(image credit goes to Shealea!)
This is my FOURTH post in the #Project14Lists series, hosted by Shealea at That Bookshelf Bitch! You can find more information here, as well as a thread of my posts for the event here.
Previous #Project14Lists Posts:
1. Winter TBR
2. #Short-a-Thon: Graphic Novel/Manga Goals
3. 2019’s General “Life” Resolutions & Goals
Today’s #Project14Lists post is…
2019’s Reading Resolutions & Goals
I have quite a few goals for my reading habits in 2019, so let’s skip the preface and jump right in!
1. STICK TO MY CHALLENGES
I didn’t put much value on the challenges I signed up for in 2018 and now, at the end of the year, I’m a little sad I didn’t focus on them more! For 2019, I have a pretty fun idea to help me stick to these that you all will be able to watch the progress of—more info coming soon!
2. MORE CHALLENGES & READATHONS
I’d like to sign up for more of them in 2019! Not an unreasonable amount, but in 2018, I skipped most of the ones I wanted to join because I had too many strict TBRs and ARCs to kick back and focus on readathon challenges. Which leads me to my next point…
3. LESS REVIEW COPIES—NO ARGUING!
The biggest issue with this is that I have to learn how to say “no” to requests without feeling guilty. The second part of this is going to be a review copy limit. I think this will be based on a monthly-release limit (i.e., “I have __ ARCs releasing in April, so I can’t accept/request ANYTHING else”), with exceptions only being made for MAJORLY anticipated releases, and things that are REALLY fast reads.
4. LESS BUYING, MORE BORROWING
It sunk in to me recently, while counting my shelves, that at my current hauling rate, I’ll never read everything I own, and that’s not a great feeling! I want to stop purchasing and start using the library, with the following means to help motivate myself to stick to my goals:
- if I borrow a book and rate it 4+ stars, it can (but doesn’t have to) go on a “to buy” list, which I’ll allow myself to buy 1-2 books per month from
- everything I want to buy will go on wishlists, where I can keep an eye out for random sales/decide if I really need to own it
- no more purchasing books in series that I’m not ready to read (i.e., buying book 3 when I haven’t read book 1)
- more ebooks—they’re frequently SO much cheaper and they don’t take up space!
This resolution is being listed with funny timing, because if you missed the announcement on Twitter, I was hired for a children’s librarian position yesterday! I start in January. 🙂 I think being in a library for work several days a week will help motivate me to borrow books instead of buying them!
5. LESS BUDDY READS
This one is depressing, but I did way too many this year and have gotten overwhelmed so many times. There were several months where I didn’t have the chance to “mood read” a single book all month because I was so occupied between ARCs and buddy reads. ? So, sadly, I’ll be severely limiting my buddy reads in 2019—probably only allowing myself 2-3 per month.
6. 1 “BIG” BOOK PER MONTH
I have a lot of books that I never get around to because they’re long and/or intimidating, but I really want to make time for them, so in 2019, I’ll read at least one “big” (600+ pages) book per month.
7. 1 UNREAD TITLE FROM A BELOVED AUTHOR PER MONTH
There are so many authors I adore, but haven’t caught up on their backlists yet (like Jay Kristoff’s Lotus War trilogy, or a ton of Schwab’s works), so in 2019, I’m prioritizing putting at least 1 unread book from a previously loved author on each monthly TBR list.