2018 Reading, Blogging, and Life Goals

2018 goals

Reading

1. Read 5 books

I’ve set my Goodreads goal to a massive five books this year because I’m a reading machine. At the beginning of 2017 I got stressed out because I would normally set my goal to 100 books, and I would smash it. However, once I started hanging out with people from work more and more and I somehow got a social life, and my reading took a massive hit. So last year I didn’t know what to aim for, so I picked 10. That amused me, so this year I’ve gone even lower in the hopes that I’ll hit my goal in the first month and then I’ll be free for the rest of the year.

2. Finish some series

I have sooooo many series that I’m in the middle of! And they’re not even series that I don’t own the complete collection of. I tend to stop reading before the final book because… I actually have no idea why. This year I’m determined to get some of those unread final books off my shelf. Off the top of my head, I know that I definitely need to read A Conjuring of LightThe Crimson CrownThe Bitter KingdomSunrise, and Dust.

3. Take down the TBR

This is my massive project for 2018. I moved house last year and I couldn’t take all of my unread books with me (!) because we just don’t have the space in our current flat. So my plan is to knock out a bunch of books on my TBR, stop buying so many things, and then bring some more books from my Grandad’s house to replace them. The TBR is going down!

Blogging

1. Get my new features sorted

I’ve got a tonne of blog ideas that I’ve had for ages, and I really want to get some of them up and running this year. I’ve got some posts drafted or scheduled already, which is great, but I’d like to schedule some features further ahead so I don’t have to worry about the pressure. I’d also like to keep my current features running and up to date. I really enjoy watching movie adaptations, so Books in Motion is going to stay, and I’m planning on reviving Debut Showcase and Author Spotlight, to name a few.

2. Schedule ahead

I’m doing quite well with this at the moment. My blogging slumps are often caused by exhaustion from working and socialising (perks of being an introvert), so if I schedule my posts far enough ahead while I have the energy and motivation, I figure I should be able to avoid too many slumps this year.

3. Continue working on Recaptains

I’m really enjoying recapping for Recaptains again, and I’ve also been slowly sprucing up the website. I don’t think I’m going to go for a full redesign because I love the way it looks, but I’m going to be editing the pages and adding some new things. I’ve got a couple of ideas planned for it that I need to look into as well. I’m not in a rush though, so don’t expect to see much any time soon!

Life

1. Practise Dutch (and Spanish)

I started learning Dutch when I met Judith @ Paper Riot and Mel @ The Daily Prophecy, and I’ve been having a lot of fun with it over the past few years. This year I would really like to focus on it, because so far I’ve been learning and practising quite sporadically. I’d love to do the same with Spanish as well, and was thinking of alternating between the two languages each week. My Spanish used to be great, but I think I’ve lost quite a bit of it now. I’d like to get it back up to scratch! I figure if I focus on these two languages this year, I could potentially start a whole new one next year.

2. Go to the gym regularly

I’ve been going to the gym regularly already and I’d like to keep it up. At the moment (aside from during the holidays) I’ve been going twice a week on average, which I’m happy with. My local gym is open 24 hours and the classes are free – and quite intense! I’ve been really enjoying it. In the spring, I think I’m going to attempt Couch to 5K again, as I was doing really well with that last year before winter hit.

3. Look into doing a Maths A Level

I’m not so sure about this one, but it’s something I’ve been considering for a while. I’m not sure how much time I’ll have towards the end of the year when sign ups open, but I’m definitely thinking about going ahead with this. I would like to learn something this year and next (and gain some sort of qualification), and I’m thinking a Maths A Level would be perfect.

2 comments on “2018 Reading, Blogging, and Life Goals

  1. Rachael Turns Pages January 6, 2018 1:16 am

    Good Luck with your goals. I think it is great that you got a social life and therfore read less books. I hope you have a great year.

  2. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity January 7, 2018 1:33 pm

    Some good goals here and I hope you manage all of them. I love your Goodreads goal. It’s one way not to get stressed out about how much you are or aren’t reading by keeping it low and the rest is just fun. I know someone who set it to one so she wouldn’t stress over it. And learning languages is awesome, I keep wanting to relearn German as I got a GCSE in it and yet can’t speak a word of it. I would love to visit Germany as well so maybe I’ll try and make that my goal this year. And a Maths A Level! Go for it, although I remember Maths being hard but learning new things and getting qualifications is only a good thing. You can totally do it if you want to.

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