2018 Bookish Bucket List

Here goes year 4 doing this! And I think this is going to be the year I actually complete my bookish bucket list! I really want to throw myself back into the book community and blogging world, the past few years have been a little tough to get the reading done and last year I set high goals, but came up short. 

♠ Read at least 75 books.

♠ Read and Complete 10 Series. 

♠ Read at least 6 BIG books. This is a repeat from last year.I feel like I am always so intrigued and interested in the huge books, but never get around to reading them because they are intimidating. (I am counting this as over 500 pages.)

♠ Read 50 books from my TBR (#beatthebacklist) 

♠ Read at least 5 Non-Fiction Books. 

♠ Post 3 Reviews a Month.

♠ Create or Join A Book Club.

♠ Create my Own Read-A-Thon.  I want to create something that will become a yearly thing and go along with my blogiversary!

 

I feel like this list will have more added to it within the next week or so but for now this is it!

 

What are some of your 2018 goals/resolutions?

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January 2018 | TBR

Well it is officially the New Year! I have a lot of goals for the new year both bookish and personal. I think 2018 is going to be a big year for my blog and for me bookish! I am excited for starting the #beatthebacklist challenge and my 5year blogiversary next month.  I am also excited to start my first read of the year. You can also check out my Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR.

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs

Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett (because it has been on my tbr for the past 6 months)

Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik

What are you planning on reading this month?

First Read of 2018 | Discussion Post

I am sitting on my bed staring at my bookshelves trying to decide what should be my first read of the new year. For some reason after everything that happened in the last year I feel like choosing this first book is such a big deal. I need to set up my year for success and positivity, both in my personal and blogging life and goals. It may seem silly, but that is just the way my brain is working right now. It has always been books that have saved me from the downs of life and I want 2018 to be full of the ups and the good things! So I decided to share my thoughts and process for how I am going about picking which book will be my first read of the New Year!

I feel like if I start with the wrong book it can cause a massive book slump because I have been reading so much lately and want to keep up with it since I have so many books I want to read and get to some books I have waited to long to read. So here are my requirements for the book I choose.

⇒ Must be around 300 pages
[ I feel like 300 pages is an average length book and a god place to start. If I start with one that is too short I will get too fast of a start and it could lead to a book slump if the next book takes too long to read. And if it is too long it will drag out and make me feel like I am off to a bad/slow start]

⇒ Must be the 1st in a series/part of a series
[ I feel like if it is in a series it will cause me to want to keep reading and continue on with the next books. One of my goals is to read/complete more series and if I start of with a standalone I feel like that is what i will continue to pick up.]

⇒ Must be a backlist book
[This is another one that is partly because it will count for one of the challenges I am participating in so I will be able to check off a box and that will keep me wanting to continue. I am such a sucker for making list to be able to cross things off and makes me feel like I am making progress. It is also because if it is an older book there will be more reviews for it and you will have a better idea if you will like it or not. There is nothing worse then starting the year off with a book that you don’t like very much]

⇒ Must be a YA
[ I read YA a lot faster and think that it is a good place to start the year.]

⇒ Needs to be fantasy
[ I have been avoiding fantasy like the plague for some reason this past year. It is one of my favorite genres and I need to read more fantasy. So I thought if my first read of the year was a fantasy it would help me with reading more fantasy in 2018. ]

⇒ Must be an author I have read before
[Again this goes with the whole knowing I will enjoy the book because I have read the author before!]

So those are my thoughts on the qualities I need in the first book I pick to read in 2018! I will let you know once I decide which one it is. I have a couple choices that fit into these categories, but still not 100% sure which one it will be.

Let me know how you are going to decide what to read as your first book of 2018 or which book you have already decided will be the first one! 

BIG BOOKS | 2018 Goals

One of the things I really want to focus on this year is big books. I have included it in my bookish bucket list for the past few years and will be included again for 2018. I consider a big book to be 500 + pages. This has been a struggle that I have faced every year because big books intimidate me because they take a lot of time and dedication.You have to be in the mood for it and know it will take a few weeks to finish.  I own a lot of them and many of them I have heard nothing, but awesome things about. All of the big books I have taken the time to  read I have not been disappointed with. So I want to put this out into the blogosphere that I want to read at leastBig Books in 2018! Here are some of the big books I own and really want to try to get to in this next year. Obviously this list is more than 6 and some are in a series with other books that belong in that series that also have more than 500 pages. These are just some of the top ones I really need to be getting to very soon! 

» Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy {864 pages} (I started this a long time ago and got halfway through but never finished it)

» Cress by Marissa Meyer {552 pages} ( I need to continue on with these series so bad)

» A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas {626 pages} ( Another series I need to continue with)

» Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling {870 pages} ( I know how can I not have read this yet. I need to finish reading this series)

» The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch {726 pages} ( I have been holding off on reading this book because I have been waiting for the release of the 4th book)

» The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson {781 pages} ( Starting to see a pattern? Another series I need to continue)

» Americanah by Chimsmsnfs Ngozi Adichie {589 pages} (I started this a few years ago and some stuff happened and I never continued)

» Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss {662 pages} ( This is one I have been meaning to read for so long)

What are some big books you need to read or want to read in 2018! 

Book Bullet Journal Planning | 2018

As we are about to begin the new year, I thought it would be fun to share some of the planning I have been doing for 2018. I have been working on developing my goals and challenges for books/reading for the 2018 year. This will develop a lot over the year and as the year progress I might add to this post or create another, but for now I am just going to share what I have so far. I have done quite a few different forms of bullet journalling in the past and get insanely jealous of those that are so good at their lettering and somehow make the mundane daily task of their lives look so cool on paper. I am hoping to get better at this but I do it because I enjoy keeping track of my book stats and goals throughout the year. It gives me another outlet to write things about books for myself other than just my blog. If you have any cool book bullet journal ideas or keep one of your own I would love to see it! Here are the pages I have been working on.

Do you use a book bullet journal or even just a book journal?

Top Ten Tuesday| Top Books I Am Looking Forward To In 2018

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten  Books I am looking forward to in 2018! I have been pretty bad at keeping up with books and the latest releases. There are a few books I am looking forward to and want to make sure I read in 2018!

♦ Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi 

♦ Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyem

♦ The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

♦ Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh 

♦ Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

♦ To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

♦ Freyja’s Daughter by Rachel Pudelek

♦ Daughters of the Night Sky by Aimie K Runyan

♦ Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood 

♦ When the Light Left Us by Leah Thomas 

What are some books you are looking forward to in 2018?