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2018 Reading Challenge

Last year, I set a goal of 60 books on the Goodreads Reading Challenge, a figure I passed some time in September. I ended the year having read 92 books. Now the time has come to set a goal for 2018.

You’d think I’d go higher, wouldn’t you? Maybe aiming for 100 books this year?

It was a tough decision – but (and this is rather a first for me) I actually considered the books I’d be reading in the coming months before coming up with a number.
Yep, I know – forward thinking – me? I surprised myself too.

As I’m currently writing a cosy mystery series, the first in the series featuring familial child abduction I thought I’d see how others have tackled the subject. So, I’m reading a few boxsets to get into the right mindset.

I’m still working through The 12 Slays of Christmas – a selection of 12 cosy mysteries, but as I finish one of those mysteries, I’m jumping headfirst into another boxset: Missing Ones Super Boxset – another 12 novels with a kidnapping theme. Then I’ll check out a third boxset: Winter Whodunnits – 12 more cosy mysteries before returning to 12 Slays.

In total, that’s 36 books, but only counting as 3 in the Goodreads Challenge.

You can see where I’m going now, can’t you?

Consequently, I’ve downgraded my goal to 75 books – it’s still up on last year, so not really a cop-out.

Besides the boxsets, I intend to read more craft books this year too.

Starting with Eats, Shoots & Leaves and its accompanying workbook.

Okay, so I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to grammar and punctuation – and I do know my own skills are far from satisfactory. Hence the need to improve. Also, this looks like a fun read – not your typical, dry guide to commas, semi-colons and the like.

(I know – I hear you – my kind of fun is not to everyone’s taste. Each to their own, I say ­čÖé )

Anyway, that’s my reasoning and I’m sticking to it.

There’s plenty of room for some gripping thrillers, some emotional women’s fiction and a smattering of historical fiction.

It’s going to be a great year.

By the way, if you have any recommendations I’d love to hear them. Or, if you’ve set yourself a reading goal, how did you decide on a number, and what do you intend to read this year?

In the meantime, thanks for reading ­čÖé

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Focus – I can do this.

So many of us – and I include myself in that number – make New Year’s Resolutions with the intention of being fitter or smarter. But, as is often the case, these plans fall by the wayside long before January is out. So, this year I’m reassessing my goals and breaking them down into manageable chunks.┬áfocus

The plan is to write at least 500 words a day with the ultimate goal of finishing the three part-written manuscripts that are taking up valuable┬áspace in my head. These stories all have a significance to me, so I can’t merely brush them aside and move on to pastures new.

However, that doesn’t mean to say that fresh ideas have no place in my life this year. Indeed they do. But that place is more structured this time, less of the ‘I threw this little story together ‘ type of whim and more of the┬á‘I have a definitive plan of action’ solution. I’m following a prompt series, that will allow me to write freely once a week about a new set of characters. ┬áThis, I hope, will satisfy that craving and will result in a collection of scenes that can be rearranged – eventually – into a novella of their own.

Oh, and, just for fun (well, sort of ┬á– in a really crazy definition of the word) this accountability will keep me on track to being a more productive writer rather than a ‘busy doing nothing of any importance’ procrastinator.