nut free nerd

thoughts of a nut allergic book lover

Reading goals for 2023 (informed by Atomic Habits)

January has arrived with its usual buzz around New Year’s resolutions. So many of us are reflecting on 2022 and thinking of how we want to feel and what we want to achieve in 2023. I love this process of reflection and goal setting, but I’m always cautious about not setting the bar too high for myself. An unrealistic resolution is a sure way to set yourself up for a stressful, discouraging new year.

I read Atomic Habits by James Clear at the beginning of 2022, and this one line has been ringing in my mind ever since:

“You do not rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your systems.”

When it comes to setting goals for 2023, I’ve done my best to think of what habits and systems I can put in place rather than choosing arbitrary destinations to try to reach. I’ve also applied this mindset to my reading goals. In the past I’ve picked a total number of books I’d like to read by the end of the year; however, this year I’ve tried to set goals that err on the side of becoming a habit or system with enough time and practice.

  1. Read while eating breakfast each morning. I’ve done this off and on for the past few months, and I always feel better on the days that I pick up a book while eating my daily bowl of oatmeal. Usually on work days I end up reading for 10 or 15 minutes in the morning, but even that small amount of time makes me feel more connected to what I’m reading overall. I hope to make it a consistent habit in 2023.
  2. Read 50% nonfiction. I love reading nonfiction, but I always feel like I don’t read as much of it as I would like. In 2023, I hope to make reaching for a nonfiction book my default and keep this genre at the forefront of my mind.
  3. Reread 1 book each month. Years ago I used to reread books all the time. There were some books or series–like The Lord of the Rings–that I would even reread each year. I miss returning to those old favorites. At the start of each month in 2023, I hope to think about which book on my shelves I’d like to reread, and then make time for it that month.

I can’t wait to look back at the end of 2023 and see how these goals have changed my reading habits. What are your reading plans for 2023? I’d love to know.

Take care xx


7 responses to “Reading goals for 2023 (informed by Atomic Habits)”

  1. I appreciate this system of setting goals. It’s like making it about the journey and not the destination. Please share any stellar nonfiction you pick up, as I’m also working on keeping mine a habit. I tend to really enjoy it, but also tend to forget that for some reason. Happy 2023!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Exactly! And I agree–unless I intentionally set out to read nonfiction, it tends to slip by the wayside. Thanks so much, happy 2023 to you too!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. I love this! It’s such an attainable list of habits to create. I really like your reread goal! Good luck with them! 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you! Happy New Year!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Simple and motivating resolution! Mine is to read 28 books & publish 28 blog posts, as I am turning 28 this year.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I love that! Happy New Year!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Hello, Holly! What a great idea to read while eating breakfast, I’ll try it out! 🙂
    And welcome back to blogging, I am happy to read again your beautifully-written posts!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

About ME, Holly

former english major, current twenty-something book lover, allergic to nuts. drop me a line at or on instagram.


%d bloggers like this: