Reflecting on My 2018 Goals & Setting New Ones for 2019

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Happy New Year! During these first few days of there year, there are always tons of posts about the successes and failures of the past year, and today I am going to join in my reflecting on my 2018 goals. Last year, one of the Top Ten Tuesday post topics was bookish goals, and there doesn’t seem to be one this year. Thus, I am doing my own! I am going to look back and see how many of those ten goals I was actually able to meet and create some new ones as we enter 2019!

Did I meet my 2018 goals?

✔ Read 50 Books

For the first time, I have completed my reading goal of 50 books, and even read 51 books! (I’m still super excited about this!!)

 ✘ Read 20 books for the Backlist Reader Challenge

I was able to read 15 books for this challenge, and I’m happy with how I did! You can read my full wrap-up post here!

✔ Add some variety to my posts

I really wanted to branch out a little this year, blog post wise, and I managed to create several different posts! I started participating in WWW Wednesday, wrote several book haul posts, and participated in a book blitz and cover reveals.

✘ Interact with other bloggers more frequently

Unfortunately, school got in the way of this one. I was fairly successful for the first half of the year, but I kind of disappeared for the second half. I always enjoy reading other posts, so I should take a few minutes and comment on them!

✘ Post my reviews on Goodreads

Hmm… well this was basically a failure! I posted a few reviews on there at the beginning of the year, but that’s about it. I have been generally lacking in writing reviews both on Goodreads and on the blog.

✔ Plan out my reading

This was maybe not a complete success, but considering all my mood reader habits, I did well! Going off to college really limited my book options, so I had to choose a few that I wanted to bring with me, thus creating an unintentional reading plan!

✔ Know it’s okay to DNF a book

I had several books this year that I just couldn’t finish. I finally figured out that it is okay to stop reading a book if I don’t like it, because there are bajillions of books out there and there’s no sense spending time on one I don’t enjoy.

✔ Expand my personal book collection!

I certainly met this goal! I don’t think I could go an entire year without buying a book…

✔ Continue to share my love of books!

I am continuing to read and blog, despite my busy school schedule, and I have managed to nearly double all my blog stats from last year! Plus, the book blogging community is wonderful, and I am so glad I get to be a part of it!

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Goals for 2019

1. Read 50 Books

Yes, I am keeping this the same, so hopefully I can achieve it once again!

2. Read 20 books for the Backlist Reader Challenge

Again, I am keeping this goal the same, as I didn’t quite make it in 2018. I was very close though, so hopefully 2019 will be my year!

3. Read 20 books for the Audiobook Challenge

I have found a new love for audiobooks and their time saving superpowers, and I am excited to participate in this challenge this year!

4. Make time to write a few posts during the school year

My semesters are super busy, but it is nice to find a little time to do something other than schoolwork. Hopefully, I can still post here and there in the next semester.

5. Read a significant amount of books already owned

I have many books sitting on my shelves just waiting to be read, and I would like to get to a good portion of them this year. I don’t have a specific number in mind, but many will help with the Backlist challenge as well!

6. Take time to comment on other bloggers’ posts

As I mentioned earlier, I love reading others’ posts and seeing their thoughts on the books they read. I should be sure to comment on occasion, as I love getting comments on my posts, and I’m sure other do as well!

7. Keep track of my books in a notebook

I love using Goodreads, but I really want to keep a physical record of the books I read. I want to include a little summary, some points that I could include in a review, and the time spent reading the book. There’s also just something that I love about physically writing things down in lists and charts and such!

Chat with me! Did you meet your 2018 reading goals? What are your goals for 2019?

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