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Books for Life is where I share bookish lists, recommendations, and favourites. You can also catch me talking about non-bookish things here, as well as my life outside of blogging. Today I’m talking about….

my 2017 reading forecast

Last year, I set myself three reading challenges. The first was the generic Goodreads challenge where I set myself a goal of 150 books. The second was a challenge of reading 41-50 LGBTQIA+ books. And the last was a personal challenge to read at least one indie LGBTQIA+ book each month. Even though I did enjoy doing the two extra challenges, it also places a kind of pressure on my reading – to make it to 50, or to make sure I read one indie LGBTQIA+ novel each month.

I don’t like not completing things, so even though I naturally read enough LGBTQIA+ books to complete the LGBTQIA+ challenge, and most months I read more than one indie LGBTQIA+ title I still felt that need to make sure I was on track.

So this year I’ve decided that in terms of reading challenges I’ll only be doing the Goodreads one. I’ve set it to 200 books, which, if I complete it, would make it the largest number of books I’ve read in a year (which currently is 180 from 2016!). Even though I’m not doing challenges, there are three main things I want to do this year in terms of reading:

re-read

Re-reading is something I literally never do any more. And sometimes I look at my precious fave books and think: I want to go back to that world. So I’ve decided that I’m going to try and re-read some of my favourite books – most notably The Raven Cycle and the Captive Prince trilogy.

finish series

I am currently reading something like 80 series, and that is far too many. So I want to finish some of these, especially since 30 or so of them are actually completed. I am so hesitant to start new series – even if they look amazing – because I don’t want to add to that massive number of series I’m reading. And hopefully if I cross off a number of the completed ones I’ll be able to start some new ones (is this defeating the purpose of finishing the others?)!

request less

I have already started this, which you might think is unlikely since it’s only halfway through January, but I’ve only requested ONE book so far and it’s Aussie LGBTQIA+ YA so there was no way I wasn’t going to. I need to request fewer review copies because it places so much stress on me to read a certain book by a certain time and then have a review of that book up by publication date. I don’t want this kind of pressure on me all the time. So I’m only going to request books I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want to read. That I know won’t get me in a tizzy of stress.

read the books i own

I guess this is an add-on to the one above because if I request less then I have more time to read the books I own. Which there are literally hundreds of. Which I never read because I always prioritise my review books *spirals*

read all the gay things

And by gay I mean LGBTQIA+ but I just liked how “read all the gay things” looked so ;D As always, I will be reading LGBTQIA+ books. It’s my thing, if you haven’t realised already. But I also want to read LGBTQIA+ manga and graphic novels (which I’ve already started doing), as well as middle grade books (even though the selection is small). JUST ALL THE LGBTQIA+ THINGS OKAY.

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So that’s what my reading year of 2017 will (hopefully) look like! Do you have any reading plans for this year? Any challenges you’re doing?

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Posted on: January 17, 2017 • By: Chiara

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