Last Updated on January 5, 2024 by ThoughtsStained
Hello, dear readers! It’s that time of the year again, where I am feeling inspired and hopeful. It’s a feeling that I can recognize realistically as one that might be a bit foolish, especially since I am never one to actually keep with my intentions. (Or, more honestly, life never works out the way I want it to.) Yet it never stops me from being ambitious at the start of the year. So, let’s talk reading goals (plus a few others) for 2024!
Overarching Reading Goals for 2024
So, with the help of Kal’s amazing spreadsheet, I have my current totals of the books that I own, what I’ve read and what still sits undiscovered on my shelves. At the start of 2024, I:
- Own 311 books
- Have read 130 books
- 181 books are still on my TBR, giving me a ratio of about 59% of my books unread
If I wanted to get to 50% of my owned books read (156), I’d need to read 25 books this year. If I wanted to do 60%, I’d need to read about 55 books. Considering I’m averaging roughly 15-25 books over the past few years, I think 50% is a more realistic number to hit (especially since we all know the owned book number will not stay static at 311…).
So, for 2024, my goal is to read 36 books this year. Much lower than most of my goals, but it also feels the most realistic? I plan to track my reading most consistently on StoryGraph, cross-posting to Goodreads just to help the authors against the algorithm. Feel free to come say hi!
Personal Reading Goals
On top of attempting to read roughly 3 books a month, I’d love to put my focus into some specific challenges or goals for me. I’m not following any particular challenges this year (so far, I may end up writing a post about all the challenges I’m joining if I get swept up in the hype).
But, for me, on top of trying to read a bit more, I’d also like to:
- Focus mainly on books I own
- Try out audiobooks a bit more
- Continue to prioritize books by marginalized writers
I think the easiest of these is focusing on books I own. I have a very nice little collection, so it’s not like I’m lacking for choice. Plus, I’d love to see that ratio of books read versus unread that I own tick closer to the read side. Audiobooks is a newer one for me! My day job is very data driven and sometimes, can feel a bit mindless. I’ll usually listen to instrumental music, but I want to explore trying out audiobooks a bit more, especially when working on day job projects that truly are mindless. I’m going to focus on audiobooks I can get from my library of books I already own, so I’m hitting two stones at once here!
And, as always, I want to continue to focus on reading less cishet straight white men. I think that’s very, very doable, as my tastes have just aligned naturally where I already crave the books by women, queer and BIPOC writes more anyway (they’re usually better, imo). But, want to continue to keep this focus.
Like I mentioned in my content breakdown post, I am also planning to scale back on my usual blogging goals. It’s not surprising that my stats plummeted on this blog last year, hitting practically no growth and getting very little traffic. I mean, I didn’t post here for basically half a year in total, so I’m not shocked. Still, I’d love to try and grow the blog a bit more.
Currently, I have 960 subscribers. I’d love to hit that elusive 1,000 (I think I’ve been trying to hit it for like, 3 years lol). I also plan to post twice a week every other week with things like bookish lists, discussion posts and the like. Reviews will be a bit more sporadic, coming up anytime I finish a book. (Which, like, hopefully that happens. RIP. 💀).
But, keeping it simple with blogging goals this year: reach 1,000 followers and post consistently with new schedule. Let’s see if I can do it!
So there you have it, my reading goals for 2024 (plus some bonus blogging ones). I know I want to continue to dedicate my lunch break time to reading, but I’m also wondering if I should try and do it before bed again, like the days of my youth. Considering I plan to not have social media on my phone any longer, I feel like I should be able to sneak in more reading time during the moments where I used to want to scroll. But we’ll see!
Tell me: what your reading goals this year? Have any books you’re particularly jazzed about? Any goals similar to mine? Let me know in the comments (or link your posts, if you wrote something similar). I’d love to know!