Happy New Year’s Eve! Who’s ready for 2018? I am. I’ve grown so much this year. The main reason I believe is the book community. There are so many different, unique perspectives and I feel lucky to learn about them. There are SO many great books coming out next year and I hope they bring the book community closer together.
This year, I made my reading resolution to DNF more books and read 30 total. I completed both of those goals. This year’s list is a tad longer.
Read 40-45 books.
This past year I read 35 books . I read more than average in high school, but I wasn’t a fast reader or a book hoarder. I read a little bit more in college, but not so much after I graduated. I’ve never read 33 books in a year for fun. 2017 was more or less experimental. I’m discovering my favorite genres, favorite authors, and types of books I like which leads me to believe I’ll read more in 2018 now that I know myself as a reader.
Rate less, review more.
Sometimes a numerical rating doesn’t tell the whole story. A 3.5 star book can still be an enjoyable book all around. I’ve been considering using Goodreads less for multiple reasons. I kind of feel like Goodreads is sort of rigged by the users now. Both authors and readers alike are downrating books as an act of justice. Authors are even threatening readers with legal action. I’ll try to focus on likes and dislikes for books under 4 stars.
Re-read a few of my favorite books from adolescence/teen years.
- Sabriel by Garth Nix.
- As Simple As Snow by Gregory Galloway.
- Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
- Her Fearful Symmetry by Audry Niffeneggar
- Any of the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling.
Read less debuts.
There are many debuts I’m looking forward (especially by #Ownvoices authors) but I’m only focusing on the ones I’m sure I’ll like, not what everyone will like. After that, I’m going to try to stick with series I’ve already started or bought. I don’t have the time to start every single brand new fantasy, especially since marketing and Youtube hypes these debut books up and I end up being disappointed.
Read whatever the heck I want without shame from the book community.
Seriously. That’s all I have to say on that.
Find good literary fiction.
I like a good literary book, honestly. When I got tired of YA books post Hunger Games, I went back to adult books. Sometimes it’s nice to read something that makes you think about real life.
No more monthly TBR lists.
Since I’m a mood reader apparently, I’ll focus on monthly wrap-ups instead.
Only buy books over 350 pages.
Unless it’s YA Contemporary since those tend to be shorter as a rule. YA sci-fi and fantasy MUST be 350 pages or more for me to purchase it at full price.
Avoid books with multiple POV at all cost.
I hate them. Two is okay. I also don’t mind multiple POV in third person sometimes, but I find it confusing if there is multiple POV in first person. It seems to be a trend in YA lately that I don’t get. If the book is less than 350 pages, it actually makes the story feel fragmented and less developed.
Read one book off my classics shelf.
It’s about time I did this one.
Read children’s books I missed out in my childhood
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
- The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
- A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Listen to one book on Audible.
I’ll be listening to my first ever audiobook in 2018. I already chose the one I wanted to listen to and it’s Outlander!
Read Either One Thriller, Horror, or Mystery.
Don’t buy a single hyped book from Booktube.
I’ve instant-bought so many books I haven’t even read or realized I’m not actually interested in. Most Booktubers read more YA Contemporary than anything else. They also receive free ARC books to review, get sponsored (receive payment), or know the authors they are reviewing for personally. I feel this makes the more popular Booktubers just a tad biased. I still enjoy watching their content, but will choose based on my own research and interests.
Start reviewing books once a month on Youtube.
That’s 12 videos total. I’m a bit apprehensive, especially since I no longer know how to edit videos and I don’t have a camera with a flip screen. I want to grow comfortable in my speaking as well as have more of a social media footprint. I’m hoping it help me connect more with other readers and writers.
What are your reading resolutions? Leave some in the comments or link to yours and I’ll check it out!