Because of the complete disaster that was 2017, I didn’t set myself any specific goals for this year. I put my Goodreads challenge at 30 and ended up reading 41(and I still have a week to go).
Since I’m feeling a lot better now, I wanted to think of some challenges for 2019.
Read 50 books
I’m steadily getting bolder with my Goodreads Challenge 😉 I think 50 will be my limit, given that I need to balance my reading with my job and family, but I want to try. That’s why it’s a challenge, right?
In 2019, I want to learn more about the books I’m reading. Specifically when I’m reading classics.
You may or may not know that I’ve started reviewing books for a Dutch literary newspaper. In January, I’m going to review a collection of Dutch poems based on the Metamorphoses by Ovid. I decided to read the full text for each poem in English before reading the Dutch adaptations.
I just feel that I haven’t given some books the proper focus they deserve. Instead, I flew through them because I enjoyed them which means I now barely remember anything I’ve read.
I want to pay more attention to what I’m reading.
When I pay more attention to what I’m reading, I also want to pay more attention to what I’m writing. I’ve become a bit stuck on my blog. Even though I still enjoy sharing my thoughts, I’ve started to feel like I’m not doing a good enough job. I want to do better.
I’ll have to figure out how to fit the surplus of information into my style of reviewing. Maybe (and that’s a BIG maybe) I’ll start doing video reviews for books about which I have a lot to tell … That might work better than writing it all out.
Learn new things
Linked to the two previous thoughts, I want to keep learning. I’m not sure what I want to learn exactly but I want to make a list of skills I want to work towards. I know that it’s not a reading goal exactly, but I’m sure the things I’ll learn will have something to do with books, reading or reviewing.
And that’s it. They aren’t very detailed but I’ll keep you up to date when they start to take form.
What are your goals for 2019?