top 5 wednesday: 2018 Reading Resolutions

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January 3rd: 2018 Reading Resolutions: Self explanatory. Let us know 5 of your reading goals for the year.

  1. Read at least 75 books.  Like last year, I purposefully set my Goodreads challenge goal on the low end of the spectrum of what I think I’m capable of.  But I know myself and my tendency to obsess over arbitrary goals and numbers, so if I set my GR challenge to 100, I know I’d purposefully sacrifice longer books out of fear of not reaching that goal, which is silly.  75 gives me some more leniency.  If I reach 100 again, great, but if I only read 75, that is perfectly respectable.
  2. Read at least one book in Italian.  One does not sound like a lot, but I told myself I’d do it this year and I didn’t, so I’m starting with a low goal to hold myself accountable.  I’m thinking I’ll start with Fosca by Ugo Tarchetti, which I’ve read bits of, but which I have not read in its entirety.  I also have Il nome della rosa by Umberto Eco on my shelf taunting me, but I’m intimidated by its length.  Forse dovrei praticare con un libro più breve…
  3. Use the library more often.  Self-explanatory.  I almost never use my library and there’s no excuse for it.
  4. Request fewer Netgalley ARCs/spend more time reading books I already own.  This goal is hard to quantify, because I don’t intend to quit ARCs altogether… but basically, I have a tendency to browse Netgalley, think ‘oh, that looks cool,’ and click request, and I want to stop doing that, because I’ve found some of my absolute worst books that way.  I only want to request books that were already on my radar, either from general community hype or word of mouth from my friends.  Also my shelves are overflowing, so I really need to put aside some time to read books I already own.  I want to spend at least one straight month reading only books off my shelves at some point.
  5. Read at least one classic and at least one play each month.  Or maybe I’ll occasionally have them overlap by reading a classic play.  Basically, I love classics and I love plays, but I tend to not read them as often as I’d like.  Classics because I do have to deliberately set aside time for them as they tend to not be quick reads, and plays because they’re SUCH quick reads that I take it for granted that I can read them whenever I like, and I end up putting them off.

What are your 2018 reading goals?  Let me know!

29 thoughts on “top 5 wednesday: 2018 Reading Resolutions

  1. Oh I totally get you with Netgalley….I go to leave a review and then some how I request another few books…..I don’t know how it happens 😂

    I’ve set my reading goal at 75 this year and I want to read my tbr. I don’t know if I will do it but I’ll try my best! 😁

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  2. Number 4!!!! Yes! I made it a point to try and stay more current in 2017 but it forced me to put so many books that I was excited for on the back burner. I set my goal at 100 to see what would happen if I pushed myself, but I can see me lowering it about half way through the year! 😂

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    • I did the EXACT same thing this year – I was like ‘I want to stay up to date on current releases!!’ which was a good idea at the time but then I realized how much my TBR was suffering for it. I think it’s going to help that there aren’t too many 2018 releases I’m looking forward to at this point, at least for the first half of the year, which is GOOD, my physical shelves feel neglected!!

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      • I’m starting to think you’re reading my mind! There were so many new releases in 2017 and I found that I didn’t end up enjoying a lot of them. It was too easy to get caught up in the hype and I wasn’t researching them as much as I normally would. But there’s a lot of book worms with the same goal so it seems like we aren’t the only ones! 🙂

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      • I was noticing that too – almost every post I’ve seen has resolved to read fewer ARCs! I’ve only been in the book blogging world for a year but I wonder if this is something that happens in cycles – the community gets especially ARC crazy for a year or two and then collectively looks at their TBR piles and despairs.

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    • I really need to conquer my aversion to longer/denser books this year – it’s just silly when most of my favorites end up being 500+ page monsters.

      And thank you, good luck with yours as well!

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      • I’m glad it’s not just me. It’s definitely one of my main aims this year as well. I have no shame in preferring shorter reads, but when it stops me from picking up books that sound fantastic but are a bit longer, it’s just silly.

        Thank you! 😊

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  3. Our resolutions are pretty similar, actually. I don’t have any hard resolutions, but I’ve tried to plan out most of my year this year (something I never do). Like, I have a google doc that lays out each month and what I’m reading, for how long. It’s probably going to go terribly, but we’ll see!

    Based on that plan, there are definitely some patterns:
    – I want to read one “big” book a month (more than 600 pages). A few of them are over 1000 pages. I’m terrified.
    – I’m planning to read between 35-40 books that I already own. This will be miraculous for me, a constant book buyer.
    – I’ve set my Goodreads goal as 52 books, but my schedule will land me in the 0-65 range. Lofty, I’m sure.
    – I would love to start using the library more. I will be reading 15-20 books this year that will be published in 2018, so I’m hoping to can get some early holds on those. I have no patience when it comes to waiting for books. Hence, I am always buying.

    I hope you tackle some of what you’re going for! It’s pretty hard to nail all resolutions, but it’s more about the journey anyway. Good luck 🙂

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    • I’ll be curious to see how your planned reading works out! Conversely I think 2018 is going to be more of a mood reading year for me than 2017 was, which goes alongside the reading books I already own thing. I can just grab any of them off my shelf at random, which is a nice idea after spending a year trying to keep up with new releases. I’m a constant book buyer as well, so I’m going to try to cut down, especially with bestsellers and things that will be easy to find at the library.

      Good luck to you as well! 🙂

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  4. We have such similar resolutions! I made the mistake of logging onto NetGalley today and Penguin (UK) added some ridiculously amazing sounding books. But, I did the grown-up thing and created a new document called “request when reviews are done” and put the books in that. If I still want to read them next month, then I’m allowed to request.
    I always want to read more classics but this year I didn’t even pretend this was going to happen and left it off my resolutions. In 2017 I read a whopping number of 0 classics. I mean, technically it can only get better from here. (Speaking of classics: have you read The Perfume by Patrick Süskind? It’s classified as postmodern because he weaves allusions to other books and plays and poems into his own work and it’s like the most fun pretentious treasure hunt imaginable. I should really stop recommending you books every single comment I leave.)

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    • That is such a mature response that I am almost ashamed to admit that I logged onto Netgalley today after seeing Callum’s books he’s looking forward to post and requested like four things. I’M SO WEAK. Swearing off Netgalley is going to be a gradual journey, apparently. LOVE the idea of that doc though – definitely stealing your strategy.

      I’m sure you have some dense reading for your thesis though, so I can’t blame you for not wanting to deal with classics in your free time. I hated reading them when I was in school, but now that I’m not I find I need some mental stimulation on occasion and classics usually do the trick.

      Please keep recommending books, I love it. Thankfully for my TBR though I HAVE read Perfume and thought it was excellent. The translation was really great but I wished I could have read the sensory descriptions in German, I’d just be curious to see how the translation compares.

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      • I am really trying! It doesn’t sound quite as mature when I admit that I have 18 NetGalley arcs still to read and review and I am not so very excited about a few of them.

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      • I only have 5 right now from Netgalley, miraculously, but I’ve also reconciled myself to the fact that I’m probably never going to read 2 of them. I can usually push myself through the ones I’m a bit hesitant about, but a couple of these are just filling me with dread. Oops 😦

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      • I have DNF’ed a few the last couple of months because I just KNEW I would not want to read them ever. Which is one of the reasons why I am trying to really not request any books right now. But it is difficult indeed!

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      • I’m really stupidly stubborn about not DNFing. It’s a curse. 😦 It’s always mindblowing to me how I’ll want to read a book badly enough to request it and then once I have it it feels like a chore.

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      • The requesting is easy. Looks pretty, sounds ok, and it’s only one click away. And then, if you’re like me you have requested an experimental 600 page book written by a male author that oh yes, is the third in a series.

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  5. We’re twins with the 75 books goal! I don’t have anything else solid planned as far as goals go, but I do want to continue letting myself DNF books that I’m not enjoying. It’s got so many pluses: less negative reviews, I’ll enjoy reading more, and I won’t waste time avoiding my books. I do love your library goal, I got my first Boston library card last year and it’s been so helpful requesting/putting new releases on hold ahead of time so that I can get to them easier!

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    • YAY for 75 books, tbh at first I was like ‘oh I can totally do a hundred again, this will be easy’ but the way this month of reading is going I’m like ‘thank god I stuck with 75.’

      Omg I get what you mean on the ‘less negative reviews’ in terms of like… putting more positive content out there in the world and relating with the book community in a more positive way but on a selfish level I just love writing negative reviews so much??? Since I rarely ever DNF it’s the one benefit of pushing myself to finish a shitty book ahhaha.

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      • Ahaha, my month is going oookay, which is nice because last month it was a STRUGGLE for me to get through anything. I thought about aiming higher, but I hit 70 last year and I didn’t want to stress myself out too much. If I blow past my goal, that’s fine with me!

        Omg negative reviews ARE definitely a good way to let off steam sometimes. Especially if the book kinda “deserves” it. I’m just so non-confrontational and don’t like to hurt people’s feelings! Although, authors should probably just avoid reviews of their books in the first place.

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      • I thought I’d have more time to read this month since I’m in Texas by myself for two and a half weeks with nothing else to do outside work hours, but I’ve just been so exhausted from work that it’s been one of those ‘come home and stare blankly at my phone for four hours’ kind of situations.

        I’m super non-confrontational too irl but for whatever reason I am able to embrace the ‘this is my HONEST OPINION’ lifestyle when it comes to book blogging without feeling even remotely bad about it. And AGREED that authors shouldn’t seek out negative reviews – it’s the reviewers’ and readers’ space, and for authors it won’t achieve anything but compromising their mental health, so what is the point??

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  6. I havent read that many plays, but that is a good idea…oh and wow 75 books and 1 in Italian! good luck.
    i think i am going to write my own reading resolutions post now

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