With a new year, 24 hours away comes goals. New Year’s Resolutions that are forgotten by February. It would be nice to break that trend. Now that we have a blog, there are certain things to focus on and instead of just having a Goodreads reading challenge, we have decided to have other goals for 2018 in addition. Things that we wish to focus on and things we think we could do better at.
Chantel will be in purple.
Caidyn will be in blue.
There are a lot of things I’d like to get to in 2018.
One of the first goals I have is to read three complete series in the next year. By this, I mean start from the beginning and complete the series within 2018. I do have three series in mind, these likely will not change unless I just can’t stand continuing it. However, I think I’ve picked three series that I will really enjoy.
This is an adult sci-fi/fantasy/dystopian series about life after the world ends. I don’t know much more about it except there are a lot of characters of color. I’m really excited to read this series because I’ve heard nothing but great things.
- The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness
Am I ashamed that I haven’t read this series already? You bet your ass I am. Patrick Ness is my favorite author and I’ve only read three of his books. Not to mention, the lowest rating I’ve given one of his books was 4 stars. That is a pretty good average so far, so I have a feeling I’m going to enjoy this series.
- The Queen of the Tearling series by Erika Johansen
This is yet another series I’ve heard great things about and out of the three I’ve chosen, I’m unsure if I’ll like this one the most. It sounds great. It’s an adult fantasy series with a strong female character and I’m all about that. However, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t because the hardback cover of the first book is absolutely gorgeous and I want it on my shelf.
For those of you who have been following the blog for awhile know that I read a lot of books with LGBTQ+ protagonists. It is the majority of what I read. In 2018, I want to hit a lot of boxes in reading a bunch of different types of LGBTQ+ books that cover the spectrum. This is important because one of the things I want to do is promote LGBTQ+ books as much as possible. That is a goal of mine. So, I put together a bingo board and I plan on blacking out the board in reading 24 different books.
Everyone is welcome to join me in this whether you just do a normal bingo or a blackout like me, just make sure to give credit. This is inspired by Diversity Bingo that I saw on Twitter a few months ago. I think it’s important that I hit on every one of these and do the best I can to provide a wide variety of LGBTQ+ books to those who might need them the most.
Read 2 Jane Austen Books
This one is small, but Jane Austen is a huge blind spot for me. I know of her books and was obsessed with a movie called The Jane Austen Book Club but never read any of her books. I’m going to read Pride and Prejudice for sure, but I don’t know about the second book. There aren’t many to choose from, but if anyone wants to suggest the second one I should read just leave it down in the comments.
Note: If I end up not being a fan of her work, I might abandon this. I just want to read more classics.
Chantel has more plans than I do. I mean, I have very rough plans and they’re nothing like this. You know? I can’t plan that well with books.
That’s a lie. I can plan it very well, I just choose not to.
Either way, here are my very rough plans:
- Finish 2017’s classic challenge. For me, my goal was to read all the classic Sherlock Holmes stories. Yet, catastrophy struck! I tried to buddy read it with someone and they literally stopped talking to me. Then, I tried another person. They got busy and dropped out. Then, there is this magical thing called school and grad school and jobs and yeah. It didn’t work out. So, my goal is to finish it!
- Read more books I own. I own a ton of unread books. More unread books than ones I’ve read. That’s a big problem for me, so I want to read, perhaps, 50 books that I own during this year. I think that’s doable, don’t you?
Other than that, that’s it. That’s all I have for my plans. As I said, not terribly elaborate.