Well hello, my bookish friends. It’s that time of year again when we come up with all sorts of goals and resolutions that
will get forgotten about by March we’ll totally reach by the end of the year!
Every December, I sit down and think about all the things that went well and (more often) didn’t go well in the past year and how I want to improve them. And most of the time, these goals and resolutions revolve around books in some way because blogging and talking books is a big part of my life. With that, I give you my epic list of things I want to accomplish in 2019!
I always set some sort of reading goal as well as sub goals and this year is no different. Will I hit these? I have no idea. And many of these also overlap so there’s that.
Read 100 books in 2019. This past year, I set my goal at 365 because the previous year went so well. And then I read less than a third of that and had to lower it. So for 2019, I want to make it a challenge, but a reasonable challenge.
Read 1 backlist book for every 1 new release. This might be tough initially while I catch up on review books but I want to even out my reading
Read 50 books off my shelf. Meaning 50 books that I owned PRIOR to 2019 that I haven’t read yet. I have hundreds. Shouldn’t be an issue.
Read (and review) 20 backlog titles. Oh, NetGalley. When I came back from my college hiatus I forgot how easy it is to go overboard requesting eARCs and I’m still paying for it so. . . that’s on here.
(Attempt to) read 5 YA contemporaries. I don’t like the genre. I can count on one hand the YA contemporary novels I actually enjoyed. And the number I didn’t is easily triple that. But I want to keep expanding my reading and have a few books I think are important to at least try.
Along with my personal reading goals, I’ll be participating in a few reading challenges, both formally and informally.
Beat the Backlist
This is my own reading challenge here on NovelKnight. The goal is to simply read books on your TBR that are considered “backlist.” In this case, it’s anything published in 2018 or earlier. I have 24 books I’m planning to read next year for this challenge but hope to add more to that list!
A to Z Challenge
There are a few variations of this challenge floating around where you read a book that has a title starting with each letter of the alphabet for 26 books total. I’m not signing up for any one challenge but going to track this in my new planner from Little Inkling Designs which has a place for it. Just for fun!
I’ll be matching my GR challenge to my total books read goal of 100 and just leaving it at that. I think I can reach that since I’m nearly at 100 books for 2018 and it was a rough year.
On the Blog
Post 3 times a week minimum. I totally slacked off on the blog this year but really want to get back to it. I have 2 weekly features planned for Beat the Backlist, and I’d like to make sure I’m posting at least one book review a week too because I have so many books to read!
Update the pre-order incentive page weekly (when applicable). I do try to do this now but sometimes it gets away from me. But I know it’s a popular page so I want to make sure it has the most up-to-date info I can provide.
Do NOT update the blog theme every few months. I am terrible about this. Horrible. I can’t seem to find one theme that fits me and my vision for this blog and I THINK I have it now? But even if I don’t I can’t just keep changing it over and over so personal goal here.
Review books within 1 week of finishing them. I am SO so bad about not reviewing books right away and then they all build up and I get stressed and end up in a slump where I’m not reading or reviewing anything. Not. Good. Really need to stick to this one.
Increase NetGalley feedback ratio to 100%. I’m proud of myself that I’m in the 80’s right now but I want to hit that 100% mark in 2019, clear out my backlog and be able to request at my leisure without feeling pressure or guilt.
Get approved for 5 books on Edelweiss. I almost NEVER get approved on Edelweiss for anything. Like ever. Complete opposite on NetGalley. But EW has titles that aren’t on NG and I’d like to finally hit that point where I can at least get approved for SOME things on EW. Maybe. Hopefully.
I’ve been working really hard at improving my bookstagram page, focusing on photo quality and captions to improve engagement. The more people looking at my photos, the more people are seeing books I love and want to promote!
Reach 6000 followers. I mean, ideally, I’ll hit 10,000 so I can finally use the link share in insta stories (pretty much my sole reason for wanting to hit 10K) but I want to make this a realistic goal. I gained well over 2000 followers this year so I want to set that same pace for next year!
Post 3 times a day, every day. I do this now as much as possible and it works well for me so I want to keep it going.
At least one post each day highlights a backlist book. As part of my effort to be more involved in my own reading challenge, I want to share a backlist book recommendation or highlight a book I’m excited to read each day on my instagram so other readers can discover it too!
Take photos at least a day in advance. I stress myself out so much right now because I don’t have a lot of time and end up taking my photos the morning I post them, in the early hours of the morning before work. It’s not fun and I want to enjoy sharing so starting to plan more in advance is the plan.
Comment on at least 75% of the posts I like. I’m really good at scrolling through my feed and liking photos but not so good about leaving a comment too. It’s usually late at night, I don’t want to put a lot of effort in, and so I’m not interacting as much as I could be. Something I’d like to change.
I think that’s more than enough to keep me busy in 2019!
Do you set goals for yourself each year? What do you hope to accomplish in 2019?