Back in 2013 I attempted the 50 books challenge and, despite not finishing it, did pretty well. In 2014 I aimed to read 30 books throughout the year, a smaller number because I was aware of the reading I'd have to do for school and that I have much less time meaning 50 books was not a realistic goal. For 2015 I've decided to do things slightly differently.
I have set my goodreads goal to 20. A fairly low number that I know I will achieve. 2015 will not be about how many books I read cover to cover, that's not the type of reader I want to be. Instead I've set up a few reading goals or resolutions for myself to make sure my love of reading perseveres throughout the stressful year that lies ahead for me.
Read at least one book every other month just because you want to read it. Last year I found that throughout term time I wasn't really reading anything because I wanted to read it. I have found myself ridiculously far behind on ebooks I've been sent and my tbr pile seems to be growing by the minute. So many things to read just makes me feel a little over whelmed and that just takes the excitement out of reading. Reading is something I enjoy and I plan to remind myself of this by not depriving myself a little bit of YA every now and then, despite it not being on the syllabus for any of my subjects.
Utilise time: read on the bus! I find that when I get home from school at 5pm and have work that needs to be done for the next day I just can't motivate myself to read before I go to sleep. I do, however, have about 40 minutes of time on the bus on the way home from school every day that is usually spent doing nothing more than staring blankly out of the window. Using this time to read has worked in the past and could make a big difference to how much reading I can get done.
Don't finish bad books. I have a real habit of finishing bad books just because I want to add them to be 'read' pile on good reads. Next year if I get more than halfway through the book I am going to allow myself to mark it as read, meaning hopefully I can spend more time reading good books, time currently spent finishing bad ones.
While I am sure I will still have a little voice in the back of my mind saying to read more because I've not read enough, I'm going to try and stick to these and remind myself of them though 2015.
Do you have any reading goals or resolutions for 2015? Are you attempting the 50 books challenge? Let me know in the comments below!