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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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™‚

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  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™‚

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  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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