2018 Reflection & 2019 Resolutions

And once again, it’s been almost a month since I posted. Between school* and work** and other miscellaneous commitments, I’ve been busy. But you’ve all heard read? that before, so I’ll stop here and promise to do better in the new year.

* As I write this I have two (2) days of school left and they’re both short days, only for finals. It’s absolutely unbelievable. Utterly surreal. I’m not going to college (that’s for another post), so I should be able to be much more active in 2019. Here’s to hoping.
** Remember last month I was talking about my new job? How I liked it but I was so busy? Well…that’s not a thing anymore. I’m not cut out for working retail, at least not during the holiday season. Yikes.

Anyway, today’s post is standard, something I do at the end of every year like clockwork. It’s kind of fun and only a bit daunting: reflections and resolutions. I’ll be looking back at my 2018 goals, judging my failures, and setting overly ambitious goals for 2019, as you do.

Or is that just me?

2018 Reflections

1 // Read 65+ books.

I’m currently at 129 books read this year and, if everything goes as planned, I’ll read six or seven more before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. Success.

2 // Continue reading diversely.

I read so many queer books this year and it was a great time. I also read a good number of books starring characters of color, and a few with religious protagonists. I could’ve done better with that last one and with books including disability, but I don’t think I did too bad. Success.

3 // Continue and finish series.

I don’t know how many series I read this year, but I know I read some sequels and a handful of finales. Success.

4 // Read backlist books.

I don’t think I read many books published before 2016 outside of school, but I’m pretty sure I read at least a couple. I need successes where I can find them, so I’ll be generous. Success.

5 // Catch up on 2016 and 2017 releases.

Admittedly, this didn’t really happen. I did read some books released in these years, but not nearly as many as I’d hoped to. Fail.

6 // Read 2018 releases.

My never-ending library stack* helped me with this one. Success.

* I finally got it under control!

7 // Try new genres.

I stayed within my comfort zone, although I didn’t intend to. Library books kind of dominate everything with their impending due dates. Fail.

8 // Read more adult fiction.

I know I read two adult novels, and maybe there was a third I can’t remember. But I know I didn’t do very well in this regard. Fail.

9 // Read more ebooks.

I…read a few. There goes my successful streak, haha. Fail.

10 // Read only from my TBR.

Wow, this is basically an automatic fail. I have no other words.

11 // Add fewer books to my TBR.

My TBR on Goodreads is currently at 726. Need I say more? Definitely my biggest fail this year. Oops.

12 // Be a more critical reader and reviewer.

I think I did well on this one. While I don’t remember my average rating last year, this year, according to Goodreads, it was 3.5 stars.

2017 consisted of almost exclusively 4 and 5 star ratings, whereas 2018 has a lot more 3 star ratings and fewer 5s. I’m calling this one a success.

13 // Revive my channel.

I’m not sure if I mentioned this one online or kept it to myself, but I was hoping to start making YouTube videos again. Given the state of my blog, this was a fail as well; however, I’m hoping planning to periodically upload videos to my IGTV in 2019. Follow me @unicornbiblio for that, sporadic book photos, and puns.

2019 Resolutions

1 // Read at least 52 books.

Even though I won’t be in school or actively working, I don’t know what else might come my way in the new year. I’m setting my Goodreads challenge at 52, as I’m sure I can manage a book per week, but I’m *hoping* to get to 150. Or maybe I’ll set my challenge at 150. Who knows?

2 // Prioritize the books I own.

As tempting as it is to go get another 12 books from the library, I have easily 40 books on my shelves that I’ve been meaning to read for months. My goal is to get through all of them before I check out more books than I can probably read.

3 // Complete my reread list.

A few months ago I made a list of 23 books I want to reread, and I’ve been unable to get to them due to my endless library TBR. I’m thinking of making a post about this, but for now just know that it consists of some of my favorite series. 😉

4 // Listen to more audiobooks.

This one depends mainly on what Overdrive has available, because audiobooks are much too expensive to buy and I’m not currently interested in an Audible or Scribd subscription. As long as I’m not simultaneously reading a physical copy, I’ve realized that I enjoy audiobooks. I listened to maybe three this year and it would be fun, I think, to try more.

5 // Continue reading diversely.

This one is a repeat from my 2018 resolutions, and it’s pretty simple. I know I’ll continue reading queer novels, but I want to read more stories featuring different cultures and mythologies, about characters that practice religion, that live with disabilities.

6 // Keep up with both of my book clubs.

I’m a co-host for Prideathon and the host of a new club, Spice Up the Shelf. We have exciting plans for Prideathon, so I want to keep up with that. I also want to be more active with SUTS, as if I am it’s more likely to get a few members. *crosses fingers*

7 // Read other genres.

This is another repeat from last year, and I’m hoping I’ll be more successful this time around.

8 // Continue to be a more critical reader and reviewer.

I’m hoping to find more favorite books in 2019, but I also like knowing that the books I give 5 stars really deserve it. My intention is not to be impossible to please, only to be thoughtful and honest.

9 // Read 20 books released between 2017 and 2018.

This is my own little challenge, a way to catch up on releases from the past couple of years. I’m hoping to read ten books published in each year.

10 // Read 20 books released in 2019.

Similarly, I want to attempt to keep up with all of the amazing releases next year. I’d also like to try to read ten debut novels.

11 // Take part in more buddy reads and readathons.

I don’t have much to say about this one. I only ever buddy read with my best friend, and I take part in three readathons per year, two of which are for Prideathon. I’d like to branch out next year.

12 // Learn to drive.

This one isn’t reading related, but it’s something important to me. I hoped to start learning at the end of this year, but my and my family’s busy schedules have gotten in the way. My new hope is that I can learn to drive soon and take my driving test around March.

13 // Figure my life out.

I’m excited and slightly terrified to say that, in May, I’m finally graduating high school. I’m lucky to have a very understanding, supportive family, so I don’t feel pressure to go to college. But if I’m being honest, I only have an end goal: to work in YA publishing. I have my blog and I have some ideas, but I need to figure out how to achieve what I want. I need an immediate plan, though admittedly I do plan to take what would be my second semester off and relax a bit.

How did your 2018 go? What are some of your 2019 resolutions? I’d love to know! 🙂

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a fabulous day/night! ❤

Until next time…

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