I had six bookish resolutions for 2018. And I can proudly announce that I’ve managed to fulfil the majority of them! In fact, I’ve only failed to accomplish one of my goals, despite not having done as well as I was expecting to regarding another one.
My main ambition last year was to read one book by an author from each of the still 28 EU member states. I called this project ‘EU still 28’ and completed it before the end of December. I read some truly good books and discovered several authors whose work I want to continue delving into. I don’t regret doing it at all! However, I have to concede that having a relatively long list of books set to read during one year was too restricting, and it was really difficult to find books that immediately appealed to me to represent some countries. Thus, I ended up reading a couple of books that I would have never picked up otherwise and that I didn’t like that much.
I had hoped to read 35 books during 2018. I surpassed that number, having read a total of 39 books! A small number for many of you, but one that I’m really proud of. I also started reading two books that I ended up not finishing, so they don’t count for this purpose.
Another of my goals was to create a new category of posts concerning bookish places. And I did! I just didn’t write as many as I was expecting to. Ideally, I had hoped to be able to write one of them once a month, but I only published two during the entirety of the year. One was about my visit to the José Saramago Foundation and the other revolved around some of the places connected with Fernando Pessoa in Lisbon.
I did much better when it came to write about my monthly favourites. I did so every single month and will continue to do so in the future. It’s an opportunity to share with you some of my other interests besides books.
I also wanted to review all poetry collections that I managed to read during the year. I read two – Instante (Moment) by Wislawa Szymborska and At the Edge of Night by Anise Koltz – and reviewed both of them.
Finally, I aspired to publish two posts every week – every Tuesday and Friday. And, as had happened in 2017, I failed to do so… I missed seven days, the majority of them in the second half of the year. This will stop being one of my resolutions now, because life gets in the way sometimes, making it difficult to always have posts ready in time.
Overall, I think I did rather well! I’m now ready for another year of reading, hoping to discover even better books!