Even though my summer break from college technically began about a month ago, I’m just starting to feel like it’s actually summer. The weather is getting warmer, the sun is starting to shine on a regular basis, and other students are finally having their last days of school for the year. I have a little under three months of summer vacation left, so I think it’s about time that I share my Bookish Goals for Summer 2016.
This summer I’ll be plenty busy with an internship at a Child Advocacy Center and a bunch of little trips with friends and family planned, so I’m not going to overwhelm myself with goals. My hope is that by setting numerous goals for myself I’ll be able to achieve a good portion of them by the end of the summer. In no particular order, here are my goals:
1. Read 15 books. So far this summer I’ve already read 7 books, so I definitely think that this goal is achievable. I’ve made it so low because I want to give myself the flexibility to read longer, more challenging books or even take a few breaks from reading to do other things.
2. Participate in Camp NaNoWriMo in July. I love Camp NaNoWriMo because it gives you the flexibility to set your own word goal and work on virtually any project you’d like. I probably won’t be able to write 50,000 words, but to be honest I’ll be happy with any sizable chunk of my novel that I get down on paper.
3. Stay up to date with writing book reviews. It’s so easy to get behind with writing book reviews. Whether it’s because I read too many books too quickly or I just don’t have time to sit down and gather my thoughts, I always inevitably end up falling behind. However, I’m setting a solid goal to write a review of every book I read in the next few months by the time my next semester of college starts in August. It might be a bit of a challenge, but I’m confident that I can do it!
4. Read Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Rolling in at a grand total of over a thousand pages long, I’ve been intimidated by this hefty novel for far too long. This is where the intimidation ends!! I’m determined to read this famous tome this summer, even if it means it’s the only book I get around to reading. It seems like something I’ll really love, so I’m eager to dive into it!
5. Participate in more readathons. I love joining readathons, but for some reason I do so only very rarely. At the very least I would like to participate in the Booktubeathon again like I did last summer. I don’t make any videos or anything like that, but I enjoy watching them and I love the sense of community that this annual event fosters.
6. Read more books that I own. This is probably going to be one of the hardest goals for me to meet. Going out with friends to new places in the summer means that I visit a plethora of new bookshops. As you can imagine, I therefore accumulate WAY MORE books than I can possibly read in the few months that I’m home. By the end of the summer, my goal is to have read more books from my physical TBR than anywhere else. I need to trim down that toppling tower ASAP!
7. Regularly update my new bookstagram account. Recently I’ve been getting more into bookstagram (which you can follow me at here), and I feel like my photos are turning out better the more practice I have taking them. If I can maintain a schedule of posting a photo a few times a week, I’d be a happy camper!
8. Read at least one book in Spanish. Next semester I’ll be taking a literature class called Contemporary Women Writers, which I’m really excited about. Here’s the catch, though: it’s entirely in Spanish. To maintain the Spanish skills I’ve developed throughout these past two semesters I want to try to read at least one novel in Spanish, but hopefully more if I can find the time.
9. Have fun! I always throw this goal in there just for good measure. Because I read so much for my classes, it can sometimes make reading feel like a chore. I need to remember that reading should feel fun and should be something I look forward to doing. If not, it’s totally okay to take a break and do something else for a while!
What are your bookish goals for this summer? What do you think of mine? Have any advice? Let me know in the comments section below!