2018 Goals

2017’s goals were well intentioned but were a mess.  They were non-specific, needed to many clarification statements and didn’t actually reflect what I wanted to read.  Plus I forgot what most of them were shortly after making them….

So this year will be different?

1. One non-fiction book a month

Let’s start off with one that might end up not happening, shall we?  This is straight forward.  This will be easy if I actually try to achieve and not just hope it happens on its own.  I will give myself 2 free months.  

2. Read 50 200+ page books this year

Last year about 55 books hit this bill, with the rest of my year made of short books.  I want to hit this again because I do love big books and have recently determined graphic novels are great quick reads but not really my thing. 

3. Better reviews

A repeat goal, bit one I do really want to work on.  So this year I need to buckle down and actually work on it.

4. Buy a second bookshelf, but don’t fill it

I need a second bookshelf, but I don’t want it to result in me buying a million books.  I’m at a point in my life where I have an income that means I can buy books, and I thankfully didn’t go too nuts with buying all the things in 2017.  So for 2018 I want to finally treat myself to another bookcase but limit my book buying.  However, I will not put a hard number on this, sorry.  

5. Read at least 5 books recommended to me by a friend

In 2017 I convinced a few friends to read books I loved and they ended up loving them!  This year I need to actually read books they have recommended to me.  5 is a conservative goal, so I might up this mid-way through the year.  This goal has the bonus of being able to talk books with friends more. 

6. Try bullet journalling my reading for at least 3 months

I want to see if this is for me and I think looking back at it will be neat. 

7. One POC author per month

Another conservative one, but again, I might up it mid-way through.  No freebies here. 

8. Actively participate in one read-a-thon

Self-explanatory.  Also vague, but I’ll know if I hit this.

9. Find at least one new forever favourite book

It’s a hard list to get on, but I want to see a book hit that list. 

I think I’ll stop there for goals.  This is a manageable list, though it’s also a bit conservative.  However, I’m ok with that.  At the end of the day I’ll read what I read.  


Best and Worst

The best and the worst of the year.  These are the posts most people love to read, because ~drama~.  Here are my lists (for the record, I don’t include re-reads on my list of best or worst, and pick the best of a series if I read more than one):

Best (ranking approximate):

7. Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane 

6. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

5. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

4. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

3. Brimstone by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child 

2. Warcross by Marie Lu 

1. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia


My best books will never all have 5 star ratings and 5 star books will often not appear on my list.  Why? Because my rating system is a mess and my favourites are more about my feeling and less about technical things.  I remove stars for things like major inconsistencies (*coughwarcrosscough*) but I still love them. 

Worst (rank definitive, novels only):

3. (Tie) The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern, EVE: The awakening by Jenna Moreci, Nerve by Jeanne Ryan, Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson and Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

2. The Viral Storm: The dawn of a new pandemic age by Nathan Wolf

1. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

By novels only, I mean there were a handful of graphic novels I read for whatever reason that I don’t want to think about or list again. The 5 way tie I could not break because each book had something I absolutely loved about the book, but there was at least one thing that made them a 2 or 2.5 star read.  

TBR Pile Accounting: 2018

I wanted to have 6 or fewer unread books on my shelf by 2018 which was half the number that I started 2017 with (see here, here and here for a saga on the adventure).  It’s 2018 so here are a list of the unread books I have on my shelf.  Spoiler: it’s more than 6.

1. The Diviner by Melanie Rawn

2. The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms #4) by Cinda Willams Chima

3. Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch

4. Half Bad by Sally Green

5. Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J Maas

6. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

7. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

8.  Dawn Study by Maria V Snyder

9. A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

10. The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

11. Spirals in Time: The secret life and curious afterlife of seashells by Helen Scales

12. EVE: The Empyrean Age by Tony Gonzales

13. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

14. House of Furies by Madeleine Roux

I was holding steady at 12 books throughout the year until the end where it crept up to 14 on me.  

Book’s I’ve read because of Booktube #5

list1. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia     4.5 Stars

2. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Addieh     4.5 Stars

3. Mooncop by Tom Gould     3 Stars

4. Scythe by Neal Shusterman     4 Stars

5. Lumberjanes (Vol 1 and 2) by Noelle Stevenson     3.5 Stars

6. Warcross by Marie Lu     4.5 Stars

2017 Goals: Did I fail?

Here are my original post and my mid-year wrap-up.

To sum, if you don’t like clicking links, half way through the year I was doing pretty good but there were a few goals that were not going as planned.  

1. Continue on with this Book Blogging thing 

I had another slump, and I really need to re-think my blog.  More like redesign and put more effort in.  Anyway, I’m still kinda here so this still kinda counts as a win.

2. Clear out my drafts file  

Didn’t happen.  But honestly, have a few handfuls of half-ideas or half- written posts is not a bad thing, despite what early 2017 me thought. 

3. Keep the number of books on my Goodreads ‘To-read’ list under the number of books in my ‘Read’ list

This mess of a goal is a) a mess and b) still kinda worked out in the end.  I would still like my list to be smaller than it is, but I’ve had a good reading year where I took a number off the list and added about as many as I read.

4. Make better reviews 

I did not achieve this goal.  Sure, it’s open-ended so I could find some way that I did manage it (and my brain is already supplying a few for me) but the reality is I think my reviews got worse not better.  Rereading my review for The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet really brings this point home as the review I would have written for it now would not have been as good. 

5. Reduce the number of unread books on my bookshelf by half (of the total number I started the year with; aka have 6 or fewer unread books by year end)

There is a saga with this goal, and I will do a check-in eventually for this but overall I didn’t achieve this goal, but still consider it a success because I did read a lot of books that have been sitting on my shelf for years.  

6. A tough one: Stop feeling so guilty about not reading.  Conversely, stop feeling so guilty about reading.  

As I explained in my check-in, this one ended up not being tough and fixed itself quite nicely.  As a result I both read and didn’t read this year and I felt great about both!

In the Check-in I also talked about my a few side goals and trends I was hitting.  My Goodreads goal I ended up actually committing to more then the first half of the year and upping the ante to 75 books, which I achieved.  I also continued to read diverse types of books (generas and formats).  Since I wasn’t doing as many reviews in the end of 2017 my emphasis on audiobooks reduced but I always acknowledged reading them in my round-ups.  Finally, my commitment to indy and self-published books waned in the last half of the year, but I might try for it again in 2018.  

Final comments: I did feel I read a bunch of forgettable books this year, even though on average my star ratings were quite high.  I need to think on this and determine if I want to address it in my 2018 goals.  

Most Anticipated of 2017: Did I read them?

Here were the 6 books I was anticipating and whether or not I got to them (in the order they were listed in my original post found here):

Dawn Study by Maria V Snyder – I’ve owned this for about 6 months have have not read it…..

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers – Have also owned for months and have yet to read….This is going so well, hahaha

Firebrand by Kristen Britain – Have attempted to obtain from the library, but no dice.  Hardcover is 40$ so I’m waiting for the soft cover (which also matches my set). 0/3 so far…

Third Illuminae book [aka Obsidio] by Kaufman and Kristoff – was  not released, is on my 2018 list.

A Spy’s Guide to Tortall by Tamora Pierce – I READ THIS ONE! And actually have 2 copies of it….

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire – Have bought and read this one!  Was going to reread but I’ll do that in 2018. 

Grand total: 2/5.  Very bad of me, especially since I own 2 of the unread ones!  Oh the life of a reader!

Re-reads through Mark Oshiro

This time last year I made a post talking about how my read pile is deceiving.

This year is the same.  My Goodreads said I read 76 books this year.  However, I had 2 DNF’s that I count in that.  I also have several books I have reread through Mark Oshiro.  Add these on to my Goodreads Challenge and my total number of read books jumps to 83 which is quite a few more then my goal of 75.

To round off my list of books I have read this year, here are the handful I have read along with Mark over at Mark Reads.

1. Wizard Alone by Diane Duane

2. Wizard’s Holiday by Diane Duane

3. Wizards at War by Diane Duane

4. Wizards of Mars by Diane Duane

5. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire