I hope everyone had a great holiday season.
In my last post wishing everyone a happy holiday. I mentioned I would be doing a year-end review this post. Profiling the books, I read in 2020. I am changing this up because I have my book list saved on a different computer. And I forgot to email it to myself. Fail!
What I’m doing this week is a preview of The 52 Book Challenge for 2021. There are some big things I am looking to accomplish with my blog. Keep subscribing, so you can be a part of them!
Goals for 2021
This year I am looking to take my blog to the next level.
The first thing I will be launching is a small e-book profiling the lessons I have learned from reading 52 books. This e-book will be free for everyone who subscribes to my website! Look for this to come in March 2021. This e-book is called 52 Lessons from 52 Books.
I am also working on a longer form book that will come out Summer of 2021. There is no specific release date for this book but expect it this summer.
The final thing I will be launching will be a training course. This course will be going farther into the concepts that I have been writing about in my blog posts. I haven’t started developing this because I am busy with my two other projects mentioned above. But expect this project to be launched by the end of the year.
Will I be reading 52 books this year?
The quick answer on this is no. The process of reading 52 books and reaching my goal was a rewarding experience. It’s something I really enjoyed. But it’s also something that also takes time and dedication. In every book I picked up this year I learned something new. Even if the books I read repeated concepts. Authors have a different way of presenting the material. Every time someone teaches you something a new way you learn a new skill.
Back to the question. I’m not reading 52 books this year is because the length of some of the books on my reading list. Just to name a few. I am looking to read the Lord of the Rings series. Finish the Edmund Morris biographies on Theodore Roosevelt. Also, I am looking to read a book that has scared me since I bought it – The Count of Monte Cristo. Which has a page length of 1200. There are also two 800-page Stephen King books sitting on my shelf I would like to read.
To reach my goal last year, I had to read a few smaller books. I enjoy reading smaller books but the books I am taking this year will require a lot of commitment. With my writing goals I don’t feel reading 52 books to a realistic goal this year.
My goal is to read 35 books this year. A book every 10 days. Still a difficult goal when you consider the size of the books mentioned above.
Reading List for 2021
The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
Two Towers – J.R.R. Tolkien
The Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien
Theodore Rex – Edmund Morris
Colonel Roosevelt – Edmund Morris
Open: An Autobiography – Andre Agassi
IT – Stephen King
The Stand – Stephen King
A Promised Land – Barack Obama
Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson
Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope – Mark Manson
Scotty: A Hockey Life Like No Other – Ken Dryden
The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
Yes, I know. This list does not equal 35 books, but it gives me a starting point. I like having a base line and then find new books through the year to add to my list. Choosing the next book is half the fun!
How many articles will I post in 2021?
In 2020, I posted 24 articles since July 14, 2020. My goal, when I started my blog, was to release one blog post per week.
Since I have some other goals for my website for this year. I will be releasing an article every two weeks in 2021. Articles will be released every second Saturday.
I will be covering many of the same topics I talked about in 2020. But I will be expanding on these topics. Coming up with new ways to present the material. The idea isn’t to reduce the content it’s to make better content for the reader.
To make a long answer short I will be releasing 26 articles in 2021. But with the new long form content I will be introducing. There will be a lot of content for people to consume.
My Instagram Page
In 2020 I was playing with Instagram documenting the books I was reading. Along with posing inspirational quotes from famous authors and public figures. I haven’t posted on this account for some time. But this is something I am looking to continue in 2021. To be honest with everyone I got out of the habit of positing and I didn’t get back into it.
This certainly speaks to the power of habit. It isn’t the time it takes to make the posts that stopped me from continuing with my Instagram page. It really isn’t much effort. It may take 30 minutes out of my day. I talked before about not missing two days in a row. I started missing too many days in a row and fell out of the habit of posting.
In 2021 look for some new content to be coming your way through this platform.
The 52 Book Challenge Podcast
To be completely honest. I’m not entirely sure where I am taking this platform. I experimented last year and released one podcast. I had the intention of continuing with my podcast but didn’t get into the habit of doing a weekly podcast.
I may continue with this at a later date. But currently this is on hold so I can focus on my writing goals for this year.
Lots of come!
As you can tell there is lots coming this year from The 52 Book Challenge. I have enjoyed writing this blog, and I have experienced much personal growth from launching this website.
For anyone that has subscribed to my website or taken the time to read any of my content I thank you! I know the value of time so anyone that has granted me theirs I truly appreciate it.
There is a lot of content that you can consume on the internet. And it is hard to find the voices you want to be a part of your life. So again, to anyone who has taken the time to read any of my articles. I thank you for that.
Happy New Year! And I look forward to writing more for you in 2021. My next post will be released January 23. Subscribe to my website, so you don’t miss out!