Halfway through January and I realize I didn’t share an end of year update on my reading goals for 2018. While I did manage to share some of my favorite reads of the year, trying to read and catch up on reviews put this post on the back burner unfortunately. But I look at this as an opportunity to reflect on what worked and what I would like to change in my reading going forward in 2019.
So how’d I do?
2018 Reading Stats
- Read 50 books: exceeded my Goodreads goal by reading a total of 101 books. I’ve never read that many books in one calendar year as an adult.
- Read one classic a month: exceeded my goal of 12 classics for the year by reading more than double that amount, with a final total of 31.
- Read one non-fiction book a month: I found my stride after a concerted effort to get to it at my mid-year check in, with a final total of 18.
- Shop Your Shelf: reading more from books I own that are already on my shelf, ideally books I acquired before 2018. I could justify my final total by adding almost 20 books (which were review copies so technically they were on my shelf, lol, but I digress) I’m going to count books I already had for a final total of 45.
- Prize winning books: at least 4, I realize I didn’t have a column for this on my stats list. Oops!
- Poetry & short stories: 2 of each!
- Off the Shelf Reading Resolution: Finished!
Other Reading Stats
- The books in this picture are the 5 LONGEST books I’ve read this year. 3,980 pages, 20 shy of 4,000. Would you be surprised if I told you all of these were buddy reads or readalongs? ALL 5🌟 reads . All CLASSICS.
- Other genre stats: 25 fiction – 16 historical fiction – 11 mystery
I’m happy to look back over the year with a sense of satisfaction because I’ve had a TREMENDOUSLY wonderful year of reading.
As I think about my reading for 2019, there are a few things from 2018 I’d like to carry over; read short stories, poetry, nonfiction, and my biggest and always challenging, shop your shelf goal.
Although I read a lot in 2018, I’d like to read with purpose and get back to read, tea, review. I need to get back in the habit of writing my review when I finish my book. Many of the reviews I shared at the end of the year were books I read earlier in the year, started writing and somehow got sidetracked. I want to get back on a regular schedule for reading and reviewing here on the blog.
One of my blog buddy’s, Melanie over at Grab the Lapels gave me a suggestion based on her approach to reading books she already has by using some of the following categories.
- Oldest book shelved
- Newest book shelved
- Random Pick
I’m hopeful my goals align with these categories but if not I’m willing to adjust to keep my reading goals on track each month. I’m also battling my infamous spreadsheet of unread books and let’s just say I had to take a break. I overwhelmed myself and needed to find solace in reading. Lol LOL! As I write this, I realize I need to pick a non-fiction book for the month of January!
What reading goals do you set for yourself outside of number of books? How’d you do? Any suggestions on tackling the books you already have?