2016) as a way to make an estimate of my reading goals for 2017. Which brings us to…
My reading goals for 2017:
I want to try and read 75 books in 2017, what I love about Goodreads is how easy it is to adjust your reading goal throughout the year. There are ways that I am planning on doing this:
1.) Try to read more short stories/Novellas
2.) Read more plays
3.) Attempt a couple of audiobooks, something that I have never done before.
4.) Read some poetry
Read more diverse books: For this, I am taking a tag that I saw on Claribel Ortega’s BookTube Channel and incorporating it into this section of this post. She also has an amazing blog too! She created the Diverse8 Tag! I highly suggest subscribing to her channel and checking out her blog!
1.) Why is diversity important to me?
We live in such a diverse world, and I think it’s important that the literature we all read is reflective of the world we live in.
2.) What was the last diverse title that I read?
Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine- there is a really diverse cast of characters in this book!
3.) What are some of your favorite diverse titles?
I actually did a blog post with the diverse books that I have read, and absolutely loved.
Most of the books are non-fiction own voices.
4.) If you could choose one movie or TV show with diverse representation to become a book series what would it be?
I’m ashamed to say, that I haven’t watched too many diverse TV shows or movies, but growing up I did love The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, that would make an amazing book, I also think Dr. Ken would make a good book too. I really need to diversify what I watch on TV/Netflix
5.) If you’re a writer (if not skip this) do you include marginalized people in your books?
I’m rewriting a short story that I wrote when I was eight, and the MC and her family are of color.
6.) Is there a particular identity or experience you wished was touched on more in fiction?
Characters with ADD/ADHD and learning disabilities.
7.) Do you think diversity is important to BookTube & AuthorTube? Why?
I think the importance of diversity extends beyond BookTube and AuthorTube, it’s about the book community as a whole. It’s important to get the thoughts and opinions of others and listen to those opinions and take them into consideration.
8.) What are some of your favorite blogs and resources about diversity?
Twitter, has been my favorite source of diversity, there is always so much discussion. A lot of discussions that I take part in are always positive. I would list my favorite people to follow who promote more diversity in literature, but there are so many awesome people that I follow and I don’t want to leave anyone out. I actually need to find more diverse bloggers too! I also know that I need to learn more about diversity in literature.
Those are my reading goals for 2017. Do you set reading goals? Why or why not?