Let’s Talk Bookish –  Are reading goals worth it? 

How are you feeling about your reading this year?

It’s only 2 months in, but I feel pretty good. It’s been a fun journey so far and I’ve ready quite a few great books so I’m happy with what I’ve got going on!

Do you have a yearly reading goal? 

Yes! I set a goal that I feel is reasonable based on what I did the previous year, and try to take into consideration things that might impact my free time in the upcoming year. For instance, I restarted college so I tried to go a little loose on my goal while I get into a study groove.

Do you think that those kinds of goals help you to feel motivated to read more books, or just causes stress?

I think that having a number goal keeps me accountable. It’s easy to put off reading here and there but if I have something I’m working towards, I’m more likely to sit down and read over playing World of Warcraft.

If you set yearly reading goals, when and why did you start setting them?

I started setting yearly goals in 2020. Before that I was a very casual reader and I have no idea how many books I read each year. I started using Goodreads and really liked the system over there. In 2020, I read 60 books. In 2021, I read 117 books. In 2022, I read 100 books. I started setting a goal because I want to be motivated to read and I’m very goal-oriented.

Would you consider reading without aiming for a number?

Maybe later on, but right now, I really enjoy counting how many I’ve read.

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