I was a little nervous to go back and look at the goals I set for 2014, but was surprised to find I managed fairly well. Though I can definitely say that challenges aren’t my thing, I was pretty successful with everything else on the list. Now on to 2015!
- I know some people get overly stressed by the Goodreads Reading Challenge, but I’ve never found myself reading stacks of comics or novellas in order to try and meet that goal. I’m going to come up a few books short this year, but I’m okay with that. Since it acts more as a motivator for me (and I just like that little tracker), I’m still planning to set a goal of somewhere around 150 on Goodreads.
- Speaking of Goodreads, I really want to start adjusting my star ratings in 2015. I hate that half stars aren’t an option and I hate even more that my personal ratings don’t really vibe with the Goodreads “standard”. In general, star ratings are just very, very arbitrary for me and the reason I don’t attach them to reviews here on the site, but I know that they can be helpful for some. Basically, I think I just need to get my ratings on the site closer to what they are in my personal spreadsheet, which will mean shifting down a bit.
- I tend to read more books by women than men, but a few months ago I realized that many of the nonfiction titles I chose were written by men. I’m aiming to read more nonfiction by women in 2015, with a specific focus on titles that are not memoirs.
- Continue working to come up with creative ideas, especially in terms of reviewing books, that will keep the blog feeling fresh and interesting.
- I went through a little spell of being fairly relentless with books earlier this year, but I still have a bad habit of sticking with books to the end. I really want to be more willing to let go of books I’m not enjoying and move on to something that might be a better fit.
- Continue tracking my reading in order to keep it diverse and increase that diversity as much as possible (I’ll share numbers later this week!).
- Find the right balance between reading outside my comfort zone and reading what I know I love. This is one of the hardest things for me to pin down. I don’t want to completely close myself off to books outside genres I’m comfortable with, since some of the best things I’ve read have been titles I didn’t expect to like…but so have some of the worst.
- I didn’t do so hot with some of the challenges in 2014, but I’m making it a point to use my library more often in 2015. I started checking out more books this year and want to continue with that next year as much as possible.
- This was a goal from last year, but it’s one that’s most important to me so I’m going to copy it word for word: Keep spreading my love of books through the blog without sacrificing content or personal enjoyment for the purpose of developing a brand.
How did you do on your 2014 goals? What are you hoping to do in 2015?