HAPPY NEW YEAR!
In 2014, I read more books than I’ve ever read before and I think it’s because I set reading goals at the end of last year. I still can’t believe I finally read all the Harry Potter books (see this post), I documented my full year on YouTube and although I didn’t read 10 short stories, I did read all the Giller Prize Shortlist. So all in all, I’d say I had a successful reading year! This year, I’m going to do the same thing and list three goals that I hope to achieve by the end of 2015.
READING GOAL #1 Pop Sugar has created something called the 2015 Ultimate Reading Challenge. Here’s the blurb from their website,
From a book your mom loves to a book with a love triangle, we’re giving you a wide range of reads, spanning eras and genres, instead of specific books. You don’t have to read all 50 books (technically 52, since one is a trilogy), but it’s a fun incentive to diversify your reading — you may be surprised by what you find you enjoy!
I love the idea of diversifying my reading and having a working reading goal, so here goes nothing friends. I’ve got a working list of subjects and I have no doubt that I’ll be able to use the Ultimate Reading Challenge as my guiding light. You can do the same by printing this handy printable version.
READING GOAL #2 When I was thinking of what goals to work on this year, I stumbled upon my pal Jenn’s blog post about her book blogging goals and it got me thinking. Maybe I should make one of my goals about blogging. I absolutely love blogging and the reason I started doing it was to connect with the book community. And now that the community has expanded, I find myself getting overwhelmed by it. I use to visit blogs regularly for book suggestions and to hear what others were saying about the books that I loved reading. Now, I frequent them every once in awhile (maybe once or twice a month)and I hardly ever communicate with new bloggers. That’s why my reading goal number two is to get back in the book blogging game. My hope and goal is to connect with all of you. The people that visit this blog and the community as a whole. Whether that means joining groups, online chats or forums, I want to reconnect with everyone and rediscover why I chose to start book blogging in the first place.
I know that one of the requirements to do this is to not only visit more blogs, but to create new and fresh content on my own blog. Which I guess brings me to my second tier of this goal, which is to become a better book blogger. I blogged frequently in 2014, but not nearly as much as I’d like, which is odd, because I’ve really started enjoying writing. Writing for me has become somewhat cathartic over the years. It not only helps me to break down my thoughts on why I did or didn’t love a book, but it’s an avenue that opens up a discussion about books. That’s why I got into blogging. I wanted to talk about books all day and when I started this blog back in 2010, I didn’t know many people here in Toronto, let alone the book community. Now that I’ve been at this for a few years and I find myself talking about books in person with lots of people, my blog has taken the hit and that’s something I’d like to see change. NOW all that being said, I’ve finally created a blog calendar, I’ve come up with post ideas and I’ve already written six of the posts that are set to go live in the month of January. There’s no real science on how I intend to measure this goal, I just want to reconnect with that feeling of loving to blog! If at the end of the year, I feel more connected with the ideas, thoughts and discussions I’m a part of, then I’ll feel as if I’ve accomplished this goal.
READING GOAL #3 As I noted in the introduction to this post, I spent the first half of 2014 reading the Harry Potter series and when I finished reading the series, it felt like such an accomplishment. This year, I wanted to be a part of another series challenge, but I haven’t found one that piqued my interest until today when I got chatting with fellow book blogger, Lost in A Great Book. She mentioned that one of her goals would be to read the entire Anne of Green Gables series and then I thought, that’s it. That’s what I want to read… again. I LOVED the Anne of Green Gables series so why wouldn’t I reread it, especially since I’m now the proud new owner of this beautiful collection from Tundra Books!
That’s why I’m starting an Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge for all to join, just like Just A ‘Lil Lost did for the HP series. The plan will be to read one book to read each month starting in January and ending in August, which means that if you’re following along, we’ll be reading the following books in the corresponding months:
- January 2015 — Anne of Green Gables
- February 2015 — Anne of Avonlea
- March 2015 — Anne of the Island
- April 2015 — Anne of Windy Poplars
- May 2015 — Anne’s House of Dreams
- June 2015 — Anne of Ingleside
- July 2015 — Rainbow Valley
- August 2015 — Rilla of Ingleside
If you want to join me in my Green Gables Readalong, you can join the fun by commenting below and be sure to use the hashtag #GreenGablesReadalong on all your social media channels. I’ll be sure to monitor it and ensure that everyone is connecting with one another. I’d also encourage you to leave a comment below and let me know that you’re participating in the challenge.
I’d love to hear your 2015 Reading Goals! Be sure to leave a comment and I’ll be sure to respond.