When this was announced as a Top Ten Tuesday I was both excited and frustrated. I wanted to post about all my goals RIGHT AWAY in 2018! I’m glad that I took some time to sit on my goals before announcing them, however. Having time to ruminate allowed me to develop stronger, more meaningful goals.
I broke my list up into two sections: 5 reading goals and 5 blogging goals. The number might be a bit intimidating, but I feel like these goals are all shallow enough I can make a dent in them this year. 2018 is going to be one heck of a year for me– so I need to make certain I balance my blogging, reading, and real life!
Without further ado…
Top 10 Bookish Resolutions for 2018
2018 Reading Goals
Read at least one ARC each month.
As you might have seen when I joined State of the ARC, I have a backlog of ARCs (don’t we all?), and I want to prioritize them. In the end of 2017, I weaned myself off requesting binges on NetGalley. By reading one ARC a month, I will achieve the coveted 80% on NetGalley. That said, not all my ARCs will come from there. I have quite a few ARCs from other locations. So, it would be great to finally achieve my 80%, but it’s not the priority; 12 ARCs is.
Read fewer books.
It sounds crazy, I know. Sometimes, I’m forcing myself through so many books I don’t have time to stop and write a book review. I didn’t come close to reviewing all 130 books I read last year. I am also actively involved in 7 book clubs, plus occasional buddy reads. Yikes! I also need to make time for my own mood reading. I hope to read less, but read more of what I want to. It’s okay to attend a book club without finishing the book. They will survive, and so will I.
Read more non-fiction.
In 2017 I feel like I barely touched this genre. It makes me so sad! I love listening to memoirs read by the author on audiobook. I love learning about aspects of the world I am unfamiliar with. I love history. I love essays. Where was this last year? No idea. I hope at least 15% of my 2018 reads are non-fiction.
Read 20 Newbery Award Winners.
I am on a quest to read all the Newbery Award Winning books before the 100th anniversary of the Newbery in January 2022. So far, I’ve read 30 of the books. This means I need to read about 17 Newberys a year to make my goal. I’m going to aim high now and see if I can push my luck.
Participate in at least one read along.
I had SO MUCH FUN participating in #AnneReadAlong2017, I definitely want to do something like this again. I hope to host one in the future, but not this year. This year I just want to find a single quality read along I can participate in. I love bookish discussions, and this is a great way to get involved more in the community!
2018 Blogging Goals
Write more book reviews.
Oh, the irony. One of my 2017 goals was to expand my non-book review posts. And I certainly did that! I continued by Between the Lines series, but I also added two new series. I love writing those posts, but they are time-consuming. In order to stay on top of this goal, I found that I published fewer book reviews than I wanted to. This is a book blog, after all! I am aiming for at least 1/3 of my 2018 blog posts to be book reviews.
Expand the book discussion question database.
Did you even know I *had* a book discussion question database? Well, I do. It’s one of my favorite things! I love leading book club discussions, so I thought I’d help people out by sharing the book club discussion questions I’ve written. Last year, I only expanded by 6 new sets of questions. For 2018, I aim to add 12 new sets of discussion questions.
Expand upon my series posts.
I mentioned this in my 2 Year Blogoversary post, but I’d like to expand upon my series posts. As mentioned above, I have Between the Lines, as well as Building Better Book Clubs and Solving for Tsundoku. I aim to publish three posts from these series each month. No, they don’t all have to be from different series. But there should be three of them.
Deepen my existing blogger friend relationships.
Last year, I aimed to spend at least 5 minutes a day blog hopping. I found a number of new blogs to follow and quickly got lost in the community. Eventually, I realized that I crave *meaningful* relationships. In order to gain those, I need to spend more time with a smaller group of people. So, my goal is not to expand to a new community, but rather reinforce the one I already know. I’m sure I’ll find new members of my community on the way I’ll take in, but the goal is in the connection, not stats.
Make my blog a source of solace and joy.
I know this sounds silly or corny. But it’s an important part of blogging I think a lot of us forget. For the majority of us, blogging is a hobby. There were moments this year where my blog felt like a chore and a source of anxiety than a positive force in my life. Never again. 2018 will be a busy year for me; my life is going to change a lot. I never want to lose sight of the joy blogging, reading, and reviews bring me. This will be harder to measure. I am to stay positive, forgive myself, and write what I want to write, even if it strays from my schedule.
It is also my plan to check in on these goals regularly with you guys so I can be held accountable on some level. You’ve also noticed that quite a few of these will probably intersect with you! I hope you’ll be helping keep me honest. Let me know if there is any way you think we can help each other achieve our 2018 goals!
What do you think?
- Did you participate in Top Ten Tuesday? Share your links below!
- What do you think of my goals? Any suggestions for a read-along I could participate in this year? Other ways we can work together to achieve our goals?
- What are your top resolutions and goals for 2018? Bookish or not!
- How are you keeping track of your 2018 resolutions?