2014 READING GOALS (and a quick recap of 2013)

As is tradition, every beginning of the year I write down my goals for the new year, reading-wise. This year is no exception, because I like making goals. They  make me feel accomplished and mature (haha!), and it doesn’t matter if they are just reading goals. 😀

But first, here’s a quick recap of how I fared with my 2013 Reading Goal:

  1. Reading Goal of 30 books. I had increased this number to 40 midway in June (?) but still managed to surpass it by finishing 53 books when 2013 ended. And to think that I gave birth last July and have become a first-time mom. I guess that’s what we call time management, eh? Hihi. The local novellas that I read were a great factor in making me read more than I intended to read, but I could not call it cheating because I read the novellas on my own volition and not merely as an excuse to catch up on my goal. I also read 3 chunksters last year: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, A Clash of Kings, and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. So yay!
  2. Work on my review backlog.I had several review backlogs when 2013 started but I was able to catch up on them, thanks to quick reviews. Also, there were a couple of books I decided not to write about anymore because I had lost the desire to write about them. I realized that blogging shouldn’t be a chore so I will not force my self to write if I don’t feel like writing. Blogging and reading should be fun, right?
  3. Continue with the Required Reading Challenge. I love this meme. I’d been looking forward to doing this every month last year that most of the time I already had a list of books in mind even before the month ended. Yay!
  4. Limit my book-buying. I am proud to say that I was able to achieve this goal. I bought books on the last part of the year only, and most were for gifts. So, yay!
  5. Read one local book every two months. I was not able to strictly follow the one-book-every-two-months rule, but I am glad to have read a considerable amount of local books last year. My previous post even showed my top 5 favorite local books of 2013. So, yay also for this!

That being said, I can say that 2013 was a good reading year. I am satisfied of what I’ve accomplished, reading-wise, and I feel good about my self. Hee.

And now, on to my 2014 Reading Goals:

  1. Read at least 40 books. This means that I have to read at least 4 books a month, or roughly one book a week. Quite attainable and doable considering that I have to divide my time among school, work and nanay duties. Let’s see if my time management tactics will still work this time.
  2. Read at least one print book every month. Ever since I got my Kindle, I seldom read print books. This is not a good habit because a) I keep buying/receiving print books, and b) what good is a book if unread? They will just become waste of space.
  3. Read at least one 501 Children’s Book every quarter. I’ve been telling my self to work on this challenge ever since I set it up two years ago, but I have failed miserably. I started reading Little Women last year but fell into a rut. I hope to pick it up again and hopefully finish it this year. Now that I have a child of my own, I figure this will be a fitting opportunity to work on this challenge. By this goal, it will mean that I will have to read at least one 501 Children’s Book in January-March, April-June, July-September, and October-December.
  4. [EDITED TO ADD:]  Read all the books in this list. This is an additional goal I made a few days after I published this post.

 

Here’s to wishing I’ll be able to achieve them. Cheers to 2014!

8 thoughts on “2014 READING GOALS (and a quick recap of 2013)

    1. I am actually looking forward to reading the 501 Children’s Books this year. I just hope I get to finish Little Women soon so I can continue with the other books on the list. 🙂

      Happy new year, too, Monique!

    1. Haha! This is a goal that may be difficult to achieve but having a baby in my case has certainly helped (because I convert the costs of books to diapers/milk, haha).

  1. Isn’t it so satisfying when you get to finish a chunkster? Hehe. Also, I love the Required Reading Meme. It is something that I will most likely keep on doing, as well. And from 30 to 53! Congrats! 😀

    1. I know, right? But aside from the GoT series that I want to read this year, I guess I won’t be reading any more chunksters. It gets tiring at some point. 😉 And I’ll always look out for your Required Reading posts. 🙂

    1. Thanks for gifts I received, I can at least limit book-buying because I already have most of the books I want to read. Not to mention we can easily acquire ebooks, yes?

      Cheers, Maria! <3

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