Goals are funny things. When it comes to bookish goals, I’ve never reached them all. For the past 3 years, I’ve set a goal of reading 100 books but I’ve only done so once. For 2022 I pondered the idea of not setting any goals and instead simply seeing what happens.
After some thought though I decided that goals, whether or not they are fully reached, are helpful. They remind me of the habits I want to form, of how I want to spend my time. Numbers can be helpful in order to keep me pushing forward. So here are my reading goals for 2022:
- Read 80 books. A smaller number than previous goals but more than my actual number in 2021.
- Review 70 of those books. That’s ambitious, given my track record, but it’s chosen in order to self-motivate!
- Read at least 10 translated works. Not a huge number but a jump from actual numbers. I’ve also set the nebulous goal of reading “more” translated books but I think a hard and fast number might help.
- Complete A Virtuous Book Challenge. I have 7 more titles to go and 3 are essentially short stories so this shouldn’t be too difficult.
- Read 20 books I already own. This was a goal I failed at miserably last year but again I’m hoping a solid number will help.
- Read 20 books that have been on my TBR since before 2020. My TBR as it exists now has books that have been on it since 2013. Many of those are books I already own so I hope this goal and the previous one will co-exist nicely.
- Read the entire Bible. A goal I completed in 2021 and am excited to do again. This year I purchased a daily devotional by Nancy Guthrie called The One Year Praying Through the Bible for Your Kids. It has a Bible reading plan for each day as well as a short devotional and then a prayer focused on parenting and raising children. I couldn’t have known at the beginning of 2021 the spiritual road that God would lead our family down but I benefitted hugely from spending time daily in scripture and reading the Bible as a whole and I’m looking forward to seeing how God uses it all this year.
Do you set reading goals? Do you stick to them or are they more like suggestions?