Friday, June 6, 2014

2014 Reading Goals: An Update!



As it is the middle of the year (how crazy is that?!), I thought it would appropriate to provide a little update on the six reading goals I hope to accomplish this year.

1. Read 50 books
I originally chose to read 50 books for this year without knowing exactly how much I could read and, to my surprise, I have already read 33! So I've decided to increase my goal by 10 books, making my new goal 60 books. I plan to keep it at 60 for the rest of this year, even if surpass it early, and increase the number in 2015.

2. Go back and read at least one book from high school
I haven't started this goal yet, but I do know that I want to re-read 1984. I don't remember most of what happens and although it is a small book, I imagine I will spend a lot of time unpacking the content. Since I'm on summer break now, I'll hopefully be able to start it while I have the time to!

3. Read one classic
Whenever I decide to read a classic (or any content-heavy book), I like to do this thing where I choose a lighter book and read it at the same time. Well, not the EXACT same time. What I mean is, I like to give myself the option to choose one book over another if I don't feel like tackling the content-heavy book.

I'm currently reading The Great Gatsby, but I'm finding myself more interested in whatever I've chosen to read alongside it. I'm not exactly forcing myself to read The Great Gatsby (I genuinely DO want to read it and am interested in the storyline) but it's hard for me to get through a classic. I think I'm going to try and read about 10 pages a day, just so I'm not hit with so much information at one time.

Do you treat classics differently than you do other books? If so, what is your game plan for reading classics?

4. Finish the Delirium trilogy
I own the last two books in this trilogy, but I have yet to pick them up. My current mindset is "start as many series as you can!" which is definitely not something I should be doing if I want to finish this one. I've also heard a lot of mixed reviews about the rest of this trilogy and how the ending doesn't bring closure, so I've been avoiding this one ...

5. Re-read the entire Harry Potter series
I read the Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets back in February for the #AYearAThon and the Prisoner of Azkaban in the middle of April, so I'm making some sort of progress! I know the Goblet of Fire is going to take me a while to read because it is a thicker book, so I'm planning to spend some time on it over the summer.

6. Read five already-bought books
Out of all six goals, this is probably the one most unlikely to be completed. I've read one (Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher), but I haven't been making an effort to reach for "old" books. I know, I'm terrible. I have a problem with constantly buying new books ... maybe I need to stop checking Book Outlet every day.

If you set any reading goals this year, how is it going?
Did you have to change any of them?

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1 comment

  1. Woo for getting ahead on your goal! I've never read 1984, but have always wanted to. I hope you start it soon! :D Aww, I've wanted to reread Harry Potter for ages. I don't think I've read the last two but once, and that needs to change. :)

    I hope you get all of these done!
    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

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