7 Reading Goals for 2018

Confession time: when I filmed this video, I had no idea this would be the Top 5 Wednesday topic of the week. That’s also why I didn’t actually mention #T5W in my video. I had just decided I wanted to share my reading goals for 2018 with you all. Because I wanted to keep 2018 fairly relaxed in terms of reading, I didn’t have too many goals anyway. Here are 7 reading goals I’d like to achieve in 2018!

My goals for this year are mainly focused on being more relaxed with my reading. I set my Goodreads goal to 50 books, even though I read about 80 last year and 140 the years before that. I didn’t want any pressure, no matter what my schedule would look like this year. 

I also want to make an effort and read a wider variety of genres. I mostly stuck with fantasy and YA contemporary in 2017, so I want to expand my reading horizons this year. I’m hoping to read more mysteries, historical fiction novels, non-fiction books, sci-fi ones, etc. 

I also want to make a conscious effort to read diversely. I want to read diverse books with regards to ethnicity, sexuality, disability, mental illness, religion… You name it. I want to read it all. I started making more of a conscious effort in 2017, but I want to do even better this year. 

I also want to try and pick up more books by authors whose works I haven’t read before. I stuck mostly to familiar authors in the past few years, which makes me think I’m missing out on some serious gems. 

Another goal is to read more translated works. In 2017, I read a few books that were translated into Dutch (which was one of my goals, because Dutch is my first language). But most of those were still originally published in English. I want to change that this year and also read books that were translated from different languages. 

Like I said, I have 7 goals in total which I outlined in my video. The ones mentioned above are a few of those, and I’ll be mainly focusing on these. 


What are your reading goals for 2018?
Do you have any recommendations for me on translated and/or diverse works?

Looking Back on My 2016 Goals/Resolutions

In the beginning of the year, I made a list of 10 goals I wanted to achieve this year. 2016 is almost over, so I’m ready to take a look at those goals a see which ones I’ve achieved!

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Hahahahaha, no. That didn’t happen. However, I didn’t exponentially increase it either! I bought books -and read others- so my TBR is at about the same level as in the beginning of the year. Maybe a bit lower… This will be a goal for the coming year though, because I’m participating in the Beat the Backlist Challenge!

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I did achieve this one! I actually reached this goal in May. My ratio is currently 85% which I’m very happy with. (Although I may still finish the review copy I am reading now and write a review on it in the next 2 days, so my rating may be 86% yet).  I’ve barely requested any books this year either, which I’m proud of. I’ve only requested those I truly truly wanted to read. 

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This was in line with my 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge. I’m happy to say I’ve achieved this one too! I’ve actually read 146 books so far this year. (Maybe I’ll still finish one in the next 2 days?)

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I’m still working on this, but I do think I’ve made quite a lot of progress. I do Top Ten Tuesdays and Top 5 Wednesdays and a weekly wrap up. That weekly wrap up happens either on Monday or Sunday. So those are basic posts I (try) to do every week which means I have a basic schedule for the week already. Then I write reviews and discussions and such on other days when I can. 

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I wanted to read more books I picked up on a whim which to me means books or authors I haven’t really seen in blog posts or videos before. I also achieved this one! Here are the books I’ve read that were new to me: 

Dark Legion by Paul Kleynhans, The Demon Girl’s Song by Susan Jane Bigelow, One Day Soon by A. Meredith Walters, Danny Dirks and the Heir of Pendragon by S.A. Mulraney, The Breakup Doctor by Phoebe Fox, Court by Cat Patrick, The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel, Stone Cold by Olivia Rigal, The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco, The Emperor’s Knife by Mazarkis Williams, Valley of Embers by Steven Kelliher, For Love of the Duke by Christi Caldwell, The Emperor’s Spy by M.C. Scott, Secrets of the Lighthouse by Santa MontefioreThe Woman Upstairs by Claire MessudThe Fix by Natasha Sinel and The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

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I do think I’ve achieved this one! My #bookstagram account isn’t as big or often updated as most others’ but I have made a lot more pictures of my books than I did last year. I even got a nice camera, some props and so on.

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No, that didn’t happen this year. The first half of the year was consumed by my last semester at university, and the second half was consumed by my search for a job -and then actually starting a job. With a steady income though, I’m hoping to reach this goal in 2017. 

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So happy to say that this happened in 2016 too! Both on my blog, and my Twitter account! I’m so happy and grateful to you all. 

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I don’t think I literally wrote one per month, but I did write 12(+) during the year so I consider that goal reached! Here are the discussion posts I’ve written this year: On Independence, Spoiler Free, Reading in My Own Language, Format Mood-reading, Change Ratings or Re-read, Reading the Synopsis, The Term YA, Giving Authors a Second Chance, Reading Slump or Reading Meh Books, Rating Romance Books, Putting Aside my Favorite Genre, On Diversity + Privilege and Feeling Uneducatedand lastly, How A YA Fantasy Series Should End

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Another goal I can happily say I’ve achieved! I’m really happy I managed to finish some series this year, because I just keep starting more and more of them. Here are the series I’ve finished this year: 

Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat, Malediction by Danielle L. Jensen, The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, Trylle by Amanda Hocking, Gravity by Sarina Bowen, Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson, New York’s Finest by Lauren Layne, The Best Mistake by Lauren Layne, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The (first) Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sandersonand The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor

So I achieved 8/10 goals of the year, which I think is pretty great. I’m really proud of myself! I will keep the 2 goals I haven’t achieved yet for 2017 because they are things I still want to achieve soon. 


How do you think I did? Which goals did you set for yourself in 2016?