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2018 Reading Resolutions

In 2018 I want to do things differently. This list of reading resolutions may make it seem like I want to read and blog LESS, but that’s not true at all. What I want is to read and blog more CAREFULLY. I want to put less pressure on myself, and I want to enjoy books as much as I can. Without further ado, here are my five reading resolutions for 2018…


1) Change the way I use the Goodreads Challenge

For the past two years I have set huge goals for myself in the Goodreads Challenge. In 2016, it was 100 books, and last year it was 52. I struggled to read 100 books, I easily ready 52, but I’ve realised that neither of these was a healthy goal for me.

Why?

Because when I set myself a challenge like that, I start thinking of reading as a race, and I start worrying about getting behind. I try to cram in as many small books as I can in order achieve a bigger number, rather than reaching for the books I actually want to read. I start reading books a quickly as I possibly can, and not getting anything from them. I do a lot of flailing. But all of this is silly, because reading should be fun, and should preferably not involve any flailing.

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I want to focus on quality, not quantity this year, so I am setting my goal at 12 books. Obviously I will read more than 12 books, I am just using 12 as a token number, as I still want to participate in the Goodreads challenge to track my reading over the year. But the point is, having a nice low number will stop me from caring so much about how MANY books I’m reading. Because it really doesn’t matter at all.


2) Review every book on Goodreads

This year I am planning to record a couple of lines about every book I read on Goodreads. I am not going to write long reviews, and may even write them in bullet points, but I want to be able to remember why I gave a certain book a certain rating.

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Why?

I feel like ratings have come to be largely meaningless for me, because how I rate books is very random, a number out of five is never enough to demonstrate how I actually felt about a book, and I often struggle to choose a number. (If I’m being honest, I’m way too liberal with the number five…) I was going to give up rating books altogether this year, and may still do so later down the line, but for now I am just going to put a couple of thoughts with each rating so it has some context for me and for others.


3) Stop buying so many books

Ahh I know, I know this sounds dreadful, and I’m not sure how long this is going to last, but at least for the first couple of months of 2018, I am going to try not to buy (m)any more books.

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Why?

Because I have over 200 unread books, and I should probably read them at some point.


4) Read the books I own

Why?

Because having 200 unread books is

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I bought each one of those books and at some point was super excited to read them. The problem is I keep getting distracted by shiny new books, and that’s just not fair to the ones gathering dust on my shelves. I want to get excited about them again. This year I want to tackle my TBR, and make enjoying the books I own a priority.


5) Do more wrap-ups and less full reviews

Why?

Don’t get me wrong, I like writing reviews, but I’ve realised over the past year that I much prefer writing (and reading/watching) wrap-ups with mini reviews of books. I wrote quite a few of these in 2017, but I want to do this a lot more in 2018. If I’ve got tons and tons to stay about a particular book, if I feel the need to let out approx. 1000 words of rage, or if it’s an ARC, I’ll review it in full, but otherwise I will review books in wrap-ups (probably once or twice a month). I also want to do more tags in between, because tags are fun!

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So, those are MY reading and blogging planz for the year. What are some of your reading resolutions for 2018? I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

45 thoughts on “2018 Reading Resolutions”

  1. Reading the books I already own was one of my goals (I’m in the process of counting and am up to about 175 unread, and that’s not counting ebooks, eek), and I’ve also set my goodreads challenge goal at 12, the same number I chose last year. I hated that feeling of panic and racing to read as much as possible, instead of enjoying what I was reading. It wasn’t an official goal of mine, but I’m also trying to leave at least a couple of sentences about every book I read, now, because I’m tired not not being able to remember why I rated something the way I did. I think these are excellent goals 🙂 Good luck with them!

    1. Eek, that is a lot of books! I’m not sure what my actual total is, but I know it’s over 200 including ebooks! I think 12 is a good number, I totally get that panicked feeling too, and it makes reading stressful which it shouldn’t be. Good luck with your goals too! 🙂

  2. I really like all of these goals!! I might adopt them as well!
    I hate when my Goodreads challenge makes reading feel like a race. I’d rather just enjoy what I am reading and not care about the number. And I also have a shelf full of books that I still haven’t gotten to yet… but then I keep buying more. I need to stop! And read the books I own! Before I buy any more!

    1. Thanks! Haha yeah I do exactly the same thing. Buying new books is too tempting, but then I feel guilty about all the ones that I haven’t read as they pile up and up. The trouble for me is that book-buying is what I do when I’m stressed or have had a bad day. I’m trying now to go to the library whenever I feel like this because at least then I’m not spending loads of money!

  3. Oh, these are some great goals! I love what you say about setting a lower number for the Goodreads reading challenge; too high of a number definitely leads to more pressure and less concern about the books we read! I’m also hoping to track a little bit of my thoughts after finishing a book as well; it’s so useful to remember why I rated a book because star ratings are honestly so vague. Good luck on your resolutions this year!! 😊

    1. Thanks! Ahh I absolutely agree with you about star ratings. My problem is I am constantly altering them too – if I read a really amazing 5 star book I start to doubt other books I’ve rated 5 stars and think I should have given them a lower rating. Maybe writing our thoughts down will help us to stick to our initial gut-reaction ratings/remind us why we gave them 🙂 Good luck to you too!

    1. Thank you! Sounds like a good plan – it just takes all the pressure out of it then, and means that if we have a month when we’re feeling slumpy, it doesn’t matter 🙂 Hope you have a great reading year!

    1. I know, it’s super hard! I have actually been book-shopping since I wrote this post, so I sit on a throne of lies haha. I am really trying to reign it in though!

      1. LOL – I think we might be bookaholics! I received a box of books i ordered in December but have held off buying…. of course I am housebound with a broken foot so that makes it a bit easier!

  4. Ugh girl, I have put myself on a book buying ban for the last 2 months for the same reasons! It’s actually working and I have been getting through my TBR pile faster than normal… I almost caved today and bought 3 books at Target, but I restrained myself! SELF CONTROL! ❤

    1. Ahh that’s so great, congratulations! My book buying ban is not going so well. But I am reading books that have been on my TBR for a while and prioritising those, so I am hoping getting excited about those will help me reign it in a bit! 🙂

      1. I found the loophole of the library… haha IT DOESN’T COUNT!! But yes. I’m finally reading some of my TBR that have gotten lost in the shuffle of new books. I just read one this weekend that gave me the biggest bookhangover ever and I was like WHY HAVE I WAITED SO LONG TO READ THIS!

      2. Hahaha, right?! It’s such a tempting loophole. Ahh I love it when that happens – I remember I read The Book Thief in 2016, after it had sat on my shelf for 10 years, and I was like – whyyyy did I not pick this up sooner?! What was the book you read??

      3. Ahh I loved that book too! Have you read any of her other books? I recommend The Distant Hours, that one is amazing too! I really want to read more of her books.

  5. These are great goals, best of luck for all of them! 🙂 It’s great that you are setting a small Goodreads challenge – it’s always SO stressful whenever you aim too high and just have to rush through books and… overall, forget why you are reading or what’s so great about it. It’s better to aim lower and be happy whenever we reach and surpass that goal 🙂

    1. Thanks Marie! Yes absolutely, I rushed through so many books last year, and I feel like if I had just slowed down and not worried about reading a huge number of books, I would have read them more carefully and enjoyed them more!

  6. Those seem like really sensible and achievable goals. I too need to stop buying more books until I get my unread pile down but I know it will never happen. I can definitely understand reducing your Goodreads target to remove the pressure. For me it’s team challenges that put the pressure on and I end up reading loads of really short books to complete tasks rather than because I want to.

    1. Haha, yes, I know what you mean… since writing this post, I have purchased a few books… I’m trying not to feel too guilty about it. Ahh I’ve never participated in any team challenges – which ones have you been doing? I have wanted to do readathons in the past, but I think the pressure would get to me!

      1. Right now I’m doing Cutthroat book club which is basically read books to fit specific tasks (cover colour, words in title or text) in exchange for points. Points can be used to buy sabotages which you can use against other teams. It’s fun but pretty full on and the tasks aren’t always that easy. It does push you to read books you wouldn’t necessarily go for but also sometimes means I’m reading books I don’t really want to. I do love getting to know my teamies though.

  7. Hey girl! These are all wonderful goals for 2018. You are so right, we book bloggers LOVE to put so much pressure on ourselves… WHY?!

    Last year I stopped trying to review every book I read. I just can’t keep up! I do a weekly and monthly wrap up, where I list my thoughts in bullet points about each book, then I transfer these thoughts to goodreads. It really helps me when I need to go back and refresh my mind about a certain book I read.

    1. Hiii Amanda, how are you?? Ahh that’s awesome, I’m hoping to do a similar kind of thing. I’ve been writing my thoughts on each book down in a journal as I go along, and I’m hoping that will help refresh my memory at the end of the month too. I always used to procrastinate writing reviews and then forget what I actually wanted to say. I totally agree with you about not being able to keep up – I read too many books to review every one, and I think my reviews would end up getting a bit samey.

  8. Happy New Year and good luck with your 2018 resolutions 🌸
    I really loved what you said about The Goodreads Challenge and you’re absolutely spot on! It really does become such a big competition that you don’t really focus on enjoying the books you read. I’m definitely going to focus more on books I want to read and to make it less of a competition.

    1. Happy New Year to you too! Glad I’m not the only one who feels this way about the Goodreads challenge… since I’ve stopped worrying about it this year, I find I’m reading books much more carefully and getting more out of them 🙂 Hope you have a great reading year!!

  9. Great goals! I especially agree about GR goals- reading should most definitely be fun, so I’m trying to not set myself a goal this year- that way I can try and just enjoy it more, rather than inevitably turning it into a race against myself as I have the last couple of years 😉

    1. Exactly, I’ve done the same the past two years that I have been using Goodreads. Not setting a ‘number of books’ goal is so freeing! I have contemplated getting rid of Goodreads altogether, but I’m not sure whether I’m ready to take the plunge!

      1. Yes it’s definitely useful in that respect – I probably won’t actually delete my account, I just sort of like the idea of being able to read freely without everyone knowing what I’m reading at that time. I find it really good for discovering new books though, and that’s just too tempting to lose!

      2. Yeah I totally get what you mean- I think I use the “don’t add to updates feed” more and more tbh. But it’s great for finding new books and it saves me *so much time* when it comes to making lists 😉

  10. i truly agree of what you are saying. Back home I also have so many unread books and the worst thing is like you said i get attracted to shiny new books and buy them without even thinking. just because I believe at that time that i will be reading them. now i am in a different country and all of my books are stacked neatly in a book case back home and I feel sad. I have also done what you have said making a reading goal in goodreads and ending up reading small short novels just to make sure i am not far behind my GOAL. one of the good things I have started is not going through every review. Some like the book and some don’t. everyone has their own way of interpreting the novel and rating them. so I go by my instincts and I do not let someone’s five star make me want to read the book. Felt good reading this post and laughing at my self saying yup i do the same/ did the same.

    1. Aw sorry to hear that, being away from my books makes me sad too! I had to leave lots behind when I moved out of my parents house and moved to a new city. And what you said about reviews is such a good point – I quite frequently get carried away with the hype, or put off by negative reviews – like you said, it’s better to just go with your own instincts 🙂 And yay I’m really glad you enjoyed the post and related to it!

  11. Yes, sometimes having to blog only detailed reviews of books gets a bit stressful :\ … It is time consuming.. and well, reading takes time too…. This year, I am thinking of, reading more and cutting down on detailed reviews for every newly released book I read. I think by reading more, I will also get more ideas to do non-review posts – such as recs, wrap-ups, bookish musings etc.One more thing I would like to do is keep a track of my ARC reviews somewhere – so that I don’t forget to post them on Amazon when the book releases. I don’t really get too many ARCs, but I am not too good at planning and organizing and remembering lol..

    1. Very true! Cutting down on longer reviews is very freeing. I want to experiment with other types of posts too, and reading more without having to pause to review every book definitely helps with that! An ARC spreadsheet would be a good idea, I am not good at planning either haha. But I don’t really request enough ARCs for that to be an issue 😛

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