What Happened in 2018 & Some Resolutions for 2019

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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!

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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.

Some statistics/pie-charts 

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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.

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2019 resolution: read more diverse books. 

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As mentioned, contemporary & fantasy are reigning over my reading taste.

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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.

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✓/✘ 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.

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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!

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What are your goals for 2019?

Did you manage to reach most of your 2018 goals?

 

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20 thoughts on “What Happened in 2018 & Some Resolutions for 2019

  1. Kat Impossible says:

    I think you did really well with all your goals and I am glad you stuck with books you knew you’d like. That’s so important or you’ll end up in endless slumps haha I wish you all the best of luck for your 2019 goals. I think my only goal for the coming year is to get more involved again. I’ve been really slacking the second half of the year, but I am going to try my best to catch up.

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you very much, Kat! ❤
      I've been trying to care less about the hype and only read the books if I really think I might like them! I've read so many hyped books in the previous years and ended up with so many reading slumps that I didn't want to repeat it.
      That's one of my goals as well, Kat! I hope we both manage to be more involved and achieve a lot ❤

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  2. Arini says:

    I’d been a college senior, so I know what you’re talking about. 😢 I’m also bad at keeping things going. I had a hiatus from blogging for over a year, and now I’m catching up and starting over. 🙃 You’re awesome for trying and being able to pull through as much as you can! 💪 I had a pretty good reading year in 2018 too. Thankfully, I managed to overacheived my goal to read 70 books. Your reading goals for next year is pretty much the same as mine. I plan to up my reading goal by 10 books, read more science fiction and thriller (since I read mostly romance this year), and also be more active and present in all the bookish platforms I participate in. 🤓

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    • Marta says:

      It’s been so tragic, whenever I’m not doing much, I feel like I’m slacking and I get worried & anxious, so awful! 😦 I’m so happy with myself for keeping up with blogging for so long because I was worried I’ll stop posting at some point because I always have periods where I love something and then boom, I got bored of it or don’t feel like doing it anymore 😦
      So happy for you that you’ve been able to read more than 70 books, that’s a huge one! ❤
      Ohh, have you read some great romance books? I'm always on the lookout for them!

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      • Arini says:

        Omg, that’s true and so relatable. 😢 Cheers to self love and more confidence in 2019! 😇🤞 As for romance books, you should read books by Colleen Hoover and Mariana Zapata. CoHo writes the best romance that touches a lot of important subjects, ans MZ writes the best slow burn romance that gives you all the warm and fuzzy feelings. 😌😂 But in case you have read their books since they’re quite popular in this genre, other authors that might be worth your attention are K.A. Tucker (The Simple Wild), Elle Kennedy (The Chase), Emma Scott (The Butterfly Project and Forever Right Now), and Cambria Hebert (Amnesia Duology). 📚🤓

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you very much! ❤
      That's one of my goals as well as a blogger, I try to review every book that I read, sometimes that's hard to do though 😦
      Happy reading and I hope you have a great year and manage to accomplish your every goal!

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  3. Sophie Li says:

    Hey Marta!
    College is tough but good job on sticking it through with blogging and reading! I’d say 60 books in a year is super awesome 🙂 I love the graphs that you used to break down the genres you’ve read and the type of blog posts you’ve done. It’s a neat idea to wrap-up the year in reading/blogging. I might borrow that idea for my wrap-up post as well if that is okay 🙂
    Wishing you all the best for 2019!

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  4. Aurora Librialis says:

    This is a lovely list of goals, Marta! Mine are pretty similar to yours, I want to read diverse books and be more active in the community. I think blogging has changed my focus a little, so I don’t really care about the number of books I read anymore (I feel like most people say it’s the opposite, but I guess I’m weird) I just want to read good books, share my thoughts and have fun! Good luck with all your goals! 💕 I look forward to reading even more of your amazing discussions in 2019 😊

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  5. Marie says:

    I think you did pretty well with your goals Marta, I’m proud of you! ❤ ❤ I'm glad you got out of your comfort zone and most importantly, that you read books that you enjoyed, that's the most important thing ever and what we should really focus on 🙂
    Best of luck for all of your resolutions, I'm sure you'll do amazing! 🙂 I also want to finish more series I've started, I tend to always start new ones and never finish them hahaha.
    You can do this! ❤ ❤

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  6. Caro @ bookcheshirecat says:

    Good luck with your 2019 goals and happy new year! 🎆❤
    It looks like you got a lot accomplished in 2019, I’m happy to see that you had a good reading year and managed to read lots of intimidating books and those that were out of your comfort zone! 🙂 I really enjoyed reading all of your discussion posts! I’m not that good at writing them myself, but reading them on other blogs is always a delight 😄

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  7. Lois says:

    Fair play for sticking to a lot of those goals. That’s so impressive. I think know the type of books you’re likely to enjoy helps so much in the long run of things, it’s why I’m not ashamed to admit I can be picky with books.

    I think my main goal of 2019 is to be more engaged in the community, especially in terms of blog hopping and with that get better at time management and finding that work/life balance.

    Happy New Year. Good luck with the goals and I hope 2019 is the best year yet!!

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  8. ioana @dragonwaffles says:

    YOU ARE. SUCH. A BLOGGING INSPIRATION! Look at all you’ve accomplished all while going to uni! Seriously your motivation and love for blogging are 12/10 ❤️!!

    And congrats on 60 books!!!!! And NO 1 STARS!!!!! That is so impressive.

    honestly this comment is just a bunch of exclamation marks at this point lol lol let me fangirl over your amazingess

    I want to read Sapiens this year too! And The Poet X and Circe. I own all of them so just gotta get on my TBR hahahha ahem HELP?

    Good luck with your 2019 goals I’M SURE YOU’LL DO AWESOME and I can’t wait for another year of blogposts from you!!!

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  9. may says:

    i SERIOUSLY love your pie charts!! theyre so cute and ugh you’re so fancy and organized. you did REALLY well with your goals, im prouddd 💖💖 your discussion posts are so fantastic and we’re so blessed to have you writing them, can’t wait to see what 2019 is going to bring for us all

    good luck with all your goals 💖

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  10. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    I think overall you did really well with your resolutions for 2018. 60 books is still a lot of books (even without the additional one or two you may have gotten through between posting this and the end of the year) and based on the ratings you gave those books it seems like the majority of them you really enjoyed, which is obviously the main thing when it comes to reading. 🙂
    Also you have some great resolutions for this year too. Reading more diverse/own voices books and reading more out of my comfort zone are two I have for every year as well, I never normally keep track of whether I manage that but I always make the effort throughout the year
    Great post, and good luck with your 2019 resolutions. 🙂 ❤

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