Despite being super busy in 2018 I still managed to read 153 books. However, I have a sneaky suspicion that this year is going to be even busier for me so I’ve set my Goodreads challenge at a conservative 120 books. With that in mind, let’s talk about some goals.
Book buying ban
I follow Sophie’s (PortalInthePages) reading spreadsheet each year (download here) and found that I spent a TONNE of money on books last year, and received quite a few books as gifts. I didn’t use the library once…
After some thought, I’ve decided to limit my book buying to just highly anticipated reads that I can buy new from Amazon or local bookshops. Otherwise, I really want to try and use my library more. I went today to check it out and my local library has huge science fiction and graphic novel sections which is very exciting!
This goes hand-in-hand with the previous goal, but I want to re-read more books in 2019. Last year I re-read quite a few books from my childhood and from more recent years and I really loved it. It was super interesting re-reading some of my acclaimed favourites with a more critical eye and upon re-reading they did often have a different star rating.
I have written down all of the books, that I currently own, that I want to re-read and put them in a jar – the plan is to pull a few each month to read and report back on…
Not just YA fantasy
After looking at my reading stats for last year I read literally 49% YA fantasy… then 16% science fiction and then various others. I think I may have exhausted the genre for me. I desperately need to change it up a bit! I will, of course, continue to read fantasy because it’s my favourite genre, but I want to actively seek out others that I usually wouldn’t reach for. Let’s try and stretch our bookish legs here.
Read longer books
After completing a couple of 1000 page books last year I’m feeling really inspired to keep up that momentum. Just like with the re-reads, I’ve written down all of the 500+ page books that I already have on my shelves and I will try and read at least one a month. Wish me luck!
That’s a wrap on my bookish goals for 2019! I want to continue to try and read more diversely and generally push myself, but these are specific goals I want to try and accomplish in the next twelve months. What are your new reading goals?