Hello all! I hope you are having a perfectly pleasant first weekend of 2018 – and it’s probably time I write my 2018 resolutions. These are 100% so I can look back next year and see which ones I managed to do, and I’m sure I’ve heard that if you write down your #goals, you’re more likely to achieve them.
As ever, please let me know which books you rate down below in the comments or tweet me at @annalisebooks – I’d also love to know your resolutions, so feel free to let me know or link me to your blogs/vlogs/instagram.
Low Book Spend 2018
I have a gargantuan TBR and a huge book-buying problem – I can’t just buy one book at a time, I buy a full series before even finishing the first book, my NetGalley TBR is spiraling out of control.
The plan this year is to really limit the number of books I buy. There will inevitably be must-have buys this year and it would be counter-productive to set a total book-buying ban – but the aim with any new book should be to read it immediately, and I’ve found a lot of new books I buy end up at the bottom of a very very very large TBR pile.
I’m looking forward to seeing how much better my bank balance will be by the end of this year – and I’ll need it as I’m planning on moving back to London. I’ll be asking myself with every book ‘Will I read it as soon as I get home?’ and if the answer is ‘yes’, I’ll be recording all the money I spend on books this year.
If the answer is ‘no’, and I still want to read it, I’ll put it on a list in my ‘notes’ app and reassess the situation later on – books on that list are totally fine to purchase for birthdays and christmas.
My second resolution is to try and finish a series a month – this is slightly different to @dani_reviews’ #ASeriesAMonth2018 challenge as I’ve started a lot of series but not finished them. I’m ashamed to say a lot of the books and series featuring on this list have featured on my previous resolutions blogs before.
I’m not going to set the series I have to finish, and instead pick up the ones that I fancy each month but here are some of the series I would like to finish this year, in no particular order:
- The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare (I have books 2 and 3 yet to read)
- The Illuminae Chronicles by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (Just book 3 to go!)
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (Just the 7th book – if it is released this year!)
- The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski (Books 2 and 3 to read)
- The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (Books 3, 4, Fairest and Stars Above)
- The Red Queen Quartet by Victoria Aveyard (I’ve read Red Queen – I’d like to read these in close succession)
- Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo (I haven’t read either but I have read the Grisha Trilogy!)
- ADSOM trilogy by V E Schwab (I only have A Conjuring of Light left to read but it is a huge book!)
- Rebel of the Sands Trilogy by Alwyn Hamilton (I’m really looking forward to Hero at the Fall)
- Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead (I’ve had Silver Shadows and The Ruby Circle (books 5 and 6) on my TBR for years)
- ASOIAF by George R R Martin (I’ve read the first book – my aim is to read one book every 2 months throughout 2018)
- Lord of The Rings by J R R Tolkien (I haven’t even started – but I feel like these are must-reads for any Fantasy fan!)
- DIMILY trilogy by Estelle Maskame (Books 2 and 3 still on the TBR shelf!)
- Northern Lights trilogy by Philip Pullman (I read the first book in 2017 and really enjoyed it – just need to read books 2 and 3)
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis (I haven’t started these but they should be quick reads)
- The Passenger Duology by Alexandra Bracken
#Brontë200 Book Club
I’ll be taking part in the Bronte Book Club with @lucythereader – where every two months, I’ll be reading a different Bronte classic. I haven’t read any of the Bronte books, so I’m looking forward to completing some classics and getting out of my comfort zone.
Document what I’ve read even if it’s not YA
I’ve seen a few people start Twitter threads showing what they’ve been reading – I’ve been reading tons of non-fiction recently and it can feel weird to talk about books that are so different and serious and scientific. I’d like to highlight some of the great books I’ve been reading that aren’t YA – although I’ll probably keep full reviews to fiction.
So there we have it – some pretty big resolutions for 2018! Do let me know what your resolutions are and link me to your blogs 🙂