I set myself zero reading goals this year.
(Except for the goodreads one)
That might not have been the best idea.
You know the good thing about being self-deprecating? You are able to recognize your mistakes, and boy did I make a mistake. I was convinced that going with the flow was the best thing for me this year.
But! here is the thing.
I function better as a human, when I have structure. And even though “going with the flow” sound good on paper, it just works as an anxiety intensifier for me.
I don’t necessarily mean a month by month goal. I was thinking more of couple of goals for the end of the year, so that when I look back at what I’ve done this year, I don’t feel completely disappointed.
So, let me be the last person on the planet to share my reading goals for 2017- which I just made-up.
I decided to go for a point system because I like point systems and I fill more accomplished when there are numbers involved. Blame the my school system.
The points will translate to a reward, with each point representing a dollar. So, this will also help me keep my buying habits in check (because I won’t be buying more books unless it is an emergency. I do have SOME self-control). And, I have to gain a minimum of 50 points in order to complete the the challenge successfully. *also, I gain half a point for each extra book that fits any of the categories.* and there are no half completion, so if one category is not completed I get zero points.
Since half the year has already happened, some of the goals have already been completed- that can also translate to cheating, but IDC! because I’m making the rules LALALALAL
- One classic novel (5 points) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brönte
- Two Non-Fiction books (4 points) We Should all be feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, INCOMPLETE 1/2
- Start 2 new series (2 points) The Fairyland Series by Catherynne M. Valente, INCOMPLETE 1/2
- Finish a series/trilogy/duology (5 points)
- Read at least 3 books with main character who has what could be considered as a mental or physical disability. (5 points) The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín, Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley, INCOMPLETE 2/3 (Possibly: El Deafo by Cece Bell)
- Listen to 4 audiobooks (5 points) Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman (HIGHLY RECOMMEND), Coraline by Neil Gaiman, INCOMPLETE 2/4
- Read 5 books with a POC main character (4 points) Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Binti by Nnendi Okorafor, INCOMPLETE 3/5
- Read 2 sci-fi or dystopian novels (3 points)
- At Least 20 books written by a female author (10 points) INCOMPLETE 11/20
- One book by an Author were hesitant to read (2 points)
- At least 7 Graphic Novels/Picture books (6 points) Where the Wild Things are by Maurice Sendak, The Boat by Helen Ward, Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson, Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss, The Gigantic Beard that was Evil by Stephen Collins, INCOMPLETE 5/7
- Re-read a book (3 points)
- Read a sequel (3 points)
- Read at least 2 books from your OWNED BOOKS (I’ve been bad about this) (4 points)
Hopefully this will not translate to 100% failure. But at least I fell like I have direction again. NICE!