As we enter a new year, there’s just time to reflect on 2017 and see how I got on with my reading. According to Goodreads, I read a total of 126 books, the best of which I highlighted in my Top Reads of 2017 post.
In terms of the specific goals I had set myself, first was to finish 100 books, which thusly gets a tick. Secondly was to complete the diversity bingo chart that I put together, in an effort to be a little more conscientious about my reading. I did so, and shared a wrap up detailing the results of it in a separate post which I’ll link here. Thirdly, I wanted to read more plays. All-in-all, I read a total of five (a standalone, and four by the same writer that came in a single bind-up edition). Considering that last year I read three and in an average year I would have read none, that is technically a success, but I’m not going to go shouting from the rooftops about it, and it’s one that can very much be carried over into this year.
Again, according to Goodreads, my average rating for the year was 3.7 stars – I’m pretty happy with that! It means I’m picking up a lot more books that I’m enjoying than I am books I don’t like, which is very much a good thing.
As for new reading goals heading into 2018, I’m keeping it fairly casual this year. I’ll be setting a Goodreads target of 90 books. I definitely don’t want to be a slave to numbers and pressure myself too much, but I do like that when you set a goal, it collates all your reads into a single place, which is handy for looking back on your annual reading.
It might sound odd that I’m setting a lower target than last year, but that brings me to my second goal, which is to pick up some of the longer reads that I’ve been needlessly putting off. I have no shame in the fact that I definitely have a preference for shorter books (I love when an author can sweep me up and pack a punch without any needless faff, and I like the gratification of getting through my ever-growing TBR at a decent pace), but it does mean I have an annoying habit of putting off books I really want to read, simply because they’re a bit longer. There are some specific books in particular that come to mind for this, and I want 2018 to be the year I pick at least some of them up.
Last but not least is to allow myself to read by whim. I try to do this anyway, but there’s been a lot of chat within the online bookish community lately about reading pressures and possible competitiveness. Whilst I don’t feel in competition with other readers at all, I do tend to put pressure on myself sometimes (be it to read a book faster, or to pick something up purely because I told myself the previous week/month that I would and feel guilty for not doing so, even if I’m just not in the right mood for it at the time). That’s stupid, because reading is a hobby and something I love, and as such, I want to feel free to pick up whatever book I want to read, whenever I want to read it.
I look forward to seeing what books 2018 will bring my way – who knows, maybe I’ll even discover some new all-time favourites! Last but not least, I’m going to share my monthly wrap up pics below so that I, or anyone else who may be interested, can see all the books I read this year in one place. If any titles or covers catch your eye and you’d like to know more, please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks for reading, and happy New Year to you all.