For my first post of the year I decided I would put together a small post just outlining some of the reading goals I have for the upcoming year; usually I only have my GoodReads reading challenge, the one that states how many books I would like to read before the end of the year, but this year I’d also like to give myself a few other challenges.
The original goal I set myself for books to read in 2017 was 80, but I managed to complete this very early (October 8th to be precise) & so I upped this to 100! During the last week of 2017 I was a bit worried I wouldn’t reach the target of 100, which I would have been really disappointed about because I would have only been a couple of books off, but I did manage to do it in the end (with a little bit of cheating a.k.a. reading short books deliberately). Now that I’m working I don’t think that setting myself the goal of 100 again is a very good idea, but I seemed to manage 80 easily so I think I’ll set myself 80 again for 2018!
Beat The Backlist 2018
One of the other challenges I have chosen to give myself is taking part in the Beat The Backlist tag – but I haven’t officially signed up because I think this will make me more anxious about keeping to it! For this challenge I have picked 10 print books from my bookshelves & 10 e-books from my Kindle to read over the next 12 months – you can see the full list here.
My Doctor Who Challenge
Some of you may or may not know that I am a huge Doctor Who fan (my cousins spent all of Christmas afternoon making fun of me for it), & because of this I own quite a few Doctor Who novels… unfortunately, I slacked a little in 2017 & didn’t read nearly as many of them as I wish I had done SO I’ve decided that this year I am going to make sure that I read at least one Doctor Who novel a month! I hate that they’re just sitting gathering dust.
Another challenge I have set myself is to email more publishers asking for print ARCs, & to request less e-ARCs on NetGalley… over the course of 2017 I requested a lot of ARCs from NetGalley & toward the end of the year it got a little bit stressful so I’ve told myself that I must control my urges more during 2018 & if I find a book that I really would like to read, I will contact the publishers to see if I can have a print copy instead – if the answer is no then I can either request it on NetGalley (if I still want it) or simply wait until it comes out.
Another reason for doing this is that all of my very top reads of 2017 came to me through NetGalley, & as great as it was to be among the first to read some of my favourites of 2017, it now means that I’m desperate to get my hands on print copies of those select few, so it just makes sense that this year I try to get print copies of the ARCs before I read them.
As my blog mainly centres around my reading habits it makes sense to include the two goals I have for my blog for the next 12 months; the first is to obviously get higher viewing numbers – I’m very proud of what I achieved in 2017 so it only makes sense that I aim for more of the same this year. Additionally, I also want to be more organised with my blog (i.e. having posts written a few weeks in advance, if I can do so), this is because I am now working so I won’t have as much time during the week to write – by writing in advance I’ll be able to take some of the pressure off of myself (I’m actually writing this post on December 26th, & it’s the 12th post that I will have scheduled to go up in January).
Coming Up On writingwolves
Over the coming weeks you’ll be seeing a collection of book tag posts, a list of my favourite 2017 reads, some of the 2018 releases I am looking forward to, my medical goals of the year & a (medical) review for one of my birthday presents, as well as reviews for White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht, The Sisters of the Crescent Empress by Leena Likitalo, The Last Leaves Falling by Fox Benwell, Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody & How To Find A Lost Dog by Ann M. Martin.
Thanks for sticking with me in 2017,
I hope you stay around to see what 2018 brings for me as well!