2016 Reading Goals

I shared how my 2015 bookish goals turned out in my last post, so I thought I’d share my 2016 reading goals. I’m keeping it simple again because that seems to work best for me.

2016 Reading Goals - Brandy @ Reading Beyond

  1. Read 120 books.
  2. I regularly read a lot more than 120 books a year, but I’ve never been that concerned about the number of books I read, so I thought I’d deliberately set it a bit lower and focus more on what I’m reading. I’d like to focus again on reading the unread books on my shelves and perhaps rereading old favorites that I haven’t read in years. It’s been more than 20 years since I read Anne of Green Gables, and this might be the year to change that.

    I also want to read more of the books I really want to read but keep holding back out of some sense of wanting to wait for the perfect time to read and enjoy them. One benefit of participating in The Semi-Charmed Winter Book Challenge has been the prompt to finally read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. I enjoyed them just as much as I thought I would, and both ended up on my list of top reads of 2015.

  3. Read at least 1 nonfiction per month.
  4. This was one of the goals I accomplished in 2015, and it went so well that I’d like to keep it going in 2016. Once again, I’m not focusing on any particular subject matter though I might try to explore some harder topics this year.

  5. Write more reviews.
  6. This is a variation on last year’s goal to write more blog posts because more reviews will lead to richer content on the blog. I want to start by reviewing every book I rate either 4 or 5 stars on Goodreads.

  7. Be more active on social media.
  8. This goal is the most tentative one on my short list. I’m thinking mostly of Twitter and Instagram, and I’d like to connect more with other readers on those two platforms. I’ve already started following more book-related people and sending out more bookish tweets, but my Instagram is very bare.