I can’t think of a better way to start off my blog style posts than with my 2018 reading goals. It could be easy for me to just create a generic list but I think I’ll actually write it in essay form. So basically 2017 was an amazing year for me as far as reading. I absolutely failed when it came to decreasing my TBR and that is what I really wanted to do the most out of any other goal I have. It wasn’t as bad as previous years, I only increased my TBR by 40 books throughout 2017. I’m really focusing on my owned and unread books in 2018. Here’s the thing, the books that I am most excited about reading are the books I own, but for some reason, I get into this whole “read new releases and read more widely,” mindset at times, and totally ignore the books that I spent money on already.
(the unread books are the bookshelves on the right, over 600 unread books =x)
So along with decreasing my TBR, I am setting 3 months out of the year to get library books. April, July, and October will be my library book months. I’m allowing myself only to read library books during these months(after my holds from 2017 come in). This is going to significantly impact my goal of reading my TBR for the better.
Right along with the TBR goal, will be the goal of reading every book I buy within a week of buying it. I must make the book my current read or my next read when I buy a book. That way I can make sure that I am buying books that I am more excited to read than maybe a book on my shelf. I should be reading whatever book I am face-meltingly excited about reading first before any others. This will also make it so I grab a book off my shelf that I’m more excited about reading than the newest must-read book I might not even like.
I am not making any # amount of books read as my goal this year because I think that creating that number the last few years has had me pick up shorter and easier books than I normally would have picked up. I’d like to read some classics but not really making it a goal. I would really like to read all my unread trade comic books so that I can get some more. I made a deal with myself that I can’t buy any trade comics until I read all my unread ones and it is killing me not to be able to buy certain ones.
I am mostly focusing on tangible, physical things at the moment. I have a sky map where I put stars up for each thing I read. This is my progress through 2 weeks of the year. It is going to be so cool to look back and see the picture grow and change throughout the year.
I am also putting $1 in a jar for everything that I finish reading. If it is a library book, I have to donate the money to the library at the end of the year, but if it is one of my books I can spend that money on books next Christmas time. I also have another jar where I am dropping a glass stone into it every time I read a book from my shelf that I bought before 2018.
Lastly, I am only going to buy books with my Christmas gift cards and my jar money this year(except for during WorldCon). I did this last year and I loved it. Having a set amount of money to spend on books in gift card format really helps me save money. I have about $200 in B&N gift cards and $180 on Amazon. I should not need any more than this to buy books throughout 2018, in fact, I hope that I actually have some left since I’m focusing on my current books. I know of about 10 books that I know I will buy this year, for sure.
Anyway, these are my reading goals and kind of how I’m looking at my reading in 2018. I have personal goals, like losing weight, being kinder, and other things, but these are my reading goals. Thanks for reading.