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2018 Reading Goals and Resolutions

2017 ended up being a pretty amazing year. I had my doubts when it first started, and although it definitely had its moments, overall I'd say I was pretty blessed.

I think honestly the right attitude can make a huge difference on how a year ends up playing out, and I definitely had the wrong attitude as 2016 came to a close, and we headed into 2017.

Sometimes life isn't going to be perfect, and 2017 helped me to understand that honestly that's okay. Nobody's life is perfect, no matter how much it may seem like it on the outside, and honestly, I think perfection would probably be a tad boring.

After all, its often in the imperfect moments that we truly discover life's greatest blessings, and so as we jump into 2018, I'm looking forward to discovering many more amazing books, and taking my blog even further.

I know the idea of resolutions and goals is one that not everybody agrees on. Some feel that setting reading goals is putting unnecessary pressure on yourself, but I personally love them.

Some years I accomplish my goals, some years I don't. Regardless, having them keeps me motivated, and gives me something to look forward to, and so today, I'd like to share with all of you guys my reading goals and resolutions for 2018.

1) Read 215 Books

Some may say this is a hefty goal, some might say it's not challenging enough, but for me I think it'll be about perfect. I'm definitely a fast reader, and my personal record was 542 books in a single year. However, that was the year that I suffered badly from my numerous health conditions, and I spent a lot of time at home sick in bed with a stack of books. I was thankful that 2017 was a year where my health had improved at least somewhat, and that I didn't have time to finish anywhere near that amount. I set my 2017 reading goal at 200 novels, and I actually read 240. However, I'm sticking with 215 for 2018 as I hope to also find more time this year for spending quality time with my friends and family, and hopefully a couple of vacations as well.

2) Invest More Time and Effort Into My Blog

My blog is so important to me, and I spend a lot of time and effort on it each week. However, there's still so many things I want to do with it in the future, and in 2018 I really want to get a jump start on this. I've actually been considering taking my blog down to twice a week posting instead of three times a week, as I feel that maybe I'd have more time to invest in each post, but we will see what the year holds.

3) Request more arcs from NetGalley and/or other sources

In 2018 I really want to put myself out there, and request arcs more often than I did this last year. I love getting the opportunity to advance review, and to work with awesome publishers and authors, and I hope to do better with this in 2018.

4) Read More of the Books I Actually Own

In the past few years I've gotten really bad for ignoring a lot of the books on my own shelves, and constantly checking out library books instead. While I definitely love the library, there's so many books on my personal shelves that I've been wanting to read for forever, and I'd like to remedy this as much as possible in 2018.

5) Read More Devotionals

Faith is what pulled me through all the hard times in 2016 and 2017, and in 2018 I want to find more time for reading devotional books. I received one for Christmas, All My Love, All My Life by Ruth Ellen Wallace, that sounds amazing, and I'm really looking forward to diving deeper into my faith and challenging myself more in 2018.

6) To Not Force Myself To Finish Series That I Hate

I've developed a bad habit in the last few years of forcing myself to finish series once I've started them, even if I really don't like them, and it's a habit that's taking up way too much of my reading time. In 2018 I want to be okay with walking away from a series if I don't like it.

7) To organize my library better, and get rid of books I didn't like and/or have no intention of ever reading

I have a lot of books to put it mildly, and in 2018 I feel it's time to really go through them and get rid of the ones I read and didn't enjoy, and the ones that I don't ever intend to read. 

I feel I've given myself some pretty ambitious reading goals for 2018, but I'm excited to have new goals to work towards, and I'm looking forward to another fabulous reading year!

I'm also hoping to possibly get to a book convention in 2018, but I'm not sure if that's actually going to happen yet or not, so I'll have to keep thinking about it until then.

In the meantime guys, thanks so much for joining me today on The Preppy Book Princess. As always, I appreciate you taking the time to read my post, and I'd love to hear if you set any 2018 reading goals or resolutions!

Enjoy your day, and I look forward to seeing you all again on Friday :)

This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  The photo was taken by me, and belongs to me. 


  1. Hi Kirby,
    I am Epsita. Glad I stumbled upon your blog today and read this awesome book/reading resolution for 2018.
    I lovee books too! But only Inspirational, Self-Help, and Non-Fictions. I am looking forward to read more books too this year, and to add some new inspiring reads to my library.

    This post has left me feeling really motivated about reading. So Thank You:)
    Stay connected.
    Epsita |

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Epsita!

      Inspirational books are definitely one of my fave genres, but I haven't read too much self help books although it's definitely something I want to get more into in the future.

      Do you have any favorite self help or inspirational reads you'd recommend?

    2. Absolutely!
      My Pleasure Kirby. Totally loved your blog.

      If you visit my blog and can Che k the posts (mostly under 'Books I Like' )tab or in almost all my will find my favorite collection of inspirational reads.

      But I will also message/email you some more book names.
      Stay in touch.

    3. Thanks Espita! I just visited your blog, and you have so have good choices listed on their for inspirational reads I've never personally read. I will definitely be adding some of them to my TBR list :)


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