Hey you guys and welcome to a new post! I know it has been a little while since I posted my last post but I seem to be back in my state of not having the motivation to actually write posts, so I took a bit of an unannounced break for the past week. I’m still not sure that I am 100% back but I didn’t want the blog to go without a new post for too long – I don’t like it being this inactive.
I think it’s about time I work on more of a routine as far as blogging goes because what I’ve been doing recently definitely hasn’t been working for me and I need to change things. But in order to change them, I first need to figure out what exactly isn’t working for me anymore. So we’ll see how long this is going to take me to do – but I will do my best to still post at least once a week while I work on all of that.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s actually get to what I wanted to talk about for today’s post: my 2018 reading goals! I mean, mid-February isn’t too late to share those, right?
Read 50 Books
Last year, my initial reading goal had been 20 books which I surpassed really quickly which resulted in me constantly updating my reading challenge to keep myself motivated and going to read more books. I ended up reading a total of 63 last year but I didn’t want to go quite as high with my goal this year so I decided to go with 50 – that seems like an attainable goal. I can easily finish a book a week for the duration of the year!
Read 15 Contemporary Books
Can you guys believe that I used to think contemporary wasn’t my genre when it comes to YA books? Because I find myself laughing at that thought more often than you would think. And since I read a good number of them last year (I actually counted and went off last year’s numbers for this year), I figured I should be able to read a total of 15 this year. However, I do not count rereads towards this goal as that feels like cheating to me.
Read 10 Sci-Fi Books
Sci-Fi is hands down a genre I don’t reach for often enough when deciding on what to read and I want to change that. I’ve read some rather interesting sci-fi books so far and I am convinced there are many more fantastic ones out there that I haven’t discovered yet! I do have a rule here too, where I don’t count sequels towards this goal. I want to make sure I branch out more and read more new-to-me books and authors and by not counting sequels I think that’s going to happen more naturally.
Read 7 Debut Novels
Last year, I read a good deal of debut novels and some of them ended up being favorites of mine so I want to make sure I continue to reach for debut novels this year too! There are so many amazing authors out there and I want to give them all a chance at some point! And this doesn’t have to be a 2018 debut novel – I’ll also count a book towards this goal if I start with an author’s debut novel before reaching for any of their newer books. But my priority is going to be 2018 debuts!
Read More New-To-Me Series
You wouldn’t believe the struggle I just had trying to think of a title for this very particular goal. Basically, I talked about 5 series I want to read in 2018 in this post a few weeks ago and that’s what this goal is all about. I want to at least read the first book in each of the series mentioned – if not read all the books currently released. This particular type of goal worked pretty well last year, so I figured I would bring it back around for 2018!
Catch Up And/Or Reread The Throne Of Glass Series
In October, we finally get the last book in the Throne Of Glass series and I cannot wait to finally hold that book in my hands! I feel like I’ve been looking forward to this conclusion for so long now and I can’t wait to see how Sarah wraps up this story! But in order to read the final book, I need to read Tower Of Dawn first because I still haven’t read that particular book. I’m actually thinking of doing a series reread to prepare myself for the finale because I don’t remember much of what happened in the early books.
Get Down To 10 Unread Books On My Shelves
I recently counted all the unread books on my shelves and discovered that there is a total of 20 at this point which is just ridiculous if you ask me. I want to make sure to get this number down to at least 10 if not even lower by the end of the year. I know that I’ll be getting more books as the year goes on but I hope that I’ll actually stay on top of them by following my own goals.
Read ARCs The Month Prior To Their Release
This is honestly something that I really, really need to work on. The amount of times I will read an ARC the month/week of release is just ridiculous and puts way too much stress on me to finish reading them as quickly as possible. Which really doesn’t help in making reading the book an enjoyable experience. I also want to be able to tell you guys about exciting upcoming releases early so you can check them out and maybe even pre-order if you think it’s something you’ll enjoy. But that’s not going to happen if I leave things to the very last minute. xD
On a related note: I am actually currently about 60% through my eARC of To Kill A Kingdom (which releases on March 6th!) and so far, I’m really enjoying it! You’ll be hearing more about it in my review and in a shorter form in my monthly wrap-up!
How about you guys? Do you set yourself yearly reading goals? Or do you prefer to go into a reading year with no plan at all? I’d love to hear your thoughts on either way!
And if you’re a big sci-fi lover, what are some must read books for a beginner like me? Please leave me some recommendations in the comments below!