2016 was all about reading smarter, not harder.
In 2017, I’m getting a touch more flexible with what I read.
In 2015 I really looked at my reading habits and decided I didn’t like them. I felt bogged down by all the library holds I had coming in on a regular basis and was requesting far too many books. As a mood reader, it was detrimental to my reading experience. I went through so many reading slumps in 2015 it was insane. I disliked the idea that reading was a chore when it served as my primary stress reliever. In order to get to the bottom of it all, I chronicled my reading habits and what changes I was going to make in my Tackling the TBR posts and from there, I was able to come up with a game plan for 2016.
I shared my 2016 Reading Plan in my SERIESous Tips: Avoiding the Chore of Reading post and I really liked that approach. By limiting my library and review requests, I had a lot more flexibility to read the books I wanted, when I wanted to. I hadn’t truly been able to do that in years and I can’t even describe how awesome it was to pick up a book just because I wanted to as opposed to needing to.
But this plan did have its holes and I learned some really important lessons:
- Restricting series/novels to a particular month is hard when you rely on library books!
- You can’t really control the availability all that much and it will screw up your plans!
- Stick to the “review request” limit!
- I had a hard time passing up some blogging tours and the like…lesson learned!
- Put less books on hold and focus on what is already available!
- Why wait 3 weeks when you could start something in 2 minutes?
- I LOVED that I was burning through my Kobo library!
- It was great to read books I had bought over the years!
- Go with the flow!
- With fewer deadlines, that meant I could read whatever tickled my fancy at the time.
It’s November but I’m already planning how I want to tackle my TBR in the new year.
Maybe I should focus on the next 2 months instead 😛
— Lauren (@SERIESousBooks) November 12, 2016
2017 is a year of really big changes for me.
My post-secondary education is finally finished and I will be entering the working world as a “real adult”. I really don’t know what life is going to bring–I might be working nonstop or not at all–but nevertheless, I know that will drastically affect my reading!
Which is why I want to keep everything flexible!
And so, I created a new reading “plan” to guide me into this new year:
- TBR Picks – purchased novels on my Kobo/Kindle/bookshelf
- I lowered this to 2 just because I don’t think I will be reading as many books as last year
- This is a part of my Shelf Love Challenge 2017
- Library Wishlist – aka 5 Year 5 Book Challenge
- this is a personal challenge of mine to read 25 of my most anticipated reads of the last 5 years
- instead of planning all the titles out at the start of the year, I will decide what titles will be for each month on a monthly basis, pending library availability/etc.
- I joined a Jane Austen book club on Goodreads that will go until April 2017
- I really want to get some more classics under my belt now that I don’t have English class anymore
- This is all about not hitting that “request” button too many times!
- I love helping new authors get that exposure by reviewing their titles, I just don’t want to feel “forced” to read something because I said “yes” to too many people
- Library Holds
- Again, I just want to focus more on what is already available to read now and reserves those holds for books with really long wait times
I’m sure that this plan will be modified along the way once I start working; but I really think it’s structured enough to give me direction but not so rigid that I’m stuck with a certain path. I accomplished a lot this past year in terms of my reading and finding that balance and I want to keep that momentum going forward.
Do you create a yearly plan or do you just go with the flow?
What are some of your 2017 reading goals?