2018 Reading Goals

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? 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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27 thoughts on “2018 Reading Goals

  1. Best of luck to find your rhythm and schedule when it comes to blogging, I am sure you can do this, but don’t force yourself too much okay, ❤ Write about things that inspire you and most of it all, be inspired by blogging overall and love it 🙂
    I LOVE your goals and wish you the best of luck for all of these! AND I AM SO HAPPY to see you wanting to read more contemporaries, I AM HERE if you need all the recommendations 😀

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    1. I definitely won’t! I would fear that I’ll just burn myself out if I force myself to do too much all at once.

      Thank you, Marie! And I am here for any and all kinds of contemporary suggestions! I feel like I don’t keep up with that particular genre enough to know a ton of books – so whatever books you loved, I’d love hear about them!

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      1. Ohhhhhh well erm… *opens goodreads*
        Last contemporaries I read and really enjoyed were It only happens in the movies (Holly Bourne: a 300% realistic relationship here) ; Words in Deep Blue (BOOKS! FRIENDS!) ; you have to read Morgan Matson’s books because she is AMAZING ❤ ; I loved Girl Out of Water last year ; Robin Benway writes amazing contemporaries as well ; I really could recommend Heather Demetrios' I'll Meet You There (I cried) ……. I don't know if I should go on hahaha I have SO many recs 😛 OH ALICE OSEMAN is amazing, her books are awesome ❤

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        1. Ah, thank you so much for all these recommendations, Marie! I’ve definitely had an eye on Words In Deep Blue already so the fact that you really enjoyed it definitely puts it higher on my list! And I’ve seen so many people enjoy Morgan Matson books so that’s another author I’ll add to my TBR! And I’ll definitely check out Alice Oseman too! You and Jackie have both talked about her now and I started reading her Heartstopper webcomic last night and enjoyed that – I can’t wait to see what I think of her writing! Thank you for all the recs! ❤

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          1. You’re so welcome – I can’t wait to hear what you think of all of these. Alice Oseman is a bit underrated, I think, but her latest book Radio Silence was so amazing and relatable ❤

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  2. Haha, I have WAY more unread books than you, so twenty sounds awesome to me! 😂 I am hoping to get it down this year, and hopefully 200 books will get me there?

    I’ve never thought about having a specific number of books to read in a genre though! I don’t think I have any specific genre goals I want to reach; I just read whatever, but it is interesting to see how many books I’ve read of each genre, since I feel like it changed every year. 😄

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    1. Oh, boy! 200 books??? DAMN. Good luck reading them all and getting your number of unread books down a bit more!

      I never thought of setting myself numbered goals for different genres and since I tend to read mainly fantasy, I figured this was a good way to get out of my comfort zone a bit more without feeling pressured to read CERTAIN books seeing how I never stick to TBRs I set for myself. xD

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  3. Omg I’m actually jealous of people who have a big-ish on-their-shelves TBR because it means they have a lot of books. 😂 I have like… 4 books on my shelf that I have to read??? Oh well, I’ll end up making that number bigger eventually anyways ahaha. I hope you manage to achieve all your reading goals, Swetlana!!

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  4. Great goals! Best of luck on all of them ❤ I really want to reduce the amount of unread books in my shelf as well. Lately, and especially ever since I had a book blog, it has been accumulating in a much faster rate 😀

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  5. Swetlana, it’s like you can read my MIND. I literally wrote my 2018 goals post last week and have it scheduled for the end of this week XD Great minds think alike I’d say!

    You’ve set yourself some pretty interesting goals there! I also want to try my luck with reading 5 new series this year but I’m not sure if that will even be manageable! I think what I’ll do is hope to START at least 5 series??? And I don’t really have to finish them?? Fingers crossed???? (that translates to HELP ME)

    I’m not really into sci-fi but it’s cool to see you wanting to read more in that genre! And you weren’t a fan of contemporaries before??? WHAT???? I love me some good contemporaries especially if they’re super angsty and relatable, but I have to admit that Fantasy will always be the superior genre to me. It’s just SO GOOD and I love when you can forget reality for a little while and completely lose yourself in a new world! ❤

    Anywho, I forgot what else I wanted to say but good luck with reaching all of these goals! I'll be here to cheer you on at the sidelines 🙂

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    1. This is now the second time that we’ve written the same post and it’s getting a bit scary. Are you spying on me??? But yes, definitely, great minds do think alike!

      Yeah, I think I’ll probably aim for STARTING those series too and then seeing how/if I enjoy them and then just go from there!

      I NEVER actively reached for a contemporary novel before. I would see them all over the place but I never really found myself NEEDED to read them until this past year and now I am HOOKED. I want them all. Right now. xD

      Thank you, Jackie! And I can’t wait to see what kind of goals you’ve set for yourself! 😀

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  6. In my opinion it’s never too late for a Reading Goals post 😀
    Sci-fi is definitely something I don’t reach for often as well. I remember that last year I had the goal of reading more Historical Fiction, but since I didn’t specify how many books it didn’t go well xD Therefore, I haven’t set the same goal for this year but I do want to read a bit more adult books this year 🙂
    I definitely need to finish a lot of my started Series AND finally read all the Series everyone has been gushing about, so I join you in this little quest 😀

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