Does anyone else LOVE reading about other people’s reading goals? It’s just so fascinating to me.
At the beginning of the year, I wrote a post about my (somewhat unconventional) reading goals for 2018. Since we’re halfway through the year, I thought I’d update you on every single goal to see how I’m doing. I thought I was doing pretty well, but I’m not so sure now..
Goal 1: Stop worrying about how much I’ve read, or haven’t read
In 2018, I wanted to get rid of the feeling of competitive reading. As I said in my original post, I sometimes feel pressured to read ”x amount of books” and it can stress me out. I’m really trying to let this go, but it’s hard. I set my GoodReads goal for 52 books at the beginning of the year, with the idea that this was a ”loose” goal. But now if I look at it and I see I’m ‘only’ two or three books ahead of schedule, I want to read more because I don’t want to fall behind! This is stupid, because I should be proud I already read 29 books this year. In short, this is something I’m still working on.
Goal 2: Read more classic novels
This goal is going pretty well! So far, this year I read the following books that could be considered classics:
– 1984 by George Orwell
– Animal Farm by George Orwell
– The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
– Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
I’m quite happy with this list, and for the second half of 2018 I want to try to expand this to at least 10 books. I’ve found it very valuable to (re)read these classics now that I’m a bit older, as I feel like I can grasp the symbolism and meaning of the story much better.
Goal 3: Read at least five autobiographies or memoirs
Is it bad that I kind of forgot about this goal? I read The Fact of a Body, which is a memoir. And let’s not forget Mindhunter by John Douglas. I’m not sure if Mindhunter counts as a memoir, but Douglas does talk a lot about his life as an FBI agent. I also very recently finished reading ‘On Writing’ by Stephen King, which is part memoir as well. Memoirs are great, and I do want to read them more often, but I find it hard to decide which ones are worth the read. If you have any recs, I would love to hear about them!
Goal 4: Read more diverse authors
During the year, I kind of expanded this goal to not only include diverse authors but diverse fiction as well – because sometimes a story is diverse but the author isn’t. I have been making a conscious effort towards this goal, and I’m quite happy with the result. The books I’ve read that could be considered ‘diverse’ for one way or another are:
– Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
– The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
– The entire Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab
– They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
– I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
– Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Did you have any specific reading goals for 2018? How are you doing?