A new year has come and with it the chance for a fresh start. At the beginning of a new year, many people set goals to lose weight or to exercise more. Here at Pathologically Literate, my resolutions tend to take more of a bookish bent. Indeed, a new year calls for new reading goals (and new books!). In 2018, I’m challenging myself to read bigger and better – and hope to take you along for the ride! Here are five of my Bookish Resolutions for 2018 that I hope will lead me to new books, characters, and authors to adore.
1. Read a minimum of 200 books in 2018
In 2017, I surpassed my goal of reading 175 books by instead reading a whopping 229 books. Thus, in 2018 my goal for the 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge is to read a minimum of 200 books. Homeschooling high school has proven to be soul-sucking time-consuming but as always, reading was my salvation in 2017, and I’m hoping it will continue to be so in 2018.
2. Continue to read *more* more diverse books
I’ve made it a goal of mine since the beginning of 2015 to read more books written by or about people of all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. Unfortunately, good intentions don’t necessarily translate into good results without mindful action. In 2016, I read 37 books that were written by or about people of diverse experiences. One of my resolutions in 2017 was to be more intentional about the books I chose in order to increase this number. I’m happy to say that in 2017 I read 118 books that were written by or about people of diverse experiences, almost triple that of the year before. While this is encouraging, I still feel it is not enough. Thus, it is still a goal for me to be more intentional about the books I choose this year in order to read more diversely.
3. Read more non-fiction
I read nine works of non-fiction in 2017. NINE, y’all. Most of which were cookbooks or dog training manuals. I feel this is unacceptable, as I think it is my responsibility to contribute to self-improvement and self-awareness by reading more about the world around me. Now, obviously, Fiction is my jam. I do admittedly shy away from Non-Fiction, however, I have a plan of action. I’m going to start small, and hope that things grow from there. To begin with I intend to read a minimum of one Non-Fiction book per month in 2018. Not only that, but the book must be something of substance – cookbooks do not count toward this goal. I’m hoping to start off in January with Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.
4. Read more books from my tbr list
Now, I know I’m not the only one with an out-of-control To-Be-Read list. However, my current TBR count on Goodreads is a whopping 596 books – and that’s just my official TBR list!! I know that it would be an absolutely impossible goal to not add more books to the list in 2018. Instead, my goal is to whittle down my existing list as much as possible by reading the books that are already on it. You see, I tend to have an “Ooooh, shiny!!” approach to books, where the books I check out from the library or purchase from the store are completely different than those on my TBR. I did whittle the list down a slight bit in 2017, however, I plan to do so even more in 2018. The last book added to my TBR in 2017 was The Place Between Breaths by An Na. Let this be the bookmark that lets us know where books began to be added vs. read in 2018. We’ll check back next year to compare…
5. Continue to develop my presence on Pathologically Literate
In 2017 I made it a goal to pay more attention to the Pathologically Literate blog. I had gone from posting daily when I first created the blog a few years ago to posting only a few times a year. Last year I wound up posting a monthly roundup of my reading as well as a few other posts here and there. While this wasn’t exactly the presence I’d hoped to foster, it was more time than I had spent the previous year, so we’ll call that a win. In 2018, I would like to increase my presence on this blog even more. I hope to continue with my monthly bookish roundups, share other bookish fun, as well as write about our adventures in homeschooling and life in general in the Pathologically Literate household. Hold on to your hats, y’all – I’m breathing some fresh air into this little ol’ blog!
It is my hope that 2018 will be a year of change – for the better – for our country and for us as individuals. I hope that for myself it is going to be a year of good reads, good writing, and good times. I sincerely hope you are here with me for the journey. Happy Reading in the New Year, y’all!!