A Look Back at My Bookish Goals (2018)

Friday, December 28, 2018

The year is almost over! And with that, the final truth: did I make my goals that I set in the beginning of the year? Something that definitely surprised this year was, for the first time ever, I was sticking to fixed TBRs and not hating it. With my 2018 bookish goals, a lot required me to actively choose and plan what I was going to read which usually doesn't happen since I'm such a mood reader. I surprised myself with that. It seems like I did so well with this set of goals that I'm thinking about taking it up a notch for 2019. We shall see. Here's a look at how well I did with 2018's bookish goals:

Read at least 50 books (PASS)

Focus on backlist books (PASS)

I started the year off participating in the Beat the Backlist challenge, which turns all your backlist books into points for your team to win prizes. Somewhere in the middle of the year, I stopped counting up points but still continued to read backlist books. I finished off the year with 93 backlist books read!

Buy less books (FAIL)

Let’s face it: this is the most difficult category for me. To be honest, I did attend BookExpo where I received/purchased around 50 books. And after discovering BookOutlet last year, I just can’t stay away from that site for more than three months at a time—the books there are so cheap! Overall, I ended up hauling 151 books this year.

Finish at least 12 series (PASS)

I have started so many series and have a tendency to just let them continue on without me. I don't know what it is but it's just so difficult for me to pick up the last book in the series-- I just never want my series to end. But I did it! Here's all the series I completed this year:

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer | Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan | Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Losing It by Cora Carmack

Divergent by Veronica Roth | Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith The Selection by Kiera Cass Jackaby by William Ritter

Blood of Gods and Royals by Eleanor Herman | Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult Adventures with Jane Austen and Her Legacy by Beth Pattillo | The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow | Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

Read more classics (PASS)

And I did it! I made this goal rather vague, giving myself the chance to only read 1 classic this year and still call it a win. I rarely read classics and to finally pick up some of the ones on my shelves was such an amazing feeling! Here's the classics I read this year:

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson BurnettA Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Write more (sort of PASS)

In the beginning of the year, I came up with a system. I would write every Tuesday and Thursday. And that system worked for me, for a while. When I went off to my summer college course, my entire routine went out the window and I barely had time to read, let alone write. So, until June, I did well in writing more which is why I’m marking it as a sort of pass. Since my course, I haven’t been writing. However, I did hit a roadblock in my WIP right before the course and I’ve been trying to work it out. I think I have it almost figured out so next year, I’m going to try to finish my WIP and move on to edits. Is that a bit ambitious? Yes, but I’m going to try!

Did you pass all your bookish goals for this year?

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  1. Wow, you did great with your goals! That's a lot of backlist books, and you finished so many series! I'm so bad with starting series and not finishing them.