2018 READING GOALS
At the end of 2017 I set five reading goals for myself to complete during 2018. I was supposed to post quarterly updates throughout 2018 to review how I was doing on my goals, but I really didn’t do that lol. Instead we’re going to go over the goals I set now and see if I reached them/how poorly I did at reaching them.
- Goodreads goal of 60 books – Yay, I met my first goal. As I mentioned in my original post, I knew I could reach this goal, and set it to such a low number for myself because I wanted to focus on the quality of the books I read instead of the quantity.
- Read books in Spanish – I failed at this goal this year. I didn’t read any books in Spanish. I checked out a book from my library and tried to read it, but I just wasn’t in the mood for that genre. I think what’s really holding me back from completing this challenge is the limited number of Spanish books I can get from the library. I’m such a mood reader, and if there aren’t any books in the genre I want, I’m not going to pick it up.
- Read more diversely – I can definitely say I achieved this goal. I read more diversely this year than I did in 2017. I’m proud of how much I expanded my reading, and I cannot wait to continue and read even more diversely in 2019. At the beginning of the year I had a list of own voices books I wanted to read, but since I am a mood reader I had to deviate from the list and find others. This year I read a lot of romance, and found so many great authors of colors with very diverse characters.
- Branch out with my reading – Another goal I achieved! I actually read very few YA books this year compared to the amount of adult fiction and nonfiction that I read. I think one of the most surprising ways I branched out with my reading was my reading so many more romances this year. In previous years I’d read a romance novel every once in a while, but in 2018 almost half of the books I read were romance! I also read a lot of nonfiction that I don’t think I would have picked up in previous years. I’m so glad I expanded my reading because there are so many more books out there I want to read.
- Participate in Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge and Popsugar’s Reading Challenge – Didn’t stick to this goal, and I don’t feel too bad about it. My thought process behind completing these challenges was that it would help me reach goals 3 and 4. I definitely think it would have because some of the challenges can only be completed by books I normally wouldn’t gravitate to. This year I expanded my reading on my own, and I probably completed quite a few challenges from these lists, but I didn’t keep track of them so I’m not counting it.
UNREAD SHELF PROJECT
In April of 2018 I shared a post of books I had to read before the end of the year or else I had to get rid of them. Throughout 2018 I participated in #theunreadshelfproject2018, and decided that one way to help be get some of the books off my unread shelf was to challenge myself to read them or get rid of them. I chose books I had on my shelf a while, or knew I wasn’t going to pick up unless I forced myself to. Even though I didn’t read all six of the books on the list, I have no regrets with how things went.
- The Underground Railroad – I’ve heard so many great things about this book, but unfortunately I didn’t get to it this year. I started reading it so many times, but I just wasn’t feeling it so I kept setting it down. I think if I would have pushed myself to read it I wouldn’t have enjoyed it, so I have no problem donating it and picking up a copy from the library when I do feel like reading it.
- The Fifth Season – I’m so glad I finally read this book! It definitely made my favorite books of 2018. I tried reading it either at the end of last year or beginning of this year, but it was kind of dense to get through so I set it down. I picked it up again a couple months ago and flew through it. I loved the characters and the plot, and cannot wait to continue on with the series in 2019!
- The Casual Vacancy – I initially put this book on my list because I knew I wouldn’t read it any other way. I ended up not even picking it up, and just putting it in my donate pile when I did my annual bookshelf cleanup. After reading what the book is about, I decided that it’s not something I’m interested in or care to read, so I might as well get rid of it instead of forcing myself to read it just to read it.
- Always and Forever Lara Jean – The only other book I read from this list. I’m so glad I finally read this finale. I fell in love with this series when it first came out, and even binge read the first two books in anticipation for the third, but didn’t end up reading it when it came out. At the time I said it was because I didn’t want the series to end, but it was also because I was a little superstitious. This book came out the summer before my senior year of college, when I knew what I wanted to do after graduation, but still didn’t have things completely planned out. I was scared to read this book because I knew Lara Jean and Peter K. were dealing with where they were going to college and whether they could do the long distance relationship. Once I found that out I kind of put the book down because me and my boyfriend were in the middle of figuring out our lives after graduation. We both were planning on even more school (cry), but we didn’t know if we were going to be in the same city, or how far away we’d be from each other (we both planned to stay in Texas, but this state is huge! We could have been 10-12 hours apart!). At the time I was so stressed out about my relationship, that I didn’t want to read about characters in a similar situation, especially if I wasn’t sure how they would end up.
- The Problem with Forever – I think I’m kind of over Jennifer Armentrout’s books. Nothing against her or her novels, but I just don’t really have any interest in reading them. This is another book I didn’t even pick up, and just got rid of during the clearing of my shelves.
- The Bone Season – I wasn’t feeling much SFF this year, so I never picked this one up. Every time I even thought about it, there was always something stopping me from picking it up. I’m getting rid of this one, but I may pick it up from the library if I am ever in the mood for it.