This year was a crazy year for me with reading! I grew my bookstagram to over 1600 followers, I started a book blog with Kari, and I read a whopping 231 books! It’s been an excellent year and I’m so thankful for all I’ve achieved.
I was trying to think of some way to wrap up my reading year, and trying to wrack my brain for ideas. I saw a friend who did a one sentence review for every book she read this year, but I didn’t want to do that because I didn’t think anyone would want to read it! 231 is a lot of reviews! I decided, instead, that I would just go through my 2018 Reading Resolutions and let you know how I did on each one of them!
- Read (at least) 50 books this year
Okay, I clearly blew this one out of the water! Reading for me is something I do all the time. It’s very soothing and I love it a lot. I read whenever I get the chance, and don’t usually go through slumps. I like taking the opportunity to escape when I can, but I don’t want it to be a competitive thing. I set my goal for 50, because I know that I want to read, but I don’t want to force myself to feel pressured to read a crazy amount. That being said, this year and in 2017 I went well over the goal I set of 50 books. I always know that I can read more than that, but I don’t want it to feel like something I am forced to do. I will also admit that it’s really fun to see my reading goal to say you’ve completed your goal by like 400%. 😛
2. Read more diversely
I didn’t really do as well on this one. I did read more genres that I don’t usually explore, such as contemporary, and I did read a few more adult books. However, for the most part, I stuck firmly in the YA and fantasy genres. Next year I hope to do better on this.
3. Do more GoodReads reviews
I did do better on this one! In 2017, I did one book review on goodreads. This year, I did way more. I didn’t do a ton, and I certainly didn’t do one for every book I read, but I did do more reviews than I ever had before. I am hoping to do more of those in 2019, and maybe some more quickie reviews on this blog as well.
4. Read more classic literature
Yikes! Not so much! I read a few things that are more classic lit, but as I said above, I mostly stuck in the YA and fantasy genres. Again, I hope I will do better in 2019 on this particular goal. I need to read more of these so called classics!
5. Read more of what you already own
Whoops! This one was a bit of a loss. I did read some of what I already owned, and that was good. However, I definitely bought a ton of new books, and any progress I made in reading old books was definitely erased (perhaps even in one month, because one in one month I got like 29 books.). I was really bad with this. I really have to blame bookstagram for this, but I also have to blame the discovery of Book Outlet as well. It’s hard to resist!
6. Continue to grow bookstagram
I did really well on this one! I moved into 2018 with a small number of followers, after all, I had just started my bookstagram account. However, within a few months I had hit 1000 followers, and as of today I am at 1634 followers. This is so impressive to me! I love the bookstagram community. I’ve made some really good friends there and I really love having a place where I can stare at pretty pictures of books and also talk to people about books. It’s such a cool community!
7. Re-Read Harry Potter
I failed on this one too. It seemed like maybe the easiest of the goals, but I really did not do well on it. I wanted to read the books in a format I hadn’t before. So for 1, 2, and 3, I read them in the illustrated editions. I listened to 4 on audiobook, but when it came to 5, the wait list for the book in the library was super long, so I am still waiting for it. I’m hoping to get to finishing this series in 2019.
So that’s how I did on my reading resolutions. How did you do? Let me know below in the comments!