2018 Bookish Resolutions

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.

The stars say_

Read 40-45 books. 📝

This past year I read 34 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 this many 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.

Update: I still rate books but decided not to rate books I DNF. I really like star ratings. However, sometimes if it’s a controversial book I’ll forgo a rating all together. So not rating a book by a number may be more like something I do in the moment.

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.

Update: Of the 23 books I’ve read so far, only four were by debuts authors but one of them was an e-ARC given to me. I have not made too many risks on debut authors so far! I think for the remainder of the year, there’s only two debuts I’m interested in.

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.

Update: I still bought a few shorter books but that seemed to only happen earlier this year. Some that were shorter, I already owned. With some exception (like with a set of novellas I bought) it looks like I’ve actually been doing okay with this. I’m trying the 400 page rule because 90% of the time if a book is 400 pages or longer I will generally rate it higher. However, there are a few debuts this Fall that are shorter but I did my research so hopefully they won’t be let downs.

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.

Update: I still avoid multiple POV, but I read two books this year that I felt like the author pulled off multiple POVs well.

Listen to one book on Audible. ✔️

  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon [X]

Read one book off my classics shelf. 📝

It’s about time I did this one.

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [ ]

Read children’s books I missed out in my childhood 📝

  • A Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry [X]
  • The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle [ ]

Re-read a favorite book or two from adolescence. ✔️

  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli [X]

Read One Thriller, Horror, or Mystery. 📝

  • The Last Time I Lied Riley Sager [ ]
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [ ] – Also counts toward my goal to read something from my “classics” shelf.
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie [ ]

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.

Update: I bought Truly Devious because of Booktube and ended up hating it. Otherwise I’ve managed to avoid every other hyped book on Booktube! YAY. I don’t know if that’s a loss or win, but I’m counting it as a loss since I did it once.

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!

– Vanessa

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2 thoughts on “2018 Bookish Resolutions

  1. These are amazing resolutions! I agree with you that ratings aren’t able to tell the whole story, a 3 stars book can still be pretty good 🙂 And you’ve read As simple as snow? I have read that book years ago and remember loving it! 🙂
    Happy new year!! Wishing you all the best for 2018 ❤

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