Today’s more of a “discussion” post than my usual content, but I wanted to tell you guys about a few of my 2018 bookish/reading goals! This does include my Goodreads challenge, but most of my goals are a little less concrete than that.
1. Goodreads Challenge
My Goodreads challenge for this year was 104 books (2 books per week), and I beat that back in the summer, so I wanted to up the ante a little this year. I originally considered really challenging myself and setting my goal for 200 in 2018, but realized that this will be the first year since 2013 that I’m taking summer classes. Summer is usually a time when I get a lot of reading done, so that might hurt my numbers a bit. Ultimately, I decided on a goal of 150.
2. My “Must Read” List
Towards the end of this year, I realized there are a lot of books that have been on my TBR – and on my shelves – for way too long. They aren’t books that I want to unhaul, but I keep forgetting about them or putting them off! A lot of them are recommendations from friends and family members that I keep being asked when I’m going to read, too… whoops. 😅
To (hopefully) fix this issue once and for all, I’m making a list of 24 (2 per month) “must read” titles for the year! Some of the ones I already have on my list are…
- The Rising – Brian Keene (mom’s rec)
- Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adam (fiance’s rec)
- The Hobbit (because DAMMIT I NEED TO FINISH IT)
- Throne of Glass (because why haven’t I done this already)
- Six of Crows (see previous comment)
Every month, I’m going to try to pick two books from the list and knock them out with my other reading!
3. Finish Those Series!
Yep, you heard me. I have quite a few series that I’ve started but left unfinished – like Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab, which I keep swearing I’ll finish and it keeps… not happening. I also have a few ongoing series that I need to catch up with, like The Bone Season! They’re already sitting on my shelf, anyways, so there’s no excuse not to chip away at them before I start a million new series.
4. Request Waaaaaay Less ARCs
I have an ARC addiction. No, really. I have a spreadsheet dedicated to my ARCs, and if you saw the number of ARCs I have that I haven’t reviewed yet, it’s genuinely shameful. I want to work towards requesting less, catching up on the backlogged ones I have, and building myself up with publicists so I stand a better chance of approval when I request the ones I really want.
I’m going to start with a few new requesting rules for 2018, like…
- If it isn’t interesting enough to pre-order, it isn’t interesting enough to request.
- If it isn’t the first book in a series you haven’t started yet, JUST SAY NO. (This should be common sense but you’d be surprised.)
- No more contemporary titles unless they’re diverse AND sound legitimately unique. (I’ve become so weary of the contemporary genre as a whole, bar a few fave authors.)
- Try to avoid the hype! There are so many ARCs I requested in 2017 just because they were really hyped, and I ended up being unimpressed with most of them, honestly.
- STOP REQUESTING ARCS JUST BECAUSE THE COVER IS PRETTY!
5. Book Bans
I’m on a book ban right now, and I plan on leaving it in place until the end of January. Then, instead of placing a big BookOutlet order or something, I’m planning to just pay off all of my pre-orders! Then, I’m going right back onto a book ban and I’m going to try keeping it up for a few months at a time. I did a quick count, and I personally purchased over 200 physical books this year – that’s not including ebooks, ARCs, trades, or gifts that I received. The shelves are filling up fast and I don’t have room for another bookcase, so I have to chill out a little (a lot).
6. Looser TBRs!
Over the last several months, I’ve gotten into the habit of creating monthly TBRs for myself that are 15-25 books long. Not only does it put way too much pressure on me, it also leaves no room for mood reading, which I really miss, if we’re being honest. So, other than ARCs that are releasing soon, I plan on leaving my monthly TBRs pretty free.