Hey lovelies! I thought I’d take a bit of a look back at the reading goals I made for myself last year and see how I did!
I already did a mid-year recap which you can read here if you’re interested 🙂
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 did: I read quite a few books with mental health themes (some unintentionally). However, at the start of 2019, I posted a picture on Instagram of some titles I was planning to read and by the end of the year I had read exactly… none of them. Very disappointed in myself. Turns out telling myself I have to read certain books kinda puts me off reading them?
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 did: I did really well with this one! I picked up a lot of chunky books and really enjoyed them. So I’d call this one a success! And it’s definitely something I want to continue with in 2020.
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 did: Nope, failed spectacularly with this one. I don’t know what my issue is, I think it’s just fear. Which I know is irrational because most of my favourite authors are still writing and so will (hopefully) bring out more books! I need to wise up. I did read a couple more Christina Henry books but I definitely can’t count this as a success.
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 did: I read a few non-fiction titles but nowhere near as many as I had planned. The issue here was that I would have had to actually acquire the books and I didn’t feel right doing that with so many fiction titles already filling my shelves. (Before anyone suggests the library, I live in Northern Ireland and our libraries are not the best!)
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 did: It wasn’t amazing but I feel like I did better than the previous year? I’ve come to realise that us bookworms tend to make this same resolution every year and then struggle to resist all the shiny new releases coming out every month. It’s something I’m trying to be self-aware about going forward. And I hope in 2020 to find more of a balance between the new releases and the backlist titles.
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 did: I upped my goal about halfway through the year as I realised I was going to smash it! I ended up reading 112 books in 2019.
The 12 Books I Must Read In 2019!
As I previously mentioned, I came to realise that telling myself I HAVE to read a book means I’m far less likely to do so. The ones I read from this list I picked up when I was genuinely in the mood for them but the timing never felt right for the others and I didn’t want to force myself to read them just to tick them off a list. So most of them are still waiting patiently on my shelves for the day I’m in the mood for them 😉
Overall, I don’t feel I did very well with my reading goals for 2019. But I do feel as if they taught me a lot about myself and that’s why I’m not making ANY resolutions for 2020. I want to just read things when the time feels right and hopefully discover lots more favourites that way ❤
Have you made any bookish goals for this year? Let me know in the comments! x