I’m not big into new year’s resolutions. Usually, resolutions end up being statements about HUGE changes that are nearly impossible to achieve. Actual goals aren’t like that. What I do think is important, though, is thinking about the future, setting goals and making plans.

At my job, I have annual and semi-annual reviews with my manager. During those reviews, I have to come up with some SMART goals for my role. SMART goals are goals that you can actually achieve (unlike finishing my entire TBR or getting a six-pack). They are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-based.

In today’s post and tomorrow’s, I’m going to outline my SMART goals for 2017 for reading, and for writing/blogging.

I’ve spent a few days mulling over these ideas and letting them percolate in my brain. I wanted to set some clear goals this year. I wanted to set SMART goals that I can actually achieve without overwhelming myself. In the past, I’ve set those not-so-smart goals and completely failed at them because I had no plan, no structure, and very quickly became overwhelmed or distracted.

“People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” – Earl Nightingale

“People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” – Earl Nightingale

trishajennreads 2017 Reading Goals

These goals are related to reading. This includes books (fiction and non-fiction), graphic novels, and blogs.

Read books I already own

Shortly before the new year, I counted the books on my shelf, on my ereader, and in my audiobook collection that I already own but have not read. This list has 58 books in it. FIFTY-EIGHT! And that doesn’t include the series like Anne of Green Gables and The Chronicles of Narnia that I know I read a loooong time ago but want to read again now that I’m an adult. This also doesn’t include any books for review that I may have coming through subscription boxes or other means.

In the next twelve months I will read at least two books that I already own for every new book that I buy/borrow/read.

I’ve made a list on my phone of books already on my shelf. I’ll check off books as I read them. I also have a notebook that I carry around with me in which I am going to track each book I read and whether or not it was on my shelf on January 1, 2017 or if it was added during the year.

Spend 1 hour per week reading other blogs

I made a plan last year to read more blogs by other bookish bloggers. It worked for a little while, but the way I went about doing it wasn’t sustainable. I had emails coming in of new posts, had some blogs followed on wordpress and some on feedly and some on google. I had no set time to read blogs and so, rarely actually got to it.

This year, I am determined to read more of other bloggers posts. Why, you ask? A few reasons. This is a community that I want to be a part of, and being part of community means being involved and actually talking to other bloggers. And, whenever I do read other blogs, I learn so much about the bookish world, new books I haven’t yet discovered, old books I haven’t yet discovered, and really cool people.

In the next twelve months, I will spend one hour (at least!) each week reading and commenting on other blogs.

So, how am I going to do this? I’m going to schedule, in my calendar with a reminder, one solid hour of blog reading time every Monday evening. We’ll see how that time works, and I will adjust that time, if necessary, in three months. (Update: Blog reading hour! is scheduled in my phone calendar with two alerts, one thirty minutes before and one five minutes before)

Read more diversely

The more time I spend in the bookish community online, the more I realize how not-diverse my reading has been for much of my life. I read my first LGTBQ+ book a few years ago and found it so interesting and enlightening. I’ve always valued reading as a way to learn about the world around me. Choosing to seek out diverse reads and own voices is an important part of continually growing and expanding my understanding and my empathy.

In the next twelve months, I will read at least one diverse/own voices book each month.

There are a few diverse reads currently on my shelf (see above), but I would love to read more. If you have any recommendations, please let me know.

Meet my increased Goodreads Reading Goal

I wrote about reading goals and tracking my reading a few years ago, and I still agree with many of the points I made. After surpassing my Goodreads reading goal in 2016 by a whopping 24 books, I realized that if I’m planning on reading as much as last year (which I am), I may as well set my reading goal to that bar.

In the next twelve months, I will read 75 books.

I don’t know what life is going to throw at me this year. I might make this goal, I might not. But it is a fun way for me to track my reading rate, the books I read, and the genres and plots that I seem to enjoy the most.

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So, there you have it. My trishajennreads reading goals for the year 2017.

  • I will read 75 books,
  • I will read two books that I already own for every book that I borrow from the library or buy and read,
  • I will read at least one diverse or own voices book each month, and
  • I will spend at least one hour each week reading and commenting on other blogs.

I will also try to remember to do a wrap up post in December about how I did with these goals. 🙂

Come back Wednesday to read my writing/blogging goals for 2017.

What reading goals have you set for 2017?
Can you suggest some diverse reads I should consider reading?
Do you have a blog I should add to my blog-reading list?

Photo: frugalmomeh

  1. One of my goals is to read the books I own, too. My shelves, kindle, and ipod started at nearly 230 unread books, though! I’m trying to buy less this year and just work on the books I own – which means avoiding the library, too! It’ll be hard with all the great books coming out this year but if I can make a big dent, I’ll be very happy! Good luck with all your goals!

  2. Maan, I may be sitting around the same as Kristilyn… My kindle alone has way too many books I haven’t read yet (I’m terrified to count). I keep buying books when they go on sale down to 99 cents or free for promos and you can’t feel how heavy a Kindle gets with books so it just grows infinitely! Our reading goals align, my friend. I also did quite well for a while last year (aka. once or twice) with not buying books impulsively, so I’m going to try to make that a more sustainable goal this year. And make it last longer.
    I have a feeling I’ve seen you over at Anne’s blog before, but if you don’t know Anne you should check her out. She’s hilarious and super sweet – just like you. You two are my top bloggers and are always my first to check! 😀
    Good luck with 2017! Let’s conquer those unread shelves of ours!!

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