Setting unrealistic goals for the new year (HAPPY NEW YEAR!)

Good morning, good afternoon, or good night, fellow bookworms! Wherever you are in the world, you’re all – I think – now past all the fireworks and celebrations, or maybe you’re still right in it. Celebrating what?! The NEW YEAR, of course!

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I wish you all a very Happy New Year! Filled with happiness, and love, and with books, obviously.

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Usually, there’s not a new year that goes without RESOLUTIONS. Well, for some people. I’m not one to make too many resolutions, because I tend not to do it anyway, so why add the pressure? Instead, this year, I decided to set up some goals in what, with my full blogging year now, takes up a lot of my time and my happiness, obviously. So let’s take a look at my …

Reading goals for 2016ย ๐Ÿ“š

The past year, I set up a Goodreads goal for the first time. My target was 45 books, and I met it with a few books ahead of schedule, YES! I’m pretty proud of that, I have to admit it. Obviously, I want to read MORE this year. Whenever I see some people reading over 200 books, I’m wondering just HOW can they do that. I want to set A VERY UNREALISTIC GOAL, and aim for like, 100 books. But I know I will never be able to pull that off… maybe I should go with half of this?

Thanks to the AMAZING book blogging community, I discovered and added tons of books to my TBR. I read SO many AMAZING books that I won’t forget anytime soon, thanks to YOU. I’m not going to stop that, for sure. There are SO many hyped books I need to get into. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one to follow the flock just like that. I am a VERY CURIOUS person. I need to know what is UP with this Throne of Glass series. I need to check out ALL the Patrick Ness’ books that I didn’t get to last year. I want to read more FANTASY, because it’s a genre I don’t go to often, and I’m curious about it. I NEED to read more MAGICAL REALISM, because I read The Accident Season not so long ago, and damn. It’s the kind of book that has me chocking on my cereals because it’s JUST THAT GOOD.

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Well, if I need to sum up my reading goals for the new year, let’s just say that I WANT TO READ MORE BOOKS, I want to drown in books.

Writing goals for 2016ย โœ๏ธ

There’s another part of my life, one of my passions that I rediscovered in 2015 thanks to the wonderful NaNoWriMo. I’ve always been a writer at heart, and I used to write a lot, and a lot, before I kind of stopped. Life takes over a lot of things. In the pastawesome year, I decided to write MORE, again. I decided to try and do NaNoWriMo, with a story in mind and craziness on the tip of my fingers. AND IT WORKED. I DID IT.ย This is probably one of the things I’m the most proud of in the past year – including acing my exams. No. It’s better than acing some exams.

I really, REALLY want to set up some writing goals this year, too, because I don’t want to lose that. I want to get back to my NaNoWriMo story. I finished the first, first and very messy draft at the very beginning of December, with 62 K. I want to rewrite it, or at least re-read it, and fix some plot holes. I want to get back to that story, and not let it be forgotten.

MORE writing has to be in order, too. Participate again in NaNoWriMo, or even Camp NaNoWriMo, if I get the time. Because it’s wonderful, and that’s what got me writing, and motivated to actually FINISHย something. I just want to WRITE MORE.challenge

Tell me, how was your reading year? Did you meet your reading goals? Did you discover some UNFORGETTABLE BOOKS?ย ๐Ÿ’ฌ

What are YOUR reading goals for the next year? What are you planning to read more/less of? Anything special you ABSOLUTELY need to prioritize on your TBR?ย ๐Ÿ’ฌ

Is there a little writer in you? Do you have someย writing goals this year, as well?ย ๐Ÿ’ฌ

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35 thoughts on “Setting unrealistic goals for the new year (HAPPY NEW YEAR!)

  1. I think whatever goal you set for yourself in reading will be fine. You can go all out and say 100, but that puts unnecessary pressure on you. I think it’s always more fun if you choose an achievable goal and then see the Goodreads percentage go above 100%. It’s such a satisfying feeling! I will go for 60 this year. We’ll see if I can really do it!
    As for writing. I have so many writing goals! AAAH! I don’t know what to do. I need to finish Dreamer, I want to continue editing Break Up Buddy and my cousin just re-sparked my interest in some of my older stories. It’s maddening that I can’t do it all at the same time. But it means I have the story for the next NaNoWriMo set up, which is nice.

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    1. You’re so right about this. Even if I’m sometimes a little envious of people who manage to read 100 books and more, I know I can’t do this. This year was the first time I put a Goodreads goal, and I was SO happy when I succeeded. I hope I will manage to read at least as much as I did, this year! ๐Ÿ™‚ YES, you can do this! 60 is a great goal, I will root for you! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Ohh, so many writing projects, that’s exciting! I hope you’ll talk about those on your blog (I’m curious, VERY curious about all of those stories)! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. I am envious of them too! There are people who read a book per day and I just don’t understand how that is supposed to work! I read a book in one day before as well, but only if it’s really short and an easy read.
        Thank you ๐Ÿ˜€ I will root for you as well, whatever goal you are setting for yourself!
        I’ll try to write about it on the blog. I definitely didn’t do anything productive writing-wise in December, but I plan to do better on that front in the next months!

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      2. I don’t understand, either. I would love to be able to do that all day! ๐Ÿ™‚
        I’m so glad to hear I’m not alone, I didn’t do any writing this month…I guess I’ll call that my month-break after NaNoWriMo, haha :p Well, I’m so impatient to read those blog posts! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      3. I totally understand getting stuck, that’s the worst feeling ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I usually get a lot of inspiration sometimes when listening to a new song that fits my emotions about the characters or the book, or reading. I know you can finish this, I’ll root for you and make you cookies to motivate you! :p

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  2. You definitely had a great year! ๐Ÿ™‚ My original Goodreads goal was 50 books but I ended up reading a little more than 140! This is the first time I’ve read this much and I’m incredibly surprised but happy as well. ๐Ÿ˜€ For 2016, I think I’m gonna set my goal at 70. I’m so glad you found your passion for writing back and yes I want to start writing again as well, after my finals end in April I’m going to set a routine and try practicing writing daily. Plus I definitely want to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. Hopefully I will be able to. Here’s to a great year ahead… ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Oh WOW, that’s incredible, I admire you SO much for this. That’s so great that you managed to read this much in a year. I hope you will read a lot too, this year! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Writing daily is something that was hard for me before NaNoWriMo, and I really hope I can get back to some kind of daily routine or something, because I love and miss it a lot! Oh yes, participate to NaNoWriMo, it’s such a wonderful experience! ๐Ÿ˜€
      I hope you’ll read and write a lot this year, and happy new year!! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! โค

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    1. It’s so hard to write daily, especially a lot like that, when there’s school, and life, and everything. I still don’t know how I did it, to be honest, and I don’t know if I can again, ahah. I really hope you’ll find some time to write, yes! Motivation, a little time, and you’ll write a LOT I’m sure! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thank you so much Lauren!! โค

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  3. First, I just love the graphics, especially your 2016 in books photo. Adorable! It’s amazing how you were able to fit the photo so nicely.

    Second, oh my gosh! Yeah, I don’t know how there’s such avid, fast readers out there. I read 36 books this year. I’m setting my goal to 30 again. It’s the most realistic challenge for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And happy new year! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Thank you so much Summer, I’m so glad you like it! โค I kind of struggled with this picture, but well, I wanted to do it too badly to give up, ahah.
      I don't understand it either, that's crazy! I guess they're very fast readers. With school and life and everything, it's so hard to be able to read so much. What matters is that we can read, no matter the amount of books! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Happy New Year, Summer!! โค

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  4. So much yay for the writing and NaNoWriMo goals/achievements! I won NaNoWriMo for the first time ever after 5 or 6 tries this year, and it was wonderful. I’m still floating from it a little. My current writing goals are to finish the first draft of my NaNoWriMo project (I was a NaNoRebel), including a very detailed plot outline~ Good luck with your writing!

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  5. I’ve once read more than 100 books a year, and what happens is that most of those books end up blurring together for me, i.e. I now honestly can’t recall reading many that I’ve noted I’ve read on Goodreads, if that makes sense. I’m really amazed by book bloggers that read more than 150+, I think it’s definitely hard to balance between reading, churning out reviews, and actually living your life! But maybe that’s just me. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Congratulations on finishing NaNoWriMo! I unofficially joined but only made it to about 25-30k? I think. I write for a living too so some days I just really didn’t feel like writing for myself AT ALL, and I tend to spoil myself quite a bit. Oops.

    Happy new year! This comment doesn’t address everything I want to address in your post (great post!) but I really have to rush. โค

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    1. Oh yes, I guess that with reading SO many books, it can get confusing at times. Yes, it’s so hard to balance between, well, life, and reading, so I was pretty proud of myself for ‘only’ reading around 45 books this year. As long as we can read a little bit, that’s already awesome, I think! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much! โค I completely understand, sometimes you must want to take a little break of writing…well, at least you managed to write a little, so that's great! ๐Ÿ˜€
      No worries, thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweeet comment! And a very happy new year to you too!! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

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      1. IT REALLY IS! And you should be proud–45 is actually not a bad number at all; you pretty much read almost one book every week, and I think that’s pretty amazing. During my worst reading slumps, I tend to read like one book per six months, or something. :p

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  6. It sounds like you had a very successful reading and writing year. Well done on completing your Goodreads challenge and NaNoWriMo! The book community has opened my eyes to so many great books too, it’s one of my favourite things about it. I hope you find what’s UP with the Throne of Glass series (because it’s amazing ๐Ÿ˜‰ Unfortunately, I never have the time to participate in NaNoWriMo because of school, but I really hope you further your writing passion this year.
    PS. Your header image for this post is amazing ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Aw thank you so much! โค The book blogging community really helped me, it made me want to read more, write more, discover new books, and that was amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Oh I'm so glad to hear that! I really hope I'll love the Throne of Glass series ๐Ÿ™‚
      I understand, finding time for NaNo is so hard, but I hope you'll manage to write a little bit this year, too, if you like to! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comment, Liam! โค

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  7. 50 books is an great goal! I started with a 50 book goal in 2015 but ended up kinda smashing it in 2.5 months… I decided to set my goal at 100 books for 2016. That’s half of what I read in 2015 but I don’t want to put pressure on myself because 200 books is insane and I basically had no life for a whole year. I know it’s supposed to be a ‘challenge’ but why make it something that’s unachievable, right?

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    1. YES you did, and WOW, you’re a book-eater, that’s crazy ๐Ÿ˜€ You’re so right about this. As much as I’d love to be able to read 100 books, I know I won’t, so I will just try and make something achievable, so I can be all happy when I get to 100% of my goal on Goodreads, ahah ๐Ÿ™‚
      I really hope you’ll read 100 books this year, but I’m not worried, you can do this -and recommend me some amazing books you read, as always, afterwards ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. THRONE OF GLASS YAS. You’ll love it. It gets a little weirder as the series progresses, but it’s still fantastic, and Celeana is one assassin you’ll fall in love with. Eep, I hope I can get NaNoWriMO done too. Since this will be my third year trying…but hey. *congratulates self for giving it a shot* AND HAPPY NEW YEAR โค

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    1. I’ve been hearing SO many amazing things about that series, so I thought I’d give it a try. I hope I won’t be disappointed! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Ohh, well I really hope so, too, and what matters the most, is that you can get some writing done! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Happy new year to you too!! And thank you for your sweet comment! โค

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