The very beginning of 2015 was when my interest in reading became re-invigorated. I ended up reading 75 books this year! That’s so much more than I would have ever thought I could read. I smashed my Goodreads challenge goal of 52 books (1 book per week).
I have always liked to read, but when I was in school I mostly focused on studying and getting through school first and foremost. I would mostly read during summer break. After graduating, one day I ended up in a YouTube vortex (as we do) and somehow ended up on the Booktube side of the website. I did not know that there was this huge community where people talked about books. Seeing people so genuinely excited about books made me get excited, too.
In January 2015, I read the book Fangirl and after that I just kept on reading and reading and reading. Now I’m here.
At the beginning I really stuck with Young Adult Fiction. Over half of what I read this year was Young Adult. When I read those books at the time I really liked a lot of them, but I think if I read them now I would feel differently. I think I am just now figuring out what kind of books I really like. Towards the end of the year, the amount of YA books I was reading began to dwindle significantly.
It’s crazy to me how much my taste has evolved in just one year’s time. Nowadays, I am constantly reaching for psychological thrillers or crime/mystery books (mostly adult). I’m also beginning to delve into classics, non-fiction books and literary fiction. This isn’t to say that I’m not going to read anymore YA books, because I totally will. I still like YA and I am super thankful to the genre for pushing me back into reading. But I can tell that I won’t automatically reach for it the way I used to.
I have lots of books I haven’t read yet. I counted the other day and I have around 90-ish unread books on my shelf. Because of this…
1. I will participate in the READ MY OWN DAMN BOOKS challenge this year!
2. Get rid of the books I don’t care about.
3. Do not buy any books until I’ve read them first.
4. Try not to go to the library TOO often.
5. Focus on quality; not quantity!
So those are my reading goals for 2016! Will you be trying to do any of these? Let me know what your reading goals are in the comments!