Reading Goals for 2018: 11/30/17
As we roll into the last month of 2017, I'm starting to think about my goals and direction for 2018. This year has been one of constant flux. I knew it would be as I went into it.
I began the year expecting the move — and yes — I did move. But originally we were planning an international, transcontinental move. Those plans fell through but the process of getting ready for the move made us realize that we still wanted and needed to move into a bigger place. In fact, because of the process of selling our condo and buying a house, we moved twice — once to an apartment, and then into our house.
In February our local independent book store closed. The long time manager of that store chose to purchase much of the unsold inventory and start her own book store. The city rallied behind her plans and her online fundraising. It took seven months to get the new storefront ready, inventory moved in, and the store opened. Coincidentally the new store opened the same day that we closed on our house.
From July to October we lived in an apartment, with only a single box of books per person, plus whatever books we checked out from the library or ebooks we downloaded. Then from October 7 to November 15 we moved into our new home. Here it is the end of November and we still haven't brought any of our home library back from storage.
In 2009, I mentioned having a backlog of 116 titles I wanted to review. Over the next couple of years that backlog grew from three months to six months worth of posts, assuming no reading. Of course I didn't stop reading, but I have slowed down, allowing me to close that gap. I'm not 100% closed but the gap is narrow enough I can no longer plan out my blog posts half a year in advance. This is a good thing.
For the last five years (give or take), I have been posting my reviews around weekly themes. I've never made those themes public — they were just there to make organizing the review in advance more fun for me. Starting over the summer I realized that method didn't work any more as my lag time between reading and reviewing has shortened.
Instead, now I'm doing a day of the week theme, meaning different days are dedicated to different types of reviews.
- Saturday: New books – books published this year
- Sunday: Old books - either books I read a while ago and haven't reviewed, or books published a long time ago.
- Monday: Recent reads - books I read recently that aren't published this year
- Tuesday: Canadian books (because I'm a long time participant in the Canadian books challenge)
- Wednesday: Mystery books
- Thursday: Comic books and graphic novels
- Friday: Research - either reviews of road narrative books or road narrative essays
To read and review a minimum of:
- 52 newly published books
- cleaning out my backlog
- 100 books off my wishlist that aren't newly published
- 52 Canadian books
- 52 Mystery books
- 52 Comic books or graphic novels
- 52 Road narrative reviews or essays
- 51% (or 153 books for the year) reading and reviewing of diverse books / authors, with an emphasis on authors.
Once I've cleared out my backlog, I plan to rededicate Monday to audiobook reviews. Currently that's at 166 books I've read and written reviews for. I know it's right where I was in 2009, but my reading has slowed to under a book a day that I can close this gap by April or May. Leaving me the back half of 2018 to focus on wishlist books.
I'm still working through my update of the graphics on every review. I"m working backwards. So the present day back through January 2011 are complete. The move really took time away from this project.
Once the graphics are done, I plan to make my site more mobile friendly. I have no time line right now for when that project will start or how long it will take. It will be a learning process for me.
I'm tracking books read and reviewed that count towards both my reading goals (see the rest of the post below) and the Beat the Backlist 2018 challenge. Books I've reviewed will be posted here throughout the year.
- Adventure on Whalebone Island by M.A. Wilson
- An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley
- Alienated by Melissa Landers
- Bo at Iditarod Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill
- The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
- Book Clubbed by Lorna Barret
- Cold War on Maplewood Street by Gayle Rosengren
- The Dark Lady by Irene Adler
- A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong
- The Dastardly Deed by Holly Grant
- Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
- Dragons Beware! by Jorge Aguirre
- Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel
- A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O'Leary
- A Fatal Chapter by Lorna Barrett
- Fax Me a Bagel by Sharon Kahn
- The Final Kingdom by Michael Northrop
- Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
- Ghostbusters 101: Everyone Answers the Call by Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening
- Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford
- Giant Days, Volume 6 by John Allison
- The Good Little Book by Kyo Maclear
- Habibi by Craig Thompson
- Haunting Jordan by P.J. Alderman
- How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana and Abigail Pesta
- If You Find This by Matthew Baker
- Internet Famous by Danika Stone
- Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina
- The Kairos Mechanism by Kate Milford
- Koko Be Good by Jen Wang
- Latte Trouble by Cleo Coyle
- The League of Beastly Dreadfuls by Holly Grant
- The Left-Handed Fate by Kate Milford
- Locke & Key, Volume 2: Head Games by Joe Hill
- Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff
- The Magician's Secret by Carolyn Keene
- Miss Pickerell Harvests the Sea by Ellen MacGregor and Dora Pantell
- Murder Most Frothy by Cleo Coyle
- My Life in Dioramas by Tara Altebrando
- My Little Pony: Micro-Series: #1: Twilight Sparkle by Thomas Zahler
- The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
- A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
- Noragami Volume 4 by Adachitoka
- Noragami Volume 05 by Adachitoka
- Not the Killing Type by Lorna Barrett
- Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins
- The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey
- Otis and the Scarecrow by Loren Long
- Out of Tune by Gail Nall
- Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum
- Patina by Jason Reynolds
- Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison
- The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall
- Pierre the Maze Detective: The Search for the Stolen Maze Stone by Hiro Kamigaki
- Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
- A Pug's Tale by Alison Pace
- Ruby Lee and Me by Shannon Hitchcock
- Rueful Death by Susan Wittig Albert
- Sabotage at Willow Woods by Carolyn Keene
- Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11 by N. Griffin
- The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla
- Sovereign by April Daniels
- Speedy in Oz by Ruth Plumly Thompson
- Spy on History: Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring by Enigma Alberti
- Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee
- Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami
- Sunflower House by Eve Bunting
- Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs
- Sweet Tooth: Deluxe Edition, Book One by Jeff Lemire
- Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker by Molly B. Burnham
- Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught
- Three Years with the Rat by Jay Hosking
- Topsy-Turvies: Pictures to Stretch the Imagination by Mitsumasa Anno
- Waiting for Unicorns by Beth Hautala
- The War at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks
- The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh
- Welcome to the Real World by Angela Melick
- When the Silliest Cat Was Small by Gilles Bachelet
- The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry
- Zack Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth by Jeff Anderson