Thursday, January 5, 2017

2017 Reading Goals

Rebecca Lately 2017 Reading Goals

At the end of every year, I love to think about the books I read.  If you're like me, you set a lofty reading goal and don't always attain it.  In 2016, I set a goal of reading 35 books.  Well, much to my surprise, I surpassed it!  My grand total was 40 books read in 2016.

Of course, that's not counting books I didn't finish.  So, technically, I read more than 40 books.  40 is amazing, though!

I (day)dream about reading 52 books in one year.  How awesome would that be?  I am not sure if I will ever reach that lofty goal.

For 2017, I've set a goal to read 40 books.  I hit 40 books in the fall, so it should be easy.  Maybe I will surpass it again, or maybe I won't even meet my goal.

My second reading goal is to slow down my purchasing of books.  ;)  I get my Book of the Month club book every month, but for the most part I haven't been purchasing books at the book store.  We already have so many books to pack up (again) when we move in the spring, I don't want to add to it. In fact, I could reach my 2017 reading goal without buying any more books.

I have one last goal, and that's to let go of books that I either don't like or don't want to read. Recently, I went through the books on our bookcase and donated a ton of books that I've read and don't want to keep.  I also donated a lot of books that I haven't read that don't excite me anymore.

Going forward, I want to continue to purge books that don't interest me.  I also want to put books down that I don't like.  Just because I start a book doesn't mean I have to finish it.  There are so many books out there, I don't want to waste time on books that don't grab me.  This is a little harder for me, because once I start something I like to finish it.  2016 was the first year that I didn't finish multiple books.

So, all that being said, I am currently reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah. J. Maas.  It is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, which happens to be one of my favorite stories (and Disney movies!).  So far, I love it!

Do you have any reading goals for the year?  I'd love to also hear about your own book recommendations!


  1. Wow! 40 books?! That is amazing!!! We should start a book swap so we can all save a little money and share our favorite reads!

  2. This was really encouraging for me. Great points. Books aren't people. If I don't like it move on.