Bookish Goals

Bookish and Blogging Goals for 2015

Bookish Goals

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’m definitely planning to go to BEA and SIBA again in 2015 as long as work schedules will allow for it.
    • 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?


  • I can’t believe GR still refuses to implement a half-star system, it’s frustrating. Not that I think I’m ever precise with those things, but I like to be close xD

    I started DNFing books this year after maybe a string of books I didn’t enjoy the previous year and it really helped. I mean, there were still books that I read and didn’t enjoy in the end, but I was able to move on to other books that clicked with me in some instances (if that even makes any sense at this hour, lol).

    Best of luck with your resolutions next year and a Happy New Year to you :) My TTT

    • I was so much happier in that short time I was DNFing pretty freely and feel like I would be a much happier reader in general if I stuck to that rule all the time.

  • I briefly thought about ignoring the stars on GR completely this year but… I sort of feel bad about that. Why do I feel bad about that??

    • That was actually my original plan, too (I still haven’t given star ratings to any of the 2015 titles I’ve read for that reason), but I got a case of the guilt!

  • You are so organised; my blogging goals for 2015 is to get better and that’s it. I hate the fact that there is no half stars on Goodreads; that’s why I’m doing up my LibraryThing. However ratings are too complicated anyway.

    • I’ve tried to do LibraryThing, too, but I tend to like the social aspect of Goodreads. Someday I’ll find that perfect bookish social media site!

      • I joined LibraryThing again and have been manually addung everything when I found out it had stats. I love goodreads for the soctal element but I wanted something that could work a little better than a spreadsheet

        • Would be nice if there was a site that could combine all the best elements from different booksites into one great site

  • Sarah Says Read

    “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.”

    YES THIS. I’m aiming to read more diversely next year, but I looove non-fiction, especially science-y non-fiction, and it is damn near dominated by white dudes. And the most popular female authors that write that kind of non-fiction, Mary Roach and Sarah Vowell, are the “funny” non-fiction standard. I just want relatively serious scientific or historical non-fiction written by women and non-white people, and it’s proving kind of difficult to find :/

  • I love your “be creative” goal…I should have put that on my list! I went through a month or so earlier this year when I tried to be more creative and I feel like that’s fallen by the wayside a bit. I also have the DNF more books goal on my list :)

    • I’ve gone in spurts where I have several great ideas and then just lose my energy. It can get difficult to keep coming up with things, so I hope I can keep it up.

  • debnance

    I agree with you about half stars…wish they were an option at GR like they are at LT.

    I would love to go to BEA. I think I’ll check out when that is and see if that might happen this year.

    Here’s mine: A Little Nonsense.

  • JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    I wish goodreads had half stars, too… that would make things much easier! Can’t wait to see what you come up with on the “be creative” front :-)

    • I feel like people are constantly telling GR they want half stars and it just seems like something they’re so unwilling to budge on for some reason.

  • Sam_TinyLibrary

    I really like your goals. I’m short on my goodreads challenge too, but I’m not fussed about it as it has motivated me throughout the year to read.
    I would be interested to see how you track your reading – I’ve never been one for this, but would like to try it next year.

  • Books on the Table

    I don’t have any published goals, but one thing I’m going to try to do is the opposite of you: I’m going to try to stick with books longer! I give up too easily sometimes, thinking that I’m wasting my time when something AMAZING is probably right there in my pile. Occasionally, when I’ve been forced to finish a book (because I’ve promised to review it for a book club, blog tour, our store newsletter, etc.) I’ve been pleasantly surprised. Maybe there’s a happy medium? Anyway, I wish you a very happy 2015 — I love reading your blog!

  • Amy Sachs

    Trying to find new and creative posts was one of my goals this year, and definitely one I plan to continue into next year! What do you include on your book spreadsheet?! I’ve seen a couple people mention this and I kind of want to be in on it!

  • Great goals! I love the notion of reading more nonfiction by women — can’t wait to see what you discover!

  • I’ve noticed the same thing in my non-fiction, it has great books but mostly by men and I would like to work on that. I think your idea of adjusting the star rating in GR and your own is a good one, it also ticks me that we can’t give half stars in GR!. Have a wonderful 2015 Shannon!

  • [ Smiles ] In my case, I really couldn’t care if the book was written by a man or a woman; all that I care about is, if the book is a good one.

    Thanks for posting an insightful article!

  • I failed a bunch of book challenges in 2013, so I didn’t join any in 2014. I’m still debating if I should jump on board for a 2015 one or not…

  • Great goals, Shannon! I’m definitely shooting for continued diversity in 2015. I’ll be posting in that topic in the coming weeks as well. Cheers to great reading in the new year!

  • Nice list, Shannon! I’m skipping a goals list this year—too much pressure, also it’d just be the same ol’ boring stuff. I’m switching up my challenges in 2015, that’s about it for my reading goals. Still doing the TBR Pile Challenge, but foregoing the Eclectic Reader Challenge (even though I’ve enjoyed it!) for a personal challenge to read more of my ebooks. Happy New Year!

  • Lisa Almeda Sumner

    You have some well-thought out reading goals–I especially like the last one! Reading “diversely” is one of my goals too. Challenges are definitely not my thing….My top goal for 2015 is to do more rereading. Have a Happy New Year!

  • Great goals! I have no idea how you read anywhere close to 150 books. You people astound me. :) I want to read even more from my TBR and to expand my stats keeping next year. Oh, and write more book reviews.

    • I have so many books I own and haven’t read that I need to get to, too…that’s definitely something I’m going to try to do more of, too.

  • Jennine G.

    I don’t like the star rating system either. I’ve stopped giving ratings on Goodreads altogether, unless it’s an undoubted five star. It never seems to match what I’m thinking or saying about a book otherwise.

    • I’ve been seriously considering not doing star ratings at all…it’s definitely something to think about.

  • You are definitely successful at spreading your love of books. I admire that! I may try to actually record my books on Goodreads this year; at any rate I’m going to try to keep better track in some way. I would LOVE to go to BEA but am not sure if the midweek thing could work for me. I’ll see. Happy New Year!

    • Goodreads is a great place to start with the tracking. I use a spreadsheet, too, which is nice if you want something that isn’t online/public.

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  • I’m with you on the whole star rating thing. That’s the only thing I dislike about Goodreads and what the number of stars means. I don’t do them on my blog either because I think I rate books not only how I responded to them but how they compare to other books in the same genre. If that makes sense? And I couldn’t agree more about your last goal (also from last year). I’m not here to be the most “liked” or most popular blog and sacrifice my love for books doing so. Me and my little blog are going to just keep trotting along here in the blogosphere. Happy New Year!

  • Holly @ guninactone

    I am late year, but I wanted to chime in with all the agreement on your last goal! Book blogging is/should be all about the love of the books and the love of sharing them!

  • Great list! I also enjoy the goodreads challenge without finding it stressful and I love tracking my reading stats! I’d like to use my library more too. I hope you do get to make it to both BEA and SIBA. They sound like a lot of fun! I don’t think I can do BEA this year, but hopefully next year :)

  • lulu_bella

    I don’t find the goodreads challenge stressful either! Last year I was under, this year I was under by 2. No big deal! I gave myself a lot more wiggle room in 2015, since I don’t have my long subway commute anymore, but I’m hoping my reading will stay about the same. You have some great goals!

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