2018 Reading Goals

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Hello everyone! I hope that you are all doing well and getting into the festive spirit. I just submitted my final deadline this morning and I am so relieved! It is finally time for Christmas!!!

With 2017 beginning to wrap up, I have been in the mood to start planning some goals for the new year. I have personal, academic, and book related goals so I thought that it would be fun to share with you today my reading goals of 2018.

My Goodreads reading challenge for 2017 was twenty-five books and I am very proud to say that I reached this goal in November, thanks to me miraculously reading six books that month whilst dealing with deadlines and traveling. There is a part of me that wants to be ambitious with my 2018 goal but I think that I’m going to be safe and bump it up by five books, so thirty for one year.

Admittedly, I did not read as much as I could have/should during my summer seeing as it lasted five months and I only read eight books – so I am 100% determined to read MANY more this coming summer. I am also telling myself that for all of my school breaks but let’s be honest, I need a break sometimes and that it totally fine. Right?

So with my selection of chosen books for 2018, I am being very particular with my categories so let’s begin!

1. Series

I do not read enough series. Period. I loved them during my awkward middle school/high school days but lately it kills me to read them. I just find them to be too long and quickly lose my interest. Awful, right? I am ashamed. But! I finally read a City of Bones by Cassandra Clare this summer and it changed my life guys! Three months later I finally gave in to buying the whole box set (shout out to The Works for having a deal of £15 for it) and I am finally ready to do it. Not to mention the fact that I have a whole bunch of other first books of series on my shelf AND I STILL haven’t finished the Harry Potter series! This has to be the year! I am determined!

What I already have on my shelf:

  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  • The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  • The Illuminae Files by Ami Kaufman
  • A Court of Thorn’s and Roses by Sarah J. Mass

2. Classics

I love classics and have ever since high school, thanks to a very special teacher who introduced me to my favourites – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. With that being said, I went on a crazy shopping trip to Waterstones in Piccadilly earlier this year and bought multiple classics and still haven’t read them. I really want to but just find they take too much concentration, especially when I am already balancing books for review and university assignments, but I am done making excuses! Hopefully…

What I already have on my shelf:

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I started this three years ago and still haven’t finished it…
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

3. New Releases

Now I know that family members and friends are going to give me an eye-roll for this one but I have my reasons! Yes this means that I will have to be buying more books – poor me – but it also means that I can be more current with my readings and write reviews for books that are just starting to shine and will help me get noticed more. Wow, Athena. How honest of you.

What I’m already planning:

  • Rookie in Love by Tavi Gevinson – I will be joining a blog tour hosted by Penguin Random House for this in February. I am so stinking excited!
  • The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin – I currently have a copy in the mail sent for review by the publisher. It sounds amazing and I am so excited!

What I already have on my shelf (aka catch up’s):

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

4. Short Stories

My entire creative writing course this year is focused on short stories… which I haven’t really read since high school. So! I am determined to read some before my big deadline in April for some inspiration and knowledge of how to write them in ways that will work and I will enjoy.

What I already have on my shelf:

  • Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks

And that is it guys! Thirteen books already – geez! Not to mention that I will probably (fingers crossed) get some new books for Christmas so let the list keep on growing!

Have a good week guys and talk to you next time! x

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2 thoughts on “2018 Reading Goals

  1. I also had a massive thing for series during my teenage years (um hello Sweet Valley High and Harry Potter!) but I’ve also fallen out of love with them in the last ten years so I am determined to read more of them this year – I already have My Dark Materials trilogy on my bookshelf ready to go and plan on reading The Court of Thorns and Roses! Good luck lovely! x

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