It’s crazy how 2018 has flown by and now it’s almost 2019. Every year I have both reading and blogging goals for the new year that I’d like to accomplish, but I feel like I didn’t meet my expectations with my blog for the last part of this year. I’ve decided that I’m not going to hold it against myself or be too hard on myself for it, because it’s been an extremely busy and chaotic year with so many different things going on all at once. Being a full-time college student with two part time jobs, volunteer work, and full-time caregiver for my grandmother has definitely kept me on my toes this year for sure. I think with the goals that I have for 2019, this blog and my reading is going to benefit more. So, let’s talk about them a little bit.
Let’s Talk Reading Goals for 2019
I think in the new year, I’m not going to stress as much over the number of books that I read. I’m just going to read whatever I want, when I feel like reading it and if I don’t, then I’m not going to really worry about it so much. I tend to let that get to me a little too much and it generally causes me to not want to read as much because I’m stressing myself over it instead of just enjoying it. Reading is something that I do for fun and when I start to feel like it’s become a chore, that’s when it becomes a problem and I don’t like that feeling at all.
I’m going to make it a point to try and read more of the books on my bookshelves, instead of buying more books that it’s going to take me a while to get to. What good are books just sitting around on your pretty shelves if you aren’t reading them, because you’ve got so many of them you don’t know where to start or really what to read next?!
I’m going to pick at last five series (combining a couple of with their spin-off series just to get those out of the way too, because technically they are still set in that particular world) that I need to finish reading and make it a goal to get through all the books in the series and become current if they’re still an on-going series. I know it may be a bit of a struggle for me, but I’m just going to power through it and make it happen.
I want to continue to work on cleaning up and reading through the ARC’s that I’ve requested via Netgalley and once I’ve done that, I’m going to limit myself on certain ones that I actually do want to request.
Basically, my goal is to be incredibly selective with the books that I’m reading, making sure that they’re books I really am invested in or that I know will definitely hold my interest. I don’t like DNF’ing books, so I’m going to try and not do so much of that with the new year.
I want to make sure that I’m actually being productive in reading, so I think I’m going to definitely try and make it a point to read for about a half hour before I go to bed every night so that at least I am reading a little bit everyday. I’m also going to make sure that I’m reading during down times, in between classes if I have time, in the waiting rooms of doctor visits, on my lunch breaks, etc.
Most important, I’m not going to let anyone else make me feel guilty or bad because I’m reading a series of books or books by a certain author that I really am enjoying that seems to be one of the most problematic author’s or series. We’re all entitled to like what we like or read what we want without having to feel bad about it. There’s a difference between having a difference of opinion and sharing it with someone, then there is making a person feel like the scourge of the book-reading-blogging earth for daring to read something by Sarah J. Maas or heaven forbid anything from the Shadowhunter’s series, spin-off’s, etc.
Let’s Talk Blogging Goals for 2019
I want to post at least three times a week, consistently without fail. That’s important, I don’t want my blog to just sit there stagnant with nothing there, because I’ve worked too hard on it.
I know that I’m definitely going to make it a point to comment on other people’s book blogs, bookstagram, and various other social media outlets. I think it’s important to engage with the you follow that follow you as well, because that’s part of the whole point of having this blog and being a part of the book blogging community.
I’m going to work harder at making sure that I post quality well-written and thought out creative content that doesn’t just consist of multiple book blitz, etc. And I’m definitely going to be selective in the blog tours that I’m part of and that it’s something I’m fully committed too before it goes up on the blog. It’s more important to me to have quality material vs quanity. I think that’s something that I got too caught up in.
I’m just going to have a lot more fun with it, post the occasional random book tag, write more book reviews (some mini-reviews thrown into the mix) and some more in depth ones, too. And, I’m definitely going to still be doing Rewind Wednesday’s for sure, because I really enjoyed doing that. There are also going to be a few more discussion posts as well.
Let’s Talk About 5 Book Series to Get Current With or Finish in 2019
I know I’m kind of cheating with a couple of these, but there are so many books on my shelves already that I feel like they’re going to really break if I add any more to them. Plus, with a couple of these, there are spin-off series that kind of go hand in hand with them, so I feel like it’s a little bit justified in the sense that I’m trying to get these books read and put away finally.
If it’s the last thing that I do in the new year, I’m finally going to finish the damn Mortal Instrument series and I will definitely be reading The Red Scrolls of Magic the first book in The Eldest Curses series that features Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood.
Don’t judge me, lol. :/
I am so incredibly behind with the Throne of Glass series, that I will probably have to start all over from the beginning just to get caught up in everything that’s happening so far. I can’t even remember where I left off with it and there’s so much controversy with both the author and the series ACOTAR that it’s unreal. I’m still going to give it a chance, because I know from what I read in the beginning I really enjoyed it.
I’ve been slowly working my way through this series and I absolutely LOVE it and I can’t wait to pick back up where I left off and hopefully finish it in the new year. The characters and the world building are absolutely phenomenal and creatively written. If you’re a fan of high fantasy, then you’ll definitely love this series.
I fell in love with the first book in this series and read it within the span of a couple of days, it was that good and it totally gave me FNL-esque vibes. So, I can’t wait to immerse myself back into this series and finish it up. I love all of the characters and the romance. It’s just so much fun to read.
I love the whole concept behind this series, I feel like it’s pretty clever and inspired. Most of the time you read about characters that are dying get back home, but this series flips everything on it’s head and has these wayward children longing to go back to through their door back to their fairytale of wonders. It’s a series full of longing, an incredibly boundless depth, and beautifully broken childhood that dares to believe the impossible can be done. So, I’m definitely making sure I get caught up with it.
So, those are a few of my resolution and blogging goals for the new year, what are some of yours?