Hey there, bookworms! I hope everyone’s reading for 2019 is off to a solid start!
Since it’s officially a new year, I thought it would be a good time for me to discuss some of my bookish resolutions for 2019. I’ve mentioned this before, but 2018 wasn’t a great year for reading or blogging. I want 2019 to be amazing in both of those areas, so I’ve tried to choose resolutions that fit both of those long-term goals.
I’m also planning on working on a few writing- and health-centric goals in 2019, so I wanted to keep my reading goals realistic. For that reason, I only have four bookish goals for this year. Hopefully, they’ll be easy to manage and meet!
1. Read 60 books.
I failed my Goodreads challenge twice last year (twice!), which was a bit of a bummer for me. I promised myself I’d be happy not meeting the challenge, as long as I wrote a lot in 2018. And I did write a lot, but I still wasn’t thrilled to see my Goodreads challenge incomplete on December 31.
I seem to be capable of reading 50 to 60 books during a good year, so I’m going to stick with 60 books for my reading challenge in 2019. I’ll still be freelancing, but I hope to manage my reading time better this year.
2. Significantly decrease my physical TBR.
I’ve acquired a ton of books since buying my two IKEA bookshelves, and I’ve gotten to the point where I haven’t read half the books that I own. So, with some exceptions, I plan on focusing solely on the TBR that I actually own. I want to whittle my physical TBR down this year, and I want to unhaul the books that I don’t wind up loving. It’s time to read some old books and make room for some new ones!
3. Read every single day.
My reading really suffered toward the end of 2018, and I attribute that to the fact that I stopped reading daily. If I couldn’t spend more than an hour reading a book, I’d just pass on reading for the entire day. I started spending my lunch breaks doing other things, and I played games or watched movies when getting home from work. And while all of that is fine and dandy, I need to make an effort to start reading every single day again—even if it’s just for 20 minutes. I think that will significantly increase my reading for the year.
4. Start blogging consistently again.
If you follow this blog, you may have noticed that I disappeared for a few months during 2018. After blogging often and consistently for a year, I sort of fell off the wagon. I was taking editing courses, freelance writing, and freelance editing—all on top of starting a new job in my field. It was overwhelming to say the least, but I’ve opened up my schedule again. I’ll still be freelance writing, but I hope to utilize my freed-up time by reading and blogging more often.
Those are my bookish goals for 2019! What are some of your book-related goals? Let’s discuss them in the comments below!