Happy New Year and 2018 Goals

First of all I want to wish everybody a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2018!! May this year be filled with happiness for all of you. ❤

Now that it’s January 1st, it’s time to think about my reading goals for 2018. I still can’t believe I was able to read over 180 books for the third year in a row, and I don’t pretend I will be able to reach that amount again… So I have decided to not stress myself and keep my challenges reasonable, especially considering I’ve been in a slump for the last couple of months. The reading slump is mostly defeated, but the blogging slump is still lingering and I’m taking things slowly to not suffer from any relapses. 😉 The new feature Yvo’s Shorties is definitely helping getting rid of that book review backlog though! Also, I’ve decided 2018 will be all about having fun reading and reading more of my own books. As much as I love my ARCs, last year a whopping 66% of the books I read were ARCs and I really need to focus on all those poor neglected books collecting dust on my shelves again.

So these will be my goals for 2018, besides the fact I want to take things slower and read more of my own books:

READING:

  • I have set my Goodreads Reading Challenge to 100 books.
  • Read at least 3 classics (rereads don’t count)
  • Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count)
  • Reread at least 2 books
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 300 books and keep it that way.
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages
  • Read at least 1 book in Spanish
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch
  • Read more international authors/translations (at least 10)
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80%


BLOGGING/LIFE:

  • bloggingUpdate more frequently and try not to get too behind with reviews
  • Be more active in the community and try to comment more. I always try to, but somehow it is hard to find enough time to read, blog AND comment on the blogs I follow…
  • Get fit, eat more healthy and participate in a 5km run! I really have to focus more on my running this year. Again. But this time I’m determined to make it!

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37 thoughts on “Happy New Year and 2018 Goals

  1. Happy New Year and good luck with your goals. I think I have a lot of similar ones particularly around clearing the TBR and reducing the proportion of ARCs. I think my ARC proportion was something similar although I haven’t kept track. It sometimes feels like you’re constantly racing to meet self imposed deadlines which takes the enjoyment out of it.

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  2. Good luck with your goals! I’ve found that it’s really not necessary to review every book, which lets me focus more on the ones I want to write about. Mini-reviews help! One of my goals for this year is fewer ARCs, because that’s when I feel most obligated to read and review on a schedule.

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    • Haha it does sound like a lot right? But I have so much unfinished series that it shouldn’t be too hard. I think. (And who says they have to be long right? Trilogies count as well… 😉 Happy reading!

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  3. Happy New Year! I am totally with you on getting burnt out with review books… granted, you crank out WAY more reviews than I do, but still lol When I was on my hiatus, I only read what I wanted to read and it was lovely! HOWEVER it’s time to get back to business! Once I beat my backlist of NetGalley books, I am going to be MUCH more selective with the books I request 🙂

    Good luck in 2018 my friend!!!

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    • Oops missed replying to this one! xD Reading only what I want this year is one of my biggest goals… Basically I’m only going to request a title if I really want to read it and fill the rest of the year with my own books. 😉 Good luck to you as well!

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