My Reading Goals and How it’s Okay Not to Make Them

The title of this post is the direct result of the cold meds running through my system. This entire week has been me just trying to make it to the weekend. I’m almost there, but not quite. I am still sick and haven’t had time to go to the doctor. Work is still crazy. It’s raining cats and dogs and my office is like a meat locker which translates to flippin’ cold (although I’d use a different word if I said it in person).

I wrote reviews this week. Interesting reviews that probably need to be re-written before I post them. The influence of medication on writing can be powerful. Reading books while sick can also be interesting too. I’ve read so many and yet, they are all so strange to me now. I’ve had nightmare after nightmare of worlds gone wrong. Those have not been fun but the conversations I’ve had about them have been entertaining.

What was my point? Oh! I won’t be making my reading goals this year. I can’t even blame it on me being sick. I got stalled with one book and it just went downhill from there. I don’t participate in challenges but I do set a reading goal for myself each year, and usually I make it. This year? I won’t. I am nineteen books away and currently reading a chunkster so I’ve given myself permission to not make my goal this year. There. I said it. I also promised to finally read a book by Austen and that didn’t happen either.

And it’s okay.

It’s okay because the month is flying by and December is coming up fast. I want to savor it a little bit. You know, squeeze out as much as I can before I have to take all the decorations down again.

It’s okay because there are winter concerts to attend, and show tickets to buy and visits with people that I haven’t spent time with all year.

It’s okay because there are new recipes that I want to try and there is nothing better than a weekend of cooking when it’s rainy and cold outside.

It’s okay because we still have to find THE pic for the Christmas card. I had planned to take one last weekend, but The Girl had a monster of a fever blister so that was definitely NOT the time to take one.

It’s okay because the pup sits on my head while I am reading anyway.

It’s okay and at the end of this year, I’ll set another reading goal (just for fun) and start the whole process all over again.

So if you find yourself struggling with your goal, I give you permission to say “It’s okay” because it really is. And if it really bothers you, you can just cheat and change your goal and then feel like a winner again.

See? I have an answer for everything.

29 thoughts on “My Reading Goals and How it’s Okay Not to Make Them”

    1. In the end though, what does it really matter if we don’t read the amount we plan to? It’s not like I am doing it for a grade or anything. You know? It’s just a number and I’m sure you won’t stop visiting if I read less than the 80 I had planned to read. Right? It’s just pressure I put upon myself. I want to enjoy the books too and rushing to get them read doesn’t accomplish that. I hear ya though.

  1. I am 1 book away from my goal…although I think I’m flunking 1 challenge this year. LOL Not my own, though, which is good. War blog and poetry challenges I can do! 🙂 I hope you start feeling better soon.

  2. So happy to hear that it’s okay!!! Now I don’t have to worry ANYMORE that it’s nearly December and I’m now 14 books behind in my Goodreads goal for the year! 🙂

  3. Ti, sorry you aren’t feeling well – that sucks! At least you are getting loads of reading in 🙂 And, you are so right – its okay if you didn’t make your reading goal – I never seem to make mine. There are just too many books and too many things happening in life. Oh well, there is always next year, right 😉

  4. Love this post…I am getting really tired of deadline reading and keeping track and any goals…I remember when I just read…and that was the best!

    So…good for you!

  5. I’m glad you gave me permission to say “It’s ok.” Beautiful written piece Ti. I won’t be meeting my reading goals too so after reading this I feel much better.

    p/s: if you keep writing pieces like this throughout the year, I would wean myself off blogging and reading. You have the talent to write for entertainment!

    1. So what you’re saying is that I need to take cold meds more often. LOL.I aim to please. I may not always be coherent but if I am entertaining then all the better.

  6. I’m feeling your pain!! I so hope that you’re feeling better and I say post those reviews while you were on cold meds…I think they would be great 😉

    Yay for you for just enjoying your time. Goals can be overrated at times!! 😀

  7. I have given up on the yearlong challenge I took on in January. Once the holiday prep started (Halloween) I haven’t even been keeping up with the books I’ve committed to reviewing, and have fallen behind. But there’s only so much time in a day, and as you say, there’s a lot of other stuff to enjoy at this time of year. I’m hoping for some increase in reading time in January.

  8. So sorry that you are still feeling so cruddy–whatever you caught, it seems to be a doozy. I am crossing fingers and toes and knocking on wood, and bathing in hand sanitizer and chewing vitamin C and the received the all important flu shot—-you do not want the flu when you have asthma I tell you–learned that one the hard way….because my work place is a children’s therapy center, full of children who love to share germs with the therapists who treat them,and they in turn like to share the germs with us front desk gals! I sure hope you are feeling better tomorrow and that you survive our mutual work trauma situation.

    I failed oh-so miserably with my reading goals and challenges this year, and I had made it a point to set small goals for 2012–Ha! Life has a way of throwing us curve balls. There are a couple of challenges I might try again–Beth’s What’s In A Name being one of them. I hope to put together a post about it tomorrow….Oh, and it is raining cats and dogs up here too!
    *smiles and a hug*

  9. Awesome post. It’s definitely ok. I had surgery this summer and had a long recovery. I didn’t read as much and I learned to say no to a lot of things and a lot of people and it was actually quite liberating. I gave up on challenges long before that and I don’t miss them!

    1. The self-imposed deadlines is what gets me every time. I still read, but as soon as it feels like work I tune out. I was good this year about reading what I want to read, but next year… maybe a less structured routine.

  10. For what its worth, makes perfect sense to me. I don’t challenges or even set myself goals anymore. Possibly that irresponsible in the sense that I do think its good to challenge yourself. On the other hand, life is too short to read something because Ive set myself a goal. Sometimes you get more out of reading just by going with the flow, reading however many books you get around to, and reading whatever you want to. That’s my current philosophy

  11. I’ve let go of reading goals, apart from the book tours I signed up for. With the holidays coing up, I* agree, it’s hard to find time to do as much as I’d like.

  12. Yeah you can’t be disappointed. Too much goes on during each year. I havent set reading goals this year. Sort of just going with it. Luckily I didnt get “the cold” — yours sounds bad. Ugh. I am still working on the Christmas card too. Nothing is easy!

  13. I’m finally make my way through my GReader and absolutely freakin’ love this post. Plus, I want to see a puppy on your head. Make that happen. It’s a christmas wish. 🙂

    1. We have tried to capture it on video numerous times, but she does not like the camera. I will try again. I read my Kindle while lying on my stomach in bed and she always jumps on my head!

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