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! ♥