In 2017, I read 49 books… My target was 50. So close!
This year, my goal is to read 60 books… As at the end of April I have read 23. So far, so good!
How am I going to make sure I beat my target this year?
1. I keep a book database. It’s a really simple google sheet which I can access on all of my devices and even offline. (Sheets is an awesome tool and it’s FREE). I started my database last year but I’ve since upped the game and record a lot more. It records all of the books I’ve read – genre, awards, notes, fave quotes etc. (I’ll share my database format in a separate post).
2. I track my reading stats. In said database. I like to know on average on how many books I’m reading per month, and how I’m tracking against my goals and reading lists. It’s really basic stuff but I do find the act of recording is a real motivator.
3. I keep a list of books I want to read next. From recommendations and reviews, and classics I’ve always wanted to read. This means I very rarely get stuck deciding which next book to read. I finish one book and jump straight into the next! Also in my database.
4. I read in different formats. Real books are my favourite but sometimes the Kindle is the best option as it’s small and portable, plus the classics cost only a few bucks. I also use Audible for audio books which I listen to mostly while I’m at the gym. By having 3 different types of books on the go, I cover all of my bases for maximising my opportunity to read.
5. I prioritise time for reading. Probably works out to be about 1 hour per day (more in the weekends) which isn’t really that much. 30 minutes during the day and 30 minutes before going to sleep each night to wind down. I don’t find this hard to stick to because personally I prefer to have a quiet house and my nose in a book than the sound of the TV.
What’s your reading goal for 2018?