Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Year-End Reading Goals

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Can you believe the year is almost over? I can't. How does time keep going faster and faster? I have all these life-improvement plans and no time to actually improve my life. It's madness!

My life is probably unfixable, but I still have a chance to work on my reading goals. Here's what I'm hoping to accomplish before the year ends.

🎃  Year-End Goals  ⛄

Stay On My Book Buying Ban

About 14 months ago, my unread books overflowed their shelf. I decided to ban myself from buying new books until I've read or donated all my unread ones. So far, the ban is going well. I want to stay on it and not buy new books until I have shelf space.

Keep Reading My Unread Books

This goal is related to the one above (obviously). I haven't counted my unread books in a while, but I think there are 35-ish. If I was motivated, I could finish them all this year, but I'm tired. I'll just keep plowing through them.

Cook Something From This Book

One of the few books I bought this year was Damn Delicious Meal Prep by Chungah Rhee. I bought it because the recipes don't look too difficult, and I need to get better at meal prepping. My current idea of meal prepping is scheduling my Qdoba order so my burrito is ready when I get off work. I need to start eating vegetables like a grown up.

✅  Vague Future Goals  🤔

Okay, I started writing this post and realized I only have three goals to accomplish before the end of the year. To make this blog post suck less, let's think about some vague future goals. What am I going to do after I read my unread books and cook vegetables?

Occasionally, Real Life Is Interesting?

I enjoy being a pretentious know-it-all. Recently, I wrote a blog post about nature books and remembered how much I love nonfiction. I need to pick up more of it.

Can I Become More Insufferable?

Speaking of pretentious things, I want to read more dark academia. I loved The Secret History by Donna Tartt and Vicious by V.E. Schwab. I hated If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio. I'm trying to decide if I like this genre or not.

Fangirl Harder?

I'm chronically online, so of course I'm interested in internet culture. I want to read more about fans, fandoms, and content creation. I think I also love books about people who are obsessed with other people? I don't know. I want to find out.

What The Heck Is "Suburban Noir"?

The suburbs are odd places. They have homeowners' associations that force every house to appear perfect from the outside, but we all know that no family is perfect. I think "noir" typically means mystery/thriller. I don't like those genres, but are there character-driven literary suburban noir novels? I will have to do research.

Do I Want To Be Happy?

If you've been around this blog before, then you know my book choices trend toward death and destruction. I like depressing literature! I don't think that will ever change, but I want to mix it up a bit. Earlier this year, I reread Carry On by Rainbow Rowell and decided I need more joy in my life.

Do you have book recommendations for me?

What are your end-of-year reading goals?


  1. Ha, I struggled with coming up with goals, too! 10 seems like way too many to try to accomplish before the end of the year. But, I do want to read more from my shelves, too!

  2. These are all great goals. Good luck with them.

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday post.


  3. You got me interested in that meal prep book. I am always looking for ways to simplify my meal prep, but keep it interesting too.

  4. Hilarious!
    Mine are more mundane: https://wordsandpeace.com/2023/10/03/top-ten-reading-goals-i-still-want-to-accomplish-before-the-end-of-the-year/

  5. Nice goals. The fandom idea sounds neat.


  6. Hah, I love your vague future goals :D Good luck with all of these!

  7. You are funny! I am also on a book buying ban, it's been months since I have bought a book. But, considering I still have 221 on my own-to-read shelf (not counting nonfiction or Kindle books), I have not limited myself to reading ALL my books before buying more books. But, I am working on reading more of what I own, sigh.

  8. I wish you continued success on your book buying ban and reading the books on your own shelves! I set a goal to only buy 10 or fewer books this year and I totally failed at it. ;D

  9. Oooh, I've never heard the term "suburban noir." Sounds interesting! Is it the same as domestic thrillers? I live in a suburban community with an HOA, so I'm intrigued by this...

    Happy TTT!

  10. Great list! You are not alone in reading depressing literature. I love reading books about death and serious topics too! Let's hope we both reach our goals for this year!

    Here’s my TTT

    Rabbit Ears Book Blog: WORLD’S WEIRDEST BOOK BLOG!

  11. That meal prep book looks good! I enjoyed reading this post! :)

    Here's my Top Ten Tuesday List.

  12. If you like nature you might like Brave the Wild River (nonfiction) about the first two female scientists to map the botany of the Colorado River. 🙌

  13. Above anonymous was from me, Carol @ ReadingLadies 👍

  14. You made me laugh they way you wrote this post! "pretentious things" XD
    I -want- to be the person that likes dark academia, I love the aesthetic, but so far, I don't think I do...

  15. Several of your GIFs made me laugh out loud for real. Ha! I'm super impressed that you've been able to stick to catching up reading the books you physically own. Initially I wanted to use the reading challenges I signed up for to do that, and I did a teeny bit. Next year I hope to do better at that. Thanks for sharing your list!

  16. I tend to read very angsty, emotional (and sometimes dark) stories. Rom coms are quite the turn off for me. I like the look of the meal prep cookbook. I really need to do that for my lunches.

  17. So impressed with your book ban. I don't think I've gone longer than a couple of months. Maybe that should be a goal for me next year. Best of luck with all of these!

  18. Wow, if you can stick with a book buying ban over a year, I am really impressed. The longest I have ever gone is 3 months.

  19. Going on a book band would be a good goal, but I'm not sure I'm ready to admit that I have addictive behaviors when it comes to book buying. Of course, I'm the opposite of you. I tend to read too much non-fiction and not enough fiction. I just reviewed one book that I'm sure very few of my friends or readers will want to sit down and read. Jeff https://fromarockyhillside.com

  20. We all need more joy in our lives. I hope you can find that with some books like your reread.

  21. Good job o the book buying ban! And sometimes fewer goals is better :-)

  22. Good luck with your goals! I'm not exactly on a book buying ban, but I haven't bought very many books for a long time since I started working at a library 😅

  23. You're already a lot better about book hoarding than most bloggers I know, so I'm impressed by your ambition with the book buying ban!

  24. I really love your goals! That meal prep book looks really interesting, too. I hope your cooking goes well!