So the end of February is probably a little late to be writing about reading goals but with ten months to go in the year, there’s still time so I decided I will go ahead and write about them. Plus, more generally, as I realise I haven’t really been posting on this blog in any very planned way, mostly haphazardly and whenever an idea enters my mind, I would also set out some broad goals for this blog which I have been trying to keep up regularly over the last few months.
To start with reading goals for the year, having more than 300 (yes, 300) books waiting on my TBR (220 or more of these are e-books which are either public domain or free kindle books, or some review copies I got off NetGalley), my first priority is to bring this down a fair bit and resist adding too many more to this till it comes down a reasonable number. I have entered a number of reading challenges on goodreads towards this with a general reading goal at 108 books (including rereads) and one with another group Mount TBR in which currently I have set my goal at 60 books (fresh reads only, not revisits) with an option to increase the number as I go. To make this process fun, I’ve decided to pick a theme or set a mini challenge or challenges every month. So this month, mostly because of books I had to read for challenges and some that I had/have for review my theme has been historical fiction―other than the children’s book I read (review in the previous post) which I read for a challenge with another goodreads group, all that I read and am reading this month has been historical fiction.
Some of the other goals I’ve set for myself is to read more non-fiction regularly, for which I will try and pick at least one book a month from my current TBR- perhaps sometime later in the year, I might even pick a non-fiction theme for a month and read mostly non-fiction, but one a month I plan to read certainly. Children’s fiction is something I enjoy reading a lot, as I’ve mentioned, so that’s another genre I will try and include every month, and I plan to as far as I can link it to the theme I pick for the month, but where this isn’t working, or I haven’t found (on my TBR since I am trying not to add new ones) I will pick one randomly off the existing pile.
I also realised from my reading the past few years that I haven’t been reading all that many new releases or new books, and even books that I have on my shelves are more older ones than new. Partly to remedy this, I joined NetGalley so that I can keep up with newer books which interest me and also from time to time try out genres which I don’t usually pick up. I have read and reviewed only two books so far and have a couple more to go, after which I’ll pick some more.
As for the blog, while I started this blog over three years ago, I’d been writing only when something struck my mind and not keeping things up regularly at all. But since the last few months I have been making an effort to post more regularly, share reviews oftener, and from this January at least trying to do a minimum of a post a week and wherever possible more. But I realised that while I don’t want this blog to just be a place where I’m only sharing reviews that I write on goodreads, where I can write some more general book-related things as well (favourite series, authors, comparisons, something on poetry even), I do need to bring in some sort of order. So for the time being I’ve decided to stick with the one post a week (at least) rule. Every month, I will do a post on the theme that I picked for the month (towards the end of the month), generally reviewing my reading under that theme, and also writing a little on the theme or challenge picked for the next month/s. I will also do posts on Children’s Book/s each month and the Non-Fiction read of the month. Plus, I will try (as often as possible) to do one post on poetry (since I’m beginning to enjoy doing these). From time to time, I may add more categories and may be do each one every other month. But for a start this is what I have in mind (any other suggestions are welcome). In addition, I will share reviews of NetGalley books, and books I receive for review as and when I read/review these. And of course, do general book/author related posts whenever an idea comes to mind. Oh and yes, when I set myself any specific challenges or participate in challenges set by others I will share reviews and experiences as well.
So as I wrote already, this month I’ve been reading historical fiction, so I will be doing a post either in a few days (at the end of the month) or the beginning of March recapping what I read. Next month, instead of selecting a genre, I’ve decided to do some catching up. I plan to complete my Five Findouters Challenge (which I started last year) in which I’m reading all of Enid Blyton’s Five Findouters books in order. I’d reached book 11 (all the reviews are on this blog) and have to read books 12–15. Then I have Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell which I started reading with a group on goodreads but fell behind on. Other catch-up reading includes The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (which I was approved for on NetGalley) but will probably on get started on in March (early March) and Sophie’s World by which I’ve started twice (and am enjoying when I read it) but have been putting aside to catch up with other challenges. So the findouters and Hazel Wood will definitely be on this blog next month, and so will something on poetry and non-fiction. Since the Findouters are children’s books, so I may not do a separate children’s book next month. But before that, some historical fiction as well, as I have two review books on this theme left both of which I’m reading (Rani Padmavati by Anuja Chandramouli, and Following Ophelia by Sophia Bennett). So, well plenty of interesting reading and writing lined up ahead. Let’s see how things go!