Bookstr Team Talks: Our 2024 Reading Goals

As 2023 comes to a close and your TBR is probably a mile long, take a look at our reading goals for next year.

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This year has graced us with so many incredible reads, I just know you weren’t able to finish your TBR. As it rolls over into the new year, what are your goals for completing it?

I asked the Bookstr Team to consider their 2024 reading goals as the year’s end approaches. Do you resonate with any of these or do you have a unique one of your own? Be sure to let us know!

Breaking the Yearly Record

This seems to be my favorite reading goal every year. I’m competitive, so competing with myself is always fun. So far this year, I’ve read 143 books and have a month to go. I plan on breaking 160 for the year. I also plan to add more indie authors to my TBR, not that there aren’t many now; I love my KU subscription. Not to mention diversifying my reading list more by adding more new authors rather than my comforting, one-click favorites. I’d like to say that I’ll start with the books on my physical TBR, but let’s be honest, that’s probably going to be a resolution I won’t be able to do. They’ll get read when the mood strikes.

  • Kristi Eskew, Editorial
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Be A Bookworm, Not A Book Collector

I want to get through my TBR pile. Yes, yes, that is probably the most known goal for bookworms to have each year and it’s a rough 50/50 on whether you manage to reach that goal or not. I too want to aim for that, BUT I gave myself a teeny challenge. I can’t buy a single book until I get through at least 25% of my bookshelf. Considering that I have over 400+ on this shelf, that is going to probably take a bit depending on how much I read.

There isn’t a specific genre or book that I’m tackling since I plan to read anything that I have on the shelf. I have given this some thought and it’s set in stone that I definitely want to do this. I miss the world of reading and there are times I have given my family and friends some doubts about whether or not I’m a bookworm. However, I know that I am one with certainty. Once I get a book started then I practically swallow all those words down until the sun goes down and rises again. Reading is super enjoyable since we can escape reality and travel to worlds that we can only wish were true.

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Branching Out

Most readers — myself included — have one or two favorite genres that they tend to read more than others. For me, that’s science fiction and fantasy. I absolutely love getting lost in imaginary worlds; there’s no better escapism than that in my book. In 2023, I tried to diversify my TBR a bit by reading a few books from a bunch of different genres, including literary fiction, horror, mystery and thriller, historical fiction, and even romance, which is probably my least-read genre. At first, I wasn’t sure how this endeavor would go, but I ended up finding some new favorites in genres I typically don’t reach for!

Thus, for 2024, I want to build off of my previous goal and expand my horizons even more. Specifically, I’d like to read more nonfiction and more translated work. The vast majority of books I read are fiction. This past year, I only read three nonfiction books in comparison to three dozen fiction titles. A lot of my family members are huge fans of nonfiction, so I’m planning to give some of their favorite titles a try this year. Additionally, it’s been a goal of mine for quite some time now to read more translated work. I read one or two translated books this year, but for the most part, my TBR consists of books from English-speaking, American authors. There are so many incredible writers all over the world, and I don’t want to miss out on what they have to offer. I can’t wait to see what new gems my 2024 reading goals will bring me!

  • Lauren Nee, Editorial
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Try Reading More Romance Books

When I was younger, I was OBSESSED with romance novels. I read all the cliche titles like The Summer I Turned Pretty and The Fault in Our Stars. I was truly head over heels with romance books until I got into my sophomore year. I think I started to feel embarrassed that I was reading about fictional romances rather than focusing on my own, so I lost touch with the charming romantic collection. Now that I have been at Booktsr, I am more exposed to other readers’ collections, and I have seen so many romantic recommendations that have caught my eye. I think 2024 is the time I crack one open again and see if I can get my romance gears back in motion.

  • Erin, Editorial
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Finally, Read the Books I Always Say I Will

There are quite a few series I’ve been saying I’ll get to for the longest time. In 2024, I plan to finally read them. The series I most urgently want to read is The Witcher Saga. Being a fantasy lover and all-around nerd, I’ve always been drawn to the idea of The Witcher but never got around to getting into it. I’m going to achieve this goal, and believe me, I have a plan of attack. I don’t actually own the series yet, so my first step was putting the saga on my Christmas List. After I receive the books, I plan to spend my free time that day reading only that book. If I get far enough, my hyper-fixation will inevitably kick in and I will have no choice but to obsess and complete the series. I know my TBR will haunt me, but my obsession with the series will keep that at bay.

  • Maggie Malfroid, Graphics
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Read More

With such a busy schedule stacked up against me at all times, I have a hard time reading… which is unfortunate. Granted I did read more books this year than I did last year, but nothing substantial. Specifically, I want to read more horror books, things that make me scared to existent. I’m a writer, who wants to branch out into the horror genre, so what better way to do that than immersing yourself into that genre? I’d say it’s the best way. That and just finding time to sit down at a coffee shop and read for a few hours, and taking breaks in between to write. Sounds lovely.

  • Sierra Jackson, Editorial
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Read During My Downtime

Considering my TBR list is quite extensive, my plan is to honestly just read more during my downtime. I usually read at night, but lately, I haven’t been as enthusiastic about reading as I used to be. I could get through a book within days to a week, and now I struggle to get through even one or two during the year! It’s quite upsetting because as a book lover, I want to read as much as possible.

So, for my 2024 reading goal, I’m going to make sure I set aside time to actually read and get through my TBR list. I don’t have a particular genre or book I want to tackle, but I do have several books lined up waiting to be read. I don’t necessarily have a defined goal, either, but I know the best way to get through my list and stay up-to-date on new books coming out is to read, read, read. And that’s what I plan to do in the coming new year.

  • Quiarah B/Vphan, Editorial

I resonate deeply with all of my teammember’s goals. I hope you do too. If I had to pick a goal for myself, I would say perhaps expand my reading genre a bit, but I know that I will never enjoy anything as much as I enjoy romance!


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