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.
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 🙂 )
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 🙂