Seeing as we are nearly at the end of January, it is way past time to look back at whether or not I achieved my bookish resolutions for 2018, as well as to set some new ones for the new year.
Overall, I’m insanely happy with my reading in 2018, as I read so many amazing books and stories that I can’t wait to revisit in the future and continue to talk about in the next few months. I also managed to achieve quite a few of my bookish resolutions, something I was not expecting to do, and so I’m pretty proud of my reading year in 2018!
So here are all of the resolutions I set myself for 2018!
Although I did not reach this goal, I am still not taking this one as a failure exactly, as I only missed out by three books, and so all in all I’m still pretty happy with the number of books I read last year. Every time I set myself this goal to read a certain number of books, my aim is always to motivate myself to read more and to make reading more of a priority than I otherwise would, something that I certainly still did in 2018, even if I didn’t make it to 52 books.
Out of all of the goals I set myself, this was the one I imagined myself least likely to actually achieve, and yet somehow I managed to not only complete this, but exceed it as by the end of the year I had read 13 2018 releases. As someone who reads predominantly backlist titles, I am so surprised that I ended up reading as many new releases as I did, especially as I never particularly pushed myself to do so at any point in the year.
Someone please tell me how I survived without audiobooks before last year?! I am now a fully converted reader who not only listened to five books during the last four months of 2018, but has also fallen in love with the accessibility and ease of popping an audiobook on whenever I’m walking my dog, tidying up, or doing any number of other activities.
As this is more of a broader goal than some of the others I set myself for 2018, I’m going to say that whilst I do think I read more diversely than I had in previous years, I still believe I can do more in 2019. Therefore, I think this is going to be a goal I am going to continue on with through this year and in the future to make sure that I keep reading as diversely as possible.
I feel like this one was both a hit and a miss for 2018 depending on what point in the year you look at. The beginning of the year started off pretty well, and I’m quite happy with how organised I was during that period, especially compared to the end of the year. I also managed to plan an entire month’s worth of posts in advance, something that I have never even come close to doing before. However, the end of the year saw a huge drop off on both the amount of posts and the regularity of them, and so I am hoping that this is something I can correct within the first few months of 2019.
As for my resolutions for 2019, I decided to go back to quite number based goals, as I personally know that I like having a target to aim for, rather than just trying to fulfill a vague statement. I also haven’t set myself any blogging-related goals for the year just yet, as I have been so behind on everything in the last few weeks that I would rather get back into the swing of things before I set myself another challenge.
So here are all of my bookish resolutions for 2019!
Although I only just missed my 2018 goal of reading 52 books, I am still going to reduce my Goodreads challenge back to 50 books for this year as not only have I already done this in the past, but it is also still high enough to motivate me to read as much as possible without pressurising me to do so when I am unable to.
One of the key things I failed to do in 2018 was read classics, as I only read one throughout the entire year, and so that is something I am desperate to correct in 2019. I have so many classics sitting unread on my shelf, and so I would love to knock at least a few of them off my TBR over the next twelve months and to switch up my reading a little more than I did last year.
Last year I finally made my way into Audiobooks, and I have not looked back since! And although I don’t see myself ever not having an audiobook on the go in the near future, I would still like to set myself this goal to make sure that I don’t drop the ball on this new reading format anytime soon.
Over the past few years, I have slowly gotten out of the habit of rereading some of my favourite books, and so I would love to begin to do this again in 2019. I always say that I will reread a certain book or revisit a certain world, and yet I never end up ever actually doing so as I instead chose a new book that I have yet to read, so I would love to at least start to reread some of my old, and new, favourites this year.
Did you achieve all of your bookish resolutions for 2018? What are some of your goals for reading in 2019?