Hello, hello, hello! Cheers to 2018! I wanted to touch base on a couple of items in terms of reading in 2017 and what my goals are for reading in 2018!
2017 was the first year that I set a “real” reading goal for myself. In previous years I always would say I want to read x amount of books this year, but when I would get halfway through the year, it just started lowering until I kind of “stopped caring”. In 2017 I decided to make a real effort to track what I was reading and how much I was reading. My goal was 40 books and my actual was 42! I had a real end of year push in the past couple of weeks, so that has been great.
I posted a video detailing my top favorites and my biggest disappointments, which you can watch HERE. What that video doesn’t go into detail on is that the bulk of my reading this year (unlike past years) was truly adult fiction. Mystery, Thrillers, even a Horror novel hear and there, have been at the top of my reading in 2017. I’ve been stepping back into the genre’s that I love and trying to be a little bit more picky about what I’m reading.
The video also doesn’t detail the amount of books I’ve “DNF’d” (Did Not Finish), this year-another first! I’ve started to realize that time is precious and if it doesn’t capture my attention, it MAY not be worth my time. DNF’ing is still a last resort and it isn’t a frequent occurrence, but it definitely happened a couple times this year.
For 2018, I am setting another goal of 40 books this year, although I am hoping to get closer to 50. I don’t want to place too much of a strain/focus on my reading numbers as it is still a source of relaxation and a treat, but I want to keep track of what I am reading and how much I’ve read at the end of the year. It wasn’t too bad getting to 40 this year and I read a lot of good books within my year. I’m hoping for the same result for next year.
Another reading goal in 2018 is to continue to step away from genre’s that don’t peak my interest, but don’t shut genre’s out entirely. A nice contradicting statement if I ever heard one. It is safe to say that I know what books I like to read and what are going to stay in my “comfort zone”. While I know there are genre’s that I don’t like/will not read, I don’t want to shut all other genre’s that aren’t my favorites out. This year, I read some new books that I wouldn’t have picked up normally and I really enjoyed them. I want to continue to branch out a little more into other genre’s and see what else is out there.
Finally, my last reading related goal for 2018 is to read every day. I am doing a challenge in January called #Readuary. I have made a short video that you can watch HERE as well as a blog post that you can read HERE. I hope that this challenge will in turn become an every day habit. Reading is a way that I treat myself and take myself away from the craziness of life. There are times that I find myself reading less or not at all, getting swept up in life or,even worse, social media. These tend to be the days that I need that reading time more than ever. Are you going to join me in #Readuary?
So, with that, we are off into a new reading year and a new adventure. What are your reading goals for this year?