Here it is! My 2018 Reading Round Up! This year I tried to complete a few challenges, and while I didn’t complete them all, I am still content with what I did. I started listening to audiobooks more this year and actually got really into them which is a plus, too.
Favorite Reads of the Year
Creatures of Light (Creatures of Light #3), by Emily B. Martin
The Hazel Wood, by Melissa Albert
By a Charm and a Curse, by Jaime Questell
The Queen’s Rising, by Rebecca Ross
Heart of Iron, by Ashley Poston
Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland
Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1), by Amanda Foody
Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery
His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire #1), by Naomi Novik
Stay Sweet, by Siobhan Vivian
Sanctuary, by Caryn Lix
We Regret to Inform You, by A. E. Kaplan
Seventh Born, by Monica Sanz
For a Muse of Fire, by Heidi Heilig
Ruby Red, by Kerstin Gier (trilogy)
Dream a Little Dream, by Kerstin Gier (Silver Trilogy)
The Confectioner’s Guild, by Claire Luana
Slayer, by Kiersten White
Rosemarked, by Livia Blackburne
Challenges/Goals from 2018
Beat the Backlist 2018 (To read books published before 2018)
Personal Goal of Books to Read: 20
Books Read: 39
Finishing the Series 2018 (To finish/catch up on series that were previously started prior to the start of 2018.)
Personal Goal of Series to Finish: 5-8
Series of Books Actually Finished: 4
Challenge: Incomplete (but oh so close. It was those rereads, man. But I did finish a 9-book series that I had only had 2 books read of at the start so…)
Shelf-Love Crate Reading Challenge: 39/50 Completed
Shelf-Love Crate A to Z Reading Challenge: 20/26 Completed
Personal Challenge: 70 Books
Total Books Read: 88
Goal for Next Year: 80 books
Now, let’s look back at the goals I set myself at the beginning of 2018 and see how well I did:
- Requesting less egalleys from Edelweiss because I really want to start reading for myself again – Well I definitely cut back and made sure I only requested ones that were ones I was highly anticipating or sounded extremely good. It still ended up being a lot though. And I made the mistake of starting a Net Galley account so….I’ll give myself a B- for effort?
- Reading more of the many ebooks I have acquired on my Kindle (maybe one per month hopefully) – Yeah no this one definitely didn’t happen. I think I read maybe one or two? I’m reading one right now at least. D-
- Continue reading more Shakespeare. – Major F. Did not even pick up one.
- Maybe finally start on my goal of finally reading all of Tamora Pierce’s books (I’ve read the Circle of Magic and the Circle Opens books time and again, but I haven’t really ever gotten into the Tortall books except for the Immortals quartet). – Another F.
- Blog more – Not in the way I wanted. I definitely kept up with posting reviews, but in terms of creating new content on here? Eh I’d give myself a C for added variety.
- Stop ending all of my reviews in a paragraph starting with the word “Overall.” Seriously, I gotta work on something better than that. – A- for sure. I definitely paid attention to this one (but there were also a couple of lazy reviews where I just didn’t care enough.)
Most Anticipated of 2019
King of Scars, by Leigh Bardugo
King of Fools (The Shadow Game #2), by Amanda Foody
Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1), by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Once & Future, by Amy Rose Capetta &Cori McCarthy
A Curse So Dark and Lonely, by Brigid Kemmerer
Four Dead Queens, by Astrid Scholte
The Queen’s Resistance (The Queen’s Rising #2), by Rebecca Ross
Soul of Stars (Heart of Iron #2), by Ashley Poston
Containment (Sanctuary #2), by Caryn Lix
Crown of Feathers, by Nicki Pau Preto
Spectacle, by Jodie Lynn Zdrok
Sky Without Stars (System Divine #1), by Jessica Brody
Hot Dog Girl, by Jennifer Dugan
Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1), by Elizabeth Lim
Bloodwitch (The Witchlands #3), by Susan Dennard
The Fever King (Feverwake #1), by Victoria Lee
A Question of Holmes (Charlotte Holmes #4), by Brittany Cavallaro
Goals for 2019
- Challenges: As of now, I don’t plan on joining any official challenges this year (this might change because I am debating about doing the Finishing the Series challenge again UPDATE: I did) because I just want to read for myself as much as possible and not feel like I’m letting down this abstract concept that is a personal challenge. I still want to work on making dents in my TBR piles (the ones scattered throughout my room and on my Kindle) as well as continue finishing series I’ve already started (which will also help with diminishing those TBR piles).
- BLOG MORE. This includes adding new things to my blog aside from reviews. Throwback Thursday is one I want to do, as well as maybe something like Recommendation Wednesday or something. I’m not sure about that last one. More discourses too. Just, something to break up the monotony of this blog. And maybe change up the look of it too to make it more eye-catching.
- LESS E-GALLEYS. Ugh I just…I have all these books I want to read so badly that I request them instantly and regret it later when I have like 5 egalleys I need to read in one month and am not in the mood for like half of them.
- I think I would like to try to read more middle grade books I have lying around….I work in the Children’s department at B&N and I really want to be able to recommend more titles to people with actual knowledge of the story (it’s so funny when customers ask me how I know so much about all the books – because I shelve them, duh.)
- I am going to try to make my own-but-not-yet-read shelf on Goodreads smaller than my read shelf. It’s just getting out of hand….