Hi. I don’t really know how to start this because a) I just came back from Singapore (14 hour flight) and am sleep-deprived and b) I’ve been away from here for WAAAY too long and I don’t really have a proper explanation or justification. All I can say is that I love all of you reading this and that I hope that you still care somewhat about my book-related thoughts.
Also: Happy new year!! I hope that 2018 will be the year when all your dreams come true and your lives will be filled with love, laughter and happiness <3
I will be writing a couple of posts wrapping up the 2017 reading year which has also been my worst reading year (in regard to quantity) since I started writing reviews on Goodreads. I set my reading challenge to 50 books this year but only ended up reading 40. What upsets me more however, is the fact that I somewhat abandoned the blog and left Nina on her own. I’m not usually the type of person to neglect a commitment so this is something I hope to remedy in the new year.
In terms of my star ratings, they weren’t the best overall with only a couple books receiving 5 stars. Yet, I am very happy with the book choices that I’ve made. One of my reading resolutions for 2017 was to branch out into more genres and read more adult books (not because I don’t think YA is any less valid but because I’ve realised that I currently enjoy adult more in general), which I’ve succeeded in doing. Also, I’ve started picking up more books that sound genuinely interesting to me, rather than simply the ones that are hyped in the book community. In terms of reading diversely, I have made progress but am still not where I want or should be.
So, although 2017 wasn’t a bad year in terms of my personal life, it was a difficult year reading wise and I hope that the below resolutions will help me stay on track for 2018 and make me feel a bit more dedicated.
2018 reading & blogging resolutions
- Read 50 books in 2018. This has always been my goal since I started and although I didn’t achieve it this year, I know it’s possible because I read significantly more than that in 2015 and 2016.
- Write more blog posts. This is an absolute must. Although I do write reviews on Goodreads for every book I read, most of them have now become only one or two paragraphs long so I don’t post them on the blog. I want to write more full-length reviews, more original discussion posts and allow myself to write about things that may not be book related because this is my creative outlet and I want to share more of my life with all of you.
- Continue to expand the diversity of my reading. I’ve done better this year but there is still much I can do. I especially want to read more mental health books. It’s a topic hugely relevant to my life and it’s frankly appalling how little I read on the subject.
- Read more non-fiction. I’ve read 4 non-fiction books this year and I would like that number to be at least 5 in 2018.
- Do some creative writing. Nina and I have talked about this countless times and I still don’t know if it’s something I want to do or not. Basically, I am interested in so many creative things but I do not seem to be truly passionate or dedicated to any one of them. My aim for this year is to finally figure out what type of creativity suits me most and actually pursue that.
- Interact more with other bloggers. This is an incredibly hard one for me because my time is so limited and as much as I love interacting with people online I honestly feel like I can’t even keep on top of my friends IRL a lot of the time (blog post on this subject coming your way soon)… But still, it’s a huge part of being a blogger and something I need to work on.
So that’s it really. I never set myself reading resolutions that are too specific because I like having a lot of flexibility in my reading.
I wish you all the absolute best for the 2018 and would love to know how your reading year went and if you have any resolutions (bookish or non-bookish) for 2018. Also, please let me know if you would be interested in seeing more personal posts from Nina and me, that’s something I’ve been thinking on a lot!