Reading Goals

As a writer, I’m always on the lookout for new blog material. For instance, my son, Andrew, recently asked me what I thought about the latest CDC guidelines for masks and vaccinated people. (I could seriously write an entire blog post about this). We had a good conversation about what to do and where to go from here. It was one of those parenting moments that made me smile. And then I thought, “Wow, this would make a good blog post!”

But then I remembered that I made the conscious decision to write about reading during this month-long blog challenge. I’ll be honest. It hasn’t been easy. However, I set this goal for myself and plan to see it through.

Speaking of goals, I set three reading goals for myself this year.

The Goodreads 2021 Reading Challenge – Since 2014, I have a set number of books I plan to read in a given year. Some years I’ve met my goal, and others not so much. In 2020, thanks to the pandemic, I read 20 books in 2020. To see if I can top that, I set a goal of 21 books in 2021. So far, I am on track, having read seven books to date.

The Unread Shelf Challenge – One of my goals is to curb my prolific book-buying habit and read the books I already own. It has been 18 days since I bought or borrowed a new book, and I’m quite proud of myself. I have read two books from my shelf so far. This week, I am on vacation, and usually, I would plan a visit to a bookstore. But, I plan to read my books instead of shopping for more. I am determined to cross the finish line on this particular goal, but come June 1st – I can’t make any promises.

The third goal is personal to me. Thankfully, it required no logins, memberships, websites, Facebook groups, etc. My third goal is to read books that make me smile. I want a real page-turner that tells me I can’t possibly make dinner until I finish the next chapter.

What goals can you set for your reading life? Here are a few ideas for you.

  • For the non-reader who wants to start reading again, join a book club.
  • For the avid reader, make a list of books you want to dive into this summer.
  • For the person who doesn’t have a lot of free time, pick a short book.
  • For the person who has lots of free time, turn off Netflix and pick up a book.
  • For the person who has a long commute, download Audible, and listen to books while driving to work.
  • For the person in a reading slump, pick a new genre. If you are a romance reader, try a mystery instead.

Okay, your turn. What is your reading goal?

7 comments on Reading Goals

  1. Melissa
    May 30, 2021 at 7:04 pm (2 years ago)

    My reading goal is to keep current on your blog posts. ☺️ I thoroughly enjoy reading them!

    • Elisa
      May 30, 2021 at 7:14 pm (2 years ago)

      Awww – that’s the nicest thing I’ve ever heard. Thank you. XO

  2. Robert Krantweiss
    May 20, 2021 at 10:49 am (2 years ago)

    The opening paragraph is definitely a grabber! I like the clever transition to the the actual topic. It is painless and makes much sense. I chuckled to myself when about not doing a chore until finishing a chapter. Valid and diverse suggestions on getting back into reading. I endings that asks a question that invites the reader to respond. BTR

  3. Dr Renee Cohn Jones
    May 18, 2021 at 6:11 pm (2 years ago)

    Love this, but I’m biased, I love to read!

    Since life has gotten busy with family and other adventures, reading fell on my back burner again. I still binge-read on vacation and my goal this month is to read 5-10 pages a day. Not much, but it’s getting me through a book.

    I love your “Unread Shelf Challenge”! A few years ago I vowed not to buy another book until I read ‘most’ of the ones I owned. I’ve borrowed a few from the library for my book clubs and have been gifted a few, but haven’t bought more than one or two! Crazy hard but so important, I’m sticking with it.

    • Elisa
      May 18, 2021 at 8:26 pm (2 years ago)

      5-10 pages a day is a fantastic goal! Good for you!
      I’m so impressed that you haven’t bought a lot of books in so long. I don’t think I could do that – especially with new summer reading lists coming out every day. Maybe I will try a longer stint of no book buying in the winter when it is too cold to go out. Thanks for commenting!

  4. Victoria Juster
    May 18, 2021 at 4:34 pm (2 years ago)

    Great suggestions, Elisa. I’ve been reading memoir, so I’m going to try a different genre.

    • Elisa
      May 18, 2021 at 8:27 pm (2 years ago)

      I love Memoirs! Inheritance by Dani Shapiro is next on my list.

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