2018 Reading Challenges

We are well into 2018 as I’m writing this, but I just saw Kat Cho’s Reading Challenges for 2018 while perusing through her brand spankin new author website and was inspired to write my reading goals for the year down.

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GOODREADS CHALLENGE 

I read 45 books last year, and the number of books on my TBR that I already own is still hovering above 50, so I challenged myself to read 50 books this year. At the time of this post I’ve already read 12!

Kat is doing an A-Z Challenge, but since I’m trying to read the books I already own, there’s not really any challenges necessary in regards to “picking” books. I made a TBR Jar of all the books I own but haven’t read, and I’m hoping to simply pick out the next one from the jar each time I’m ready to start a new book.

So far I’ve only done this once, and it was the other day after I finished reading HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA by Kerri Maniscalco (I have a little post up about how much I loved the first book in the series here). I pulled out PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen, so that’s what I’m currently reading.

PERSONAL CHALLENGES

Reread at least 12 books

This one comes courtesy of the fact that I have a few books on my shelves (and in my TBR Jar) that are in a series where I read the previous book(s) years ago and don’t remember enough to continue until I reread them. The books I need to reread in order to finally finish the series;

Other books I’d like to reread because I haven’t read them in a while, or just love them so much I want to read them, or they have a movie coming out that I want to see.

  • TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han. (The movie comes out on Netflix August 17th!)
  • THE ALL FOR THE GAME SERIES by Nora Sakavic. (I read this trilogy for the first time May 2016, and reread them in May 2017. I’ve decided to make it a yearly tradition since they’re relatively short and I love them so much.)
  • SHERLOCK HOLMES by Arthur Conan Doyle. (I’m currently listening to it on audio.)
  • THE HOBBIT by JRR Tolkien. (I’ve already read this and have a post about my reread here.)
  • THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING by Alexandra Bracken. (The sequel comes out either late this year or early next and I want to reread the first one around Halloween time to prepare.)

As you can see I didn’t set very many challenges for myself, but I wanted to write them all down and get motivated to knock some of them out. I’m hoping the rereads will end up being on top of 50 other books, but as Goodreads is telling me I’m still one book behind on my reading goal for the year, I’d also like to be realistic with myself.

Ultimately the only real goal is to enjoy what I’m reading and get my TBR down considerably by the end of the year. If you’d like to keep up with my reading and see updates you can add me on Goodreads or follow me on Tumblr.

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Setting a (Moderately) High 2017 Reading Goal

I’ve seen several posts already this year of people setting low or no reading goals for 2017 as a way of keeping the pressure off. I think that’s a great idea, but one I’ll be saving for personal use in future years.

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My TBR shelf as of December 2016

Right now, I have close to 50 or 60 unread books on my bookshelf, and while that’s low for some people it’s pretty high for me. In an effort to resist spending money I don’t have, as I’ve just graduated college and don’t have a job yet, I’m setting my reading goal in an effort to force myself to read the books on my shelf.

If you check out my goodreads you’ll see my reading goal is actually only 40 books, because I’m not at my own apartment right now and haven’t counted the exact number of TBR books I have recently. So I went low, but the idea is that I’ll knock out the majority of that reading goal with books I already own, as well as some books I’ve borrowed from my sister and haven’t returned for more than a year (oops).

I will definitely end up buying more books. In fact, since setting that reading goal I’ve already used a gift card I got for Christmas to buy four books, and I have a lot of 2017 releases I’m looking forward to. I’m trying to keep blinders on though, and I’m having to remind myself that I can’t just walk into a Barnes and Noble “for fun” if I’m trying to save money.

As for the 40 book goal itself, it’s the highest reading goal I’ve ever set on goodreads, though I’m sure back in my middle school/high school days before I was keeping track I was reading a lot more than that in a year.

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Books I’ve read each year (according to Goodreads), if you’re interested.

But I’ve also been making sure to remind myself that there’s no requirement for the number of books I read in a year. I want to read what I enjoy, whether that’s a popular book I’ve seen all over Youtube and Tumblr or a random book that’s already been on my shelves for years.

Hopefully y’all keep that in mind, too. A lot of what I’ve seen is that people feel the pressure of reading a lot and reading specific books, and I almost fell into that for a few months too, but I have to remind myself that I was a reader before I was ever aware of YouTube or Tumblr, and reading is a personal experience and is allowed to be treated as such. So, whether you’ve set your goal to 1 book or 100, I hope you’ll keep the focus on enjoying the reading experience, and remember you don’t have to meet any expectations other than your own.