Happy New Year! It’s January: time for new year’s resolutions and goals. My reading goal on GoodReads has been set (to a reasonable number for me, as always), but that’s definitely not my only goal of the year!
Goal #1: Reducing my physical TBR
Last year, I had made plans to reduce my TBR by buying fewer books and reading the ones I actually have on my shelves. Back then, I was at 107 unread physical books. Currently, I’m at 90 (including one comic). Though I did make a few purchases outside of the ‘next book in a series’-category, I also began reading comics and got a bunch of free books from work which didn’t really help! Hashtag first world problems? Despite the fact that the amount of books on my TBR hasn’t lowered as much as I had liked, I did limit my purchases. That’s a good thing!
Anyway, I mean to continue my plans of reducing my physical TBR pile by buying fewer books. This also fits with my non-bookish goals of the year, as I’m saving up for a trip to Japan and getting my own place. Of course, the exception of last year remains: the next book in a series can be bought once I have (nearly) finished a given installment. I do try to switch between stand alones and series, though. It doesn’t mean that I won’t be buying books outside of my exception at all, but it’s good to minimize my purchases.
Goal #2: Blog more
My posts have been a bit sporadic the past few months, but I mean to change this. I have a list of books I’d like to review on here and there are some topics I have in mind to post about. I just need to sit down and actually do it! I don’t use a steady posting schedule, but that’s no excuse to post once in a blue moon.
Goal #3: Don’t waste time on books I don’t like
I’ve been doing this already, but considering I’ve struggled through some books that were pretty terrible last year anyway, it needs to be said. I used to be pretty adamant about finishing books, but life is too short to read books I don’t like. It’s fine to DNF a book. Maybe I should write a post about that some time.
Goal #4: Read books I’m looking forward to!
Okay, this is just an excuse to mention some books I’m looking forward to in this format. I don’t want to make a whole separate list of anticipated reads like I did last year. Though I did read the majority of them, I don’t like to pressure myself to read certain books. At the same time, I do want to mention some I’m definitely excited about!
I’m currently reading The Dark Tower series by Stephen King and I’ve finished the third book, The Waste Lands. I hope to continue reading this series, starting with Wizard and Glass. I would also like to continue The Witcher series, since I also haven’t finished reading that one yet. Another, a light novel by by Yukito Ayatsuji is also quite high on my list, as well as Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman.
I also plan to read Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. She’s one of my favourite authors as I loved Uprooted and the Temeraire series, and will be released in July. This is definitely one of those books I’ll get this year despite not being a part of a series.
But yes, we’ll see if I actually get around to reading these? As for other books, I’ll just pull them off my shelf if I feel like reading them. I’m very much a mood reader, after all!
What about you? Any reading goals for 2018? Particular books you’re looking forward to? Feel free to share your goals or anticipated reads in the comments!