After much reflection I have whipped up some excellent goals for the New Year. This is probably the first time I’ve really sat down to think about what I want to achieve with my reading life within the time frame of a year. YEARLY GOALS ARE ABOUND. But I can’t be bothered doing any fiddle faddling so let’s break it down and see what wonders I’m going to get up to in 2018.
As a quick footnote, let’s just ignore my promises of November and December of 2017 being amazing reading months (they weren’t) and hope that I can actually do a better job in the New Year. Agreed? Agreed.
My Goodreads Reading Goal
Whilst I haven’t officially been able to set my Goodreads goal yet, in 2018 I’m going to step forward bravely and aim to read 100 books. I’m so excited about this! I’ve always wanted to be able to read 100 books in a year, it seems like such a nice and rounded number – and a big number too! Whilst the most I’ve read in a year is 86, I’m feeling really confident that 2018 will be a great reading year and I’ll hit that goal.
2018’s Primary Focus: Finish Off Series
In September of 2017 I did my own little thing called “Series September” and I really enjoyed focussing on progressing with series or finishing them off. I have around 30 unfinished series on my bookshelves (there are a few more on e-books but we’re not focussing on those this year) so I want to try and halve that number – YES HALVE – but the end of 2018. I’m so ready for this.
One Read-a-thon a Month
I so enjoyed doing read-a-thons this year so I’m going to make an effort in 2018 to do one a month! If I find ones to participate in that I really enjoy, and if I set myself a good TBR, I actually get a crazy amount of reading done. So hopefully this’ll be a good way of ensuring I hit that 100 book reading goal!
One Book Club Pick a Month
I co-run a book club called the Squabbling Dragons so I’ll be continuing to do that in the New Year and reading the monthly book club pick! I’m so excited for this one because it’s always such a blast reading with the group and exploring underrated sci-fi and fantasy novels.
One Classic Every Quarter
I have quite the number of classics and I just about never reach for them when deciding what to read next. I really want to read them though, so in 2018 I’m going to try and encourage myself to just get four read. Whether they’re Anne of Green Gables or Anna Karenina, I don’t mind. One every three months is the aim!
Finish the Ranger’s Apprentice Series
The most specific goal of the year! Each year from now on I’m going to have one goal very specific to a book or series like this one. In 2017 I tried to finish the Inkworld series by Cornelia Funke, next year? Ranger’s Apprentice. I’m four books away from completing it so LET’S. DO. IT.
Notable Books On My TBR
There are some books that have been hovering around for quite some time so I’m hoping to get to a few of them, not all (that’s unrealistic), to try and keep my TBR fresh rather than letting these reads go stale at the bottom:
Terrier by Tamora Pierce
Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
Faerietales and Nightmares by Melissa Marr
Lamplighter by D.M. Cornish
Flyte by Angie Sage
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
Beautiful Chaos by Gary Russell
Unfinished Series List
And just so you know what series are waiting to be tackled in 2018, here’s the complete list of what I need to start working away at:
A Series of Unfortunate Events
A Song of Ice and Fire
Between the Lines
The Cemetery of Forgotten Books
The Chronicles of Ixia
The Dark Legacy of Shannara
The Girl at Midnight
The Inheritance Cycle
Iron Fey/Call of the Forgotten
The Kingkiller Chronicles
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
Monster Blood Tattoo
The Neverland Wars
The Looking Glass Wars
The Secret Order
Throne of Glass
The Watersong Quartet
And those are my goals for 2018!! Do you think I’ll be able to do it? I’m so excited for the new year and a new chance to make ridiculous year-long goals to aim for. I can’t wait!