My Bookish 2018 Resolutions

bookish resolutions

Hello, bookworms!! How have you been doing?
The temperature dropped significantly where I live and we had the first snowfall of the year today!! It didn’t stick much, but I expect the roads to be icy and I’m debating whether to take a bus to work tomorrow.

Again, it’s a bit late to do a resolution post for the year 2018, but I want to share with you my 2018 resolutions as far as reading goes πŸ™‚

Without further ado, let’s get down to business, shall we?

1.Β  Read 100 books

goodreads challenge

For the year 2018, I set the goal for reading 100 books. I read 76 books from June to December in 2016 and read 104 books last year, far more than my original goal of 70 books.Β  Given the track record that I have for the last couple of years, I think downing 100 books a year can be feasible UNLESS I fall into a reading slump, which I definitely don’t want to.
Resuming listening to audiobooks will definitely be a help and I hope that I get to surpass my goal this year as well!

2. Read books outside my comfort zone

I basically read whatever book that catches my interest. With that being said though, I tend to avoid reading Non-fiction because of my preconceived idea that non-fiction tend to be boring as dirt and I only read three Non-Fiction books last year.
I want to remedy this situation, in fact. I’ve recently been given three Cathy Glass books from my bookish friend and I take it as a nudge to get myself out of my comfort zone this year around.

In 2018, I want to grow and develop myself as a reader and reading from various genres should be a great help. If you have any good book recommendations, sent them my way – I am all up for the input! πŸ˜‰

3. The Ultimate Reading Challenge

Ultimate challenge

My dear friend, Nel@Reactionary Tales recently tagged me for this Ultimate Reading Challenge on Twitter. It’s a year-long reading challenge where you read a book with at least 150 pages that fits the description every month. You can take a look at the complete rules and sign up here.

Being a slow reader, it is hard for me to finish many books in a limited length of time, as in finishing 5 books in two weeks, but reading a book in a month is definitely attainable.
Tackling these challenges will also help me to read from many genres that I mentioned in #2 resolution, I’m literally killing two birds with one stone here, am I not? πŸ˜›

For January, I am going to read The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller.


To be honest, I don’t remember a thing about this book, I only remember that I did read this during my time in junior college. An American teacher loaned me this book a few months prior to my graduation but judging from the fact that I had forgotten the plot, I don’t think this book was my favorite, probably not.
Nonetheless, revisiting a book wouldn’t do me any harm, I assume!


There you have it; these are my bookish 2018 resolutions.
I might add more challenges and goals as I go along, but I think I’m settled with these at least for now πŸ™‚

How about you? What are your bookish new year resolutions?
Comment below and let me know!

Thanks for dropping by as always, I wish you all a happy 2018!



54 thoughts on “My Bookish 2018 Resolutions

  1. coffeelovingbookoholic says:

    whoooop whoooop – she’s back!? it’s sooooo great to see you in my feed, now that i am also back! πŸ™‚ *alexhappy*
    hope you’re doing great! πŸ™‚ ❀

    these are definitely goals, that are achievable! good luck and i hope you love all your books. i didn't do many resolutions. my main goal is not to stress about reading haha. i just want to read what i want to read, without pressure or because i have to for challenges. so no challenges for me. i am just going with my mood. i have two other things though. i want to read 5 charles dickens novels and i want to try to finish my started series first, before i start new ones… we'll see about that πŸ˜€

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    • Noriko says:

      Thanks, Alex! Wow, you’re back as well?! Whooop whoop, that makes me super happy, too! So glad you’re back, too!! I’ve missed you, girl!
      Yes, stressing ourselves over reading challenges sounds pretty counter-intuitive, take is easy, Alex! Although I set my goal here, I am taking it easy, too. Even if I don’t make it to the goal, that’s okay.
      Wish you a very happy 2018, Alex!

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  2. Cozynookbks says:

    I want to read more books from my tbr shelf and try my best to limit purchasing new books when there are so many others I need to read. I’m going to be more selective when it comes to agreeing to read books for reviews. It’s hard for me to turn authors down, and I do enjoy most of the books I agree to read, but like yourself I don’t read a lot of books in a short length of time, so to get to the books that I truly want to read, I have to be selective. Also, I want to read more books by newly-discovered authors I love. And, I’d like to read more books from Netgalley and Edelweiss.
    I still have a few books to review from 2017. I fell behind a little with other life responsibilities, but when those are done, I’m really going to try to stick to these new goals. ( :

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    • Noriko says:

      Thanks for commenting, Laurie! I am going to try to rein in book buying this year, too! I’ve already had many more books in my bookshelf, and I will focus on whittling down books that I already have rather than following new books lol
      I hope you can achieve your goals for this year! Happy reading ❀

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  3. Mischenko says:

    I’m so excited that you’re doing the Ultimate Reading Challenge! I’m doing that one too. Good luck with both challenges! I’m already sweating mine because I’m behind, but it’s just the beginning. Hope all is well and chat soon, Noriko! ❀

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      • Mischenko says:

        I’m starting my book today! I’m so excited too because it’s a reread of a book I loved in the past. Hopefully I’ll feel the same this time around, haha. Can’t wait to see what you’re reading! Take care and chat soon. ❀

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    • Noriko says:

      Aww, thank you, Misty! I never thought I could read as many as 100 books last year. Now that I did achieve the milestone, I want to challenge myself not only with the number of books, but also reading from many genres. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for achieving our goals!

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  4. silviakaybooks says:

    Great goals, Noriko! I’m aiming for 140 books (insert zombie face), so… Wish me luck! XD 100 is pretty ambitious as well, but I’m sure you can do it given your impressive track record. Happy reading – and let me know when you want to buddy read Never Let Me Go! 😊

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    • Noriko says:

      Thanks, Siliva! Wow, 140 books? But I am sure you can do it!! I can do Never Let Me Go next month! First, I need to buy the book, so Next month might work, how about you? πŸ˜‰


  5. AJ says:

    Your books so far this year look great! I set my goal at 100 books too, but I’m only number 2. I’m getting worried as I don’t think I’ve ever been such a slow reader before!

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    • Noriko says:

      Oh, I see lol Yeah, making resolutions can be two edged sword – reading could be a purpose and you might found ourselves reading for the sake of the number of books… happy reading anyway, Annie ❀

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  6. Hunida says:

    I set my reading goal to 60 books this year but I hope to exceed that! I know you’ll make your hundred. I am really not trying to self promote but I do have a list of my favorite memoirs on my blog that I want to suggest each and every one of those books to you for your more non-fictions goal (if you can’t find it on my blog and want me to send you a link, I can). Personally, I couldn’t get into Cathy Glass’ book.
    That reading challenge sounds so fun but I hate to not choose what I want don’t read just to follow a challenge.
    Be careful on the icy roads, Noriko! πŸ’—

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  7. Nel says:

    You are so welcome! I’m glad we can participate in a challenge together! It’ll be so fun 😁 I hope you acheive all your goals Nori love and I’ll be cheering you on!

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  8. Kathy @ Books & Munches says:

    Awesome goals! I especially like the one to get out of your reading comfort zone though. I joined the Popsugar Reading Challenge last year and that helped me enormously on that account! I really picked up books I never would’ve read otherwise, haha.
    I hope you can find some more genres – or authors – you end up liking / loving!

    Have fun and good luck, Noriko! πŸ˜€

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    • Noriko says:

      Thank you, Kathy! Yes, I really want to develop myself as a reader by reading genres that I had never read before! Putting ourselves in a situation we need to constantly challenge ourselves surely help us grow.
      I hope you can achieve your goals for the year 2018!

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      • Kathy @ Books & Munches says:

        Yes, I couldn’t agree more! I left my comfort zone last year by reading Furiously Happy [Jenny Lawson]; that one had me laughing so hard, yet showed me how mental illnesses can have an influence on someone’s life. And I freaked myself out with The Shining [Stephen King]; apparently I wanted to prove myself I’m a real pussy.. Oh, and I picked up my first ever sci-fi novel with Illuminae! Three completely different things that I would’ve never read otherwise! So I’m keeping my fingers crossed you’ll find some new favorites in other genres as well this year! πŸ˜€
        Thank you!! You too!

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  9. carhicks says:

    Your goals are very realistic Noriko. I am terrible about setting goals because I very seldom stick with them I am a terrible procrastinator as well as having ADD, so if I set a goal, I get really excited, then it falls by the wayside. My only goal for this year is to read both physical and ebooks from my TBR and try to get it down to a more manageable number. Of course reading everyone’s blogs I follow usually just gets me to add more. I guess my main goal is to enjoy reading.

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    • Noriko says:

      I totally forgot to add the goal of reading books I already own rather than following new books! lol Thanks for reminding and we are on the same page on that goal!
      To enjoy reading is our first priority. Although I want to achieve my goals, I would definitely want to put the enjoyment as my first priority. I don’t want to read just for the sake of number of books πŸ˜‰

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  10. twofatnerds says:

    Hi. I’m also trying to read outside my comfort zone and, like you, tend to steer clear of the old non-fiction. Good luck with it. So far I’ve gotten halfway through The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison. It’s well written but not sure I ‘get’ most of it. πŸ™‚

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