7 Reading Goals for 2018

Confession time: when I filmed this video, I had no idea this would be the Top 5 Wednesday topic of the week. That’s also why I didn’t actually mention #T5W in my video. I had just decided I wanted to share my reading goals for 2018 with you all. Because I wanted to keep 2018 fairly relaxed in terms of reading, I didn’t have too many goals anyway. Here are 7 reading goals I’d like to achieve in 2018!

My goals for this year are mainly focused on being more relaxed with my reading. I set my Goodreads goal to 50 books, even though I read about 80 last year and 140 the years before that. I didn’t want any pressure, no matter what my schedule would look like this year. 

I also want to make an effort and read a wider variety of genres. I mostly stuck with fantasy and YA contemporary in 2017, so I want to expand my reading horizons this year. I’m hoping to read more mysteries, historical fiction novels, non-fiction books, sci-fi ones, etc. 

I also want to make a conscious effort to read diversely. I want to read diverse books with regards to ethnicity, sexuality, disability, mental illness, religion… You name it. I want to read it all. I started making more of a conscious effort in 2017, but I want to do even better this year. 

I also want to try and pick up more books by authors whose works I haven’t read before. I stuck mostly to familiar authors in the past few years, which makes me think I’m missing out on some serious gems. 

Another goal is to read more translated works. In 2017, I read a few books that were translated into Dutch (which was one of my goals, because Dutch is my first language). But most of those were still originally published in English. I want to change that this year and also read books that were translated from different languages. 

Like I said, I have 7 goals in total which I outlined in my video. The ones mentioned above are a few of those, and I’ll be mainly focusing on these. 

What are your reading goals for 2018?
Do you have any recommendations for me on translated and/or diverse works?

13 thoughts on “7 Reading Goals for 2018

  1. Some great goals. I agree with not putting pressure on yourself. My goal i 60 again this year. It just ended up working really well. I hope it will do the same for you. 🙂


  2. I admire how much you want to expand your reading universe so to speak. I actaully lowered my Goodreads goal this year because I want to approach this year without all that added pressure of having to read so many books. Wishing you lots of luck with your goals!


  3. These are great goals! I also want to be more relaxed with my reading and to continue reading diversely. The hardest part for me is finding books outside of YA contemporary.

    I have tons of mystery/thriller and sci-fi recs, so just let me know when/if you want any! For translations, I recommend Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s books and Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama. None of them are fantasy or YA contemporary. 😊


      1. My top sci-fis last year were Failure to Communicate and The Song of the Orphans (the first book is The Flight of the Silvers). As for mystery/thrillers, have you already read J.K. Rowling’s mystery series? Otherwise, some of my favorites last year were The Fourth Monkey and Ragdoll. 😊


  4. Yes, great goals! I didn’t read much last year but don’t want to put pressure on myself and just enjoy reading, so I’m aiming for just a couple of books a month. I basically just want to slowly go through the books I already own. Good luck to all of us! 🙂

    Btw, I like the new blog look! 🙂


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