2013 Reading Goals

I’m fairly new to the whole “setting reading goals” thing, but figure with the new blog that it’s a good time to start.

So, some reading goals for the new year:
2013 Reading Goals

  1. Participate in my 2013 Reading Challenge.
    I think I have to make this one of my goals.
  2. Read 150 books.
    I’m kind of guessing on this one, and may change the number as I go along. Since I count children’s books, the number is higher than it would be if I only counted adult titles.
  3. Read the bookclub selections.
    Unless I know in advance that I won’t be able to make the meeting. Even then I’m hoping to read them all.
  4. Get new children’s books monthly to share with the kids.
    I considered attaching a specific number to this goal, but want to keep it open. I know they both like having fresh reading material (okay, at least my son does. I don’t know that my daughter cares yet.) But I certainly like having fresh material as well! And it probably goes without saying, but just in case: these are almost always going to be “new to us” library books, not truly “new” books. That only happens very occasionally.
  5. Listen to 4 audio books.
    I have gotten away from them since having children, but would like to get back to listening to them. Going low with the total since I’m not sure when exactly I’ll fit them into my routine without the commute I used to use to listen to them. One a quarter still seems doable.
  6. Read through the entire Bible in a new edition.
    I’m leaning towards the Archaeological Study Bible, but won’t make a final decision until I finish the current one.

Do you set reading goals?


  1. I’m still working on mine – but one is definitely to read through some of the Kindle books I’ve been acquiring. All those freebies add up after a while, but the library books tend to take precedence. I’m also hoping to read through the Bible again, but I’m still deciding which plan & version I’m going to use.

    • If I weren’t trying to keep it to a fairly manageable number of goals, I’d have probably included that as a goal as well (or put it as a sub-section to my reading challenge.).

      I tend to download lots of the free books just because they are free, and maybe I’ll like them. I think giving a first chapter test and deleting ones that don’t pass it would reduce my unread count tremendously.

      I’m debating which reading plan I’m going to use next year as well – I’ve been using the M’Cheyne reading plan for several years, but am ready to try something different. Do you use YouVersion? They’ve got a lot of different plans online that make it easy. I still read my physical study Bible , but use them for the reading plan.

      • I’m using YouVersion’s Blended plan this year. I’ve been looking at their
        other plans, and have a few possibilities picked out for next year. And
        then, like you, I use a regular study Bible to read through the plan. I
        usually read ESV, but my husband got a Max Lucado NASB that actually sounds
        interesting. I’m thinking about reading through that one next year.

        • The Blended Plan is one of the ones I’m considering – how have you liked it?

          I’m also thinking about Discipleship Journal’s Book-at-a-Time Reading Plan, the Four Streams Plan, and the Life Journal Reading Plan.

          The nice thing is that I can’t really go wrong with any of them! 🙂

          • Actually the Discipleship Journal plan is at the top of my list right now! I’ve enjoyed the Blended plan, but I’m finding it difficult to (1) read 2 books at once (unlike other reading), and (2) read through the entire book of Psalms in just a few weeks. I’d rather spread the Psalms out so I can enjoy them more.

          • Whatever plan I go with, I always end up reading Psalms on my own in a sense – I just start reading them and read around 1 page a day (at least that’s what it is in my current Bible; other times the smaller pages have me reading 2 pages a day). Whenever I get to the Psalms in the plan I’m using I just mark them off until I get to wherever I’ve reached. Like you, I prefer to take the Psalms in in small portions throughout the year, rather than in bigger chunks in a few weeks. So I guess that’s my way of saying if you like the plan except for that, you can always work around it. 😉

  2. Wowzers, 150 books! That’s a lot of reading. I need to make time for reading, so my 2013 goal is 30 minutes of reading every day. I love books, but if I don’t schedule my time, I don’t do it. I love audiobooks for memoirs and novels. I prefer hard copy books for self-help books or anything with step-by-step instructions. Good luck with your goals!

    • It is a lot, but I think it’s still fairly realistic since I count children’s books.

      I absolutely agree with you that audiobooks are better for certain types of books, and thinking back on my favorites you’re right – they’ve all been memoirs/biographies or novels. With one history book thrown in, but it was a very biography-heavy type of history book so it maybe isn’t really an exception to that rule after all. 🙂


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