December 31 is the time to set goals. I always set goals and then I forget about them once January is over, haha. By writing my goals down and sharing them on my blog, I hope it’ll be harder to give up on them. Feel free to call me out if I’m miserably failing throughout the year to accomplish these goals. Hopefully at the end of 2019 I can look back proudly.
(Also please appreciate this picture I took, because I slightly burned my foot because one of the sparks fell on it and there’s now a small hole in my floor. Don’t try this at home y’all. Whaha. At least I didn’t set my bookshelf on fire.)
At the end of every year I set a reading goal for the upcoming year and this time is no different. What is different, is that I am going to be taking my reading goal a lot more seriously. I am not going to tell how many books I read in 2018 because I am low key embarrassed by it. Last year I set the goal to read twelve books, at least one every month, because I was afraid I would feel too pressured by it otherwise. It’s not even weird that I haven’t read that much. I mean, for a big part of the year I was battling with schoolwork while working towards my graduation. I was definitely not in the mood to read after absorbing equation after equation and translating texts from Latin to Dutch. I did accomplish that goal of twelve books, though.
But now, at the end of the year when everyone is sharing they’ve accomplished their reading goals, I feel a bit disappointed in myself for not reading as much. I really envy people who read more than a hundred books a year and I aspire to be like that in the future. So I’m going to work on that.
In 2019 I want to read at least one book every one and a half week. So that’s roughly 35 books a year. On paper, I mean- on screen, that seems to be very doable. I hope it will be doable in reality as well. I made a spread in bullet journal to keep track of my progress. When I am abroad, I won’t be able to read physical copies, because I need all the space in my suitcase to pack all the stuff for a few weeks/months. I’ll have to figure out a way to still be able to read a few books without spending lots of money. (If you have any suggestions, please let me know!)
I also want to read most of the books that are on my shelves already. Some of them have been on there for quite a while now and they still interest me. It’s just that so many amazing books keep being published that I am a little bit overwhelmed sometimes. I also want to finish series I once started. I have been procrastinating on that, because I can’t remember from every series what happened in the first book, which means I have to reread it. But again: there are so many new books. AAAAHHH!
Since it’s my goal to read at least one book every one and a half week, I also hope to have at least one new review up on my blog in that time frame. I still have some old reviews left to post, so that shouldn’t be an impossible goal. I also want to work on writing down my thoughts while reading and I want to continue annotating books so reviewing becomes a bit easier. Also: stop procrastinating writing reviews.
I also want to figure out a blogging schedule. But that will be something I’ll have to figure out along the way. I did add a blog planner in my bullet journal, so fingers crossed that works for me. I want to post more often.
Another blogging goal is to engage more with other bloggers and to hopefully make some great friends.
Hopefully my blog will grow a lot in 2019. I love seeing the views and followers grow. Today, December 31, I reached a 100 followers on WordPress and I’m very happy about that. I’m curious what my follower count will be at the end of 2019!
I used to write almost every day a few years ago. I fell a bit out of touch with writing and I’d like to pick it up again. I’m certainly not the best writer, but I really enjoy reading my old work. I won’t set a word count goal or something like that, because that doesn’t work for me at all. But I do want to write on a more regular basis. (And maybe start posting on Wattpad again?)
Let me know what your goals for 2019 are and if you achieved your 2018 goals! How many books do you plan to read in 2019 for example?