The beginning of a new year is always the time when people set new goals and resolutions that they want to achieve in the next 12 months, and I am no different. Every year I try and set myself a few goals for the upcoming year, and like a lot of people it doesn’t take long before I’ve forgotten about them altogether and am likely not sticking to them in the slightest.
But, this year I not only wanted to set myself five bookish related goals for this year, but I also wanted to take a look back at my goals from last year to see if I actually achieved them or not. All in all, I think I did pretty well last year, particularly in terms of reading, and I’m actually really happy with how many of these goals I managed to at least make progress towards completely.
So here are all of the bookish goals that I set myself for 2017!
My main reading goal for last year was my Goodreads challenge, for which I wanted to read 50 books, and so I’m really happy to say that I did manage to complete this one! I know that reading should always be more than just about reaching a goal, but I am still very happy that I managed to complete this goal as it means that I am reading more, and am making it more of a priority than I have in previous years. It also means that I read almost double the number of books I read in 2016, something that I am really happy with, as it definitely shows how much I am enjoying reading now.
I have always been really bad at reading classics outside of the ones I have to read for school, and so I am really proud of the fact that I managed to achieve this goal this year. In total I actually read seven classics, with only two of those being ones I read for school, which means that I achieved this even without those I had to read, something which again I am so happy with. I have also really enjoyed reading these books this year, and exploring books very different what I usually read, and so I can’t wait to read even more classics in 2018.
Okay, so now we are beginning to move onto some of my more subjective goal that are a little harder to judge than my first two. Personally, I would like to think that I achieved this one, as I feel like over the past year I have definitely become more creative in terms of both the format of my posts and in my book photos. However, I would still love to become more creative in terms of my blog posts themselves, as I would love to try and do more discussion posts and come up with more of my own unique ideas for posts instead of just repeating the same posts week after week.
This is another one that is a little bit harder to measure, but I’m pretty sure that I at least got better at this throughout the last year. I think I have definitely begun to think more about which books I want to review rather than just trying to review every book I read, and I have also begun making notes on the books that I know I want to review whilst and straight after reading them, instead of trying to recall all of my thoughts a few weeks later. Again, I still think I could be better at actually writing reviews, but I am definitely pretty happy with the progress I made in 2017.
This one has definitely been a little bit more hit and miss, as I am still definitely not very active on Bookstagram. I tend to post quite regularly for about a week or so before I just leave it again for weeks on end, and so this is definitely one resolution that I would like to carry into 2018.
So now that we’ve looked back on my goals for last year, it is now time to look the other way, and to see what I aim to do in 2018. This year I don’t think I am being too harsh on myself, or setting myself any huge goals that are going to be really hard to actually complete, as I think that most of these are doable for me. I’ve also set myself more reading goals for next year, as despite not wanting to challenge myself too much, I definitely still want to try and push myself in my reading and in particular in what I am reading this year.
And so, here are all of my goals for 2018!
Whilst I did just manage to read 50 books last year, I would still like to raise my goal for this year just slightly, even if it is only by two books. I definitely think this is doable, and although I am not going to push myself to reach this number, I would really like to give it a go, and to hopefully continue making reading as much as a priority as I did in 2017.
Despite this year being my best reading year yet, one area in which I did appallingly was in reading 2017 releases and debuts. I only read one debut this year, and certainly didn’t read many 2017 releases, and so I would really like to try and read some more debuts and releases this year, especially considering I actually own a lot of releases from last year, but I just never got round to reading them. So, instead of just picking up all these new releases, I would love to actually get round to reading them in the same year that they are released, instead of just leaving them sitting on my shelf.
Over the past year or so, I have seen so many people really get into reading audio-books, and although I have also tried to them, I have yet to actually get anywhere near finishing one. I’m not sure if they are something that I will enjoy, but I would like to give them at least one more go and hopefully finish at least one audio-book this year, just to see if it is a format that I enjoy.
This is something that I have become so much more conscious about in my reading recently, and so is something that I really want to try and think about even more this year. I’d definitely like to pay more attention to reading books with diverse characters, that deal with diverse topics, or are written by diverse authors this year, as I think that diversity of every kind in books is such an important thing, and so something that I would like to see more of in the books that I chose to read this year.
Finally, one of my general resolutions for this year is to become more organised, so I would like to try and transfer this goal over to my blog, and my bookstagram, as well. I’m definitely not someone who has posts planned weeks beforehand, or has them written up days before they are meant to go up. Almost all of my posts are written either the day before, or the day that I want them to go up, and so not only is this pretty stressful, but it also means that if for whatever reason I am busy and so don’t have time to write a post, nothing goes up. So, this year I am determined to try and get a little bit more organised with my blogging and actually plan posts out and schedule them beforehand so that I am not always rushing to get a post up.