Hi Guys, I hope you are doing well. As I’m sure you could gather by the title of this post, we will be discussing my reading plans for 2018. I can’t believe that 2017 is almost over. It has gone by so fast. I can’t believe how quickly the year flew by.
So firstly I will be discussing my 2018 reading goals. As of this moment, I am not sure if I will meet my 2017 reading goals. There are still a few days left in the year and I have been trying hard to fit a few books (graphic novels mostly since they are quick reads) to see if I can hit the goal of 30 books that I had set for myself. I am a slow reader and I am a mood reader, which I am totally okay with. I like to soak up the novel I am reading and savor it. If I hadn’t hit the reading slump that I was in this year, I would have probably at least met my goal by now. Plus going back to school slowed me down a bit too.
That said, I have set some different goals for myself for 2018:
Goals For Reading:
Goal number one: I am only setting the goal of 15 books this year. That might seem really low to some of you and to others that might still be quite high. For me, I think that setting the goal of 15 books is probably safe…It might even be high since I am taking multiple classes this year. Since school will be my main priority this year that goal may change, but for now, 15 is the plan. Since I have been out of school so long, I had forgotten just how much focus I need to place on homework. I spent all of my time spare time working on homework when I took my first class in October and hardly read anything.
Goal number two: I want to finish the books I started in 2017 that I did not finish. So if I started it, even if I didn’t like it, I want to finish it, so that I can at least rate it. I have a lot of trouble DNF’ing books. I would rather finish it if I can and give an honest rating, even if I never rate it or review it online, I have a lot of readers in my life and I want to be able to give my honest opinion on what I have read. If it’s THAT BAD that I can’t finish it, then that becomes a part of my rating.
Goal number three: I’m not sure if I will accomplish this one but I don’t want to read more than two books at once. I have a terrible habit of starting multiple books at once and then never finishing them because it leads me to a reading slump. So, no more than two books at once and if I’m honest, I’d like it to be no more than one at a time…but we will see how it goes.
Goal number four: Read at least one classic this year. I have several on my shelves that I have started or wanted to start, so if I can finish one this year that is great, more than one would be amazing, but at least one.
Goal number five: I don’t know how many of you are familiar with JenTheLibrarian on youtube but she is a book tuber that I follow and I love her channel. She recently posted a video about her goals for 2018 and mentioned something called Beat the Backlist. (I will link the video here and the site she mentioned here.) It’s a challenge that helps you knock books off of your TBR pile. Basically, you can read books for the challenge only if they were published in the year before the current publication year, so for us, it would be anything that was published in 2017 or older. I have a lot of books like that so I decided I want to attempt to participate in this for 2018. If you don’t follow JenTheLibrarian, then I suggest you check out her channel on youtube. Jen has great book recommendations and I definitely recommend her channel.
Goal number one: I will be taking several classes this year, so completing those and passing them is my first and biggest goal for this year.
Goal number two: Relaxing. I have a tendency to push myself too hard and then crash. So one of my goals for this year is to give myself breaks. This means that if I can’t meet the above goals (other than passing my courses) then so be it.
Goal number three: Spend more time with the Lord. I am a Christian and usually attend church fairly regularly. Sometimes, however, I find myself not spending as much time learning and reading my Bible like I should, so this is my third personal goal.
So do you have any goals – reading or personal – that you want to focus on this year? Any specific books you want to read? Let me know in the comments!