Reading Goals for the Rest of 2018

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We have a little more than four months left in 2018, and I think it’s a good time to reevaluate my reading goals. This summer, I was hit with a massive reading slump and struggled to read anything for over three months. It was bad. I read, but not nearly as much as I’d like to and I didn’t enjoy anything as much as I could have. While I’m pretty sure I’ve gotten past it (mostly), it definitely affected my reading for the year. So I’m setting some realistic goals to accomplish in the next five months, with the hopes that I can still have an overall good reading year.

Finish all half-read books. I am majorly guilty of leaving books half-read, sometimes for months at a time. I want to start 2019 fresh, which means I have to finish all the books I’ve partially read. Namely: Unbound by Victoria Schwab, Seige & Storm by Leigh Bardugo, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (you might recognize this from 2015 – oops), and Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney. I actually enjoyed what I’ve read of all of these, but for some reason or another, they got put down and never picked back up.

Read at least one more classic. I definitely want to read more than one, but one seems like a more realistic goal. I’m currently rereading Pride & Prejudice, but I’d really like to fit another in as well.

Keep up with reading one Shakespeare play and one nonfiction book a month. Even through my reading slump, I still managed to do this, and I’m not giving up now!

Read some comics and graphic novels. Despite having quite a few on my TBR, I have read zero comics and graphic novels this year. Which is a shame, because I love them. I think a reasonable goal for myself is to read at least two. These will most likely end up being the most recent installments of I Hate Fairyland and Saga – I can’t believe I haven’t gotten to them yet!

Stop saving books for later. I have a bad habit of putting off books I want to read because they will better fit into a future TBR. For example, I’m currently in the mood for some Stephen King, but my first thought was to save it for October. I just need to read what I want to read, when I want to read it. It should be that simple.

I think I’m going to leave it at that, because four months is not that much time, and I want to get around to all of these.

Do you have any reading goals for the rest of the year? I’d love to hear them!

16 thoughts on “Reading Goals for the Rest of 2018

  1. I haven’t really thought about it but it’s nice to review your reading habits over this half year and set some goals for the remaining of the year! I myself personally hope to read more ARCs, and reading more classics like your goal is also something I’ve always wanted to do 🙂

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  2. I don’t have any goals per se… Apart from my ARCs, which I would like to get read and write the reviews in advance so I’m not running around like a headless chicken one week before they’re due out… But otherwise, I just read what I want when I want… I have a sort of schedule of new books I’ve ordered and want to review. I guess that’s a goal… But if it doesn’t happen when I planned, meh! Not going to stress myself over it. I love the idea of broadening my reading horizons with some goals though. I think maybe next year I’ll set myself some instead of NY resolutions 🙂

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      1. I’ve noticed since I started my book blog that there are certain kinds of books I don’t read as much of as I used to, and some types of things I don’t read at all… I’d love to read more translated works, different kinds of mystery novels, works about people from cultures different than my own, more poetry and ghost stories… plus there are sooo many classics I’ve missed! Definitely for next year!

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  3. I agree that you should just read what you want to read. I hit my slump when I got bogged down with all my book club reads and books I was reading for challenges. As soon I just started reading what I wanted, I got back on track. You need to finish “Something Wicked This Way Comes”. It’s so good. It definitely created a discussion in book club.

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    1. It’s definitely happening this year. I’ve really enjoyed what I read so far, so I need to continue.

      And, I agree – having to read certain things usually ends in a slump. I’m enjoying reading whatever I feel like.

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  4. If you want another couple of recommendations for graphic novels to read, check out Montress by Marjorie M. Liu, which is one of the most beautiful graphic novels I’ve ever read; and The Realm by Seth M. Peck, which is like The Hobbit meets Mad Max. They’re both delightful!

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