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!