Reading Resolutions I’ve Not Yet Completed

It’s been quite some time since i made my bookish reading resolutions, the beginning of the year in fact. I had intended on addressing them earlier, however that hasn’t happened. I wanted to talk about them before the end of the year and see how much i’d actually gotten through. So here is my update!

Before i start, HERE is my original post that also has Sophie’s goals in it. This is just an update for mine, so Sophie’s won’t be talked about, but i’m sure she’ll update you by the end of the year to see how she’s doing!

Admittedly, i haven’t been paying a great deal of attention to these resolution’s this year. I started the year off with such great intentions of doing great reading things in 2018, that hasn’t necessarily happened. Although so far i’ve really been enjoying reading, and read a lot of books that i’ve loved, i’ve not been focusing on the tasks that i set myself. However i do want to rectify that a little towards the end of the year.

First of all, a recap of the goals that i set myself this year:

  • Finish reading the works of John Green.
  • Read a sequel.
  • Read a short story collection.
  • Read a book by Roald Dahl.
  • Read a book based in my home city.
  • Read a book in a day.
  • Read a book set in a place I’d like to visit.
  • Judge a book by the cover and read something purely on aesthetics.
  • Read a book that’s been on my shelf for two years.
  • Start a new series.
  • Read an autobiography.
  • Read someone else’s favourite book.
  • Take out a book from the library and read it.
  • Read a poetry collection.
  • Read a non-fiction book.
  • Read a book that is over 500 pages.

Even looking at this now feels like a ridiculous list that i knew i wouldn’t get through – however looking at it also i can see that i’ve achieved far more than i thought i had. For an overview, the challenges that i’ve met so far are:

  • Read a sequel.
  • Read someone else’s favourite book.
  • Read a book that’s been on my shelf for two years.
  • Read a book in a day.
  • Read a book set in a place I’d like to visit.
  • Read a poetry collection.
  • Read a book that is over 500 pages.
  • Read a book based in my home city.
  • Read a book in a day.

I’m pretty pleased with that list that i’ve managed to get through so far. Admittedly a lot of these were done early on in the year, and i seem to have slacked quite a bit since the beginning. Also, some of these i had happened to come across instead of intentionally picking up. ‘Read a book based in my home city’, i definitely came across without knowing. When i found that Floored was partly based in Manchester, i knew it would be the perfect addition to my list of goals. Also ‘read a book in a day’ worked quite well with graphic novels and poetry collections.

One of the goals that i want to get to before the end of year is read at least one more John Green book. By this point, i’ve not made any progress with that, so maybe as long as i read one by the end of the year i’ll see that as a small success. I also quite want to read something by Roald Dahl before the end of the year, because i’ve recently found a very big comfort in middle-grade books, and maybe that will fuel the fire a little more. The last one that i really want to get to this year is ‘take a book from the library and read it’. My goal of buying less books hasn’t really happened in 2018 with all the amazing new releases coming out from all corners. So i’ve used the library a lot less than i wanted to. I do intend on changing that and i think i need to spend some more time in the library to fully appreciate what they have on offer (and less times in book shops maybe!). This is definitely high up on something that i want to do in 2019 too!

I will update this at the end of the year and let you all know what books i used for what resolutions and how i think i did, i might think about setting some for next year too – but lets not be too hopeful for that!

Let me know how you’re doing with your reading resolutions in the comments, or if you didn’t make any!

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