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Top Five Goals For 2018

Hey Guys! Here we are at the end of 2017… How did that happen so quickly? While it’s been a whirlwind of a year, it has been full of many joyful, bookish moments that I would not trade for anything. I feel like I’ve learned more in this second year of blogging than I did in my first, which is why I’ve been pondering over the past week the changes I’d like to make in 2018. I’m wanting to alter some of the things I felt didn’t work so well, but I’m also ecstatic to try some new things too! The following are the goals I decided to be most important in continuing my journey with books and reading; do you see any that you would like to implement as well?

»Goodreads Reading Challenge Of 100 Books

But Chelsea, you totally read over 225 books in 2017? Why on earth would you cut your challenge by over 50%? Well folks, I’m tired. I’m tired of feeling pressured, I’m tired of feeling rushed, and I’m tired of feeling like my reading is controlling me instead of me controlling my reading. 100 books is still a relatively high number, and much more doable for fitting into our family’s schedule that seems to grow more busy by the second. If I feel like reading more than I will, but I want to allow room for re-reading some of my favorite classics and tackling some of the larger books (500-1,000 pages) that have been on my TBR for ages.

»Complete The Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge

This is probably the goal I’m most excited about for 2018. Our Goodreads group Suspenseful Clues and Thrilling Reviews is participating in this together, which will hopefully keep everyone a little more motivated and held accountable. The challenge is extremely doable; there are 40 prompts (50 if you choose to add in the advanced list), which comes out to less than 1 book per week. If you want to read more about the challenge itself you can do so HERE. If you’re a member of the Goodreads community we would love to have you join our group and participate with us!

»Diversify My Genre Reading

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time then you know that I focus heavily on Mystery/Thriller/Suspense books, particularly of the Crime Fiction variety. I actually enjoy reading almost all genres, but I’m usually approached for reviews by the above mentioned types. Over the next year I would really like to include more classics, non-fiction, YA, and round up some of the series I began and loved, but have pushed aside due to the overwhelming influx of ARCs. I want to read more about people who aren’t like me, who have experienced different journeys, hardships, and cultures than my own. This means I’m planning on lowering the amount of advanced review copies I take on; I’m really going to try and limit myself to just those that are on my TBR of my own accord to help lighten the stress and weight of carrying so many deadlines.

»Utilize My Library When Possible

Geez Louise Chels! I’ve always been a huge proponent of buying books whenever a person can; I adore supporting the authors and publishers that I love but I also need to be realistic in how much I spend. Bonus-libraries need support too! We have a really great system here in Northern Virginia and can get about 75% of the books I want at any given time.  I’ve begun checking out books from the library first and then, if it’s one I really want to keep, I purchase a copy for my shelf. It’s really helped me in sorting which new books are worth the sticker price and which are best just borrowed for a short time. Now if I could just stay away from Book Depository and Book Outlet… 😉

»DNF More Books

Ok, that sounds a bit drab, but it has to be done. I’m the type of reader who pushes through almost every book I pick up, even if I’m completely miserable in the process. While I still will keep the rule of finishing ARCs sent by publishers (except in special circumstances), I’m planning on expecting my fun reads to be just that-reads that are fun. If I’m not engaged and invest by 30% in, I’m calling it quits, even if there’s not a good reason and I’m just bored. Life’s too short to be miserable doing the thing you enjoy most!

♥ Well, those are my Top Five Reading Goals for 2018! Hopefully they triggered some thoughts in your own mind in how you’d like to handle your reading in the new year. If you’d like to follow along my journey starting in January you can do so via Goodreads, Instagram, and Twitter. Happy holidays and a belated Merry Christmas to each and every one of you! ♥

48 thoughts on “Top Five Goals For 2018”

  1. Awesome goals, Chelsea!! I’ve had to cut back my reading over the years and there’s no shame in that. Family comes first! 100 is still a lot and a great goal! I’m lucky if I hit 75. I live by the DNF rule. I won’t waste my time if I’m not enjoying a book – there’s too many good books out there. I need to use my library more. That’s one of my goals this year.
    Happy New Year!

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  2. I’m also hoping to read less 2018 releases and more of backlist books and books that have been on my TBR forever. I already have a full list! I do want to keep up with 2018 releases because there’s so many of them, but I think I might have a couple of months dedicated JUST to reading 2018 release, and the rest of the year will be free???

    I’m actually doing the opposite of you and reading way more! I set my goal to 200 books in 2017, and did not do that whatsoever, but I’m back, so I’m back and hoping I can reach it this time! 😀

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  3. Last year I read 200 books and while I know it was a total fluke and will never happen again, I can’t help but want to aim that high once more. I typically set my goal to 100 books and end up reading 130-150ish which is a good number for me. I don’t feel so pressured to be reading 24/7!

    I used to work in a used bookstore where my employee discount was an additional 50% off on top of the already MAJORLY discounted prices (think $5 on average with sale prices between $1-2!) hahaha once I left I just couldn’t imagine ever spending $30 on a book and have practically lived at my library ever since! Plus apps like Overdrive make it so easy to grab books without having to put on real clothes 🙂

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  4. I implemented the check it out of the library first policy years ago. And still use it for authors I like to follow whose books I can’t access through Netgalley. But I also recommend the purchase of books by the library that I have read on Netgalley.

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  5. I think the freedom to DNF is a great goal…..I’m a finisher too…..but I set aside a few titles this year and it freed me up to go on to other really enjoyable reads. I had to fight off the feeling that I *should* love it because so many had recommended it. More and more I want to avoid that feeling of dread when I pick up my book….there are too many great books waiting to be read!

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  6. Great goals – I’m doing the pop sugar challenge too but more having it in the background rather than letting it dictate my reading 😊 and I feel you on less pressure, 100 books is a good number, and it makes reading much more enjoyable 😊

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  7. These are great goals! One of my goals for 2018 is to read at least 20 of the 200 books I own but haven’t read yet, which seems so easy until all the exciting ARCs come around and fun titles pop up as available in the library…
    I love this idea of posting your goals for the year, I might steal this as well!! 😉

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  8. Chelsea,
    I am going to steal this. It’s so much more than just the regular anticipated 2018 reads post (which, I’ll honestly still be doing).

    All these are so on point (except I already library first, buy later..usually way later. dang college loans!) My additions, which you are already helping with on both accounts, is -finish series I’ve already started, and -buddy read more (this helps me stay focused on finishing a book, I tend to be all over the place)

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  9. You goals sound perfect to me, Chelsea. I think cutting back a little is so realistic and I bet it will make you love the books you read even more. As to the DNF’s? I just can’t torture myself with a book when I know the next one might be amazing, so I even DNF ARCs. Like you, I need to use the library more! Have a wonderful new year.

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  10. I think these are fantastic goals Chelsea, thanks for sharing them! I feel like I’m a pretty good at DNFing books (my list is high😱) and this year I realized I don’t have the patience for more than 15% if I’m not into a book. Sometimes I feel like that’s too picky but then I realize I wasn’t enjoying it so I should move on. I’m going to take a look at the PopSugar challenge, I really want to continue expanding my reading preferences in 2018. While I gravitate to mystery/thriller like you, my fav reads of the 2017 only included a few and mostly included other genres. Looking forward to chatting books with you in 2018, Happy New Year🎉🍾

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  11. 100 books does sound good and I agree that there should be no pressure in reading.I have just started DNFing books from 2017 and that saved me a lot of time.

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  12. 100 books sounds good. i might like to try that. I am also into the Pop 18. It is good to use the library, though I have just recently started using Kindle on my iPad. Usually I like to buy my books. Then often give them away. The difference with us is that I am new to reviewing. Just did my first recently. Good luck for your plans!

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  13. Great goals. I can definitely understand reducing your Goodreads target as I do the exact same. I feel like I’m sometimes rushing through books rather than taking time to enjoy them.

    I was considering the popsugar challenge this year too but I feel a lot of the prompts fit books I’ve just read so I may track against it but I’m not going to deliberately seek out books to fit.

    Good luck with all of your goals.

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  14. Great goals! I think we all got sucked into the ARC/review copy thing and while it’s fabulous to get access to so many new releases, it can begin to feel like a job after a bit, and take some of the pleasure out of reading. I think the idea of reading less is good too – I’d also like to read some of the longer books I keep pushing aside in order to meet pointless self-imposed targets. And I’m definitely DNF’ing more – life’s too short and there are too many other books out there I’d rather be reading… Good luck with your goals, and here’s hoping 2018 is a great reading year! 😀

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  15. I am so with you on the DNF! I did it this week and it felt bad but also really good. It helped that the next book I picked up had me hooked from the start. Really showed me that the one I didn’t finish just wasn’t working.

    Excellent goals, Chelsea! Good luck! I hope you feel way less pressure next year. 💋

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  16. Oh, you are speaking from my heart 😊
    I don’t read quite as many books as you did, but next year i want to focus on expanding my horizons. I tend to pick crime, thriller, suspense stuff with a bit of sci fi, and totally neglected other genres even tho i know I’d like them.

    I’ve never done a specific reading challenge before, but i picked up the popsugar one for next year. The goodreads one looked super scary, and i just didn’t want to stress myself out about something i do for fun…

    Good luck with your reading adventure!

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  17. You’ll surely accomplish them all Chelsea! I’m with you with the pressure thing and I’ve only read 100… This year I’m focusing more on my TBR and not requesting unless it’s an author I really love! Happy new year to one of my favorite blogs ❤

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  18. I think these goals are great – obviously the result of a lot of thought and reflection about what’s right for you so the pressure to read doesn’t mar your enjoyment of reading. I’m trying to concentrate on reading more books in my TBR pile in 2018 too and not accepting too many review requests. It’s great you’re going to make more use of your local library. They are a fabulous, under-appreciated resource which communities will lose if they’re not used…and prolific readers like us are the perfect people to do so.

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    1. Thank you so much Cathy! I’ve come to find that we are at the library at least twice a week; they have some of the best children’s programs in our area and we’ve made so many kid friends there. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to start using it regularly for my own reading!

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      1. I must use my local library more too but unfortunately their ebook facility isn’t compatible with Kindle currently. I have so many physical books already unread on my shelves I could start my own local library really 😀

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