How many books are you planning to read in 2018?
I really wanted to aim for 100 books in 2018. However, I really don’t want to push myself this year. In the later months of the year I tend to push myself to read so I can reach my goal of 100 and it stresses me out. I then tend to read without any connection to the book and its characters. My concentration dwindles then I’m just reading words. Usually this means I have to reread chapters and it ends up being even more time consuming and I get nowhere. So I’ve decided to set my target between 80-100. This gives me leeway and If I don’t manage 100 by the end of the year it’s not the end of the world and there is definitely no need to stress.
Name 5 books that you didn’t get to this year but want to make priority in 2018.
1 – Wayfarer, Alexandra Braken
I read Passenger last year and fell in love with the time travelling tale. I did intend to read Wayfarer upon its release and it has been in a number of by TBRs throughout the year. When it got to reading this book either I haven’t been in the mood for it or other books have been priority. I will read this book in 2018.
2 – The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
I still can’t believe I haven’t read this book yet. I have heard nothing but rave reviews about it and I cannot wait to pick it up in the new year. It is on my TBR bookshelf ready and waiting.
3 – The Wrath and the Dawn, Renée Ahhdieh
I think that this book was originally published in 2015 so it’s not a new release. My friend recently read this and the sequel ‘The Rose and the Dagger’. She loved them both and recommend them to me when we were ranting about reading slumps. I also have ‘The Wrath and the Dawn’ on my TBR shelf ready to be picked up.
4 – A Darker Shade of Magic, V. E. Schwab
Yet another series that I have been meaning to read for so very long and have not yet got to. I’ve been told it’s the perfect series to read to pull myself out of one of my many reading slumps. I was in Waterstones several months ago complaining to a member of staff that I was stuck in a rut and did not know what to read. She persuaded me to buy the first book in the series but as usual I picked up other books instead. I have not decided if I want to read it in January, or wait until a new slump takes over so I have something to pull me back out of it.
5 – My Lady Jane, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows
Another book that I have heard nothing but good things about. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to pick it up. It’s been in my to buy list fo so long and I am excited to get to this in the new year before ‘My Plain Jane’ is released.
What genre do you want to read more of?
There are two genres I would like to read more of in 2018.
If I’m not in a ‘book crazy’ mood (term created by my boyfriend to describe me on a daily basis) I’m usually obsessing over something history related. Whether it’s real life documentaries or television series’ that are set in a period of history it is probably going to gain all of my attention. Especially anything pre 1940s. Yes I know that the TV shows may not be historically accurate but they’re so entertaining and by the end of the series you can guarantee I’m on a research mission. I am really hoping to pick up more historical fiction throughout 2018.
I love reading an enthralling fantasy series, especially in the winter months. There is something magical when you read a good fantasy book on a cold winter day. Curled up on the sofa with a cuppa and a warm blanket. I don’t select many myself as I don’t have the confidence to choose them. If that even makes sense. I just seem to have trouble finding something that actually grabs my attention. I usually wait for a recommendation from friends or search through blogs and youtube for reviews. This is a genre I would love to read more of in 2018.
Name 3 non book related goals for 2018.
1 – Stop stressing
I stress over EVERYTHING! Stress then causes anxiety and then I work myself up and stress even more. It’s a vicious cycle that I live through on a daily basis. I know it’s not really a goal as I don’t have a specific outcome but it is something I would like to work on throughout the year.
2 – Decorate my house
The boyfriend and I bought our first home this year and after six months a total of two rooms have been decorated. Kind of. The paint work still needs to be finished in our kitchen and a few pieces of furniture are needed for our living room. However, we still have a total of 7 rooms to decorate.
3 – Live healthier
I say this every year and for the first 6 months I seem to do pretty well. Until summer hits and instead of all the salad I want just barbecues and all of the bread! My Dad changed his lifestyle this year and has done amazing so I plan to take a leaf out of his book and work hard. It’ll be worth it in the end! Hopefully.
What is a book you have had forever that you still need to read?
Testament of Youth, Vera Brittain
I saw the 2014 film adaptation of this movie a while ago and fell in love with the story. A few months later whilst at a market I found a copy of the book for about £1.50. It has been on my bookshelf for forever. My work colleague has read it and she is constantly asking if I have read it and why. It is a long book and I think that is what is causing the avoidance. However, I do intend to ready this book before the end of winter.
What is one word that you are hoping 2018 will be?
Leave your comments and let me know what books you didn’t read this year that you will be making priority in 2018!
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