We’re over two weeks into 2020 now and I’ve had time to think about what I want to achieve reading-wise this year. Having reflected on my 2019 goals, I want to continue with the same practices and hopefully have a great year of reading in 2020! Christmas also marked one year since going self-hosted, so I think it’s a good time to reflect on things I want to do with The Owlery Reader too. Finally, I have a few personal goals I’d like to set myself as well.
First up, reading goals!
This is the first year that I’m not increasing my Goodreads challenge. In 2019, I increased my goal from 50 to 80 books. 50 was fine – I managed 69 in 2018 – but 80 was a stretch, and I only just made it, so I’m going to stick with that number for now.
I want to continue reading non-fiction but instead of having a goal of one a month like last year, I think I’m going to go with an overall total, say 20 of my final 80 books. I still have plenty of non-fiction on my TBR to keep me busy.
Now, I said I wouldn’t do it again, but I think I might take part in the 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge. When I did it back in 2018, I was reading stuff I didn’t necessarily want to read, just to tick off a prompt. This time, I’m going to only do the prompts that I already have an appropriate book for, and if I don’t complete all the prompts – no sweat. I think I can do around 35 of the 50 prompts with my existing TBR which is pretty good going!
A totally new goal of mine is to try out audiobooks. I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts recently and it occurred to me how much reading I’d get done if I also listened to audiobooks. I mentioned in a previous Stacking the Shelves post that I wanted to start with a few autobiographies. I already have my Audible membership so there’s no reason not to start now!
Some blog goals
I became a lot more regular with my blogging schedule in the summer and was blogging four times a week. But, I struggled to keep up in November and then once December hit, I found it really wasn’t sustainable. I’m going to scale back to just three posts a week: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday with Monday as a ‘spillover’ day if I have a lot of timely posts that I want to get out.
This also means I might not have enough post ‘slots’ in the month to review everything I read, but I think another blogging goal of mine should be that I don’t need to review everything. I’ve already started doing this in recent months but going forward I’ll probably leave at least one monthly read without a review. That will hopefully leave me more time to write better reviews for things I did enjoy, rather than half-hearted reviews for absolutely everything.
As for another minor blogging change, I really enjoy writing my non-bookish highlights in my monthly round-up posts and think I might add ‘personal highlights’ alongside what I’ve been watching and listening to, just so I can share a little bit more about my life outside of my extensive media consumption!
Finally, personal goals
One thing I want to do more of in 2020 is see more films in the cinema, and actually track what I watch, both at home and at the movies. I’ll be tracking and rating them just for myself, probably on my phone’s Notes app, but just so I can more easily recall what I’ve seen. I already have a list of films I want to see, and ticked off Little Women last week! On a related note, I may start to do some short film reviews on this blog if it’s a literary adaptation. My review for Little Women will be up at the end of January!
As well as more trips to the cinema, I also want to go to the theatre more. Living in London, I should definitely be taking advantage of my proximity to quality shows. I’m already rectifying this though, having seen Hamilton on New Year’s Eve and The Duchess of Malfi last week. I’m also going to see Waitress with a friend from work in February, and might check out Six and Uncle Vanya soon too!
In contrast, one thing I want to do less of is spending time on social media. I always find myself mindlessly scrolling through Instagram and Twitter and it just feels like a lot of unnecessary noise right now. I’ve set a limit on my phone to help discourage the habit but we’ll see how well that goes…
Finally, I plan to travel this year! I travelled a lot whilst at university, especially during my study abroad year, but once I got a job I was a lot more careful with my annual leave and my money. I’ve since changed jobs and I have a huge holiday allowance so I want to make the most of it and dust off my suitcase. I’m already planning a trip to Prague next month!
What are some of your goals this year?