We are almost midway through 2019. Thus, this is the perfect time to evaluate if I’m fulfilling my bookish resolutions for this year. A couple of them are vaguer than usual, so it may not be easy to come to objective conclusions.
When it comes to numbers, my desire is to read at least 35 books. I’ve finished 17 so far and am halfway through another. It seems likely that I will achieve my goal, particularly because I’ve already read more than half of the total number of pages that I’ve read last year, according to Goodreads. I may end up reading less books than in 2018, but it looks like I’ll have read more pages.
My second goal is to reread at least one of the books that I remember as old favourites, meaning books that I constantly mention as being favourites of mine but that I’ve read both before having this blog and started using a rating system. I’m currently rereading O Ano da Morte do Ricardo Reis (The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis in the English translation) by José Saramago.
I also want to read at least two non-fiction books, but haven’t done so yet. I’ll probably read them in November and already decided that I want to read something about the Chernobyl disaster, thanks to the TV series.
Now I’ll try to evaluate the least measurable goals. At the beginning of the year, I wanted to give a fresh impetus to the social media that I occasionally use for bookish purposes – Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads – without spending more time on them. I don’t think I’m doing particularly well in this regard. I tried a few ideas at the beginning of the year but didn’t consistently put them into practice. The single conclusion that I came to is that I’ll only continue using Goodreads as a way to keep track of the books that I’ve read, their ratings and the unread books I have on my shelves.
Finally, I wanted to prepare blog posts ahead of time, not only by drafting them previously, but also by editing and proofreading them the night before I want to publish them. Although I was doing this at the beginning of the year, I haven’t been doing it regularly for a couple of months now. I definitely want to be back on track, though!
Are you fulfilling your resolutions for 2019? Tell me in the comments!