Last year, I set myself some reading goals for 2017 and, excitingly, I managed to hit them all. So as 2018 gets going, I’ve decided to set myself five new (and arguably more challenging) goals for this year too.
1. Read 80 books
Last year I set my Goodreads goal at 75 books and I just, on the very final day of 2017, managed to meet it. This year, because I like a challenge, I’ve set myself a challenge of 80 books. Wish me luck (I’m going to need it).
2. Read more diversely and support #weneeddiversebooks
The We Need Diverse Movement is a brilliant movement that aims to get Own Voices books and books by marginalised authors in the hands of children and young people. The organisation is doing wonderful things and this year I want to do more to spread the word and support them. I also want to continue reading books written by marginalised authors, with the aim of reading at least one per month.
3. Review more books
Last year, I ended up in something of a reviewing slump and reviewed less half of the books I read. I love writing reviews, so I was pretty disappointed by this. Often, I’ll get comments from fellow bloggers and friends saying they’re interested to hear my thoughts on a book and I love these type of comments, so this year I don’t want to disappoint. This year I want to get more thoughts and review out there.
4. Read more LGBTQIA+ fiction
Continuing my goal from last year, I want to try and read even more books about LGBTQIA+ characters and by LGBTQIA+ authors. I often find books with all-straight characters unrealistic and slightly boring because they don’t reflect real friendships and real life, so I want to more read books with characters of all different orientations. Ideally, I’d like to make this one book per month, the same as my goal for diverse reads.
5. Continue (and possibly finish) manga series that I’ve had on hold for a few years
There are quite a few manga series that I started 5+ years ago and absolutely adored. I still do adore them, but I started reading more fiction again and ended up not finishing many of them. So my fifth reading goal for this year is to finish some of the manga series that I started years ago. At the moment I’m reading Blue Exorcist, but I also plan to try and finish Bleach and Fullmetal Alchemist.
What are your reading goals for this year? If you make them, do you set them at the beginning of the year, or decide on them as you go through?
28 thoughts on “2018 Reading Goals”
Good luck!! I need to up my reviewing game too 😆 I’m sure you’ll nail all these 😀
Thanks Ashleigh! I’m definitely going to try harder this year, so hopefully I’ll do it. I’m sure you will too! 🙂
Great goals! Best of luck with them! Reviewing books can be such a hassle, can’t it? I mean, it’s great, but I always struggle with the motivation to put my thoughts together. Maybe that’s just me.
Thanks so much! Yeah, I love reviewing once I get into the swing of writing, but sometimes just putting that first line down can be hard! I definitely feel motivated to review this year though, so hopefully I’ll keep it up!
Yay! Good luck! Those first lines are brutal, eh? I always find the opening paragraphs the hardest to write for any review.
Haha they definitely are! And thanks, good luck to you too! I’m sure the more we get into the swing of reviewing again, the more proficient at smashing them out!
For sure! The way you phrased that (the ‘smashing them out’ but) just makes me thing of aggressively and excitedly ranting and raving about books, and that thought made me smile 😛
Hahahaha I’m glad the phrase made you smile! I like to use it when I’m trying to motivate myself and it usually works! 🙂
I’m going to have to give that a try… I bet it would make my kids programs more epic too, now that I’m thinking about it 😛
Great goals, good luck! I want to read 70 books this year and I also want to read more diverse books.
Thanks my lovely! 70 books is a great aim and definitely achievable! What kinds of diverse books are you looking to read? 🙂
I don’t know yet, I am orienting a bit by reading as much books with diversity as possible 🙂
Great goals, Kate, good luck with completing them all 🙂
I’m aiming for 100 books but only because that’s what I’ve had as my goal for the last few years and I won’t mind too much if I don’t hit it. I need to try and keep on top of review writing, I’m already a few behind!
Thanks Kelly! Wow, 100 books is amazing, and if you’ve managed to do it before I have no doubt you’ll be able to do it again. Haha same, I’m behind on reviews already too, but am aiming to catch up this week!
Good luck with your goals! 80 is a very achievable number, and you weren’t very far off it last year. I know you can do it!
Thanks Aoife! Hopefully I can do it without too much stress/trouble haha!
good luck with your goals, i still need to figure mine out
Thanks my lovely! Do you think you’ll be doing a post or a tweet when you do? 🙂
probably a post at the end of the month, lifes to busy for me to find the time right now 😀
Awesome, I’ll look forward to it! 🙂 Hope things are going well for you!
Every year I strive to read more diversely and this year won’t be any different!
That’s a great goal, I’m sure you’ll do it! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Great goals! Good luck! ❤
Thanks my lovely! Wishing you a good year for reading too! 🙂