It’s that time of the year – of looking over all the goals I set myself and see if I’ve accomplished any! I kept a few goals for myself (both blogging and reading) last year and am going to go over them and see how I did on those. I hope you guys like this post!
- Reviewing less (and not worrying about it)
I honestly don’t know why I kept this goal because, throughout this year, I’ve actually focused on reviewing more books. I reviewed quite a lot of books in the first half of the year but completely lost that streak in the second half, and to be honest, spent a lot of time worrying about it. I think my main purpose with this goal was to be okay with reviewing less books. I think as book bloggers, a lot of us feel pressurized to review more books since its considered our primary thing to do, but I’ve realized over the years that it’s actually not true. Reviewing is important, yes, but it’s not the ONLY way to be a good blogger. Doing what makes you happy is far more important, and that’s what I wanted to focus on this year.
- Lengthier, detailed wrap-ups
I SO failed this goal. Since over a year now, I’ve been wrapping up every 10 books that I read on my blog, choosing to skip monthly TBRs and wrap-ups because of certain reasons. My wrap-ups are definitely not detailed. I kept this goal because I generally don’t tend to review average books (like, I’m mostly reviewing best and worst books) and I wanted my wrap-ups to be detailed. But somehow though, I just completely failed to do so. I’m going to try harder next year though!
- Quarterly TBRs
Okay, I did stick to this goal! I skipped doing monthly TBRs and chose to do quarterly TBRs – which I did manage to do. I did a TBR post every three months and every single TBR post, I listed a bunch of new releases and backlist books that I wanted to read in the coming quarter. I just find quarterly TBRs to be more flexible and a LOT less pressurizing. (I also did TBRs for all the readathons I did!)
- Tracking (on a spreadsheet)
So this is a goal I systematically followed until around August and September but then completely stopped doing it. It helped, yes – I put up 3 spreadsheets – to track the books I read and I did well in the first half of the year but I failed in the second half.
- Establish a blogging schedule
This again, I followed till around July and August but then college completely took over my life. I hardly blogged in the last 4 months of 2018 – and that’s something I really want to correct in 2019. My blogging schedule no longer stands, but I did manage to have one in the first half of 2018.
- Quarterly hauls
Man, I failed this one so bad. So, I don’t buy a lot of books (definitely not enough to make monthly book hauls) and most of my reading is on my kindle. I planned to do quarterly book hauls but I only did 1 book haul this year, at the end of March. I just stopped doing book hauls after that (I did buy a lot of books though) and the reason for that – and my biggest blogging discovery this year – I hate doing book hauls. I just absolutely dislike creating book haul posts, so I completely stopped doing them.
- Work on my blog design (and graphics)
I totally forgot about this goal, failed to accomplish it, and honestly I don’t think I care enough.
- The GoodReads Goal
So I’ve been doing this for the last few years – I set my Goodreads goal to 10 books, and every 10 books that I finish reading, I up the goal by another 10 books. So ‘technically’, I didn’t even have a concrete Goodreads goal. I was just satisfied with whatever amount of books I read – and so far, I’m at about 91 books (and hoping to finish 2 more books by the end of the year).
- My Physical TBR
I wanted to reduce my physical TBR but I did not keep any goal to do it. Instead, I decided to do two TBR check-ins throughout the year – one in January and one in July. I basically wanted to track my physical TBR but I kinda really failed in reducing it. I’m going to do another check-in soon – so we’ll know more soon!
- Project TBR 2018
So these are 15 books that I really wanted to read this year – and I finished 12 of them! I feel like I did pretty well – the 3 books I didn’t read are Code Name Verity, Between Shades of Gray and Americanah. I still want to read these books – hopefully next year – and I’m actually super happy with how I did with this goal.
- Genre-Based Reading
I wanted to read more adult fantasy, adult literary and general fiction, and adult thrillers this year. These were the genres I enjoyed most in 2017, and wanted to continue reading in 2018. I don’t think I specifically focused on any of these genres, but I did read them quite a bit throughout the year.
- Diverse Books
I can’t really comment on this goal until I look over all my books and finalize the stats of everything (a post for that is coming up soon!). However, I can say, as bad as it sounds, I didn’t consciously try to pick up diverse books. The main reason for that is I really dislike YA contemporary and YA contemporary is the one genre which has TONS of diverse books. I know there are diverse books in other genres too, but nothing beats YA contemporary when it comes to diversity. I did read diverse books (of course) but I feel like I can never fully accomplish this goal any year. I do try hard every year though!
I really wanted to read Haruki Murakami, Ian McEwan and Margaret Atwood this year. I had only read Haruki Murakami before 2018 and I did read a few more books of his this year. I read Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and I want to read more by her! I failed to pick up anything by Ian McEwan – though I don’t feel too bad about it.
So that was it for my check-in! I feel like my goals for 2018 were pretty realistic and in line with what I actually wanted to do during the year. Yes, there are things I didn’t accomplish and some things I eventually lost interest in, but overall, I’m happy with the goals I set and how much of them I’ve accomplished.
My goals for 2019 will be up soon!