Hey, lovelies! I’m Marta and I’m getting quite nostalgic here because yet another year has come and gone. I’m truly happy that I’m still blogging despite my awful time management skills and how nerve-racking it is to be a college senior. And also because I’m bad at being constant with my hobbies (not including reading), but for now, you’re stuck with me for better or worse.
My introductions are getting longer and sappier, I’m sorry for that!
This post is going to include a revision of my 2018 goals, we’ll see what I’ve achieved and what I still have to work on. Then, we’ll talk a bit about 2019, I have to be realistic with my goals and don’t go overboard because I still have a thesis to write and a final exam and graduation and just ugh. Sounds like many hiatuses are coming. I hope scheduling will help me go through these.
Let’s get into the actual post! More work, less complaining!
Reading in 2018
✘ Read 100 books or more.
Didn’t happen this year, I’ve only read 60 books as I’m writing this post, I’ll probably read a book or two more until the end of the year. But surely, I won’t be able to meet this goal. I don’t regret it, to be honest, because I’ve read some huge books that had intimidated me for a long time like The Goldfinch, which definitely took up a lot of days that I could have used to read shorter books to meet this goal.
✓ Read more books from genres that are out of my comfort zone.
This one is tricky because I’ve read quite a few picture books, non-fiction books, some mystery books and quite a few historical fiction. Not as many as I should have, probably, but fantasy and contemporary are always going to be a priority. I’ll call it a success because I probably read more books that were out of my comfort zone than last year.
✓/✘ Read some nonfiction books, especially psychology.
As mentioned before, I’ve read quite a few non-fiction books, but all of them were focused on feminism. I’m also currently reading Sapiens (maybe I’ll finish it by the end of the year), but that’s not really focused on psychology either, more on anthropology. I guess I could count the many textbooks I’ve read, I’m a bit burnout after reading all those (most of them being quite bad) to read some other psychology books (that might be better, though).
✓ Read at least 5 high-fantasy books
This one also feels like a loss since I think what I’ve had in mind while writing this objective was tackling huge high fantasy books – like Brandon Sanderson’s. And that’s not really what I did. UGH. I’ve read some high-fantasy book this year, but they were still pretty low-key and not very challenging or out of my comfort zone. But I’m going to give this win to myself anyway.
✘ Have a 80% ratio on Netgalley
I was definitely very optimistic while writing that post. I currently have a 52% ratio on Netgalley, I also received a few ARCs recently which is why it’s quite low. But I don’t think it’s ever been close to 80% during this year, sadly.
I’m so bad at this.
Fortunately, it’s going to be bigger soon as I’m close to finishing The Proposal and maybe a few more as well.
✓ Have fun & enjoy most books I read
I had quite a great year reading-wise, I don’t have any 1 star rating because I’ve only went for books that I thought I might enjoy and I’m starting to be exceptional at knowing what I like. I had a few reading slumps, during which reading wasn’t any fun, but despite them, I would say reading has become even more entertaining as a blogger because I get to do buddy-reads from time to time, I get to share my opinion with you, guys, it all seems less solitary if that makes any sense.
I think this graph reflects very well what happened with my reading in 2018, most books I’ve read were good, but not exceptional, not so good that they became instant favorites. They were more like 4 stars/3 stars with some obvious exceptions. I just checked my list with five stars reads and they are all books I’ve raved about here on the blog from Sadie & The Poet X to Circe & To Kill a Kingdom.
2019 resolution: read more diverse books.
As mentioned, contemporary & fantasy are reigning over my reading taste.
Blogging in 2018
✓ Have 100+ blog posts written.
I’ve written 70+ posts this year and I currently have 154 posts. This one was a easy one though, I was already at 70 posts then, so I only had to write 30 more.
✓ Write more discussion posts.
I’ve written 15 discussion posts, which I consider to be a good number since they take a lot of time and I always try to find subjects that are relevant and important to me. I love that I managed to write so many.
✓/✘ Start a book club.
I did start a book club in 2018, but after the first month, I realized that I might not have enough time to do it. And I’m also too much of a moody reader to stick to such a thing as reading a certain book in a month. I’m sad about it, but glad that I’ve tried it.
✘ Support more indie authors.
Hopefully next year…
✓/✘ Comment more, engage more, befriend more bloggers
I met some amazing friends through blogging, but I still feel like I’m not using it as much as I should to interact with others. I try to comment (at least) back, but some months I just can’t do it because of other responsibilities. I feel like I’ve been quite active during summer, but not so much since college started.
Reading Resolutions for 2019
1. Read more diverse books, especially own-voices.
2. Read more books that are out of my comfort-zone.
3. Try to have a decent Netgalley ratio.
4. Finish more series that I’ve started.
Blogging Resolutions for 2019
1. Blog hop more, be more active and engage more with the community.
2. Continue to write discussion posts and come up with more original ideas.
3. Collaborate with some bookish brands.
4. Just continue to blog and don’t stop sharing your opinion no matter how low you can feel sometimes.
I think that’s it, I’m going to keep it more realistic this year especially since I might have to take a few breaks from blogging here and there. I hope you had an amazing year, reading-wise, blogging-wise and just life-wise! And I wish 2019 will be even better for you!
What are your goals for 2019?
Did you manage to reach most of your 2018 goals?