2018 is going to have some big changes. I’m moving (again) and, right now, there’s an uncertainty in my future that’s been giving me major anxiety.
As a result, I’m going to try and play it cool with my reading goals this year. I don’t want to stress myself out over how many books I’m reading, whether I’m reading enough of a certain type, or if my stats measure up to last year’s. I want reading to be what relaxes me and helps me unwind.
I’m also about to lose access to my library and am not sure if I’ll have the time or finances to read as much as I have done over the last two years.
Nevertheless, I’ve set aside some reading goals for 2018. These are more like reading ‘wishes’ – things I’d like to do but won’t lose my mind if I don’t achieve them.
1) Read 12 books. I think one a month is a good number to aim for.
2) Read all of my physical TBR. This completely contradicts my first goal because I have 14 books on my physical TBR pile. (Don’t even get me started on what’s on my Kindle.) I’m moving out of Singapore right at the beginning of April and I don’t have the baggage space to lug books around with me. I have three months to read them and donate them.
3) Read at least five of the Star Wars Canon books. My brother asked me over Christmas why I haven’t read any of the SW books considering I’m a big reader and love the SW films. That was an excellent question I couldn’t answer. There’re a lot of gaps in the SW films and the books could be a good way to answer a lot of the questions I have.
4) Read three Stephen King books. I am currently making my way through all of King’s books in chronological order. No matter how terrifying his stories are, there’s something very comforting about his writing. I grew up reading his books so there’s a familiarity that can’t be beaten.
5) Read one James Baldwin book. I discovered Baldwin’s writing last year and fell in love with it. I want to keep at it this year.
6) Read one Maya Angelou book. I went through the whole of 2017 without reading any of Angelou’s work. That is a travesty. She is my all-time favourite writer and I still haven’t read all of her memoirs. I need to get onto that.
And that’s it. These are my tentative reading goals for 2018. What are yours?