Our Reading Goals For The Year

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Happy New Year, everyone!! With a new year comes more books to be read. My reading goals sort of mirror my actual life in that, I never have any set or intentional goals per se. I just have a general idea of the kinds of books I like and would like to read and if it comes my way, I will go for it. The actual goals I may have are maybe the number of books I’d like to read and that was because Good Reads made me and I picked a random number.

Part of the reason why my goals are flexible is because I don’t buy books and solely depend on availability from my library to determine what I get to read or not. The books I read are  based on popularity sometimes i.e books that are talked about a lot among critics or are generally just popular (the fear of FOMO is real) and recommendations from Leggy and another friend of mine (who I have concluded does not share my taste in books and yet I keep listening to her)

All that being said, I expect to have per usual a bunch of fiction and a handful of celeb autobiographies in the mix. Leggy keeps trying to get me to read fantasy novels but I don’t anticipate that it’ll happen this year 😀


Funny, one of my goals this year is to make Taynement read “Red Rising” by Pierce Brown. This is the book I always recommend to people who want to make an entrance to fantasy and it’s definitely going to happen this year, even if I have to read it to her!!

Anyway, I always pick the number of books I want to read every year on Good Reads and then read anything that sounds good to me. Last year, I picked 70 books and I accomplished it even though I was stuck on 65 for the longest and really didn’t think I was going to make it. This year, I picked 70 again. I never know exactly what I’m going to read every year. At the beginning of every year, I max out my library holds (and Taynement’s) with books I’ve heard about and never got around to reading or books that made the year’s best books lists. Every year though, I try to think about what type of books I’d really like to read that year so that I can have a checklist in mind when looking for books that I might be interested in.

This year, I want to read:

  • Books predominantly written by women – Especially by black women. I read a lot of epic fantasies and this is not a female dominated area at all, so if you do read fantasy and have come across great female authors that you’d like me to take a look at please leave a comment (p.s – I do not like fantasy books that are predicated on love.)
  • Tackle a big classic –  I already know what big classic I want to tackle this year and that is “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas. The second option is “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy if I’m feeling generous because everyone knows I find Russian novels just exhausting!!

Other than that, I intend to read anything that sounds great.

Here’s to wishing everyone a happy reading year!

Do you have any reading goals for the year? Comment down below and tell us what they are!

5 thoughts on “Our Reading Goals For The Year”

  1. War and Peace will be the death of me. I tried to read the full book twice, but could never commit to it. Tried the abridged version once then decided my brain needed something fluffy and shelved it for Perks of Being a Wallflower. If you ever get around to reading all of it let us know, it may be my motivation to pick either copy up again because at this point in you life I’ve promised not to stress myself with writing that frustrates me.

    Also, I’m super proud of you two. Happy New Year!


    1. Thank you!!

      I will definitely let you know if i read it this year because I would shout it from the rooftops! We also believe that you should never continue reading any book that you’re not enjoying, wayyy too many books out there for that!


  2. Leggy, definitely pick Counte of Monte Cristo over War and Peace, and listen to the audiobook narrated by John Lee. I read the book years ago then listened to the audiobook about two years ago, the audiobook makes an already great story magnificent.


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