In 2022, I didn’t get as much reading done as I would like, so I hope to get myself back on track in 2023. I’m not going to make a specific list of books I want to read as I feel that would be limiting in nature, but I am instead going to focus on some specific goals of mine that will help focus my interests.
Read Three Classics
As an English major in my college days, it is downright embarrassing how few classic books I have picked up since getting my degree. There are so many interesting reads that I want to pick up, but I get worried about whether they’ll go over my head or not. Still, I need to give them my best shot because I’ll never grow as a reader if I’m scared off by anything remotely difficult.
Read a Booktuber or Book Blogger’s List of Favorites
This is something that I have wanted to do for years, but for some reason, I’ve never gotten around to it. In 2023, I would like to pick a booktuber or book blogger that seems to generally have taste similar to mine, and read everything on their favorites list. Hopefully I find a few reads that I wouldn’t ordinarily have picked up and expand my tastes a little bit further into unexplored authors and genres.
Read Five Books Over 500 Pages
I have a seriously overwhelming number of books on my shelves that I have put off simply because of their length. Long books scare me off because of the time commitment involved. It always feels like if a really long book isn’t nearly perfect, was it worth the time invested in it? 2023 is the year that I tackle some of these massive behemoths and do my best to clear off my shelves.
Read Three Series
Another entry on my list of things that I’m really bad about doing is that I cannot seem to finish series for the life of me. Even if I absolutely adore the first book, I always forget to pick up the second. In 2023, I want to actually finish, or at least catch up to the current release, on at least three series. These can be series I already started, or brand new series I start in 2023. Either way, hopefully there will be less series on my “list of shame” by the end of the year.
Read Everything from at Least Three Authors
My final goal for this year is to try and fully catch up on at least three authors. This doesn’t necessarily mean that I plan on reading everything from three brand new authors. I’m thinking of taking authors I already know I like and reading whatever remains of their catalog that I haven’t read yet, and then ranking their reads because I love to talk about authors in regards to their entire body of work. I don’t have specific authors yet, but I have a few ideas and I’m excited to get started with this goal.
Overall, I don’t know if I will complete every goal on this list to 100 percent, but I wanted a list of objectives that could help guide my overall reading for the year. Hopefully, I get myself back on track and find 2023 to be a productive reading year for me!
Do you have any books you plan on prioritizing in 2023? Let me know in the comments below!