My 2019 Reading Resolutions: Time for a Recap!

Hello all! Since we’re now more than halfway through the year (welp!), I thought I’d take a look at the reading goals I made back at the start of the year and see how I’m doing!

Resolution #1: Read more books with mental health rep

Why I made this resolution: “I make no secret of the fact that I have my own mental health struggles, as well as working in the mental health sector, so I’d love to explore how more authors represent mental health in their books.”

How I’m doing so far: I’ve read a few books with mental health themes but I could definitely be doing better with this. There are certain titles I’d love to read before the year is over.

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Resolution #2: Conquer my fear of big books

Why I made this resolution: “I didn’t read very many long books (over 500 pages) in 2018 but the ones I did read ended up being some of my favourite books of the year! I’ve got a few larger books sitting on my shelves that I’d really love to try in 2019; I’m definitely in the mood to immerse myself in a chunky tome.”

How I’m doing so far: I feel like I’m doing well with this one. While I’ve not quite hit my unwritten goal of the equivalent of one tome per month, I don’t have too much work to do to get there. So I’m happy with how this one is going.

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Resolution #3: Read more from favourite authors

Why I made this resolution: “I have a strange habit of discovering an author I love and subsequently avoiding their books because I don’t want to run out! So I’m going to try and stop being ridiculous in 2019 and read more of the books I’ve collected by favourite authors. Some examples include Leigh Bardugo, Patrick Ness, Susanna Kearsley and Christina Henry.”

How I’m doing so far: This one isn’t going too well currently. I’ve been focusing more on discovering new authors (not that that’s a bad thing) but I want to try and work on this one in the coming months!

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Resolution #4: Try some non-fiction books

Why I made this resolution: “I’ve always had a fear of non-fiction but I know there are some fantastic titles out there. I’m looking to ease myself in with a few memoirs and book-related titles first, before tackling some heavier subjects that I’m interested in.”

How I’m doing so far: I’m actually doing better with this one than I thought! Though still not great haha. So far, I’ve read 4 non-fiction books. I’d still like to read some more but I have less motivation to achieve this goal than some of those previously listed.


Resolution #5: Read some of my backlist books

Why I made this resolution: “Of course, my main goal in 2019 is to read some of my backlist titles. I may need the help of a challenge such as ‘Beat the Backlist’ or ‘The Unread Shelf Project’, but I’m determined to get my TBR under control!”

How I’m doing so far: A couple of months ago, I would have said that I was doing a terrible job of keeping up with this goal. But I’ve recently been tackling a lot of backlist titles! I haven’t loved them all but at least I’ve ticked them off my list! I’m hoping to continue as I have been in the months to come.

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My Goodreads Goal: Read 50 Books

Why I made this resolution: In 2018, I set my Goodreads goal at 100 books and managed to beat it quite significantly. This year, I set it at a lower number in order to allow myself to read some of those tomes I talked about. And I want to get back to reading for fun, not just to beat a number!

How I’m doing so far: I recently upped this goal! I was always secretly aiming for 100. I’ve read 67 so far.

The 12 Books I Must Read In 2019!

While I’ve been tackling a lot of backlist titles, they unfortunately haven’t been the ones I set out in this list, oops. So far, I’ve read… 3. I’ve got another two on my tbr for this month but I definitely need to step it up with this goal! If you’d like to see the list of books, you can find it here.

So overall, I could be doing better but at least I have made some attempt on all of these and feel motivated to up my game for the rest of the year!

Did you make any reading resolutions? Are you sticking to them? Let me know in the comments! xsignature (2)

21 thoughts on “My 2019 Reading Resolutions: Time for a Recap!

  1. Great goals!! I feel you with the big books like they are so overwhelming but I have enjoyed a lot some of those that I have read hehe good luck with you Goodreads goal!! You are almost there 😀


  2. These are awesome goals, Alex and I’d say you really are on track, you can do this! I’d also love to read more and more books dealing with mental health, these kind of books matter to me a whole lot, too ❤ And YES! I can relate to the favorite authors thing: when I find a new author, it takes me AGES to get to their other books, if they have written other books, haha. Best of luck for all of these!! 🙂


  3. Love reading these posts. I also plan on reading more big books, and have been failing with your goal #3 as well. It’s been very rare that I read a favourite author’s backlist, even though I really want to.


  4. That’s awesome that you’ve been able to stay on track with so many of your resolutions! Especially reading backlist ones – that’s a goal I always struggle with! I also had the goal to read more nonfiction this year, and you’re doing much better than I am, since I’ve only read one so far…but I’ve still got a few months left! Good luck with all of these for the rest of the year!


  5. I’ve been doing okay with my reading goals, but like you there are some aspects I really need to work on. I want to read more award-winning works, though I’m hoping that the 2019 Hugo Awards will award one or more of the books I’ve already read. 😀 I’ve beaten my official Goodreads goal for the year also, but I’m not going to bother upping mine. 🙂

    I have the same problem you do with favorite authors, LOL. I don’t want to run out of their books either. Fortunately for me, one of my favorite authors is Seanan McGuire and she is INCREDIBLY prolific so I have many, many books of hers waiting for me.


    • Ooh well done for beating your Goodreads goal! I always have good intentions to read awards winners and then it never happens 😅

      Yes, she is SO prolific! I haven’t even started on her books yet 🙈


      • Thanks! It’s making me think I’ll need to really adjust my goal for next year. 🙂

        I haven’t read any of Seanan McGuire’s books under her Mira Grant pen-name, but those might be a good place for you to start? (If you’re interested, I mean.) They’re more thriller-y, I believe.


      • How does she have the time to write so much?! I’ve been thinking of starting with the Every Heart A Doorway series but they’re quite expensive to get hold of 😩


      • I really have no idea how she writes so much! Maybe your library has the Wayward Children series? I’ve read Every Heart a Doorway multiple times (and I’ve re-read most of the other books in that series already too) so I’ve gotten my money’s worth from the series. Not everyone will have the same experience with it, though. They aren’t cheap books, which makes it harder to justify them. They’re good, though!


  6. Oh my gosh, 67 books is amazing! Congratulations, love! ❤ I've been trying to read more books that focus on mental health as well, and I definitely could use a little improvement here! Haha! Hopefully I'll read more before the year is over. I have been making quite a bit of progress with backlist titles, so that's nice! I hope you smash all these goals by December, Alex! ❤


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