It’s time for the second of my “2023 goals” posts: reading goals!
If you missed it, my first 2023 goals post was here: series I want to finish in 2023!
As I mentioned in the last 2023 goals post, I LOVE setting goals for the new year. It’s such a fun, optimistic occasion for me, and I’ve actually been narrowing down these goals for the past couple of months because I knew I wanted to do a few things differently in 2023. Let’s jump right in~
(I’ve included some of my 2022 bookstagram pictures for fun, so if you like them, feel free to go follow me there! @howlinglibraries ♥)
1. make smaller, fewer, and more thoughtful TBR lists
I had to put this goal first because it’s easily the most important one, though it’s a 3-in-1 goal.
1. I want to make smaller TBR lists next year! While this does include my monthly lists, it’s actually more about my annual and seasonal TBR lists. I limited my 2023 TBR to 12 titles (for reference, I chose 22 for my 2022 TBR) and am changing my seasonal TBR lists from 10 books down to 6 books per season.
2. I want to make fewer TBR lists—even if it means experiencing a little FOMO (fear of missing out). For example, despite how much fun I had with the “12 in 12” TBR friends put together for me in 2022, I’m not going to attempt it again in 2023. I’m also planning to join fewer readathons, group reads, etc.
3. I want to make more “thoughtful” TBR lists: I’m going to be pickier with my seasonal TBRs by devoting half of each seasonal TBR list to review copies releasing during that season. I want to make sure I’m making reading plans that help me achieve my overall goals instead of trying to juggle review copies AND mood reads AND my annual TBR AND… you get the point.
2. focus on series more
This one’s probably obvious since I’ve already posted a list of ten series I want to finish in 2023, but that’s one of my primary goals for the new year! I’m so bad about not finishing series and constantly wanting to, so I’m hoping to devote a lot more time in 2023 to series catch-ups and completions.
I usually never let myself read series books back-to-back because I flit around my TBR shelves so much, but I used to love binge reading series and I’m hoping to get back to that in the new year and see if it’s still as much fun for me as it was when I was a kid.
3. continue using my TBR jar
My 2022 goal was to pick 3 books per month from my TBR jar, and I have loved this challenge! It’s been a ton of fun, has put a bit more variety into my reading, and has helped me finally read some books I’ve owned for ages. I definitely plan on continuing this goal into 2023, though I’m changing it up just a little. I added some top priority Kindle Unlimited titles into the jar (the paper slips are color-coded for efficiency), and in 2023, each month’s goal will be 2 owned books and 2 KU books. I have my membership pre-paid through the end of the year, so I want to make sure I’m using it every month!
4. fewer current reads (AGAIN…)
This goal was in my 2022 reading goals list, too, and I stuck to it for the first few months of the year. While I did end up falling off the wagon sometime around the middle of the year, I plan to try it again in 2023! My goal isn’t as strict this time, though: I’d like to stick to 6 or fewer current reads at once in 2023.
5. 2023 “long list”/picker wheel
This list is a bit more low-key, but I still wanted to add it. Caro recently introduced me to the Picker Wheel app/website, and it has been life-changing! I’ve made a “wheel” full of books I hauled in 2022 that I haven’t read yet, and whenever I’m not sure what I’m in the mood for throughout 2023, I’m going to try prioritizing that wheel a little bit so I can work on recently hauled books!
6. take more reading notes
This is the most generalized of my goals, but I really miss taking lots of reading notes and would like to do that more in the new year. I always loved going to review a book and looking back on my reading notes, especially when it was a book I felt passionately about and had a lot to comment on, plus it helps me remember the plot better (especially for those reviews that I put off writing for way too long)!
(Ceylon was so tiny!)
And that’s it! Those are my 6 big reading goals for 2023. I tried not to overwhelm myself with any of them because I really want this new year to be a time of getting back to my roots: more mood reading, less obligation, and making sure that I never let this beautiful life-long hobby feel like a “chore” for a single moment. ♥
Do you have any reading goals for 2023? I’d love to hear all about them!
— destiny ♥