2018 Bookish (and Non-Bookish) Goals

The new year brings new resolutions, and that means it’s time for me to make new goals for myself. I don’t really like calling them resolutions because the definition sounds restrictive.

Just for reference, the definition I read of “resolution” on the internet was this:

a firm decision to do or not to do something

I don’t know about you, but that sounds like an ultimatum to me. It’s like I have to decide whether or not I want to proceed with a certain habit and it will be a life or death decision. In reality, it’s not that big of a deal, but it’s still rather important. That’s why I’m going to refer to my “resolutions” as “goals” instead. It sounds more achievable and more forgiving.

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Book-Related Goals

Read more books!

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I think this is every reader’s basic goal. I have loads of books I want to read and not enough time, but that’s not going to stop me from wanting to read. My Goodreads Reading Goal this year is 40 books, which is roughly 3-4 books a month. Let’s see if I’m actually going to keep up with that pace….

Read different genres other than fantasy

I read a lot of fantasy books. I would say that 95% of the books I read are in the fantasy genre. Frankly, it’s a little bit sad. I need to branch out a bit. Read a little contemporary. Read some historical books. Read memoirs and poetry. Get out of my comfort zone.

Don’t force myself to read books I don’t like

DNF… I hate shelving books in my did-not-finish (DNF) pile. I always feel like I didn’t try enough with the book. However, there are so many books out there in the world that are waiting to be read that I now don’t feel like it’s worth it to waste my time reading a book I’m not enjoying when I could be reading something I’d like.

Spend less on books

Physical copies of books are a treat. I love reading the physical copies of books, but they can be very pricey and I have no more room on my bookshelf.

Personal Goals

Prioritize my health (mental and physical)

My lack of good physical health mainly comes from my lack of sleep. My sleep deprivation is also affecting my mental health, but it’s also a combination of stress from school and social life. I need to take better care of myself.

Be more forgiving

I don’t have a forgiving nature… I hold grudges a lot, especially against myself. I need to be more forgiving toward others and myself.

Learn to not cave into the cravings

Ever seen a hungry monster? Yeah, that is me. I crave food all the dang time and no self control, which causes me to overeat. I’m going to try and not overeating this year.

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What are some of your goals for the new year?

What are some of the books you plan to read?

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Until next time….

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12 thoughts on “2018 Bookish (and Non-Bookish) Goals

  1. ecladragon 01/04/2018 / 8:54 am

    Most of my resolutions have to do with my blog and school. Things like putting more time and effort into my blog, spending more time on homework, and trying to grow my blog.

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  2. readingsanctuaryblog 01/04/2018 / 9:21 am

    Looks like you’ve got some good goals for this year.

    I’m trying to overcome my food cravings this year too. I’m so bad, especially when I’m at my desk at work with a packet of biscuits nearby.

    I also need to get better at DNFing books, I just feel so guilty, and then I stress about whether to mention them in wrap ups and how to mark them on goodreads.

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    • Jessica 01/04/2018 / 12:00 pm

      I also get cravings when I’m at my desk working!
      DNFing a book also makes me feel guilty, but if I’m not enjoying the book, I don’t see why I should spend my time with it when there’s so many other books out there that I could try. 😊

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  3. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer 01/05/2018 / 1:00 am

    I’m with you on ending more… it’s something I’ve got to work on more too. I do feel a bit like a failure when I put a book on the DNF because most likely it will turn out to be a 3 or 2 Star, I feel like it artificially amps up my ratings, lol. Anyhoo no big deal to move on, so I need to practice that more… 😉

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    • Jessica 01/05/2018 / 12:18 pm

      Same here. I feel guilty if I don’t finish a book but I need to stop forcing myself to read books I don’t like. Happy 2018! 😊

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  4. Marta 01/06/2018 / 2:44 pm

    Those seem like reasonable and achievable goals! Good luck achieving them, Jessica, I know you can make it 🙂 Especially focusing on your health, that’s the most important!

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  5. theorangutanlibrarian 01/06/2018 / 4:42 pm

    hehe yes resolution sounds scary when you describe it like that 😉 hehe don’t worry, it’s not sad to read mostly fantasy (I do that 😉 ) but it is always cool to branch out. Definitely agree about DNFing! I wish I did it more. Oh my goodness that cookie monster gif is the best!!!! (I’m just so distracted by that right now 😉 ) Awesome goals!!

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  6. Michelle 01/08/2018 / 3:26 pm

    Happy New Year Jessica & Best of luck with all your goals this year 🌸 I hope 2018 is a great year for you.

    I also have to expand my reading genres, I’m the opposite of you, I love reading contemporaries but I’m going to try and read more fantasy novels this year!

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