2018 Reading and Blogging Goals

Every so often I decide that I’m going to reflect on the kinds of things I’m reading throughout the year. Looking back I didn’t do any ‘reading resolutions’ as such this time last year, at least not publicly, but the do this I did better with reading thoughtfully, critically and with a view to experiencing more diverse books and writers.

That being said I’m always looking to improve so I’ve been thinking about my reading and blogging goals for 2018.

Get my Netgalley feedback ratio above 80%. I’ve submitted about 60 reviews on Netgalley but my ration still isn’t as high as I’d like it to be. My aim is to go through some backlist ARCs and submit feedback, as well as be more conscious about the books I request.

Cross post reviews to Goodreads. This is something I’m really awful at. I mainly use Goodreads to keep track of what I’m reading and post ratings, but I figure those ratings aren’t helpful without explanation and it’s still the easiest way for a potential reader to find out about a book.

Read at least 30 books for Read the World Project. I haven’t been as enthusiastic about blogging in the early part of this year, and by extension my drive to talk about this project kind of went away too. I definitely want to get back on the bandwagon this year and I have plans to start up an online book club with a different country per month, maybe even with a readathon sometime towards the end of the year!

Diversify the speculative fiction I’m reading. I got back in to SFF towards the end of the year and, as a poor result, the ratio of white male writers I was reading went up. I have books by POC SFF writers, and queer writers and female writers and a-combination-of-all-three writers so there’s no excuse.

Link to more Ownvoices reviews and posts in my own reviews. I’ve been trying to do this more regularly, so really I want to continue!

More women and marginalised writers. This is always a goal of mine. More queer authors, more diaspora authors, more black authors, more authors from outside of the UK and US, more mental health rep, just to read more than just the status quo.

Read three short stories a week. I have so many anthologies and this seems like a good way of getting through them rather than sitting there staring at them on my bookcase thinking ‘I’ll get to those’.

… and a bonus goal.

I’ve been thinking for a while about how I’d love to get back in to writing. I’m not cut out for a novel, I don’t have the attention span, but iv always loved short stories and I’d love to write some in the coming year.

So, that’s it! A mismatch of reading, blogging and writing goals for the coming year!


My Rereadathon To Be Read pile

I’ve finally narrowed down my To Be Read pile for next week’s Rereadathon! I had also planned on rereading Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman but I couldn’t find it. I might have a look in the library

This seems like a lot of books for ten days, especially as I’m planning on reading other books too… But I am on Easter holidays as of the 24th and need plenty of books to occupy my time!

Three of these books (Wuthering Heights, The House on Mango Street and Wise Children) are books I read at university and school so I’m looking forward to reading them without that pressure. Wise Children even has my old annotations written in it! Lolita and Timbuktu I probably haven’t read in the best part of eleven years, so this whole week is exciting!

What is everyone else reading this week?

Stephen King Haul!


I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with horror as a genre. At twenty four I am basically unable to watch any scary film with an eighteen rating without hiding behind a pillow. I am, essentially, a wuss.

Yet I find horror books to be strangely compelling. One of my favourite things to do at the gym is to put a zombie-esque dystopia book on my kindle, play a creepy playlist and run up stairs like my life depends on it. Recently I started reading Stephen King short stories and was inspired to pick up some of his longer novels. 

I read Carrie when I was about fourteen and absolutely loved it. The film is also one of the few horror films I’ve been able to stomach (presumably because it’s old enough to be able to see the wires that make up the special effects). I briefly read part of The Stand a few years ago but for some reason I never managed to finish it, I think I got caught up with uni work.

So I already own a few of his books. A while ago I decided I’d quite like to start reading all of his bibliography, but it’s taken until now to start building up a little collection of his work. Out of the three books I bought today I’m most excited about The Bachman Books because it’s an older edition that includes his out of print novel Rage. I remember age about fifteen deciding that I wanted to read it because I found the subject fascinating, but disappointed because it seemed to be only available in old editions.

So, a small book haul from one of my favourite second hand bookshops (I urge anyone passing through Rochester to visit Baggins Book Bazaar), but a pleasing one considering it’s essentially seven novels for £6.50!

What’s your favourite Stephen King novel? Which one should I read next?