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I don’t know about you, but I love making lists and checking things off. Over the last year or so I’ve noticed many book bloggers writing about their reading goals. Typically these posts surface in January as they set goals for the year. At the beginning of 2016 I choose again to participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge and set my target for reading 60 books this year.  So far I have read 35 books, so I still have a ways to go to meet my goal. 

In order to give myself some fresh ideas on what I want to read in the next 6 months, here are 6 reading goals I’ve set to finish out the year.

Read 10 picture books -  Last year I had a short stint as a children’s librarian (among other duties as the Branch Manager of a neighborhood library in Virginia) and had the opportunity to do story time multiple times a month. I read tons of picture to books to prepare for story time and to just feel out what I liked and didn’t like. There are so many great picture books and even though I’m no longer doing story time and don’t have kids of my own, I’m not going to let these great books pass me by. Besides, I’ve got nieces and nephews that need books as gifts right?!? 

Read the next book in a series I’ve yet to finish - There are several series I’ve started, but haven’t completed yet.

Read a book with an awesome cover - That’s right, I’m totally going to judge a book by its cover!

Read a book I own but haven’t read - I have so many books at home that I need to read but haven’t made the time for because they don’t have a due date.

Read a book recommended by a family member - It’s time to tackle at least one of the books I’ve had recommended to me.

Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award- See the 2016 finalists and winners here (https://www.audiopub.org/winners/2016-winners-circle)

Additional ideas for reading goals can be found here, here, and here.

Just because you set reading goals doesn’t mean you have to finish the first book you choose to fulfill that goal. After reading Gretchen Rubin’s BETTER THAN BEFORE: MASTERING THE HABITS OF OUR EVERYDAY LIVES  I determined once and for all that I don’t need to feel guilty about giving up on a book that I’m not into. I may decide to pick it up again later, but I may not. I love this quote from Rubin’s book, “I vowed to adopt the habit of putting down a book as soon as I lost interest. What a relief. When I let myself abandon a boring book, I have more time to read what I love, and I feel more energized and happy, because I enjoy myself more.” I agree; my to-read list is too long to keep reading books that don’t interest me!  

I invite you to join me in these reading goals or feel free to set your own goals. The summertime is a great time to start reading and since we are in the midst of the Summer Reading Program, you might just win some prizes for reading too!

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