It’s 2018! As usual, I’m constantly surprised every time the first of a new month rolls around, but it means a refresh of my reading goals for the year.
Last year my target was 50 books, and I ended up reading a total of 32. Clearly I didn’t do so well, but I also finished a masters degree, wrote a 20,000 word dissertation, got a full time job and worked every day for three months. So in hindsight- 32 doesn’t really seem like too shabby an effort.
I feel like I read quite a range of books last year, but towards the end of the year I definitely started reading shorter books in a bid to meet my goal (which obviously did not work). However- I also took on Stephen King’s absolute tome It, albeit in audiobook form. I wrote an entire review on it, and although I plan on reading more Stephen King this year, I do definitely prefer shorter books.
Although normally I’m not too bothered about whether a book gets a lot of hype, when I was reading my stats on Goodreads, I did think that this was quite interesting. The most popular book I read this year was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, which I think I gave a 5 star rating. Although I wouldn’t say it was my favourite book, and I actually preferred books that I gave a lower rating, it was one that I really enjoyed. It was an easy read, with an interesting and heartwarming story, and not as problematic as a lot of the books that I read last year. By comparison, Friend of My Youth was the least popular book I read last year, after picking it up on a whim at the library. It was actually one of my least favourite books last year, and although I always say that I hate criticising books because so much time and effort goes into writing them, it just wasn’t at all what I was expecting and not really for me. So it definitely interests me that my least popular book was also one of my least favourites.
A 3.2 rating is so middle of the road. I think it’s really a testament to how many average books I read in 2017. Although I was very busy for most of the year, I felt like I was also in a reading slump for a huge portion of last year, because I kept reading books that I just didn’t enjoy – hence the 3.2 rating, which I’m sure is brought up by the few 4 and even 5 star ratings that I gave. Hopefully this isn’t a trend that’s being brought into this year.
A full list of all the books that I read in 2017 can be seen here.
My 2018 resolutions
For starters, my 2018 resolutions is to actually post more on this blog, as i’ve been incredibly lax in doing so over the past two months (could arguably be the entire year realistically).
As usual, I’ve set myself a challenge of reading 50 books. So far, I’ve never actually met my goal, but I’m confident that this year I can do it. Maybe. Don’t quote me on that- we’ll see what happens.
For January, my main goal is to finish the books I started at various points last year and have yet to finish, whether it’s because I’ve gotten lazy, forgotten about them, or didn’t like them and was battling against my hatred of not finishing a book once I’ve started it.
Which means, my aim for this month is to finish The Burning Girl by Claire Messud, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, The Nix by Nathan Hill and Nutshell by Ian McEwan.
I’m also hoping to get round to reading a few more, including They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng but we shall see. Again, don’t quote me on that.
If you’d like to keep up with all the books I’m reading, you can follow me on Goodreads here.