Dear 2018 Wendy,
Before I get into my goals for your upcoming year, I’m going to take a moment to remind you of the goals 2016 Wendy set for me. I think it’s important I reflect on my own tasks, as how I did will greatly impact my hopes and dreams for you.
My first goal was to not beat myself up when I didn’t surpass the previous years reading goal. I’m pretty proud of myself. I didn’t come close to topping the 2016 score, and I feel completely fine. I happen to be our first full year of blogging, -yes, I am patting myself on the back- which takes up a lot of time. Even if I hadn’t been blogging I’d still be proud of what I read. So, with that in the forefront of my mind, here is my first goal for you:
Read even less.
Oh my gosh, I know that’s hurting your heart. I can already feel our stomach starting to drop. It’s this panicky kind of feeling, but look, just because you read LESS doesn’t mean you’ll go back to that young woman who never read. It’s all about balance, darling. You need it. Catch up on some TV. Get out of the house. Hang with family. 2018 will be the first full year of Wendy controlling her anxiety, and you should enjoy it by being more social. Maybe even set you’re new reading goal to 75… just a thought.
My second and third goals for 2017 were to tackle our TBR pile, both by reading the books I’ve been eyeing and to focus on books I’d already purchased. I think I did pretty well, hitting the books already on my bookshelf. The problem is I’m obsessed and for every book I read, I bought two more. I also signed up for the 2017 Beat the Backlist challenge, with pretty lackluster results. I think we can do better, so I’m passing these goals on to you.
Knock down that Backlist!
Read books you’ve already spent money on!
The catch is you have to buy less than you read. It’s tough, but with dedication and willpower you can overcome.
I was also given the goal of leaving room for spontaneity, and I think I did spectacularly well. I read a lot more books on a whim than I have the last few years. It was SO nice to read a book simply because I wanted to, and not because I felt obligated. Wendy in 2018, I want you to know how good it feels, so my goal for you is going to be even heavier. Here it is:
Request ONLY ARC’s for books/authors you already know.
Basically what I’m saying is, give yourself one year of not randomly requesting something just because the cover is cute, or it’s an author you’ve been curious about. Just fill one year up with a few ARC’s you can’t live without, and the rest books you want to read just because. Take back your reading habits completely!
My last goal was to accept and read more recommendations. This is a goal where I failed. I’m not sure I’m capable of being that kind of reader. I have mental blocks which prevent me from reading something that didn’t immediately strike me. I’m not going to give you this goal, frankly because I don’t think we’ll be successful. Instead, I’m going to go in a completely different direction. I’m going to give you a goal for something I know we miss.
Reread all your favorite books!
I know how hard this has been previously, but this year YOU should be able to tackle this lofty goal. You’re reading minimal ARC’s, and choosing books spontaneously. Rereading past favorites should be a breeze! I, for one, am super excited. Lumatere Chronicles and Seven Realms have been calling my name!
I know these goals seem so much harder than last years, but I know you can do it. The Wendy’s of Yore all believe in you.
We know you’ve got this!