What a year! In January, I had a baby. By March, we were all quarantining due to a pandemic. By December, we passed 300K U.S. deaths from the virus, but elected a new President (thank goodness). And through it all I got… zero reading done.
Ok not zero, but really not a lot. Let’s run down my 2019 goals and how I did not achieve them:
- Read 55 books. This is +10 from what I read in 2019, so pretty ambitious. This year I read 38 because, ya know, life.
- Set attainable goals for 4 bookathons. Ha this is funny. I completed the OWLs readathon in April, but didn’t nail any others. Unfortunately we didn’t end up doing Booziebookathon.
- Review 30 books. I actually got semi-close to this one with 24 reviews published this year.
- Get more active on Twitter (@mindareads). Maybe next year. Maybe.
- Read a book out loud to baby R at least once per week. Also ha. This little one can’t sit still long enough to be read to! We try though.
And, even though I did not achieve what I set out to do, that’s ok. It’s been a helluva year and priorities change.
That said, I am recommitting to reading and contributing to the Will Read for Booze blog in 2021. This winter may look a bit different than usual, but all the better to keep doing the things I love.
Here are my new and updated goals for 2021:
- Read 48 books. That’s a good, but still ambitious number, right?
- Review 30 books (or cocktails). Reach for the stars, I like to say.
- Participate (like, actually participate) in 3 bookathons. I may have been a wee bit ambitious last year, so let’s just go with a slightly lower number this year. I really do like joining them, predominately because I like planning and the challenges are fun. I’ll leave which ones open ended, but definitely the OWLs (despite J.K. Rowling being The Worst) and Booziebookathon, which leads me to…
- Make this 2021 best-ever Booziebookathon. I think there’s a lot of potential here and we love doing our two favorite things–reading and drinking!
- Mix more cocktails. I’m dedicating 2021 the “Year of the Cocktail.” I bought this gorgeous china cabinet that we’re repurposing into a bar/bookshelf and I cannot wait until it arrives. Once a week, I am going to have a dedicated day to testing out a new cocktail recipe and, by year’s end, I hope to be pretty good at this mixology stuff!
Cheers and see you in the new year,