A lot of you know that last year was my first year having a reading goal. I read 52 books in 2020, a big leap over pretty much any reading I’d ever done. For me, it wasn’t about the number as much as it was about creating new reading habits. Having a goal helped me develop those new habits.
So, what’s next? I’m keeping my goal — no more, no less. Fifty-two felt like a challenge, but a challenge I was up to. It felt right and still feels right this year. So rather than increasing how many books I read, I have a few other goals I’m working toward in my book selection. Here’s what I’ll be aiming to do this year as I read my book a week:
Choosing Books Written by Black Authors and POC
The reason I read is to learn more about the world — and want what I learn to be a more accurate reflection of that world. I’m making a greater effort to choose books to support Black and diverse authors in telling their stories. I know I have a lot to learn from them.
Supporting Local Bookstores
It’s far too easy to hear about a book and immediately buy it on Amazon. This year, in addition to my Book of the Month pick, I am really going to make an effort to shop at my local bookstore, Boswell Book Company.
Reading the Books I Already Own
Embarrassing, but I have so many amazing books here in my house that I’ve never read. I’m definitely trying to buy less books this year and read what’s already on my shelves. There are so many good ones.
I shared my reading with you last year, and now I want you to join me. I’ll choose a book each month on Instagram that we can read together with no pressure of course. I’ll simply do a poll at the beginning of the month and a post asking what you thought of the book at the end of the month. Hope you’ll read with me and join the conversation!
Do you have any book goals this year?