Now that 2019 has begun and it’s already halfway through January, it only seems right that I get a move on and review the my book related goals of 2018 as well as what my new ones are going to be this year.
Reflecting on my 2018 goals
I made one goal at the beginning of 2018 which was to read 52 books, one for each week of the year and I didn’t meet it.
And do I feel bad about it? No, not really.
As you can see above, I ended up reading 32 books in 2018, which was 20 short of my goal, but by setting that goal I think I did try to read more this year, rather than leaving long periods without reading anything, at least not purposefully. I definitely didn’t read as much as I wanted to due to having both mocks and public exams this year, as well as being away for a fair amount of the summer (but that’s not something to complain about).
Whilst I didn’t explicitly mention it in my blog post at the beginning of 2018, I tried to read a wider range of genres last year. Although I wasn’t the best for this either, I read a psychological thriller this year, which was new for me, as well as some historical fiction. However, I want to improve on this goal in 2019 as there’s a lot of room for improvement.
My Book Goals for 2019
Similar to everyone else, I’m doing the usual reading challenge and setting a goal for the number of books I want to read in total this year. As I didn’t achieve the 52 target I set for myself last year it only seems right to try again, but hopefully I won’t fail this time around. I briefly considered decreasing the number to 40/45 but I know that if I try, I should be able to do one per week, and if I’m finding it difficult then maybe I should look to what I’m spending my time doing.
Another goal I’m setting for myself is to read more classics, so The Great Gatsby, Mansfield Park are at the top of that list, in addition to actually finishing Anna Karerina which is an ongoing task I seem to read once a month two chapters at a time. Earlier this year I wrote a post titled 5 Classics I’ve read and 5 I haven’t where I talked about the classics on my TBR and since then I haven’t read any at all, so that’s why it’s ended up as one of targets this time.
Alongside reading more classics, I want to read more non-fiction this year. I have university applications to make later on this year (dreaful I know) and so wider reading is going to help when it comes to writing my personal statement and any interviews I might have. I also never really read around my subject interests so I want to make this a priority as well during this critical period. Whilst I doubt I’ll be talking about any non-fiction that I read on a regular basis, I think it’d be a nice idea to talk about some interesting articles that I come across, just to put them out there for anyone interested but finds reading a whole book scary (as that’s what I feel when I look at books on physics!).
To summarise, my book-related goals for 2019 are:
- to read 52 books
- to read more classics
- to do more wider reading / more non-fiction
What are your goals for 2019? Book related or otherwise, I’d love to know so let me know in the comments below!