TBR & Goals

2018 Goals

2017 is ending. Time for 2018 goals!

2017 Goals Wrap-Up

I won’t link the goal post because it’s in Italian.

I wanted to read at least 95 books.
I read more than 150! But I decided not to set numeric goals for 2018.

I wanted to read all the book on this list:

  • The Archived by Victoria Schwab – haven’t read
  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab – read, 4 stars
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black – read, 4 stars
  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson – haven’t read
  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton – read, 2 stars.

Will I ever get to those two? Who knows.

I wanted to reread at least two of these: The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black, The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.
I completely failed, but it’s not a problem. I reread City of Bones, hated it, and decided not to continue. Now I don’t know if I ever want to reread the books from this list (they’re books I liked before I started blogging).

Goals for 2018

Read more adult SFF
I haven’t posted my list of favorites yet, but at least seven out of the 15 books are adult SFF. And I read mostly YA. But YA just isn’t as good, or maybe I’m not exactly the target audience anymore (but it’s not like I’m the target audience for books with main characters who are 25+).
Also, I find that adult sci-fi is more diverse. I often see people on twitter who say that adult SFF isn’t as diverse as YA and… I mean, if all you’re reading is A Song of Ice and Fire, The Name of the Wind and Brandon Sanderson…

Be more selective with YA books
My list of least favorites of 2017 is mostly YA SFF, so I don’t think that’s the genre I should read the most from anymore. And I don’t usually hate contemporary, I just don’t care about it – most of the genre’s appeal is being “relatable” and to someone who has never been in America or in a romantic relationship it’s just not. So in 2018 I will be reading only YA books I truly care about.

Don’t read books just because they’re hyped
Most YA titles receive a lot of hype, and then they get mixed reviews and sometimes they become polarizing and I want to know my opinion about them. Or maybe everyone seems to love them and I want to read them even though I couldn’t care less about the premise. I usually end up not caring about them at all. (The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue! Caraval!). In 2018, I want to read only books whose premise interests me.
I also don’t want to read books just because they’re f/f anymore. If I don’t like the premise – especially if it’s contemporary – I’m not going to read them, because then I feel terrible when I don’t like them.

Learn to DNF more often
I need to learn how to do this. I only DNF-ed two books in 2018, but I should have done that more often. I should have DNF-ed all my 1-star books, it’s not like the ending changed anything. What I hated about them halfway through, I hated in the end.
And next time I encounter a sentence that is xenophobic against Italians or someone who implies an Italian character is tied to the mafia, I’m DNF-ing the book. I don’t care if it’s subverted later. Because it usually isn’t and I’m tired.

If by the end of the year I haven’t read A Torch Against the Night, The Darkest Minds, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Burn for Burn and You Know Me Well, I’ll remove them from my TBR. Sometimes I just don’t care to read hyped books or their sequels, and that’s not a problem.

 Do you DNF books/series often? What are your 2018 Goals?

7 thoughts on “2018 Goals

    1. Same about new releases, I should be more selective, but… the hype. There are many backlist titles that seem really interesting but few people talk about them so I always forget. Good luck to you, too!

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    1. I don’t want to DNF ARCs either, but it’s not like I request a lot of them, so I hope I never find any terrible ones. But with finished copies? Sometimes I can tell I’m not going to like something just by reading a few chapters, and I want to trust this instinct more.

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  1. Caraval was pretty awful. It was 100% hype. Yeah, there are some books that are super hyped by booktube (mainly) all at the same time then it just falls off the face of the book world, never to be talked about again.

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