Bookish Resolutions 2018.

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Every year I write down some resolutions for the new year. This time I tried to make them more concrete instead of some vague description of what I want to achieve. (One of my resolutions last year was to 'buy less books', but it is hard to track this if there is no real goal) It is so much easier to cross something off your list if you set a specific target, so let's get started:

1. I am participating in the Popsugar reading challenge.
Last year I decided to join the challenge and simply read books and see how far I would get (38/52 so far). This year I want to step it up by settting a goal: I want to finish at least 30 of the 50 tasks. You can find all the prompts over here: Popsugar reading challenge 2018.
2. I am doing the Goodreads challenge.
This is still one of my favorite challenges and every year I am excited about the new colour of the tracker. You can find my progress over here. It's just such a fun and easy way to keep track of how many books I read, together with my bookish spreads in my bullet journal and the awesome spreadsheet by Carina. You can find it over here: All About Books spreadsheet. My aim has always been 100 books, but I hope to finish at least 80 books.

3. I want to read at least 10 fairytale retellings.
As you probably know, fairytales and fantasy are my favorite things to read. In 2017 I didn't have any goals set, but In 2018 I hope to read a few fairytales I still have left on my TBR pile.

4. I want to finish at least 10 books that have been on my TBR pile for over 1 year.
This point is part of #5, but a more specific goal. I have many books on my TBR pile that has been in my collection for >1 year and it is time to finally pick them up. I'm trying to determine which books I want to keep and which ones I want to donate. I got rid of ≈ 100 books in 2016/2017 and while it was hard to get rid of them, it also felt good. Buying new books is great, but I also need to give love to the older ones.

5. I want to bring my TBR pile down to 300 books.
*cough* I know. It will be a start to tame my TBR pile. According to Goodreads I'm currently at 352, so I think this should be managable if I keep up with #6. I know I will never be without a big TBR pile, because I love books too much, but sometimes I get stressed out by the amount of unread books and I don't want that anymore.

6. I need to buy less books.
There it is. The one resolution that always returns on my list (and that I fail the hardest) This year I have some extra motivation, because I need to save for my wedding. I have set myself on a limit of 5 books every month, not counting the books I receive in my Fairyloot box, review copies and presents. I  will try to buy books that are sequels or books by authors I love, since I'm trying to cut down the amount of new series I start.

7. Re-reading/Finishing series.
Not only do I want to limit the amount of new series I start, I also want to finish at least 5 of them and that's where the re-reading comes in. I definitely need to re-read some books in order to finish them, otherwise I will not understand the complete story and it gives me a better experience. Series on my list:
1. Elizabeth May – The Falconer. [3]
2. Rae Carson – Gold Seer. [3]
3. V.E Schwab – Monsters of Verity. [2]
4.  No re-reading needed, but Mira Grant – Chimera. [3]
5. No re-reading needed, but Maria V. Snyder – Dawn Study, so I can finish the Study/Soulfinder series.

8. Reviewing and review copies.
It's hard to set this into a specific goal, so my mission is to review at least all the review copies I finish. I have some catching up to do, but I will take it easy. I want to give myself enough freedom to pick up books for me, without feeling the pressure of writing a review for it. I always write down a few sentences on Goodreads (so follow me there: The Daily Prophecy Goodreads). I guess I could always put them together in a 'Let it Go' review post.

I did a quick count and I have around 30 review copies. It would be great to bring this to at least 15, so I need to hold back on requesting too many new books.

9. Bookstagram.
I rediscovered my Canon DSLR camera. I was a little lazy for a while and I just used my mobile phone camera (which sucked) or my other Sony camera (which has a Bluetooth function, so it's really easy to share photos). The Sony camera is fantastic to bring with me on vacation with good lighting, but the quality without good daylight isn't as good as the Canon. I have a new phone now with a better camera, so in combination with Canon I hope to step up my Bookstagram game. I'm going to try to work with a planning in my bullet journal and on that specific day, I will shoot tons of photos I can use throughout the week.

This is something I, and many other people, sometimes seem to forget. We get so swept up in blogging and reading hyped books/review copies, that we seem to forget it is also about us and our entertainment. I love my blog and while I have taken a step back, I couldn't imagine quitting entirely. Even if you are behind on one of your challenges, I think we should always remember WE have set that challenge; and there is nothing terrible about letting go of that pressure. There is no such thing as failure if you are doing it for fun and the moment the fun is out of it.. we should do something else.

Do you have any bookish resolutions this year?


  1. You have some great goals. I read a lot of fairy tale retellings last year than I did in 2016. I don't have a fairy tale retellings challenge this year, but I'm hoping to read quite a few still.

  2. There's a lot of great goals on this list. I've never heard of the Popsugar challenge before but I'm checking it out now and it seems like a lot of fun.

  3. Great goals! It looks like you have a lot, but they all seem very doable with some dedication. Buying less books is something that I also really need to do (or not do?). And I could not agree more about having fun--it is so easy to get caught up in everything and forget to actually enjoy what we're doing. Best of luck on your goals! :)

  4. I’m so happy you added that last “have fun” goal, because I feel like a lot of people view all these New Years goals/challenges as stressful, when they’re supposed to be enjoyed! I looked at the Popsugar reading challenge and I’m seriously intrigued. I don’t participate in the Goodreads challenge because the number of books I read doesn’t really matter to me, but the Popsugar one looks super fun. I should also probably join you in your goal of finishing series because for some reason I’m so bad at that... anyway, I loved this post! Happy new year!


    These are some great resolutions! I really want to try to whittle down my TBR and finally read those review copies that have been sitting on my shelf for too long!

  6. I have a couple of the same resolutions as you! And I'm also hoping to reread (and then finish) the Falconer series by Elizabeth May.

    I'm looking forward to your photos on instagram! I also mainly use a DSLR, just because I don't really find the quality of my phone camera very good either haha.

  7. Goodluck with your goals! I also love Goodreads reading challenge, but this year I'm lowering it because I want more time to explore other things. I also want to read all my ARCs, as well as my TBR so... *fingers crossed*

    Good luck with your goals!

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

  8. I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets excited about what color the Goodreads Challenge will be every year! I was so excited to see the bright coral they chose for this year, I feel like they usually choose a cooler color (blues/purples). I'm hoping to buy less books too, I think your rule of 5 books/month sounds pretty reasonable- it's enough of a cushion to get the ones you really want!

    I hope your new year is off to a great start and you have a wonderful 2018 ahead!

    -Cristina @ Girl in the Pages

  9. Eee, this is such an awesome post :D I love all of your goals. <3 Thank you for sharing Mel :) I need to do a bunch of these too, haha. Wishing you the best of luck with it all. <3 YOU CAN DO IT :D And I hope that 2018 will be the best for you :) Hugs.

  10. Great goals! I tried to be more specific this year too. My biggest goal is to read more of my own books...they get pushed aside for library books.


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