On January 3, 2018 I posted a list of my reading goals for this year. Let’s see how I did! Spoiler: not great.
- Read at least 75 books. Verdict: Success!
As of December 19 I have read 128 books, so I’d say I knocked that one out of the park. But to be fair I purposefully set my goal on the low side of what I thought I was capable of reading so I wouldn’t stress too much about the number. I’ll probably raise my goal a bit for 2019 but still keep it manageable. The Goodreads reading challenge is the last thing on earth I want to stress about.
- Read at least one book in Italian. Verdict: Fail 😦
I avoid books written in Italian for the same reason I avoid long books – I always think about how many shorter books I could be reading in that same amount of time. I’m not sure this goal will publicly carry over into 2019, mainly because I’d be embarrassed to fail at it two years in a row. But it will remain a goal in my head.
- Use the library more often. Verdict: Success!
One of my steadiest sources of books this year was my library’s Overdrive account, which has been a life-saver for audiobooks and ebooks. But I’ve used my physical library more often as well. This has presented me with a new challenge though – library holds coming in all at once. So I still need to figure out a better way to balance my library holds with mood reading.
- Request fewer Netgalley ARCs/spend more time reading books I already own. Verdict: Fail 😦
The road to hell is paved with good intentions, etc etc. What can I say – I still haven’t figured out a way to resist the pull of ARCs, even when I have plenty of books on my shelves that I’m also interested in.
- Read at least one classic and at least one play each month. Verdict: Fail 😦
I was doing SO WELL with this for the first half of the year…. and then I fell off the horse and never got back on. I did end up reading 11 plays this year, which isn’t very good for me but still makes the one-a-month goal rather feasible, and I think that will carry into 2019. But I learned that ‘one classic a month’ does not really work for me; I read 13 (with a bit of overlap between plays and classics), but sometimes I’m in the mood to read 3 classics in a row and sometimes I’m in the mood to read none. As a firm believer in finding books at the right time, I don’t want to force myself to read a classic just for the sake of meeting an arbitrary goal. So if I do this goal again I might say ‘read at least 12 classics in 2019’ or something like that, rather than one per month.
So, I succeeded at only 2/5 of my challenges, one of which wasn’t really a challenge at all but an arbitrary number I knew I’d hit easily. But it’s good that I’ve taken the time to check in with last year’s goals before writing 2019’s. Notes to self: (1) keep it manageable, (2) if you set goals that you know you won’t automatically meet, you need to actually make an effort.
What were some of your 2018 reading goals and how did you do? Comment and let me know!