What are Your Reading Goals for 2018?


It’s that time of year again, where people are making resolutions and breaking resolutions. I tend to be more interested in and successful at book-related resolutions, which are more fun than regular resolutions, anyway.

For me, I have a few random literary resolutions this year. I always hesitate to pre-plan my reading too much because, quite frankly, I flit from one interest to another fairly quickly, so I know I am just setting myself up to fail if I have an overly rigid agenda of what I want to read for even a couple of months, let alone an entire year. But I have developed three that I think are achievable.

1. I would like to start reading more recently published books. I used to be much more well-read on the newest books, but then school and other things happened a few years ago, and that is no longer the case. Fortunately, with the blog’s focus this year on newer books, I don’t think meeting this goal will be a problem.

2. It recently occurred to me that, for someone who has read a lot about Russian history and who is an avid reader, I have read an embarrassingly small amount of classic Russian literature. Like, I know what happens in most of the Russian classics, but I’ve only read one Turgenev novel and Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago, both for a class I took as an undergraduate, and a Bulganov short story collection. I intend to remedy that this year, but so far, the only progress I have made is reading all but one short story in another collection of short stories.Β  And if you want to be technical, I actually read all of those last year. . . .

3. I intend to read the entire 12-book Poldark series, a generous gift from my brother for the holidays late last year. (Thanks for the nice gift, Arthur!) I actually am making reasonable progress on this one! I have read one-and-a-half books so far, and I managed to do most of that in 2018, which already makes this a more successful goal than #2 on my list.

So . . . what are your reading resolutions this year? What kind of progress are you making? Anything you are especially looking forward to reading in 2018? Tell us in the comments!

Author: berryvillelibrary

"Our library, our future"

7 thoughts on “What are Your Reading Goals for 2018?”

  1. This year I am doing the read harder challenge from Book Riot. There are 24 tasks to complete, and you can use one book for several different tasks. The main objective is to read more diversely than you normally would. I was pleasantly surprised to find a western in the young adult section! I also plan to read more of the books I own this year. I would also like to read at least 4 books with 500 or more pages. I’ve read 9 books so far this year, so I think I’m doing pretty well. Here is the link for the Read Harder challenge if anyone is interested. It’s printable! https://bookriot.com/2017/12/15/book-riots-2018-read-harder-challenge/

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      1. Well, some of them were graphic novels, so I may be cheating just a little. 😁 The ya western is called Walk the Earth a Stranger by Ear Carson. It’s about a girl heading west to California during the gold rush. She has a special power that allows her to feel when gold is near. What’s a good ya story without a little magic, right?

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  2. Just catching up with some of your blog posts! I feel the same about pre- planning reading, definitely not the kind of person who makes lists. Good luck with tackling classical Russian literature. Years ago as a teenager I really got stuck into Tolstoy’s War and Peace one summer and could hardly put it down. Recently I bought a copy, thinking it might be just as captivating as it was years ago. … I forced myself through several chapters and an endless introduction of characters, then looked at how much was left of the book… Same thing with The Brothers Karamazov , too! When you have lots of time on your hands I think you have more patience for voluminous reading with never ending character introductions and endless philosophical discussions:P

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    1. Thanks so much for commenting, Mary! I had a good laugh about Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. πŸ™‚ I still haven’t picked them up yet. I’ve read some really heated debates about which translation to use, so I use that as an excuse to procrastinate. . . .


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