Y’all, 2018 is almost over! How on earth did that happen! Seriously, does anyone else feel like this year went by incredibly fast? Not that I am necessarily complaining. This year was a tumultuous year for me, in good and bad ways. By the end of this year though, I feel like things are finally settling down. I feel more positive about life than I have in a long time, and not just because I am trying to make goals for 2019, but because my life is just better now. Let’s take a look:
- Celebrated by 10 year anniversary with my husband.
- Finally left my old job (for good this time) that was killing me and am now in a job working for a company that legitimately cares about its employees’ welfare.
- Still battling with my various health issues, but since leaving my old job brought a significant drop in stress, my symptoms have gone way down.
- Working on building my relationship back up with my daughter and making plans to help her with some of her goals.
All good things, right? How is this my life now!
I have some health related goals for this year, but seeing as this is primarily a book blog, I am going to go over my reading goals, starting with how I did for last year.
I originally, due to my reading slumps, had made my GoodReads goal to read 35 books this year. I met that goal in September, so I bumped it up to 50, and met that earlier this month. A lot of this has to do with the fact that I re-read two series in December that I read pretty quickly, but in my defense, it had been a while since I had read them the first time. So they were due. Here’s my final list (assuming that I will not finish my current read today):
- Want by Cindy Pon
- The Circle by David Eggers
- A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
- A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
- Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
- Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
- Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill
- Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill
- Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill
- The Doll’s House by Neil Gaiman
- Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill
- Dream Country by Neil Gaiman
- Season of Mists by Neil Gaiman
- Drink Deep by Chloe Neill
- House Rules by Chloe Neill
- Biting Cold by Chloe Neill
- A Game of You by Neil Gaiman
- Fables & Reflections by Neil Gaiman
- The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
- Brief Lives by Neil Gaiman
- Biting Bad by Chloe Neill
- World’s End by Neil Gaiman
- The Kindly Ones by Neil Gaiman
- The Wake by Neil Gaiman
- The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
- Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
- Wild Things by Chloe Neill
- Blood Games by Chloe Neill
- Dark Debt by Chloe Neill
- Midnight Marked by Chloe Neill
- Blade Bound by Chloe Neill
- Steel Lily by Megan Curd
- Iron Pendulum by Megan Curd
- 18 Things by Jamie Ayres
- Furiously Happy:A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
- The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore
- 18 Truths by Jamie Ayres
- 18 Thoughts by Jamie Ayres
- Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
- Splintered by A.G. Howard
- Unhinged by A.G. Howard
- Ensnared by A.G. Howard
- Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
- Feed by Mira Grant
- Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
- Deadline by Mira Grant
- Blackout by Mira Grant
- An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
- Paper Towns by John Green
- The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
- The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
- The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
- The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
Sigh. One day, I will do better at this goal. I really will. I have a list of 30-something series that I have started, but never finished (you can see it here, along with my other goal stuff). I had wanted to finish at least five. I finished one (Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill). On the plus side, I also made the goal of trying to finish any new series that I started, and I finished all of those (Sandman by Neil Gaiman, Periodic by Megan Curd, and My So-Called Afterlife by Jamie Ayers). So the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice will be added to the list for next year. Not really much progress, but hey, at least I didn’t make it worse!
Reading Goals for 2019
I am going to keep my GoodReads goal at 50 books in 2019. I am trying to make sure I read every day, even if it’s only one chapter, to avoid the dreaded reading slump. I’m on a good pace right now, so hopefully that will continue.
I will complete three series on my “Complete the Series” list, as well as finish all new series that I start in 2019. Let’s see if I can manage that at least.
Happy New Year everyone! May 2019 bring you health, happiness, and lots and lots of new books to read!