I’m excited for 2018 because I get to start another year of reading. After seeing how my reading went last year, I decided I want to scale back on how much I read. I definitely don’t want to force myself to read a large number of books just to say that I can. If I naturally get to a large amount of books read, then I’ll be happy. However, I want to read just one book a week to really enjoy what I’m reading, and fully grasping the story I have in front of me.
I also want to cut down on how much screen time I have in a day. To do this, I’m going to make it my mission to read for at least one hour a day. So instead of watching random YouTube videos for a few hours, I’m going to replace that time with reading. I think by doing this, I’ll actually be able to finish books faster, and also make the time to read. I already do read a lot, but I think it’s important to try to increase the amount of time I dedicate to it.
With that, I want to read more thoughtfully. Since I wanted to read 60 books last year, I didn’t really take the time to focus on what I was reading. I could read a few books in a month, and then forget a few of the plot points because I was reading too quickly. That’s why I’m limiting how much I want to read, but with doing so I’m allowing myself to actually understand what I’m reading. For example, if I decide to read Moby Dick, how can I fully grasp the story, and its message, if I’m trying to finish it in 3 days? It just doesn’t work. I need to give myself the time to enjoy and understand my books in 2018.
To enjoy more books in 2018, I’m only reading books I want to read. I understand why this might sound a bit strange. Shouldn’t all the books I read be ones I want to read? Well, yes, but sometimes I pick up a book because I need to achieve my reading quota. There were some months in 2017 where I read many shorter books because I needed to get to my 60 book goal. So, instead of reading a much larger book, or a book I’ve been wanting to read for ages, I picked a random shorter book to fulfill this need. I don’t want to do that anymore. If I want to read a lot of 800 page books in a row, I will.
Finally, I want to read more diversely in 2018. I would say I already read quite diversely, but I want to make more of an effort with it. I read a lot of books by women, people of colour, and who identify as LGBTQ, but I want to read more. I want to continue on the path of reading like this. How will I grow as a person, and as a reader, if I don’t read stories from authors of varying backgrounds? I hope that 2018 will be a year full of wonderful diverse books read.
What reading goals are you setting for yourself?