HAPPY 2019 FRIENDS! 🎉 This post is a bit overdue – putting it together took longer than expected – but I am here with it now and I’m excited. Today I’m sharing 5 of my 2019 reading goals, 5 of my blogging goals, PLUS my January TBR at the end. It’s quite the combo.
Before I get to the goals though, I do just want to say this upfront: I’ve never really been in to goals. I’m not in to the idea of New Years resolutions. But this year, there are definitely things I’d like to get done so I thought writing them down would help.
I like to think of these goals as more of a gentle guidance in to the things I want to accomplish, but not necessarily things I absolutely 100% percent need to do. I just don’t want to be ruled by them to the point that it causes more harm than good, ya know?
But here are those goals I have for the year, and my January TBR 🙂 –
➤ Go through with rebranding already! – Back in November, I shared a post about my plans to rebrand my blog. Well, now it’s January… AND NOTHING HAS CHANGED. It’s been a much bigger process than I expected, but I promise there are things going on behind the scenes. Kat, who I am blessed to have in my life, has been helping me out and things are starting to move along. Changes are coming soon, friends!
➤ Start posting reviews again – I can’t believe I havent posted a review on my blog in months. This has been weighing on me because I genuinely love writing reviews, but I’ve been struggling with finishing them lately. I’m going to be working on this because I MISS REVIEWS.
➤ Bring more attention to critical topics – Specifically, I’d like to incorporate more discussion on the topic of mental health. That’s a big goal this year. But I also just want to bring more awareness to important topics in general. I plan to do this through discussion posts, book recommendations, in my reviews, etc.
➤ Get organized – I would REALLY like to be more organized this year. Like, I need to do that. Scheduling posts in advance, having a weekly posting schedule, creating spreadsheets to keep track of things, etc. It sounds like it’ll make life a whole lot easier.
➤ Continue growing! – And I don’t mean I have goals for any numbers I want to reach stats-wise, but I mean growing in my content, in myself, and as a blogger in general. That probably sounds cheesy or whatever, but it’s the TRUTH.
➤ Read 100 books – This is the first time I’m ever setting a reading goal. I’ve always felt there were too many drawbacks that come with setting one, but I realize now there are also plenty of benefits. And if I do start getting anxious about meeting this goal, I’m not going to hesitate to lower it or delete it altogether. Always keeping it quality over quantity when it comes to reading.
➤ Keep up with ARCs – I’m just going to say that I’m… not very proud of my NetGalley ratio right now. This year is going to be about keeping up with ARCs!
➤ Read more diverse books from diverse authors – This is a huge goal for this year as I want to do everything I can to give more support to diverse authors and to keep promoting diversity in the book community. I have LOTS of books in mind that I’m looking forward to reading and talking about!
➤ Continue catching up on backlist reads – While I’m (of course) excited for ARCs and new releases this year, I still have plenty of backlist reads I need to catch up on. I’ve missed out on tons over the years and I definitely don’t want to overlook those.
➤Get back in to contemporary – I have not read a contemporary book since… October. In fact, I haven’t even read a standalone since then. I got extremely caught up in fantasy series the last few months of 2018 and it’s been the BEST, but I’m really missing contemporary. It’s definitely time to get back in to it.
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
I totally didn’t mean to do another reread of The Infernal Devices, and by that I mean I most certainly did and it has been a great time. This is quite possibly my favorite book of all time and I’m so happy it’ll be my first (full) read of 2019.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
All I know is that this book is enemies to lovers and it involves faeries, so I’m pretty much sold. Also people seem to like Jude, but Cardan is controversial, and he also has a tail that is controversial?? My knowledge of this book is solely based on all the talk of it in the community and this is literally what I’ve picked up on.
The Wicked King by Holly Black
I’m just assuming I’m going to enjoy The Cruel Prince enough to read the sequel which is out in less than week now! YAY. I don’t actually know why I’m filled with so much excitement for a sequel to a book I’ve never read. It’s because there are faeries involved, I think.
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
I nearly forgot this was coming out this month and when I remembered I almost screamed. I need this book and this misfit group of characters in my life.
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
My friend Dezzy recommended this book, and because she is the contemporary QUEEN, I trust this will be the read to help me get back in to the genre. 💜
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
Let’s see how many times I can put this on my TBR without reading it! I actually (finally) got a physical copy of this a few weeks ago though so I’m one step closer picking it up. And I cannot waaaait.
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
I also got this one a couple weeks ago (see, I’m really AM trying to get back in contemporary!) and I’m looking forward to it a lot. Any book that involves BOOKS is always an instant fave. And supposedly this takes place in a bookshop. 💙
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
I just want you all to know that I just stared at this cover for a good minute straight and nearly teared up because it’s so beautiful and I still can’t be believe this book is real? I’m trying to remain calm and coherent but I can’t because NIKOLAI LANTSOV IS COMING BACK IN TO OUR LIVES ON JANUARY 29TH.
And that’s it! Of course, my TBR is always subject to change, but I’m so hyped for all these reads no matter if I get to them all this month or not. And I’m really, really looking forward to all I have planned blogging and reading wise in 2019. 🙂
Also – I wanted to remind you all of this as we go in to the new year: just do what you can, when you can, and that is enough. I know the beginning of the year can be overwhelming, especially for those of us who struggle with anxiety and depression, because it feels like we have a lot we’re meant to get done. And of course we should talk about our goals and celebrate accomplishments, but we should also remind ourselves that we’re human and can only do so much.
If you’re feeling stressed about the new year, I see you and I hear you, and I’m here to tell you that you are going to kill it in 2019! No matter how much you do or do not accomplish this year.
And on that note, I hope you all DO have a wonderful 2019 filled with all the happiness and tons of 5 star reads! I’m so excited to see what’s in store for all of us this year. ❤️❤️❤️
I’d love to know
What are some of your reading and blogging goals for the year? What are you reading this month? Are you looking forward to, or have you read, any of the books I mentioned?!