Hi there friends!
Long time, no speak! With the New Year not long behind us (plus, who says you can’t make goals at any point in the year), I thought I would look back over my bookish goals for 2018, what I achieved and didn’t, and those that I’ve made for 2019 as a result.
After spending the previous 4 years reading academic texts for my degree, which were mostly very tough to get through, I found that I’d really fallen behind with reading the books that I wanted to. So, after starting my Masters, which didn’t give me much more in the way of free time to read fun things, I decided to set aside some time to read all those books I’d always wanted to. I started by aiming to read one book a month…
I ended the year having read 39, rediscovering my passion for literary, historical and some commercial fiction – but also some non-fiction reads, which I would deem a SUCCESS!
My top five of those were:
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
- A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
- Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Another of my goals was to read in my other languages (French and Italian), which I have always struggled to do – partly because there are so many good books in English and partly because it takes me time to look up any vocabulary that I don’t understand. Unfortunately, I didn’t read any foreign novels in 2018 (shocker).
Moving on to this year… Having overachieved my goal of reading 12 books over the course of the year by quite some margin, I am now aiming for one book a week in 2019.
52 books in 52 weeks.
I have also set myself the goal of reading one book in French and one in Italian this year. My choice for the Italian novel would be L’amica geniale, the first novel in the Neopolitan series, which I have in the English translation by Ann Goldstein as well as the original Italian. That way, I can read in a parallel text format, using the English to help when I don’t quite understand.
I am undecided on the choice of French novel, so if you have any suggestions, I am all ears!
I’d also like to keep expanding my repertoire of genres that I enjoy, so plan to keep reading a mixture of literary, historical, commercial fiction and non-fiction.
My final book-related goal is to get my dream job in publishing… here’s hoping!
What are your reading goals for the year? I’d love to hear them!