Hello! And Happy 2019!
I’m kicking off the new year with a super quick reading wrap-up for 2018, and a brief overview of my 2019 reading plans. I did something similar in 2017, which you can read here. To see the specific books I read this year check out my Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge, and to keep up with my 2019 reading you can add me on Goodreads.
Total books read: 50
Total pages read: 15,069
Library books read: 10
Total authors read: 37
New to me authors: 28
2018 debut authors: 2
Most read authors:
- Noelle Stevenson: 8 (technically, I read a lot of Lumberjanes which she is one of the creators of, but I’m not sure if she was one of the writers on these particular volumes, so Shannon Watters goes in with this count)
- Rick Riordan: 5 (I read the entire Heroes of Olympus series this year)
- Kerri Maniscalco: 2
- Stephanie Garber: 2
Physical books: 29
*Graphic Novels: 14
* – some graphic novels were also e-books.
Young Adult: 22
Middle Grade: 11
2019 Reading Plans
My TBR is massively out of hand. I currently own 66 books that I haven’t read, with at least 13 releases coming out in 2019 that I have either already preordered or plan to. So my 2019 reading goal essentially boils down to getting through as many of these books as possible.
I was inspired by TheTruthAboutBooks on Youtube and her TBR Chronicles videos, the first of which you can watch here. She talks about cutting her TBR in half by the end of 2019, and that’s roughly what I want to do as well.
I’ve set my 2019 reading goal at 50 books again, and I want those 50 books to include the new releases for this year, and getting my physical TBR down to 30. If I can read more than 50 this year and get that number even lower that would be great, but I’m aiming for realistic.
I had a lot of reading slumps this past year, weeks or months where I only read sporadically. And that’s a natural part of reading and I still enjoyed the majority of the 50 books I read and the length of time it took me to finish books had nothing to do with my enjoyment of them. Still, I’d like to keep momentum going better this year, so a rough goal that is by no means something I expect to hit every day, is to read 100 pages a day.
I already know some days I’ll read more and a lot of days I’ll read less, but that’s roughly what I’m going to aim for each day. And as far as those preorders go, I’d like to prioritize the books I’m buying. So when a book gets bought, I want to read it right away, instead of letting it sit on my shelf and get forgotten.
After that I want my next priority to be reading 2018 releases and all the series on my shelf. I’ll be leaving books where I only own the first in the series until last in an attempt to keep myself from buying more books. I just know if I really enjoy a book I’ll immediately go out and buy the sequel instead of reading another book on my shelf, and I’d like to both save money and read more of what I already own this year.
Overall, 2018 was a pretty great reading year for me, and I’m excited to read even more books and fall in love with new characters in 2019!