I don’t know about everyone else, but 2018 went by super fast for me. I felt like I accomplished a lot regarding reading and writing, but it was also a whirlwind. This year and some of 2017 really felt like the first years I was back to being myself reading wise since my father died in 2013.
I ended 2018 with a total of 283 books read. They were a balance between audio books and physical/e-books and I won’t deny that the ability to listen to audio books at work really allowed me to listen to more.
While I would like to read that amount or more in 2019 and really tackle my TBR, I’ve set my Goodreads goal to 100. I have some other goals that I am setting for myself with books in mind.
- Make decent headway on the physical books on my TBR – currently my physical TBR is, shall we say, a tad out of control. I have 1.5 bookcases in my bedroom that purely contain unread books, plus a couple stacks. I have made some progress on some of those far down on my TBR by listening to their audiobooks, but I need to concentrate more on this backlist more than I have been. Last year only 58 of the 283 books I read were books that I already had a physical copy of, which is 20%. If I truly want to bring down my physical TBR I need to up this percentage.
- Finish some of the series I have started – I have a good amount of duologies/series which I have started, but haven’t completed and in many cases I do own the other books. I’m going to strive to finish 5 of these active series in 2019.
- Continue to keep track of my books added to my TBR, books read and other stats in my bullet journal – this was the first year I tried out a bullet journal and I kept it very simple. I had a page for books read, books added, and number of books per month as well as a couple other small graphs. This really helped me curb my buying as I had a physical representation of just how much I was bringing in. I made a goal to not add more books in a month than I read and I only failed that twice (one of which was my birthday month so…).
- Ahem, be better about posting here – this blog is new for me but I am really enjoying it; however, with a full time job that requires a lot of my mental energy, it can sometimes be hard to get myself to do anything on my time off. I’m really going to make an effort to post more and be more regular about the content here.
And a bonus writing goal – I hope to once again participate in Nanowrimo in November. I did it this year for the 2nd time and while I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did in 2017, I made a lot of progress and reached my goal. I’m hoping to continue the trend for a 3rd time in a row.
So far that’s the main goals I have planned for myself and I will be more than happy if I can accomplish them. What are some of your goals for 2019?