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Bookish Resolutions For 2018 And Some Stats From 2017

So I was reluctant to do a 2017 wrap up post. Because… It’s been such a long year! So many good books read. (No, but honestly. When you read 100+ books, it’s kind of tough to choose the best ones!) So instead… I’m going to do a Bookish Resolutions post!! So let’s see what I want to achieve next year…

In 2018 I will…

1. Read More Feel Good Books

Yes. I am done with feeling down! (I know that’s far fetched, but go along with me.) I know I read a lot of important books, and blogging about sensitive topics is super necessary! But mental health is ALSO necessary. Which is why I’ve decided to read more feel-good books! Not entirely sure how I will achieve that yet… Any recommendations?

2. Request Less Books

Has she been saying that throughout the entirety of 2017, or has she been saying that just IN THE LAST DECADE?? I know I’ve said this before, but this time I mean it. (No, but for realsies.) I will still request books of course, no way that’s not going to happen, but I’m seriously tired of my ARC numbers not going down. Which is why it’s also important to mention…

3. #BeatTheBacklist!!

Beat The Backlist Book Bards Team Badge

There are just so many good backlist books (that I’ve already bought too…), and I just got so carried away with ARCs last year. I’m getting tired of that. Which is why I’ve joined #BeatTheBacklist! I want to read at least 36 books from my backlist this year. I’m sure most of you have already joined, but if not, just sign up here. Now, to the important matters – who is in my team?

4. Push Myself Less With Challenges

You might be wondering why I said only 36 books for the backlist challenge, when I read over 100 books this year and went over my Goodreads goal. But I just don’t want to subject myself to that all over again… Next year, I will be free to read however much I want. Reading more books does not make you a better blogger. It just makes you a more stressed out one!

5. Continue Working On Communities

You might be aware that I’ve just started two thriving communities: The International Bloggers Group and The New Bloggers Support Group (which you are free to join, if you want to, just ask me in the comments.) I want to keep working on these communities and building them up! The International Bloggers group is active on its own, but I have big plans for the New Bloggers Support Group. Me and a couple of other lovely bloggers will be putting together a series of posts to help newer bloggers make sense of the whole experience of blogging, so it will be a lot of work! I am going to have fun with it. And hopefully, I’ll continue meeting awesome people along the way!

6. Publish Regular Discussions

This is like the funnest discussion linkup, everyone! Not only do you get to linkup your own post for others to see, but you get the full layout of each month’s discussion posts by everyone else for you to read, and also a giveaway every month (I’ve ever won one this year!) I usually just have the month’s linkup open as a tab the entire month, no kidding, and just go reading from there. The challenge is hosted by two lovely ladies Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! If you want to post more discussions, I do suggest linking up too – it’s a great motivator.

7. Keep On Top Of My State Of The ARC

State of the ARC has received more love in the past months than I expected it to! And I’m very glad. Despite my somewhat pathetic attempts to actually make it smaller, I’ve really enjoyed the meme, and it seems, so have you! We will be continuing with the linkups and knocking down those bricks like we’re nuts!

As For 2017…

I know some of you have said you’d like to see some stats. I was reluctant to look back, but… Here we go!

I have reached and gone over my Goodreads goal for 2017! That makes me super happy to know that I can, but it will also be enough to just know, but not exercise that next year 😉 chances are, I will read more than the challenge I am planning to set, but might not reach 100. And that’s okay!

I have also reached and gone over my Mount TBR of 36 books that I bought before 2017. I won’t be doing this challenge next year, as I’ve already picked #BeatTheBacklist, which is a pretty similar kind of challenge.

I also won’t be doing the Blogger Shame challenge, because I already have my own State of the ARC to track my progress. I had not planned a specific number of books to read, just as many as I can, and as you can see, I didn’t do too badly, although one could definitely improve:

And now let’s look at some blog stats…

2017 stats

Some Of My Favorite Posts…

international book blogger  be positive about your book blog this year
blogging is not a stepping stone  scifi language barrier
scifi hope about humanity  
  spoilers in book reviews
5 Hopefully Not Deadly Sins of Book Blogging  

And Some Books You Shouldn’t Miss

Fantasy And/Or SciFi

The Creatures of Will and Temper An Unkindness of Ghosts The Ocean at the End of the Lane Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom: A Novel of Retropolis
The Library at Mount Char The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) The Punch Escrow Red Rising (Red Rising Saga #1)

Middle Grade And Young Adult

Omnia His Dark Materials Felix Yz Things I Should Have Known

General Fiction

The Impossible Fortress Faithful When the English Fall The Gargoyle


The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women All Day: A Year of Love and Survival Teaching Incarcerated Kids at Rikers Island, New York's Most Notorious Jail Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery

That’s about it for this year! I must say, I am really happy with all the numbers, and I could have never expected my blog to go this far in 2017. I can only hope next year will be just as great, or even better! And what are your new goals and resolutions?

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

127 thoughts on “Bookish Resolutions For 2018 And Some Stats From 2017

  1. Hey there, fellow book bard! 😀 I’m so excited for the BTB challenge, haha. Those are some amazing goals you’ve set for yourself, good luck for all of them. I hope this year would be great for you, especially with the helpful groups you’ve set up <3

    1. I’m also very excited 🙂 it’s a good thing I now know you and Anna are in the Book Bards! And Jen. I don’t think I know anyone else on the team yet 🙂
      You have a great year too! And thank you <3

      1. Me neither, though we have the whole year ahead of us so that’s a lot of time to bond with the team, haha 😀

    1. Oh wow! I am still not fully aware of who is in my team, but that’s so cool! Wait, are you in the Twitter convo for #BookBards?
      And the discussion challenge is the absolute BEST 🙂

  2. Congratulations of surpassing your goals. That is awesome! So many good goals up there. The feel good book thing is a must for me. It helps me cope with the world. I am too addicted to requesting books, but I have been trying to limit the number per publication month, so less than half of my monthly reads are ARCs. I really want to make headway with my shelf-love. You had an impressive year. Cheers!
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    1. The problem for me with those feel-good books is that I don’t really like romance, and other than that, it’s harder to pick and find feel-good books xD but I’ll try!
      Well, at least you read very fast! So you can actually keep up with your requesting quite well xD me? Not so much 😀 but I’ve been too busy to request lately. So that helps… xD but I think #BeatTheBacklist might really help me this year 🙂

  3. Good luck with all your goals! I really want to read more backlist books and less ARCs this year. I might join the #beatthebacklist challenge too. xD

      1. So I just got back from my vacation and have a lot of plans for my blog (including buying a domain, finally). Haha. I’ll probably join the challenge too. xD

        1. Buying a domain!!! Exciting 🙂 I wonder if you’ll be able to have one like that? Sounds like it would be already taken by someone xD hope you can find a solution 🙂 and yes, join the challenge! *crosses fingers you’re on the same team*

  4. You had an incredible year Evelina. I am quite impressed (You know right? 😀 ) And the new resolutions? Well I am yet to write that post (I am just being too lazy, you know 😛 ) but yes many of these resolutions are also on my list especially requesting less books 😀

    And hi-five for joining #BeattheBacklist but I am team Sorcerers 😀 But I hope we all will enjoy it 🙂

    Wishing you a great year ahead and hoping that you will achieve many more milestones this year 🙂
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    1. Haha, actually, when I look back, I also feel a little impressed 🙂 wonder how things would have gone with my blog if I didn’t have all those annoying technical problems as well? 🙂 anyway, thanks! I actually think your blog grew very impressively too! It took me a loooot of months to get any followers at all, and it seems you just got them in a matter of a month or two 😀 and your blog is so pretty! It’s all amazing 🙂

      Wishing you a wonderful 2018 too!!! 🙂 thanks for always being a friend.

  5. It sounds like you had a very productive 2017. May 2018 be the same for you. 😀 By the way I got The Three-Body Problem for Christmas. 😉

    1. It does, now that I look back 🙂 thank you! I hope 2018 is a great year for you as well 🙂 oh!!! That’s so cool!! I really hope you like it 🙂 hope I don’t miss your review! Feel free to link drop whenever xD

  6. Wonderful resolutions! I have a few reading and blogging related goals for this year, but they are more low-key than in previous years. This year is going to be a very busy one in my outside-of-book-blogging world! 🙂 Happy 2018!
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    1. Thanks 🙂 yeah, I know what you mean. I sometimes wonder if sharing goals is so interesting to others, but I guess I was joining teams so I had to post 🙂 are you joining any challenges this year? I also fail at not requesting, especially if I visit your blog xD I just got one approved that I requested after I read your review or some other post by you xD xD

  7. I love those resolutions! I like the idea of “going with the flow,” even though that’s not how you phrased it…that’s my “hippie” way of viewing it. LOL.

    I am not joining ANY challenges this year, and only participated in ONE in each of the last two years. But I will continue working on my TBR….and requesting FEWER books. Let’s see how that goes.

    Happy New Year, and thanks for visiting my blog. Enjoy the day and the week!
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    1. Oh you are!! Yay! 🙂 I bet you’re not in my team though, huh T_T which team are you in for Beat The Backlist?

      And yes, the discussion challenge is AMAZING!! Haven’t had time to look through December’s posts too much >.< just so busy with our discord groups. But I'm hoping I'll have time for January's linkup :)

  8. What a superb set of results – no wonder you are pleased with your 2017 reading year:). Here’s hoping that 2018 is every bit as successful – Happy New Year!

  9. I love end of the year posts. I’m not sure why, but I find them so much fun. Your 2018 goals all sound really good. I enjoyed the freedom of no challenges in 2017, but am jumping in the bandwagon again this year. I can’t help myself. 🙂 I’ve been following your news of your new blogger community, especially on Twitter. What a great idea! I am so glad it is coming together well for you and everyone. The book blogging community is so much bigger than when I first started blogging 11 1/2 years ago. It’s nice to have support from fellow book bloggers. I think even us veterans benefit from it.

    You had a great reading year! You read some amazing sounding books. I enjoyed all of your discussion posts this year. You are always so insightful, and I love how positive you are.

    I wish you all the best in the New Year! Happy Reading!

    1. Oh wow, this is the loveliest comment ever! Thank you so much! It really means a lot to me to hear things like this <3

      Wow, you have been blogging for so long! Amazing, I can barely even imagine it. It must have been such a snug, cute little community back then, huh? 🙂 do you have any take away, things you've learned about the community in all those years?

      I'm very happy that you think my community has a place in the blogosphere, and thank you for the trust 🙂 I'm so glad it's useful. I intended it to help others, and I'm so glad someone needs it. And glad to have respect from such amazing old timer bloggers such as you 🙂 over 11 years! That's beyond impressive. I can't believe you've found the motivation to never stop blogging in all that time.

      And thank you for reading my discussions! There should be more of them this year 🙂

    1. That’s the tunny thing, meanwhile I can’t get into romance at all, for example 🙂 but maybe I can figure out other feel good books!
      Wishing you a wonderful 2018 as well 🙂

  10. Good luck with your resolutions! I hear you on challenges- I’m doing exactly none in 2018 lol. Taking a break. 🙂

    Omnia was fun and I need to read The Punch Escrow.

    Have a happy New Year!!!
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  11. I’ve been in a feel-good mood lately and quite a bit this year, which is weird for me since I generally prefer dark books. But it’s been a stressful year! And sometimes feel-good is what you need.

    I don’t do any challenges, except the GR one (which I set low anyway), because they stress me out. Oh, and except the discussions challenge because I love that one!

    Good luck with your goals and Happy New Year 🙂
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    1. I agree about the feel good books 🙂 I just hope I can manage to stick with it. I don’t really know how to pick feel good books, ahahah 😀

      Everybody loves the discussion challenge, who could resist 🙂

  12. This is a great list of resolution for the new year! I hope you’re able to accomplish them all! Happy New Year! 🙂

  13. Great job on your reading this year. I hope that you can get a lot of backlist books read in 2018; that’s a big reading goal for me too. I’m hoping to also do the discussion post challenge because those are posts I love and need to focus on more!

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  14. Your plans look like a lot of fun! I agree that the Discussion Challenge brings out some of the best and most interesting blogging to read. And that it’s stunning how many books one can read and STILL make negative progress on one’s TBR. Sheesh.

    Enjoy your reading and blogging in 2018!

  15. Looks like you’re going to have a great start to the New Year. You 2018 Bookish Resolutions sound wonderful. I considered joining the Beat the Backlist challenge, I saw it posted on FB in a reading group and it’s one challenge that I would like because I have so many books that I want to read. You had a fabulous reading year Evelin, hopefully 2018 will be an even better one. 🙂
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  16. You had a terrific year! Lots of good books, lots of good posts… I’m impressed by all you’ve accomplished.

    I didn’t know about the Beat the Backlist challenge until recently. I’m running my own, The Backlist Reader Challenge — you could do both and have your books count for both challenges!

    Good luck with all your resolutions for 2018. I am still thinking about mine. Truthfully, I’m feeling a bit burnt out as a blogger, but I’d like to figure out ways to make it fun again — and less time-consuming.

    Happy New Year, and I wish you a terrific 2018!
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    1. Thank you! I am a little impressed too, when I look back, things looked different when I was doing them 🙂

      I guess you are right, I could join your challenge as well! Maybe it’s a good idea 🙂

      I know what you mean, I’ve felt a little burnt out too, what with all the groups I run. It takes a lot of time… But I hope we can both get motivated again 🙂

      Happy New Year, and thanks!

  17. This is an amazing post. I saw it in my email and I just had to come here to your blog and tell you that. I hope you achieve all your goals in 2018 and well done for doing so much in 2017. Happy new year!
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  18. Love the resolutions, especially #4 – sometimes all the challenges can take the fun out of whatever it is (reading, writing, fitness, whatever), so finding that balance between ‘things that encourage you to do the thing’ and ‘things that stress you out’ can be really difficult. Having said that, I might sign up for Beat The Backlist as well, as most of my 400+ book TBR list are things which have already been published, so it would be nice to make some progress on getting through that list.

    1. Thanks! Yeah 🙂 I loved having high goals and challenging myself last year, but I feel like I need to rest now. But I think that maybe after a slower year, I might challenge myself again next year 🙂 everything comes in waves.
      And #BeatTheBacklist is great! You should totally sign up 🙂

  19. Oo I hadn’t heard about the 2018 Book Blog Discussion challenge but it sounds right up my alley! I love reading discussion posts on other blogs but I don’t think I’ve ever actually written one (?!)
    Anna recently posted…Dear Sunday: Hello 2018!My Profile

    1. It’s the best challenge ever 🙂 well, if you haven’t even written one, then I guess it’s time to explore something new? 🙂 discussion posts are great! And very enjoyable to write 🙂

  20. Can I have more info about The International Bloggers Group? Though I don’t know if I count as international, heh, or if it means all countries or not (heh).

    Last year, I low-key partook in challenges, but am attempting them this year! I joined ones that are a bit similar, so hopefully it’ll help things go easier. I didn’t realize I could read as much as I did last year, so I’m rather impressed with myself. I thought it so impossible, because reading adds up into a tedious endeavor, but…I did it. 😮

    Good luck to you in reading for fun! Once I started doing it for fun and not really trying to stick to anything specific, I got away from that practice schooling imposed upon me and found my love for reading again—and surpassed my reading goal by a lot. Perhaps the difference is that is more possible if it doesn’t feel like as much of a chore? Hm.
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    1. Hi Jane 🙂 the international bloggers group only accepts non-US people – not because we don’t love them xD but because they wouldn’t be able to connect with our troubles and relate to them, and also just so nobody shares how they’ve received paper ARCs or something and make the internationals feel bad. It’s because US is very different about this stuff from the rest of the world 🙂 But if you are from the US, the new bloggers community is more than happy to have you, especially because you have SEO knowledge! The new bloggers community accepts both newbies, as well as experienced people to help the newbies 🙂 if you want to join, just message me somewhere and I’ll send you a Discord invite.

      Oh cool! How many did you read? And which challenges are you joining? I feel like challenges are an every-other-year thing xD you get tired of them, then you get tired of taking it easy… then you take another challenge xD way of the world!

      Oh yes, I definitely agree about the chore bit 🙂

      1. Awkward—I never replied to this. D; Gyah. Last year, I read 56/17 intended books. This year, I’m trying for 52 books…I do count all books, so manga and children’s (’cause I read to kids sometimes) is included up in there.~ I made a recap-ish post about it. ^^;

        As for the group, I’ll email you my Discord username. 🙂 I didn’t realize it was different in that department! I’m not primarily a book blogger, but a lifestyle blogger. I’m used to not being able to do various sponsored posts due to being in the US and not within Europe. Feels weird, heh.
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        1. Hey, would you look at that, I’m also reading 52 😀 but I’m sort of already killing it, cause I’ve started text-to-speech listening to books while I’m doing stuff, and it’s just such a lifechanger. And of course you’d count manga and kids books, I would too 🙂 I don’t read manga though, cause I could only read on the PC or the phone, and like… nope :DDD

          I hope you managed to get into Discord this time! If it’s run out again, I will try to get you a link that doesn’t expire soon. I will ask my smart mod to tell me how to make one ;D we NEED you in that group.

          Really, not being able to do sponsored posts BECAUSE you’re in the US? 😀 I thought it worked only the other way round 😀 we don’t really get to do promotional posts as book bloggers though. I guess that’s how it makes sense to be a lifestyle blogger 🙂 but what can I do if my lifestyle IS books xDDD (not even kidding :D)

          1. Heheh. I am used to reading on the phone/PC, ’cause of “webtoon” manga! I will eventually buy physical copies of the manga I read, but…I’m pushing it with having LGBTQ+ books where I live.

            I don’t do any of the audio, ’cause I’m hard of hearing and comprehend written things better…I love television and movies, but I’m constantly rewinding even with closed captioning.

            Heh. I’m in! It’s been educational for me, ’cause I haven’t had the best impression of what new bloggers need help with, so I haven’t been able to really help them when they’ve asked.

            A lot of opportunities are in the US, but they’re mostly for moms. When I get my own place and have a pet, I’d have an “in” in terms of a better chance for sponsored programs, but me as a millennial in the US doesn’t lead to many opps. In the UK, the variety seems better. I feel like companies in the States are often more…ugh, what’s the word?? They just have this ideal image and don’t think much beyond that ideal image—and they don’t treat bloggers very well, either, much of the time. :/

            Yeah, I’m more a nicheless blogger, but I blog about my life all-around. XD I call it lifestyle because people tend to understand a it better. 😀

          2. Oh, that makes sense! Yeah, I actually had trouble listening to books at first as well, I couldn’t concentrate. But I guess my brain got used to it in the long run, and I’m glad, cause the eyes get so tired from the screen all day. It’s a relief to be able to listen. It’s a very recent find for me though 🙂 that’s too bad you can’t listen the same way. But we’re all different with how we process information 🙂

            Ah, you’re right about the moms. Yes, I think people in the UK might have a better chance at the regular life stuff that’s not mom stuff 😀 I don’t think it would work for me however, cause I live in none of those countries, I struggle with books as it is, being international 😀 nobody wants us 😀

            Yours is definitely lifestyle, but maybe more like lifestyle and mental health? Because while you don’t exactly blog about mental health, that’s still the closest thing to a niche that I can find 😀 cause when you say lifestyle, I bet people just imagine those pretty white room pics with dogs and nice nail polish xD heheheh

    1. Thank you Daniela! 🙂 oh I’m so glad you want to do the re-branding post!! When would you be able to, actually? I’m aiming for ANY Friday, so you can just send me a doc when you’re ready and I’ll see when I can put it up 🙂

    1. Thank you Barb! If you want to join the New Bloggers group (in the role of experienced blogger, probably), just tell me and I’ll send you an invitation to the chat group 🙂
      Have a great 2018 too!!

    1. Haha, I feel like I’m doing the “reading less” plan, actually xD that would explain going from a goal of 100 books to just 52 this year 😀 but you know, I just love seeing “ahead of schedule” and having nothing to stress about 😀
      I agree about the no sleeping part. It’s absolutely what happened to me last week. All over one book! 😀

    1. Thank you! 🙂 haha, hoping to request zero books… Seriously 😀 high hopes you’ve got, my buddy! 😀 I would never hope for such things cause I know myself all too well xD although I’ve only requested one book in the last three weeks, so I feel like that is an achievement already 🙂

  21. Happy New Year Evelina! Good luck fulfilling all of your goals. I hope blogging-wise you’ve a great year as you did in 2017 (well, even better 😉 ). Thank you for all the communities you created. <3

    Sadly, I'm not on your team – I'm part of the Novel Knights. =P

    I want to read seventy books this year, however I'll not pressure myself to reach that number. As you mentioned, reading more books doesn't make you a better blog. Reading is supposed to be a hobby and I don't want to feel stressed because I can't read as many books as other people do or because I can't reach my goal.

    Happy readings! 😉
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    1. Happy New Year to you too! 🙂 thank you for the kind wishes 🙂

      Yeah, it seems almost everyone is NOT on my team xD but you know, Fanna (who is luckily on my team!) said that it’s actually a chance to bond with your new team, so it’s all good, I guess 😀

      70 is a pretty doable goal, and I think you will manage it nicely 🙂

  22. These are some AWESOME resolutions, Evelina! <3 Mental health is SO important–in the last year, I've had a couple of friends who've experienced a few anxiety attacks, and that just made it even a bigger thing for me to promote. Reading for good mental health is absolutely wonderful. And I am so in love with how you're building communities! I would love to be part of the international bloggers group if you'll have me.

    Here's to a great, bookish 2018! (Ps. you've definitely earned a new follower in me!)
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    1. Awww, thank you Aimee 🙂 I will message you on Twitter about the internationals group, of course we’d love to have you! 🙂 P.S. Your blog is amaaaazing! So beautiful.

      Aww and thanks! I’ll be sure to follow you back when I blog hop later today! 🙂 thanks for this lovely comment. Warmed my heart <3

      Oh wait. I am already following! 😀 must have follow through Bloglovin' because I don't remember actually seeing your website, which looks SO good!

  23. Good luck with all your goals and a happy new year!
    I definitely want to read more feel good books as well and only pick up books I’m really excited for 🙂 I also tried to reduce the amount of challenges I participate in, but I cannot say if I was truly successful xD
    I’m really looking forward to your discussion posts! 🙂

    1. Well, it’s alright to keep more challenges, but.. It’s smart to have them overlap then 😀 either way, good luck with your challenges this year! 🙂 oh, and thanks! I’m glad you like my posts 🙂

  24. Wonderful wrap-up, Evelina! I too really hope I’ll be able to go through more of the books I own instead of requesting. Gosh, I knowingly request when I know I have books that I’m sure would end up being favourites if only I gave them my time! 😛 Hope you get to respect all your resolutions and enjoy the books you’ll be reading in 2018!!! 😀
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    1. Thanks Lashaan 🙂 I know we’ll still succumb to requesting XD I just hope I succumb to it less than last year, or the year before 😀 it’s just that feeling of “but I’m letting my chance go!” xD we are greedy that way 😀

      Wishing you the same for 2018 🙂 and a great reading year, of course!

  25. Aaaaaaah, I wish you all the best on your resolutions! Although it seems that you won’t need any of the luck. Given how well you fared with your goals in the past year, you’ll definitely slay 2018, too!

    Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch

    P.S. As promised, I’m leaving ✨✨ in my wake. Happy New Year!

    1. Haha, thank you 😀 you know, I just might. It’s already proving to be a busier year blogging-wise, so I get less time to read 🙂 but thankfully, I have lowered my goals, so maybe it’ll work out 😀 anyway, wishing you a happy 2018 too! 🙂

  26. I am so excited to read your posts for the New Bloggers Support Group – and have I thank you enough for the International Bloggers Group?

    I wish you a great year, and to read as much as you want and as many feel good books as you need!

    1. Awwww Andreea, that’s the sweetest comment ever 🙂 thank you! It means a lot to me that my work is important to others. Makes me super happy!
      Thank you, and a happy 2018 to you too 🙂 I hope you reach all your goals!

  27. Ahh I love reading resolution posts and this was great! I also adored The Things I Should Have Known eeep. And your goals sound really good and also really wise.I’m still trying to figure out my goals for 2018 but I really want to tackle some books that’ve been on my TBR for…um…ever. I also want to slow down with my reading but that seems hilarious and probably won’t happen haah.

    Happy new year!!
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  28. Wow, awesome. I plan to beat the backlist this year too and be more picky in terms of books I want to read. I hope this year is awesome for you, my friend. Happy reading. ❤️
    Happy New Year.

  29. Okay, I have decided you are officially queen of the perfect gifs for blog posts. Those first two gifs were perfect and made me laugh me so much 🙂 I think all of these resolutions are doable and sound so good to me! I really like that they are mainly focused on pressuring yourself less when reading, enjoying the books more and then trying to get to some backlist ones. Community is something I am always working on too.
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    1. It’s a chat group on discord and if you live outside of the US, you are very welcome to join 🙂 please drop me a DM on Twitter and I will send you your invitation link! 🙂

  30. It looks like you had a wonderful 2017, and are gearing up to continue that on in 2018! I am also guilty of needing to ready more “feel-good” books as I have a tendency to naturally pick up the heavy & darker books…

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane was a favorite of mine for 2016 🙂 Have you read any of his other books? I highly recommend Neverwhere and Stardust.

    1. Thanks! Oh yeah, I’ve read both of those books 🙂 Neverwhere was my favorite before The Ocean! It’s a little bit sad though, considering the fact that I’ve probably read this gems already 🙂

      But if you love Gaiman, I honestly recommend The Library at Mount Char! It’s like Stephen King + Neil Gaiman, and it’s absolutely brilliant 🙂

  31. YES for #BeatTheBacklist! And yes to our team Book Bards! I need to get through a few arcs and then I’m diving into my backlist books. I have a few hundred books on my kindle and I don’t even want to count how many I have psychically sitting on my shelves eeps. I was hoping for 25-40 books, but I have a lot of contemporary books to go through and I can always devour those a lot fast. So we’ll see what happens! 🙂 Cheers to a fabulous 2018!
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  32. These are really great goals! All the best, I know you will achieve them. I haven’t made my list yet, it’s something I want to do this weekend. ☺

  33. These are some great goals. Having a more relaxed approach to your reading and not pushing yourself too much with the goals you do set is always good. I’m the opposite and am participating in a bunch of challenges but I know they are all challenges which don’t push me beyond what I know I can do so it works for me. I say this but I’ve not actually finished a book yet this year, but I’m ok with that. I’m doing Beat the Backlist this year too so I’m hoping I will finally clear some of those older books off of my shelves. I can do this!
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    1. Thank you 🙂 I took it easy on my goals this year 😀 there will be a lot of blogging involved, especially for the #NewBloggers 101, so I guess I’ll have to be reading less 🙂

      Maybe you’re having the opposite year from me 😀 I was having an overachiever year last year too! And it was fun, to an extent 🙂 but that’s why I’m taking a break right now. We need to change these things up. I imagine I will have another high-goals year sometime though 🙂

      Which team are you in for the Backlist?

  34. Wow! I know that you’re taking it easy on yourself this year, but I’m impressed with how much you’ve committed to this year, Evelina! I applaud your lofty goals. While the numbers might not be as high this year, I think you’ve chosen some great goals which will require a lot of hard work. Do you think you’ll read less in general in order to focus on the communities you’ve developed and keep your blog discussion posts rolling? Or are you hoping to maintain?

    I haven’t set my 2018 goals yet. I’ve been waiting for the upcoming TTT posts on 2018 goals. I think that’s a fair timeline. 😉
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    1. So it appears my going easy isn’t actually going very easy, huh xD but I’m flattered that you think my goals are cool. I think I will inevitably read less… but then again, audiobooks. You never know! But I’ll surely keep up those discussions.

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