Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Goals for 2018


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

The rules are simple:

  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
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  • Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists.
  • Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

This week’s topic is Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2018.  This is an easy one for me because I love signing up for reading challenges and I find reading other blogs gives me lots of inspiration for what I’d like to achieve with my own.

The Classics ClubOne – Complete my Classics Club list

I signed up to The Classics Club soon after I started blogging in November 2016 and confidently set a target to read my 50 chosen books by the end of December 2018.  It seemed a long way away back then.  As it stands, I’ve only read seven from my list so this is going to have to be a real focus this year.

TBR Challenge 2018Two – Read more of the books I already own

To help with this, I’ve signed up for the 2018 TBR Pile Challenge (hosted by RoofBeamReader) and the focus seems to be helping because I’ve already read two of my twelve and I’m all part way through a third.  Who knows, I may even get to my two ‘reserve’ books as well…

Buchan of the MonthThree – Promote the books of John Buchan

I’ve been reading and collecting books by John Buchan for many years and I’ve always thought he was underrated as an author.  To try to dispel the idea that his books are dated or that he only wrote The Thirty-Nine Steps, I’ve embarked on my Buchan of the Month reading project.  To read my introduction to the first book on the list, The Power-House, click here.  Why not join me and read along?

NetGalley Challenge 2018Four – Achieve my 100 reviews badge on NetGalley

I need to read and review around 25 more titles to achieve this so to help keep my focus on this target I’ve signed up for the NetGalley & Edelweiss Challenge 2018 (hosted by Bookish Things & More).  I’m going for Silver level which should get me to my goal.  A side goal is to maintain my 80% plus feedback ratio and (a dream more than a goal) to get auto approved by a publisher.

Goodreads ChallengeFive – Read at least 156 books in 2018

I’ve set my Goodreads reading challenge target at 156, the same as last year although I actually managed 160 in 2017.  However, I think three books a week is about my limit.  Any more than this and I think I’d start to feel pressurised and risk losing the enjoyment of reading.

BookPileSix – Reduce my stack of review copies from authors

I always feel slightly guilty about the length of time it takes me to get around to reading books sent to me by lovely authors, although they are unfailingly patient and appreciative when I finally do get around to publishing my review.  This is despite the fact that I am very selective about the review requests I accept.  I made a real effort to read more from my stack of author review copies in December and I’m going to try to do the same in February (see goal nine below).  I’d really like to reduce my turnaround time for reviews to below the three to four months it is currently. (By the way, for any authors reading this, my review stack is not quite as big as in the picture.)

2018 HF Reading Challenge_GraphicSeven – Read 50 historical fiction books in 2018

This is rather a cheat because historical fiction is my favourite genre.  However, I’ve signed up for the Historical Fiction Challenge hosted by Passages to the Past because it’s always great to swap recommendations with other bloggers.  I’m aiming for Prehistoric level which means reading 50+ books.  In a similar vein, I’m also participating in the When Are You Reading Challenge 2018 (hosted by Taking on a World of Words)  It involves reading 12 books, one from each of 12 specified time periods.  I also hope to read the books longlisted for The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. (You can read my wishlist of books to appear on the list here.)

WWWWednesdaysEight – Take part in bookish events

I already participate in a number of memes such as this one.  Other favourites are WWW Wednesdays and Throwback Thursday and I always mean to join in with the monthly Six Degrees of Separation but never seem to get around to it.  Last year, I took part in ARC August and really enjoyed it, although I wasn’t organised enough to get through all the books I’d targeted.   I’ll be looking out for events like that again this year.

Nine – Take blog tour breaks

I love participating in blog tours as it’s introduced me to some great authors, books and publishers and some amazingly professional tour organisers.   However, it is easy to sign up for more than you intend and find yourself overwhelmed by deadlines.  I know because I’ve done it.  As a newbie blogger, I was so keen to get involved, I got carried away (although, I’m proud to say I’ve never missed a tour deadline).  I took a blog tour break in December and it really allowed me to catch up with other reading in what is a busy time of the year as it is.  I shall be away for part of February so I’ve decided to take another break from blog tours then as well.

10BookBlogsILoveTen – Support other book bloggers

The book blogging community is terrific and one of the things I particularly enjoy is interaction with other bloggers.  So I want to continue making time to visit other blogs, read and comment on reviews and share their posts on Twitter and other social media.

18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Goals for 2018

  1. Great list Cathy. Good luck. Maybe I read 50 Historical last year but most of them were Romance but I loved them. I’m hoping to read more of them this year. You want to take a break from blog tour while I want to start participating. 🙂 🙂 I’m not just THAT familiar on how it works. 🙂

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    1. Any type of historical counts! If you want to try signing up with a blog tour organiser, I can recommend Amy at Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours as she specializes in…you guessed it, historical fiction! She’s also very professional and well-organised. Essential! If you’re committing to reviews it’s important it’s for the sort of book you’ll like but most tour organisers welcome bloggers who’ll host other content like interviews, excerpts, etc.

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      1. I’m gonna check her out. 🙂 🙂 Thanks Cathy. I’m looking forward to your historical fiction reviews. 🙂 I find your reviews reliable so I know I can pick books based on your reviews. 🙂 Happy Reading.

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  2. I agree with you on book tours. I’ve had to limit myself to only 2 or 3 a month. Otherwise I go crazy with feelings of guilt and stress. I don’t need that in my life! Writing timely reviews is always one of my goals. It takes me FOREVER, so now I’m just very up front when someone queries me and say it could take me YEARS to review it. #realitybites

    Happy TTT!


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    1. Yes, I think it’s something you learn by experience, that you need to strike the right balance. I do try to write reviews soon after finishing a book but I’ll admit it can sometimes take me hours. For some reason, a review of a book I loved is more difficult than one I was just OK about. I guess it’s about trying to do justice to how you felt about it and the author’s craft…


  3. Good luck with your goals, especially no. 1! 43 classics in a year is a daunting thought. My tip for being auto-approved is to take books from some of the smaller publishing houses – they often seem happier to auto-approve than the big ones… 🙂

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    1. Yes, I’ve left myself with a lot to read but luckily not many of them are what I’d call ‘heavy’ classics – I didn’t give myself War & Peace! Plus some are part of my Buchan of the Month reading project so I’m likely to read all those.

      Thanks for the tip about NG auto approvals. I do find myself requesting books (rationing myself, of course) from a fairly small range of publishers so I’ll have to love bomb the smallest of those with reviews and hope they notice me!

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