Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018! Bookish Resolutions

Monday, 1 January 2018


As mentioned yesterday, I miserably failed at my 2017 goals. However, I accomplished so much more than I was expecting in 2017 that in the end it didn't matter. I was even able to become more involved in the bookish community, meeting wonderful bloggers and readers. 💖

This year, I'm keeping some of my failed 2017 goals, but I'm also introducing new resolutions. So, what do I want to achieve in 2018?
I want to read 70 books. I've been aiming at this number for three years now because I need to tackle down my TBR pile of physical books and e-books. I'm even joining Beat the Backlist 2018 to do it. Also, I'm hoping to read at least ten retellings (because I love retellings I've a huge number of unread ones on my TBR pile; it's a number that needs to decrease)


I want to read 50 pages per day. Let's hope this year I can keep up with 50 pages per day. I was doing great last year, until May/June came and I did not have the time to do it any more because of uni.

I want to read more contemporaries and classics. I'm keeping this resolution from last year too. I read a lot of fantasy and end up putting aside all the other genres. I'm sure I'm missing great stories...

I want to buy less books. I'm not going on a book buying ban, but I can't spend so much money on books (I can't believe I'm saying this). I'll only spend money on books that I know I'll be reading. I can't keep buying books because I find the cover pretty. Or because of the hype. And, this leads to...


I'LL TRY NOT BE INFLUENCED BY THE HYPE. This will be a difficult one. It's really difficult not be influenced by the hype when a community is shoving down a book down ours throats. How can I resist a book if everywhere I look it's there?! But I promise that I'll try.

I want to get over my social anxiety and send review copies requests to publishers. As I'm an international blogger (non-USA/UK), I always fear sending e-mails to publishers asking them for review copies. The truth is that it doesn't hurt to ask (okay, it does hurt when no one answers, even if it's to say no). Also, I'm hoping this year, for this first time, Edelweiss will accept one of my requests. *fingers crossed*

I'll try to review one third of the books I read. A book blog that lacks books reviews. 🙈 I swear I always take notes when I'm reading and I plan on writing the reviews, but then I find myself not having the time to do it. Thus, to write more reviews, I need to improve my time management.There is always so much to do because of uni that I always end up struggling to get everything done.    


I hope to reach 100 followers on Bloglovin. I know the number of followers shouldn't matter (quality over quantity), but it's a number that matters to publishers and influences their decision when it comes to accepting ARCs request. Hopefully, I'll also reach 2500 followers on Instagram.

To become even more involved in the book blogging community. Thank you Evelina @Avalinahsbooks for creating two supportive groups and inviting me to join.

To have fun. Blogging is a hobby and that's something I will try not to forget this year. I blog because I like sharing my thoughts on books. Blogging should not be a source of stress. This year, I'll attempt not to stress about my stats or about not publishing something new every day. 

What are your bookish resolutions?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


14 comments :

  1. Great goals! I also should probably cut back on book buying, but it's such a hard resolution to keep!

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    1. Thank you. :) It will be one of the most difficult resolutions to keep. How will can someone resist all those new releases?!

      Happy New Year! ;)

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  2. Happy New year :) I am also joining #BeatTheBacklist challenge. Ans yes, I should include some retellings in my list too :) Reading more classics and purchasing less books are also on my 2018 resolutions :D
    And yes, the most important thing is to have fun. I hope you acheive all your goals this year!

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    1. Thank you. I hope you can achieve all your goals this year too. Having fun is always the most important thing.

      Happy New Year! ;)

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  3. Happy New Year! Those are some great goals, and I hope you're able to accomplish them! Time management is one of my problem areas, too--posts take longer than expected!

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    1. Happy New Year Kester! ;) Thank you. I'm awful at time management. I try to get everything ready on time, but I always fail.

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  4. These are some lovely goals! I definitely need to cut back on buying books--last year, even during my HUGE reading burnout, I couldn't resist buying a handful of pretty hardcovers that I might never read. And YES definitely try reaching out to publishers! <3 And while it's a great goal to have fun and not stress about stats, I'd love to say that you've earned a new Bloglovin' follower in me. ;)

    Have a great 2018! <3

    - Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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    1. Thank you. I hope I can achieve these goals. My bank account can no longer deal with buying books that I'll never read. And, reaching publishers may lead to receive books for free in exchange of reviews. Who doesn't love free books? =P

      Aww, thank you for following me (and make me one step closer of reaching one of my goals).

      Happy New Year Aimee! ;)

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  5. Good luck reaching your goals :) I need to cut back on buying books too, I always forget the library exists, perhaps that could help?

    I hope 2018 is a great year!

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    1. Thank you. :) Libraries are always perfect to cut on buying books. Sadly, where I live, libraries have no books in English.

      Happy 2018! ;)

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  6. Fantastic goals! I have done well with the not buying books thing. And like, here's the thing with requests, just do it. If they say no, they say no. I get lots of NOs, but I also get lots of Yeses. Today I got declined for Starry Eyes, which is one of my most anticipated reads, but they Harper showed me so much love and approved me for a bunch of my other anticipated reads. I am not going to pretend like I was't disappointed, because I was. You win some, you lose some, but if you don't make any requests, you won't get any approvals. Good luck with all your goals!!

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    1. Thank you Sam. I hope I do well with not buying books that I won't be reading. I must be more careful with what I buy.

      Thank you for the encouraging words too. <3 A "no" is not the end of the world. If I get the review copy, great. If I don't, I'll just have to move on and not to think about it too much.

      Happy 2018!

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