Can you believe that we’re already in 2019? I know, me neither, time seems to move so much quicker now as I’m an adult. On New Year’s Eve I set out some Resolutions for 2019, some for my life, some for blogging, and of course, some for reading. I am have decided to do a reading journal this year which is already taking shape, both to help track my reading and to satisfy the want to bullet journal, and use readathons and challenges throughout the year to keep me motivated and help me fulfil the following resolutions!
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Read 100 Books: I think we all eagerly await the Goodreads challenge for the year opening on the website, and sure enough it did at 4am for me when I got up to go to work on New Year’s Day (it’s a lovely, if unexpected, deep purple colour this year!) I have decided that I want to set out a reading goal of 100 books at the beginning of the year instead of creeping closer to that number and adjusting targets half way through. I achieved it in 2017, and came close in 2018, so I think it is simultaneously challenging and achievable
Read 5 Classics: I have begun to realise that reading classics doesn’t have to be boring and they aren’t all rubbish. I really enjoyed some of the classics I read in 2018 and want to keep up with my classics club list by reading more this year. I’ve added some sub-resolutions to this as well:
Read a Bronte/Austen novel: I have added Austen/Bronte to my classics club and to my 30 before 30 list. On my New Year’s Resolutions list I have put to finish 5 things from said list, so this should help with that and actually help me get over my fear of reading anything by these authors.
Read a classic in translation: I have added Russian and French classics to my classics club and to my 30 before 30 list. On my New Year’s Resolutions list I have put to finish 5 things from said list, so this should help with that and actually help me read something translated, after all, I managed The Count of Monte Cristo last year.
Read 5 Non-Fiction: I have realised that I really quite like listening to memoirs, autobiographies, and scientific books and that reading these in the car as I commute has become something I look forward to. I want to keep that up in 2019 as these books are often ones that I have been surprised by and feeling enriched after reading. That said, there is a lot of fiction I would like to read this year too so I have set this at a reasonable number.
Review 75% of Books Read: I love reading reviews and find them really useful. I also enjoy writing down my thoughts when I have finished a book and would like to think that someone has found them useful at some point, so I really want to increase the number of books I review to 75%. I know reviewing every book is probably too much of a challenge, but I already review a fair amount, so 75% seems achievable, and will help with my NetGalley and Classics club efforts.
Achieve and Maintain a NetGalley Feedback rating of 80%+: Guys, I admit it, when I first discovered NetGalley I did what we are all tempted to do and requested (and luckily was granted a lot of) the eARCs I was interested in. My rating currently sits around 60% and I am not happy with this, so I want to get that up to 80% and keep it there so that I will be able to get the eARCs I want when they are posted.
I don’t know how realistic all of these resolutions and goals are, but they are designed to support each other and that should surely help, right? That’s the idea anyway!
What are your reading resolutions and goals for 2019?