Kristina Elyse Butke
2023 Reading Goals
I should've posted this in January, but I just didn't think about it until now! Anyway, I usually talk about my reading every year in some capacity, whether it was the YA Reading Project or a Year in Books, and at some point I mention what my goals are. Here is my post for 2023!
I want to read 150 books.
Now, for 2022 I made a goal of reading 100 books and beat that (I read 184!). I wanted to play it safe and bump it up to 150 because right now, my reading is nicht so gut. My concentration is a bit off and I've been DNFing books not because they are bad, but because I just can't get into them right now. I'm not sure how long this is going to continue, so I thought I'd play it safe and only increase my goal by 50.
Most of what I read are comics, manga, manhwa, and graphic novels, and those are always quick reads, so I expect the bulk of the 150 to be those kinds of books. But I do want to try to read more novels than I did last year. Speaking of...
Out of 150, I want 30 to be YA Fantasy.
This is largely because I slowed down considerably with YA in 2022, and also because I need to be thinking of comp titles again. There's sort of a time limit with how relevant comp titles are, and I'm trying to find more in order to help out my agent (and myself!) when it comes to pitching the book. But also, it always helps to see what's currently being published in the field that I'm working in, to scope out topics and themes and styles being pushed. I do enjoy reading YA for fun, but I sort of have a mission with this one. I could try to read more than 30, but again, I'm having doubts about my reading because my concentration is so off right now. I thought I'd play it safe and keep the number relatively low.
What about you?
How many books do you hope to read this year? How do you track your reading? (I use Goodreads.) Are there types or genres of books you want to get into this year? Let me know in the comments.
Happy reading, everyone!