With wrapping up 2017 comes the time to start looking ahead into 2018. You can never really predict how the year is going to go. Even so, I like making goals for each year when it comes to my reading. Goals are something to work towards, even if we sometimes tend to set ourselves up to fail.
They are almost always worth it though. If they even make you read one book more than you usually would have for a certain type of challenge like Beat the Backlist from last year, I feel that is worth it. Even if at the time to wrap up it doesn’t always immediately feel like that.
This year I am again going for the number of 60 books. While I did read a lot more in 2017 than I thought I would I have noticed that I like to have a low goal. And Merijn will start sleeping less and less as he gets older this year so… Less me time. I weep.
Read 5 Books by Dutch Authors from My Shelves
Last year I had a similar goal where I wanted to read all books by dutch authors on my shelves. This was a bit too much to ask from myself. While it certainly isn’t a huge list, I did add to it throughout the year and I always struggle more to pick up books by Dutch authors. The number of 5 just seems a lot more managable.
Do NOT Let Physical TBR Grow This Year
Last year this goal of lowering my physical tbr obviously did not work. I initially set my goal up for this year to hit below 120 but as I counted the books on my shelves I clearly did not count well throughout the year. Because after removing some books from my shelves I still hit a staggering 185 unread books. Yeah. I decided to not overachieve on this goal and just try and not make it grow. If I make it smaller, yeay, but not making it grow seems to be a bigger priority right now…
Finish or Catch-Up to 10 Series
This year we are continuing on with finishing series and supporting each other over on Books Ever After. I did finish a few series last year and it is just nice to know you aren’t the only one. Next to that, it is good to write out all those series you are meaning to finish. It would be great to get to all of these below but I am making my goal slightly more managable by making it 10.
Wayfarers by Becky Chambers (1/3)
De Demon van Fellswyck by Jurgen Snoeren (1/2)
Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones (2/6)
Shattered Realms by Cinda Williams Chima (1/3)
Graceling Realm by Kristin Cashore (1/3)
Dark Gifts by Vic James (1/3)
Death arc by Terry Pratchett (4/5)
Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott (3/6 + 0/2 novella’s)
Memory, Sorrow and Thorn by Tad Williams (1/4 (in Dutch))
Copper Cat by Jen Williams (2/3)
Catch-Up (with what I own or what is already published)
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (1/3)
Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland (2/5)
Talon by Julie Kagawa (1/3)
In Death by J.D. Robb (4/8)
Top 15 TBR of 2018
For this I am hovering over some of the books from last year that I had on my 17 tbr of 2017. And of course some new ones. Some of these will be new series, others will be books from series that are mentioned above. It depends on how much they were on my mind as was creating this list.
- The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
- Fire by Kristin Cashore
- The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
- Half Bad by Sally Green
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
- Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb
- A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
- Revocatie by Jurgen Snoeren
- Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
- The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
- The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
- In Transit by Margaretha van Andel
- The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Read 5 Classics
I kind of always give myself this goal, even if I hardly ever complete it. It is just to remember myself that I shouldn’t just collect classics, but reading them would be nice as well.
Beat the Backlist 2018
40 Backlist Books
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