We have big bookish goals for 2024 — some of us want to read more, some of us want to read less, but all of us are excited about books!
Emily Kulkarni, publicity intern: I want to start reading the Throne of Glass series!
Jenn Vance, marketing director: I read a lot of audiobooks last year, which I’m really proud of, but I would definitely like to get back into reading more ebooks and physical books (since I have a gigantic stack on my nightstand). I would also like to get back into reading fiction, since at least two-thirds of the books I read this past year were nonfiction. I’ve already pre-ordered Good Material by Dolly Alderton, so I’ve got that to look forward to in fiction for 2024.
Jackie Karneth, senior publicist: I’m not the fastest reader, so I’m hoping to read 2 books per month. That’s usually manageable for me, and I like to set goals that I feel confident I can actually accomplish! A few books currently on my TBR: Biography of X, The Remains of the Day, Interior Chinatown, Go Tell It on the Mountain and Invisible Cities.
Angelle Barbarzon, lead publicist: I want to put less pressure on myself in 2024. I started off strong in 2023, reading one or two books every week for the sake of keeping up with my TBR stack, but I burned out by the time summer ended. I hit pause to give my brain some rest and found myself in a major reading slump. I think it’s because I was consuming too much too fast, so in 2024, I want to give myself some grace. Quality over quantity in 2024!
Corrine Pritchett, publicist & digital marketing strategist: In the past, I’ve found myself rushing through books so I can get to all of the ones I want to read! It’s exciting to be able to read so many books, but it also makes reading feel like a chore rather than a fun, relaxing hobby. In 2024, I want to be more intentional with my book choices and take my time reading through them. My yearly round up may be less books, but maybe I’ll remember them a little bit better!
Ellen Whitfield, vice president: I want to prioritize the books that have been gifted to me by friends and family over the years, and recommendations from people I trust.
Simone Jung, publicist & digital marketing strategist: My main goal is to read the books I already have, take my time, and enjoy each read.
Rachel Lachney, publicity and digital marketing intern: In 2024, I want to try to read 60 books since I hit my goal of 50 this year! I also want to try to read a few books that I have had on my TBR for a looooong time. Atlas Six by Olivie Blake, If We Were Villains by M.L Rio, and Normal People by Sally Rooney have all been collecting dust on my bookshelves, and I think 2024 will finally be the year I do something about it.
Layne Mandros, publicist: One of my goals is to read five books about Palestine in 2024! I’m also trying to read 60 books and 20,000 pages — a goal I attempted and failed this year hahaha.
Abigail McQueen, publicity intern: My reading goal in 2024 will be to read 60 books, and a book I want to read is Iron Flame!
Ellen Whitfield is senior publicist at Books Forward, an author publicity and book marketing firm committed to promoting voices from a diverse variety of communities. From book reviews and author events, to social media and digital marketing, we help authors find success and connect with readers.