First of all, I can’t believe how fast 2018 went by. It feels like just yesterday my husband and I were out at our friend’s place playing tabletop games and bringing in the new year…and now it’s almost time to do that again!
I usually have a few reading goals going on throughout the year and 2019 will be no different. First, let’s take a look at how I’ve done this past year.
Goodreads Reading Challenge – Goal: 120 books. Actual: 204 books. Woohoo! I really didn’t expect to read so much this year, I’m not sure what happened.
r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge – Goal: Fill out the card between April 1st, 2018 and March 31st, 2019. Actual: Well, this one is still in progress, but so far I’ve gotten all the squares filled out except for one, so doing pretty darn good!
Catching Up on Series – Goal: Read a lot of sequels and finish off some series I’ve started. Actual: Well, at least 65 books I read out of my 200 books were sequels to fantasy series. I know a large chunk were non-fantasy books and several stand-alone novels, so I’m thinking I actually did pretty good with this goal! I caught up with several series and finished about 17 off. I’ll know details more once I update my reading spreadsheet and go through my stats.
Dresden Files – Goal: Complete the series up to current point. Actual: Huzzah! Goal met!
Goodreads Reading Challenge – I’m setting this one at 100 books. If I get a huge head start I may up it in number like I did this past year. I don’t want to be too ambitious though because you never know what lies ahead.
r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge – This is a challenge that I’ve created and run for the reddit r/fantasy forum for the last four years. I need to finish my last square for the 2018 bingo (you can find the current card and details linked here). Then the new one starts in April. I haven’t even started drafting the new card yet, I’m super behind, haha, whoops! I usually don’t have problems with this challenge because I read so widely within the genre that I inevitably find things to fill out my card with, but we’ll see what happens!
Catching Up on Series – Yes, this is still going to be on here! Thank goodness so many of the books coming out next year that I want to read are sequels, hahahaha. No but seriously. O.O I’m making good progress on some series, and I’ve started my series tracker bullet journal to help me out with this one. Hopefully I’ll get a lot of books colored in over the next year!
Discworld – I really want to go through the entire Discworld series. I’ve only read two and a half of the books so far and I’ve always wanted to read them all. I don’t know if I’ll be able to do the entire series in one year, I have a lot of other things I want to read and there are over 40 books in this series, but I think I should be able to get through somewhere between 15 or 20 of them. I know a lot of them are short and I know that some people can binge the entire series in a month, but I am not that person. I really do have a lot of other things I want to read and bouncing around has always been my style (hence why I have so many ongoing series). So I’m trying to be realistic here. We’ll see how it goes though!
Other Bookish Plans
- I want to try and participate in at least one read-a-thon in 2019. Yes, please give me a weekend free to do nothing but read, that would be fantastic!
- Go to one or more convention/book festival. Right now I am thinking about attending Balticon in May, and I definitely want to go to Capclave in the fall. Baltimore Book Festival is my usual hangout but with them moving the dates around this year to coincide with Light City (dumbest idea ever, who the heck came up with this?) we’ll see how it goes. If all else fails, there’s also Chessiecon in the fall which is conveniently right near my work.
- Keep an eye out for any signings or other author events in the area. I really want to check out Charm City Spec sometime soon.
- Give my blog a makeover! When I rebooted WTF, I just threw some graphics up and picked a new theme that worked for the time being. I don’t hate it or anything, but it was always supposed to be temporary. So I want to make some new graphics and possibly get a new layout. I want to draw the graphics myself! I’m so out of practice but I want these things to have a personal touch. I probably won’t have much time until after the new bingo period starts so it may not be until later in the year but look forward to some changes in the future!
Those are my goals for next year. Does anyone else have any goals or bookish plans for next year? Leave me a note in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!