Happy New Year everyone! I love this time of year when I can sit back and reflect on everything that has happened over the past 12 months, as well as make plans for the upcoming year. Last year I wrote a post about my 2018 reading resolutions, some of which I stuck to and others that I did not, so I thought I’d do the same thing again.
Get back to longer and older books
Long books are a tough one for book bloggers because they take so much longer to read. However I absolutely love long books and used to live for 800+ page novels. I would really like to get back to reading what I used to love — fantasy tomes.
Although there are definitely long books coming out next year (Priory of the Orange Tree — be still my beating heart!), I would really like to get back to older books, particularly from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. When you have friends like Asha, Queen of Fantasy, in your life there’s plenty of recommendations to be had.
Finish Wheel of Time
This has been on my list of reading resolutions for years. Years! Wheel of Time is an epic 15 book series (if you include the prequel). I’ve read nine of them. One day…
Finish more series
I am a notorious series abandoner. I never complete series. I don’t really know why. In fact, I don’t think I finished a notable series until I finished Lord of the Rings in 2011. I would really like to start finishing what I start, so it’s time for me to actually stay on track with series.
Get onto a proper schedule
While I feel like I’ve achieved something of a schedule here, I terrible about regularly posting videos to my YouTube channel. I’d really like to grow that platform (you can subscribe here!) and posting on a schedule is the obvious solution. Urg.
I am thinking of attempting a loose reading schedule as well. When there are so many new releases, new purchases, and backlist titles flying around in my head it is easy to drop everything and get off track. I want to be on top of pub dates and new releases, as well as read the books I buy for myself. If anyone has tips, do let me know. I am going to be participating in Beat the Backlist this year, so that should help!
Get more involved with the community and authors
The amazing book community is the whole reason I spend so much time creating content across platforms, and I want to step up and get more involved. That means more Twitter chats, more blog and YouTube commenting, and stepping outside my comfort zone online. This also means speaking to authors more often!
Get my NetGalley ratio to 50%
Laugh all you want, my NetGalley ratio is atrocious. Sitting merrily at 33%, it’s probably not moving up any time soon. Over the course of the year I want to get better about reading my NetGalley copies and boost my percentage as much as possible. Is 50% still sad? Yes. Is it achievable? As of today I would need to read 37 NetGalley titles to get there, so maybe.