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A Quick Look Back At My 2018 Reading Goals: Was I Successful?


Last year, I set up a few bookish goals for myself at the beginning of 2018! I think it’s about time we look back and see if I was even remotely successful in accomplishing any of them! I think we always assume that it’s going to be easy to stick to our goals for the year, but then we loo back and think damn…I didn’t do a single thing I said I was going to! This could go either really well or pretty terribly, so buckle up!

Firstly, let’s take a look at the goals that I set for myself:

Try to use the library more often.
No more requesting/accepting ARCs unless a most anticipated read.
Read more backlist titles.
DNFing is okay.
More original content.

So, was I successful? Let’s go through each goal one by one and see!


Try to use the library more often.

I’m going to give myself this one. While I wasn’t successful in using the physical library, I did use the Overdrive app quite a bit this year to borrow audiobooks from my library! Audiobooks have been a huge help for me as I don’t always have the time to pick up a physical book, but I definitely have time to listen to some while I do my make-up in the morning or while I fold my laundry. Audiobooks are basically the reason I’m able to read as many books as I do every year!


No more requesting/accepting ARCs unless a most anticipated read.

I think I did A LOT better in being picky about the ARCs that I accept. In terms of going out of my way to request books this year, I barely did unless it was a highly anticipated read which I’m super happy with. I think I’m going to continue with this trend in even bigger and better ways next year. Stay tuned for my 2019 Bookish Resolutions to find out more about that!


Read more backlist titles.

Hmm. Please hold, let me do a quick count of backlist titles that I read this year…Okay I’m back! Looks like I read a total of 59 books that were released prior to 2018 and 49 books that were released this past year a.k.a. I was basically succesful! This is going to be another huge priority of mine next year as I have way too many books that have been sitting on my shelves for even longer than I’d like to admit.


DNFing is okay.

Okay. Well here’s the thing…I think I DNF’d maybe 2 or 3 books this year. This could be looked at two ways, 1) I read a lot of great books this year! or 2) I was too chicken shit to DNF books I wasn’t really enjoying once again. I can think of a couple of instances in which I should have totally DNFd a book but didn’t for whatever dumb reason. This WILL change next year. I’m getting old and have no time to waste friends.


More original content.

I think I started to become more successful with this goal towards the end of the year! I’m finding that writing review is becoming harder and harder for me, whereas I really enjoy putting together lists and other fun posts like that. I may have to find a way to integrate the two next year!

There you have it! You know, I think I was a lot more successful than I thought I would have been when I decided to look back at my previous goals! I do think I could have done better, but there’s always next year! Stay tuned for my new 2019 goals coming soon!

Thank you for reading!

4 thoughts on “A Quick Look Back At My 2018 Reading Goals: Was I Successful?

    1. Thank you so much! I think I could have done better, but I am ultimately happy with how my year went! I can’t wait to see your 2019 goals…even if you may not stick to them haha! πŸ™‚


  1. You did an amazing job! I definitely should try and utilize the library more but I hate the voice in the back of my mind saying I need to rush to finish it so I can return it in time lol. Great post! πŸ™‚


  2. Great goals for 2018, and sounds like you did really well with them! I’m ashamed to say, I haven’t been in an actual library in years. It’s sheer laziness… I really need to up my game on that one!


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