Hey everyone! I assume I’m not alone in wanting to plan for 2018. Especially in terms of reading plans. And you know what we’re going to need, more than anything else? Some goals.
And maybe more importantly to you, some feedback on those goals. A few of these have questions attached to them about what books I should read first and second! I’m going to post a twitter thread of polls for goals #1, #2, #4, and #6.
Maybe we should call it #pollsforgoals.
I’M SO SORRY.)
so please, guys, feel free to vote on my Twitter!
1. Read a series per month
The last half of 2017 was the year of desperately wanting to binge series and never actually bingeing them. I am a person who tends to read full series all at once. No breaks. But this year, I was trying not to buy too many books, causing full series to languish on my shelf. So my new goal is to binge a series every month rather than simply ignoring my series.
A few of the series on my list to start right now are: Truthwitch, The Fifth Season, Tiny Pretty Things, and This Savage Song. These are all series I OWN in physical form, although sometimes only the first book, so please no write-ins for this question!
2. Finish all arcs I’m DEFINITELY excited about 2 months before release
This was something I sucked at last year. This was something I sucked at last year; I kept putting off arcs I genuinely wanted to read because I felt overwhelmed. Solution? Have less arcs.
And guess what? This one comes with a poll! I technically have 12 January and February arcs, but I have to decide what to read first. So, a poll: should I start with The Apocalypse of Ella Mendoza, The Hazel Wood, Nice Try Jane Sinner, OR The Last To Let Go?
3. Request less digital arcs
Last year and at the beginning of this year, I was receiving 98% of the arcs I got from a local bookstore. This year, I started doing Edelweiss and Netgalley far more. And honestly, I don’t know if I’m happy about it. Many of the books I’ve picked up have been so mediocre I haven’t wanted to finish, and from now on, I’m only going to request books that I am genuinely super interested in reading. And try to read them ASAP, even if I have other outstanding titles on netgalley: new ones are the priority.
4. Read as many arcs as possible right after I get them
Related to my last goal! This was something I sucked at last year; I kept putting off arcs I genuinely wanted to read because I wanted to save until the release dates. One solution? Get less arcs at a time. And also avoid scheduling book reading; I kept planning to read books last year that I’d then fail to get to because it felt like a responsibility. So we’re going to avoid that as much as possible.
This one ALSO comes with a poll. On top of my twelve Jan-Feb arcs, I have THIRTEEN March-July arcs. Two are from March, three from April, six from May, and one each from June and July. So, a POLL: Which arc should I cheat and read ahead of time, out of Girl Made of Stars, Nothing Happened, and The Astonishing Color of After?
5. Read more owned books than I received new books
I have spent a year bragging to myself about how I always read more than I buy / receive. Which is very very true. Exceptionally true. But also bullshit. Why? Because I read so many library books.
Let me explain. For all of last year, my school library was mostly closed. In years past, I have gotten 70-80% of my books from the school library. So I had a reason, this year, to actually buy books, especially as I tried to read more obscure books that my public library didn’t have either.
I feel like you can guess where this is going. My library is back. And I simply don’t have as much a need to buy books anymore, you know? Especially many popular 2012 series that I’ve been planning to catch up on.
I mean, if anyone’s seen my hauls from the last three months, I have literally hauled 90% arcs month after month. And usually my only physical books are books I’ve already read or books I’ve received as gifts. So this is not a hard goal, just one to keep in mind.
6. Continue with my 260 books goal… or downsize?
NOW HERE COMES THE CONTROVERSY. Should I stick to trying to read five books a week, or should I go down to four? Junior year has been super, super stressful, and I frankly read longer books nowadays than I did in years past. Should I simply move down to 250? Who knows. But let me know in the poll!
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time! Hope you all have productive finals weeks.