31 December 2018

Looking Back at 2018 & My 2019 Bookish Resolutions

I'm not sure why I keep doing this to myself since I'm awful at keeping up with my resolutions, but it seems an ending of the year tradition to talk about what I accomplished throughout the last twelve months and then write some goals for the coming year. While I was writing this end of the year recap, I was surprised with what I accomplished reading and blogging-wise but that's only because I completely forgot about my the goals I set for myself. 😋 So, let's look back at 2018 and share some goals for the new year, shall we?

If you remember, at the beginning of the year, I shared a long list of bookish resolutions. In this post, I'm only now discussing those I miserably failed and those goals I was able to fulfil with flying colours. So,

  • "I want to read 70 books. Also, I'm hoping to read at least ten retellings."  This has actually happened! I finally broke the seventy books barrier that haunted for the last three years. In a matter of fact, I've read 77 books this year (tomorrow I'll be sharing my favourite books of 2018). And, I was able to read more than ten retellings! Just look at my TBR pile decreasing. 😜
  • "I want to read 50 pages per day." These are two resolutions that I'll never ask of me again. This year, I realized that I'll not be in the mood to read every single day. I know, I know blasphemy. But some days all I want to is to curl in a warm blanket with a cat and pretty much forget that everything else exists. Words make me happy, but in those days I've no physical nor mental will to flip pages. 😴

  • "I want to buy less books & I'll only spend money on books that I know I'll be reading." Now, firstly, I don't think I spend a lot of money on books this year. However, I still got myself a lot of books that now I'm not sure when I'll be reading them because there's no TIME. Why do I've to be such an impulsive buyer?
  • "I'll try to review one third of the books I read." ✖ Let's forget that I even mentioned it, okay?
  • "I hope to reach 100 followers on Bloglovin" ✔ I currently have 109 Bloglovin followers and I want to thanks to every single one of you who helped me reach this number. THANK YOU!💕
  • "I want to get over my social anxiety and send review copies requests to publishers. Also, I'm hoping this year, for this first time, Edelweiss will accept one of my requests." I'll never get over my social anxiety, but I put it aside for a brief second and reached Penguin Random House asking them about their PRH International Partners program. It's true that I didn't send book requests, but, now, every month, I received e-galleys from them. Why?! Because they accepted me and now I'm one of their blogging partners. Blogging-wise this is my biggest accomplishment to date. So, don't be afraid of reaching out publishers even if your brain questions your decision every second after you click the "send" button. Now, none of my Edelweiss ARC requests were accepted - I gave up after some time - but I joined a blog tour and I received a review copy through this platform. I guess now that I'll have one book reviewed over there, it means my chances of being approved will increase, right?

With all of this said, what do I wish to accomplish reading and blogging wise in 2019? 

I'm aiming to read 50 books, but I hope to read 77. Although, I want to believe I'll be able to read 77 books (I'm still surprised with how many books I read this year) I don't wish reading to be become something stressful because all I can think of is a number. So, I'll aim low and then I'll see as the year goes by.

To meet the goals I've set to myself on the Reading Challenges I joined. Now that I think of it, I believe that I joined too many reading challenges. But, most of these challenges have bingo cards and challenges. How can I resist BINGO CARDS?! Also, Hogwarts mini challenge!!!!

Once again, I hope not be influenced by the hype since it always leads to an epic disaster - me angry at myself for spending money on books that are disappointing.

Concerning ARCs, this was a good year. I got my first NetGalley wish fulfilled and I did receive some e-galleys that I wasn't expecting to. That lead to a lot of fangirling and to too many books to read/promote and not enough time to give them all the love they deserve. So, I'll try very hard not to request more ARCs than I can chew.

I hope to write and share discussion posts, something that has been lacking around here. For that reason I joined Blog All About It hosted by @ The Herd Presents and Book Blog Discussion hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight.

But, most importantly, I want to have fun and meet wonderful bloggers. As I wrote last year, blogging isn't suppose to feel an obligation nor make someone feel stressful. I will not be able to publish every day - I'll not be in the mood to publish every day - and that's okay. Because blogging is something I do on my free time because I love books.

What are your bookish resolutions?


  1. That's great that you met some of your goals from 2018. I wish you luck in accomplishing your 2019 goals. Hope you have a great year!

  2. I think you did pretty well with your goals. I have never requested an ARC from a publisher. I like hiding behind NG and EW, but you know, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

  3. I think you did great with your goals. Some of them were very ambitious. Congrats on becoming a blog partner! I haven’t been brave enough to talk to publishers yet. Happy 2019!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  4. You did really well!
    There are just days when i also don't feel like reading, so i'm with you on the daily reading goal not being so important/realistic.

    Good luck for 2019 and have fun! Happy reading! <3 :)

  5. I think you sound like you had an awesome year. You may have not achieved everything you wanted but I find we work hardest at the goals we care most for and those we don't meet are ones which weren't well suited to us anyway. Setting goals is what helps us learn about ourselves, you've learnt you don't always want to read and forcing yourself to read a set amount daily won't work so next time you can find something that will and that is awesome.