I am one of those people that thrive when I set goals for myself. The end of 2017/beginning of 2018 was a bit crazy for me, so I didn’t really sit down and set myself goals for 2018. I really missed working towards goals & checking things off my list in 2018, so I am back setting myself some bookish goals in 2019…
» Goal #1: Read 100 books
After reading 120 books in 2017, I decided to back off my reading a bit in 2018 to make more time for blogging. I ended up reading 109 books in 2018, which I was more than happy with. I decided to set my reading goal to 100 books again for 2019 for the same reasons.
» Goal #2: Reach 80% feedback ratio on NetGalley = 15 backlist ARCs
Guys, I promise it’s going to happen this year! I’m actually going to shoot to get this one done towards the half way point of the year. To achieve this, I’ll need to read 2-3 backlist ARCs a month until June. This is totally doable. Once I reach the 80% feedback ratio, I will only allow myself to request those books that I am highly anticipating. I will never dig myself a hole like I did in 2016.
» Goal #3: Read 30 physical TBR books (purchased before 2019)
My physical TBR has gotten WAY out of control. I blame my discovery of Book Outlet in 2018… well okay, it was out of control BEFORE I discovered Book Outlet, but now it is an even bigger problem. To read 30 books off my physical TBR, all I need to do is read 2-3 books a month off my shelves.
» Goal #4: Stop buying new books
Yes, that’s right. I need to place myself on a dreaded book buying ban. This is necessary for a few different reasons. For one, there are far to many unread books sitting on my shelves. Secondly, I spent WAY too much money on books this past year. I am hoping by NOT buying new books, I can focus this year on knocking out my physical TBR. I will be utilizing my local library to supply me with my new release needs, even if this does mean I’ll have to wait to read them. There will be exceptions to this book buying ban of course. I will not be counting any books purchased at book events where I need to purchase a book for the author to sign or special occasions like my birthday or Christmas.
*My name is Amanda, and I haven’t bought a new book since 2018!
» Goal #5: Complete a book inventory spreadsheet
I’ve actually already starting working on this goal. I created a new tab on my reading spreadsheet to keep track of the books I actually own. Does anyone else struggle remembering which books they own? True story, I’ve bought the same book twice… on a few different occasions. This is why I need an inventory list. This inventory list will also give me a total number of books on my shelves that are unread.
» Goal #6: Write mini reviews for all the books I read in 2019
I want to do away with listing a few of my thoughts and feelings in my weekly wrap-up posts, and start writing mini reviews for most of the books I read. My goal is to work on these mini reviews as I finish books, then post a batch or two each month.
» Goal #7: Post at least TWO creative blog posts per month
I guess “creative posts” is a subjective phrase… I just mean posts other than wrap-ups, reviews, TBRs, etc. I have so many ideas sitting in my drafts, I just need to make the time to sit down and write them.
» Goal #8: Start backing up my blog posts & backup my past blog posts
After watching my friend Jackie @Death by Tsundoku lose all of her blog content this past year, it opened my eyes to the fact that if it happened to her, it could easily happen to me. I need to make it a blogging habit to include copying my blog posts to my Google drive as I go. Going back and backing up all my old posts is going to take time, BUT would give me peace of mind knowing that my content is safe.
» Goal #9: Start taking notes while reading for review purposes
I used to religiously take notes while reading. This made reviewing much easier, but I found that it slowed my reading way down. This is probably because I took an insane amount of notes that were not necessary. Somewhere along the way, I stopped taking notes while reading. When it comes time to write my review, I struggle to remember what I wanted to mention in the review. This causes me to put reviews off for weeks, sometimes months. This is NOT the way to write book reviews. Learn from my mistakes! I am making it a goal to go back to writing notes while reading, but not to the point where it slows my reading down. I just need to jot things down as I go, and not over complicate my notes.
» Goal #10: Read a few of the “long” books I’ve been putting off
It’s no secret that “long” books intimidate me to the point of putting them off. If the book has over 600 pages, there is a slim chance I will give it a go. The sad thing is that I never used to be this way. Back in 2009, I read the first 8 books in the Outlander series back to back and didn’t bat an eye. I blame the obsession in the bookish community to read as many books as possible every year. Instead of being more concerned with the quality of books, we obsess over the quantity of books we read every year. I have gotten to the point where I will look at a book over 600 pages and think to myself “I could read TWO books in the time I read this one book.” This makes me sad. I could be missing out on so many wonderful books & series simply because they are longer than the typical books I read.
Here are a few books I’ve been putting off that I want to read in 2019…
»American Gods by Neil Gaiman – 635 pages
»11/22/63 by Stephen King – 849 pages
»The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicles #2) by Patrick Rothfuss – 994 pages
What are some of your reading goals for 2019?
If you blog, what are some of your blogging goals?
Comment below & let me know 🙂