Reading Goals and End-of-Year Reading Plans

I realized yesterday that not only is it November, but the month is already half over!

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Since time has decided to go into hyper-drive, I thought it would be a great time to discuss the progress I have made on my reading goals as well as talk a bit about my reading plans for the remainder of 2018!

Read 50 Books:

Every year, I set a goal to read 50 books. I am quite pleased to report that I am only two books shy of completing that accomplishment for the year. Some readers set a much higher goal, but personally I like to keep the bar at 50 to avoid stressing myself out.

Read and review at least 6 classics to participate in Back to the Classics 2018:

This is my second year participating in the Back to the Classics challenge. To be entered for the final prize, you have to read at least 6 classics published no later than 1968 from certain select categories. At this moment, I have reviewed 10 with another one coming!

Read and review 12 books for the 2018 TBR Pile Challenge:

I think I can reach my goal on this one too as I have completed 9 reviews with another one coming. While it does not help that the remaining books on my list are long, it does help that every participant has two alternate choices in addition to the original list. I think the largest obstacle that has impeded my progress is that I am an “impulse reader.” Despite having a plan, I see something shiny and new and think “I need to read that now.” At least I admit I have a problem….

Read and review 5 books from different countries for the 2018 European Reading Challenge:

I added this challenge just so I could experience some authors from other countries. Unfortunately, this one has gotten the least attention but I did accomplish getting 5 books read. I need to update my Book Challenges 2018 page as I technically have read more than 5 books from European writers, but the idea is to read from different countries (I think I read 10 books from England alone).

Reading Plans for November/December: 

No worries about the cold here as I have a nice little stack of books to keep me warm. Here is my game plan to finish out 2018 strong!

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  • Novellas in November: I learned about this fun little event from Rick over at Another Book Blog. Since I have nothing but love for the wonder that is the novella, I have quite a few I could tackle rather quickly. Both The Final Solution by Michael Chabon and The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan sound interesting. I also have several other short novels that would count so possibly one more in addition to Chabon and McEwan.
  • Nonfiction November: Did you know that November is also a time to represent the beauty of the true story? I will probably only get one read for this category so I choose The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau. Motivational reading is always a plus!
  • Margaret Atwood: This year, I started reading this fabulous author. I have two books by her sitting on the shelves, Oryx and Crake and The Handmaid’s Tale. One will be read before the end of the year. Recommendations anyone?
  • Finish Challenges: Currently, I am halfway through Moby Dick. That leaves four books if I wanted to completely knock out my TBR challenge list: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens, and The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. Am I exhausting anyone yet?
  • Library Temptations: I also grabbed two irresistible new releases from the library: Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami and Street Freaks by Terry Brooks. I realize I am torturing myself by adding two books to an already tall pile, but these are two of my favorite authors!
  • Short Stories: I have been picking up some short story collections here and there, so possibly a review of one, or a discussion of a specific story I liked.

If I complete the books above, my final total for 2018 should be around 60! And yet, the book piles continue to grow.

Before closing out this post, I thought I should revisit another set of goals for 2018. At the beginning of the year, I did a post outlining my writing goals for 2018. Sadly, there is no need to outline those goals again……………because I accomplished none of them.

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This would be the moment where I say “but I was so busy.” However, I have grown quite tired of using that as my excuse. I could also say that I need to get off my ass and do it, but writing actually does not require me to get off my ass so I cannot say that either. Hopefully, I can still accomplish one writing goal before 2019. It is still quite attainable.

Thank you to all my subscribers for staying with me on my bookish adventures. Hopefully, the best is yet to come.

What books have you selected for the final weeks of 2018? How are your reading goals progressing? Let me know with a comment below!

8 thoughts on “Reading Goals and End-of-Year Reading Plans

  1. Glad to have you aboard Novellas in November, Joel! The beauty of the challenge is that it’s so easy to squeeze it into your other reading plans. Excited to hear your thoughts on the books. I’m reading On Chesil Beach by McEwan later in the month, so maybe we can compare our experiences with him.

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  2. Allison Davis

    I had a similar issue when November started. Where did the time go?!? Also, I love this post. Would you mind if I used the format for a post in my own blog?

    Looking at your book choices… I really enjoyed The Handmaid’s Tale when I read it in high school. That was over a decade ago, but it still sticks with me. I also enjoyed The Bone Clocks. I’ve read The Old Curiosity Shop as well, but I think of the two, The Bone Clocks would be more fun for finishing up the year.

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    1. Joel Getter

      Thanks Allison for reading my little blog, and of course you may use the format for your blog. I will definitely check it out! I love David Mitchell so I’m sure The Bone Clocks will be great!


  3. I always set my year goal for 50 books, and I always just make it. Amazingly!
    Today I saw on Goodreads that I am 1 book behind schedule. Thankfully, what I am reading or plan to read are smaller in size, which helps when time is short.

    Good luck on finishing up your reading goals.

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