December always goes by so quickly! I get so excited for the Christmas season and then it passes by in the blink of an eye. But even with all the holiday celebrations, I managed to read quite a few books more than I expected!
I also wanted to take this opportunity to revisit my 2018 bookish goals. I had an idea in my head of how well I did with accomplishing these goals, but actually checking and writing this out helped me determine what really worked for me this year and how I want to adjust my goals/reading habits for 2019.
Click on through to see everything I reviewed, read, and wrote in December, along with a recap of my 2018 goals and how they fared…
Books I reviewed:
An Anonymous Girl was a riveting story of love and morality; I would gladly read anything by this author duo!
No Mercy was an excellent follow up to an impressive debut.
I found The Hate U Give to be underwhelming, but it could be because I watched the movie first.
Zaria Fierce and the Dragon Keeper’s Golden Shoes was the third book in a trilogy that I think deserves a lot more love!
Books I read but haven’t reviewed:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was a complex story with plenty of action and intrigue, making it right up my alley!
Hunting Prince Dracula was just as entertaining as the first book in this series but it felt longer.
Clue wasn’t my typical type of read but I did enjoy it!Cleopatra: A Life was full of interesting information but dragged on a bit.Hercule Poirot’s Christmas wasn’t my favorite Christie novel but was exactly what I was looking to read over the holidays. The Gilded Wolves wasn’t necessarily what I’d call easy reading but it was rewarding.
Other posts this month:
My list of 5 Books To Curl Up With This Winter contained books that feature a chilly atmosphere so you can embrace curling up with a blanket and hot beverage! Click on through to see my picks HERE.
Since it’s the time of year when everyone starts thinking about New Year resolutions, I shared 5 Habits To Help You Read More in case one of your goals for 2019 is to read more. See my tips HERE. In making my “Best Of” lists for the year, I wanted to share the love evenly between review copies and older books; Top 10 Backlist Books I Read In 2018 shares my favorite books I read this year that were published prior to 2018. See the list HERE. My other “Best Of” list of the year focuses on my favorite books I read that were published in 2018. See the Top 10 New Releases I Read In 2018 HERE.
How I did on my 2018 bookish goals – what worked and what didn’t:
I set out five goals related to reading and blogging for myself this year. Some of them worked better for me than others; let’s see how I fared!
Read at least 20 books I’ve purchased for myself but have not read yet. I read 30 books that I already owned this year but some were rereads. Only 17 were first time reads of newly bought books. This also seems like an incredibly small percentage of the total 117 books I read for the year. For 2019, I want to keep this idea but am changing it slightly. Instead of a particular number, I’d like 30% of the books I read to be ones that I already own.
Finish the series I’ve started. Yes! I finished both The Lunar Chronicles and the Daniel Blackland Trilogy. I also finished the first three books in the Arkane series but haven’t yet decided if I’m going to keep reading the later books in the series.
Re-read some old favorites. I did re-read some of the books I wanted, namely the Harry Potter series. But I didn’t get to nearly as many as I wanted. I still really want to revisit some other old favorites, so I’ll be shifting those to next year.
Complete the Popsugar 2018 reading challenge. I almost completed this one! Out of the 40 “regular” and extra 10 “advanced” prompts, I finished all but four. This was a lot of fun in the beginning but became more stressful as the year progressed and I got more creative trying to fit what I was already reading into each prompt. I like the idea of reading prompts but am not sure if they work well for my mood reading habits.
Branch out to write new types of posts. This was a lot of fun for me! As much as I enjoy writing and reading reviews, I wanted to start recommending books as well. I’ve done some seasonal reading recs, top lists, and also suggesting books based on other books, movies, or tv shows. I’ll definitely be keeping up with this in 2019!
On the stack for next month:
January holds a good range of variety for me, from cozy mystery to contemporary and nonfiction to classics, which is exactly how I like my reading! I’ve read previous books from a good portion of these authors that I really enjoyed and am looking forward to pick up their newer books now. One of my main goals for 2019 is to make a significant dent in the books I own but haven’t read yet, so I’m trying to start strong by picking up two such books: Wuthering Heights and Hidden Figures. And I’ve already started Wuthering Heights, so hopefully I’ll be on track soon!
What are you reading or planning on reading next?