Maybe is a little bit earlier to be talking about this but I think many of us can benefit from some tips and tricks on how to achieve our reading goals next year and/or every year. I’ll be giving some tips and tricks that I think can be helpful.
Set yourself an achievable number of books or goals. For example, if you know you don’t usually enjoy certain genre, don’t say “I want to read 10 romance books” when even reading ONE is a miracle for you. I know is an “obvious” one but sometimes we set some goals that we know can be a uphill battle to achieve.
If you are a mood reader, DON’T FORCE TBRs! If you are like me and TBRs are never completed or make you feel anxious, DON’T DO THEM NO MATTER THE READATHON! Not even for readathons I plan my TBRs, I know it is cheating for 95% of the readathons but I want to enjoy myself, no stress over the amount of time I have to finish 1000 books!
Have a list of books you are in the mood to read that month. Yes, TBRs are a burden for me most of the time, but this year I found out that it was easier for me to keep reading if I knew what I wanted to read before hand. Some months I wrote down the books I wanted to read in a post-it note and I put it in my reading journal so I had a quick place to look what I had in mind. These last three months I made a list on Note in my phone and I have ideas of what to read there.
Keep your reads in a place. What I mean by this is have a list of what you have been reading recently, why? Well, sometimes knowing what have been enjoying or NOT enjoying helps picking your next books. For example, November was a month full of contemporaries, so was the beginning of December, and even though I LOVE contemporaries I knew at some point I needed to drift away even for a second or I was head first into a slump. You can choose what fits your preference, for example digital/physical reading journal, Notion, Goodreads, Storygraph, Excel, Google Sheets, etc.
Search for inspiration/recommendations in your favorite content creators and MAYBE make a list out of it. This one seems like A LOT of work but it can be helpful, trust me a little. If you are like me and have hundred of bookstagrammers/booktubers/podcasters/bloggers that you follow and you know you have some similar taste to them, try this, why? because you won’t always remember what you said “hey, I think I would enjoy that book.” How can this help you? When you get to that point where NOTHING in your TBR interest you, we all been through that, go to that list and SOMETHING might caught your attention. And maybe that random pick will end up being a new favorite or take you our of your comfort zone.
DON’T FORCE YOURSELF TO READ! If you feel like you need a break from books, take it. Get your mind out of the mentality that if you are not constantly reading you are not a true reader. Is ok to take breaks and pick up another hobby or just take time to yourself.
EXTRA: Change it up! Change the genre; the age range; if you are bi or multilingual, change the language; the format, etc. AND enjoy your reading time, reading should be fun, not a chore.
This is all for today, hope you enjoyed. Thank you for reading my blog! I can’t wait to talk to you in the comments! Hope you all are having a nice day. Keep reading, keep reacting and making new bonds! Take care, I’ll see you on my next one, Goodbye!