Although I’m about 9 days late, I hope everyone had a magical Christmas and an amazing New Year. I wish to apologies for the lack of posts towards the end of last year; with work commitments ramping up in the lead up to Christmas and then internet connectivity issues plaguing me ever since (and still ongoing), I couldn’t access the blog, little know spare any time for posts unfortunately. Hopefully the connectivity issues will be solved shortly though, in the meantime, I’ll try and get online any chance I can to get back into the swing of things.
In terms of blog goals for 2018, I’m really just hoping to get a bit more organised and on top of things this year and thus I’m aiming to have at least three posts going up every week.
I’ve once again signed up for the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge for 2018 and after failing to complete my own personal challenge of reading 60 books and reviewing 50 of them last year, I’m picking up the same challenge for this year.
According to Goodreads (and this doesn’t take into account about 15 or so books that aren’t loaded on there), I read 122 books last year, however I have a big year ahead of me so far, and since I hate how judgmental their little reading challenge is, I’ve set my goal of books to read in 2018 at 80 books, with the intention to increase it to a 100 in a few months time. We shall see how I fare from there as the year progresses.
In terms of books I’m hoping to read this year, I’m hoping to continue much in the same fashion of 2017, with perhaps an increase in non-fiction, both Australian and international. There are a few books I’m eyeing off already for the year from genre’s I wish to read more of (fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal, historical, crime and action-adventure and mystery).
In terms of life, I know there are two things I am most looking forward to in 2018. The first being the Sydney Author Event book signing on the 7th April in Sydney, and I’m hoping to read at least one book from each of the attending authors every two weeks in the lead up to this event. the second big event, is the preparation and hopefully a holiday in America towards the end of the year, so don’t be surprised if you see a lot of travel books being talked about in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? posts.
2018 shall see the continuation of many of the bookish memes that I try to participate in. I have weekly aims to run the It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? and Sunday Shelve it! posts. I’m going to try and run at least a monthly, Waiting on Wednesday post, and I hope to alternate between the Top Ten Tuesday posts and Teaser Tuesday posts. At this stage, I’m unsure if Let’s Talk Books will return weekly or monthly, and I’m taking the rest of January off to try and get organised for the year ahead.
And lastly, I really wish to host a number of giveaways throughout the year. I have an overflowing basket full of books (both signed and unsigned), a Bookaroo courtesy of Di from Di’s Dazzling Dezines, and various swag and book samplers that I’ve picked up from author events in 2017 and not given away yet. I had hoped to run a pre-Christmas mass give away (12 days after Christmas) but with work and internet issues, neither of these eventuated. Just means the Blogiversary coming up later this month should include a few different things this year AND there may be a giveaway held every month or so.
So yeah, that’s basically when my head is so far where the blog and books are concerned re:2018. Overall, I’m excited to see what the year holds because there looks to be so many stella books released in the next few months and I can’t wait to get my hands on them!