Bookish Goals for the New Year (2019)

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Happy New Year! 2018 is behind us! 2019 is here! I have quite a few new goals this year. Hopefully, by the end of the year, I can successfully complete all of them. I was able to call 2018 a partial success via my bookish goals. It is such a great feeling to be able to check off your goals as completed. Here's my bookish goals for the new year:

Read at least 50 books

I started 2018 off with a promise that I wasn’t going to stress over reading the most, I wanted to take my time with my books. And that sort of promise made me finish off the year with 120 books read which is the most books in a year I’ve read EVER. So, I’m doing the same this year. I’m telling myself, it’s okay not to read as many books as other people. It’s okay to take a break from reading. It’s okay.

I’m starting the year off with a goal of 50 which I’m sure is manageable for me. And if I surpass it, that’s great!

Continue tackling my TBR

I started a feature here a few months ago inspired by BooksbyLala’s Closet Unhaul Series. It is where I share the oldest book haul I have on my Goodreads account. And from there, I have to read those books or unhaul them within the month. It’s been going great so far. Having looked further on my Goodreads books, I’ve noticed the closer we get to the present, the more books I started hauling in a given month. This may become a problem since I can only read so many books a month. But I hope to continue reading the oldest books on my shelves, in order to tackle my TBR.

Buy less books

This didn’t work out so much for me in 2018. However, maybe this will be the year I practice shelf control. 😊 If I buy less books than I read this year, I will deem it a success.

Read at least 5 classics

I have a few classics on my shelves that I still haven’t gotten to. And I would love to move them to the read pile:

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen | Great Expectations by Charles Dickens | Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy | Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Participate in more reading challenges/readathons

I had so much fun with that in 2018. My first ever readathon was a 24-hour readathon hosted by Zoe. Then to round out the year, I participated in Contemporary-a-thon in September and Spookathon in October. I had a blast each time and get so many books read that it really helps with getting my TBR pile down a bit. I'm keeping the goal vague since I'm still new to the experience. However, if I participate in more than 3 readathons this year, I'll be ecstatic!

Finish at least 12 series

I just made it at 14 series finished last year so I’m hoping to surpass that. It would be a dream come true if I was able to finish all of the series I started (that are completed). Will that ever happen? I don’t know but this will be a good start:

House of Night by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (3 books left) | Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (2 books left) | Shades of Magic by V. E. Schwab (1 book left)

Touch by Laurie Faria Stolarz (2 books left) | Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (1 book left) | Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith (2 books left)

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris (1 book left) | Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (1 book left) | Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay (1 book left)

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch (2 books left) | Eve by Anna Carey (2 books left) | Maximum Ride by James Patterson (2 books left)

Read more adult books

I finished 2018 with around 30 adult books read. Adult books, as in books that are not in the children’s books categories. The Bucket List is a young adult book blog since I primarily read only YA. However, as I get older, I’m tempted to read that book all my peers are talking about or read that classic that I’ve been meaning to get to. And having discovered my love for audiobooks in 2018, I can fit in much more YA and adult books into my reading than ever before. It would be awesome to surpass last year’s number of 30 adult books read!

Finish my current WIP

This goal is a bit ambitious since I stopped writing it in the middle of the 2018. However, now that I’ve worked out some of the roadblocks I had with it, I think I have found a good direction and hopefully can work towards completing the first draft by the end of this year.

Annotate books

I started following a bunch of amazing booktubers on Youtube and one thing I’ve noticed is that a lot of them annotate their books. When I was in high school, I always loved to tab my favorite parts in books and I’m thinking about bringing that back. Annotating books does slow down the reading process a bit but it also makes you think and process what your reading. Also, if I ever reread the book, I have those annotations of what I thought the first time around. I’m thinking of trying annotating on a few books and seeing if it’s a process that works for me.

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Write final thoughts on each book on Goodreads

2018 was the year I didn’t write many reviews. 2017 was the year I was the review queen, writing a review for almost everything I read. I don’t know what happened last year. However, as much as I don’t write a book review for everything I read, I want to at least share my final thoughts on Goodreads. Whether it’s one or two sentences, this will help me remember the book a little more (especially if it’s a sequel) and maybe persuade other readers to pick it up (or to stay away).

What are you goals for 2019?

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  1. Good luck with your bookish goals! Especially finishing the series. I loved Smoke in the Sun a lot more than Flame in the Mist, it's quite different so I hope you enjoy it.
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