First of all, let me wish you a very Happy New Year! May you find joy and success in all your 2018 endeavours. 🙂
If there’s one thing we all like to do in the beginning of a new year, it is reflection and planning. (...ok ok that’s two things)
You know how terrible we readers are when it comes to remembering the books we read, but a little throwback to my 2016 bookish resolutions and the very helpful summary provided by Goodreads tells me that I’ve had a rather good reading year!
In 2016, although I surpassed the number I had set for myself, I basically didn’t make conscious decisions when it came to choosing books, I’d just picked whatever came my way. That changed in 2017 and I’m happier for it. I didn’t quite reach my goal of 70 books, but I did discover new authors, read a few classics, and explored different genres. All this combined made for a very satisfying year indeed. 🙂
For 2018, I’ve decided not to worry too much about numbers. 30 books or 70 books – it is all the same. Ultimately, what matters is what you read and what you take away from it rather than how many books you read.
I have also decided to NOT give in to the temptation of new books and finish the very many unread paperbacks I have bought in the past years (before the ever-growing mountain of books topples over me, bringing instant death. Poetic justice, some might call it)
To keep myself motivated, I want to try my hand at a few reading challenges this year:
Firstly, the Goodreads challenge – I’ve set my goal as 50 books this year. I know I said it’s not about numbers, but 4 or 5 books a month does seem achievable, doesn’t it?
Secondly, the Brunch Book Challenge, courtesy of the HT Brunch magazine. Incidentally, they have challenged readers to complete a minimum of 50 books too, including 10 books by Indian authors. I have been wanting to join this challenge since 2014, and 4 years later, I have finally arrived. 😀
Third, the Popsugar reading challenge. I have never done this challenge before either but the 2018 edition has some very interesting prompts that caught my eye! Yet again, this challenge include 50 prompts for 50 books. I shall try my best to get through at least 80% of these. 😀
I’m entering these challenges only to keep myself on my feet, and to help me when I feel like I’m stuck in a reading slump for too long. I wouldn’t advice fretting too much about not being able to complete challenges like these. We read books for the joy, knowledge, and the experiences they offer; wouldn’t want reading to turn into a chore. 🙂
I also want to be more active on my blog and bookstagram than I have been in the past year. This is going to take some serious motivation and discipline, but I hope I can make it through.
Here’s to a fresh start and great books!!
What are your reading goals for 2018? Share with me in the comments. 🙂