Book Goals for 2017

2017 is here! I honestly can’t believe it. It feels like just yesterday I was writing out my list of books for 2016 — which I ended up not sticking to at all.

But nevermind that.

Even as I try to be pragmatic about New Years, it’s hard not to get excited. Sure, it’s just another day and there’s really nothing “different” about going from ’16 to ’17, but there’s something revitalizing about the turning of the year, the changing of the seasons, and most importantly, my ever-nearing birthday.

So I tried to be realistic in my goal-setting this year. (I told myself I would get fit in 2016, and just this morning, the first day of 2017, my breakfast was three cups of coffee and some Doritos. And I’m completely unashamed because it was delicious.)

But one of my other goals for 2016 was the move out of Ohio. And I did. And it was terrifying and awesome. So not everything went unachieved.

Anyway, I’ve decided to set my sights lower this year, because life is meaningless and Donald Trump has been elected president. Maybe I’ll finish my book. But I probably won’t. And that’s okay, because I’m tired of being stressed about it. Maybe I’ll blog more consistently, but it’s not like blogging is my life’s highest goal. So this year, I’m focusing not on achieving, but on being happy.

My 2017 goals:

  • Drink more water.
  • Save more money each month.
  • Track receipts and shit.
  • Stop buying thingsย spontaneously!!
  • Seriously stop.
  • Less phone time, more petting Smokey and Rosie.
  • At least 1 hour of reading time per day.
  • Write more. I don’t care if this is for a book or for a blog or poetry or whatever. Write more.
  • Don’t give up on stuff just because it’s hard.

My more bookish goals:

  • Read 75 books this year.
    • The majority of these should be pleasure reading, since the majority last year were booksย for work.
  • Read at least 1 classic per month.
    • One of these needs to be Anna Karenina. Just do it.
    • Another needs to be Walden.
  • Finish all those half-started books on your shelf.
    • For instance, Into the Wild, The Buried Giant, The Wild Truth, A Wrinkle in Time, etc.
  • Read more nonfiction.
    • Especially: I Am Malala, When Breath Becomes Air, Between the World and Me, The Last Lecture, The Devil in the White City, Green Metropolis, and A Walk in the Woods.
  • Don’t buy any new books until you knock out a significant portion of the unread books on your shelf.
    • Unless you find an amazing deal at Goodwill.
  • Finish all those damn books on your Kindle.

Well, there you have it. It’s not much, but it’s something. I’m excited to see how I do on this challenge. ๐Ÿ™‚




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