1. Prioritize my 2021 TBR
Like last year, I would like to always look at this pile first before choosing a different book to read. This year I will only have books from actual shelves on my TBR.
2. Use a ‘Balancing Books’ system for keeping track/adding to my owned physical/digital TBRs
I am currently writing up a list of all my unread books, so I will have a good overview what books I actually have on my shelves and my Kindle. I am looking to reduce the amount of unread books on my shelves, so I think I definitely should not buy more books than I read. In fact, I will aim to have to read at least two physical books before I am ‘allowed’ to put a new book on my shelves. This should be quite achievable! I will use the same principle for my Kindle. I have too many books on there! I have already noticed that I am buying far fewer Kindle books than I used to (and when I do, I only do so when they are on the 99p offer!).
I got myself a cute little notebook to make a good list and to make up a ‘balance’ every month. It should be a motivator!
I have already purchased some Kindle books that were on sale and a couple of physical books for a book club, but I am confident I will be able to read double the amount this month. I may even have read these by the end of the month!
3. Read new books sooner
Simple. When I do buy a new book I want to aim to read it as soon as I can.
4. Reduce amount of (lingering) books on my shelves
Everytime I feel like I am unlikely to re-read a book or I don’t think there is a point to holding on to a book I will be getting rid of said book. I am planning to rearrange my shelves a bit soon and I have already clocked some read books that can go.
There are also a ton of books that I am simply not excited to read. I do not just want to get rid of them unread (that idea makes me very unhappy!), and I do aim to pick up more of those particular books with the aim to DNF and get rid of them if they do not grab within the first couple of chapters. Too many lingering books!
5. Read more fantasy books/series
Fantasy is definitely a genre that I used to enjoy a lot, but I haven’t been reading as much of it in the last year. I would like to get back to reading fantasy a bit more, as I find that when I do I actually really enjoy it! I have lots on my shelves, especially series, that is about time I read. I also want to get through series quicker, ie by reading them in consecutive months. That way I am likely to stay more motivated.
6. Read more poetry
I have been really enjoying poetry lately and it is a genre I would like to explore a bit more.
That’s it – I am keeping it simple. Do you have anything you want to achieve in your reading life this year?