2019: let’s get this show on the road

A pair of burgundy boots rest on a bookshelf of fantasy novels

I’ve been on an unplanned blogging hiatus over the past month. I was travelling in Australia and found myself with less time to blog than I expected. It was an epic trip (expect a post and photos in due course) – but now it’s time to regroup, consider 2019 and decide what I want to do with it here at There’s Always Room For One More…

Reading Goals

I set very few goals in 2018 and it worked really well for me. Having specific targets in previous years ended up just stressed me out and made me feel guilty when I failed to hit them. Approaching 2018 with the attitude of ‘just read all the books’ felt far healthier… and checking the demographics at the end, I can see that my reading remains happily and habitually eclectic – in fact, my reading was twice as diverse in 2018.

Sure, I didn’t read many classic SF or non-SF titles; and no, I didn’t make as much headway on my TBR as I would have liked. And if I only met one of my non-reading goals, at least it was the most important one: to remember that rules are more like guidelines, and that reading and blogging are for pleasure.

…and you know what? That’s good enough for me.

So I’m going to adopt the same approach in 2019. While I feel I ought to read more SF classics – and more non-SF (it’s been a while) – I’m not going to set any specific targets to do so. I’m just going to aim to read at least 75 books again. However, I have adopted (and adapted) the epic Book Blogger spreadsheet created by Kaleena at Reader Voracious (I can’t resist a good spreadsheet) so I can monitor more details about the books I do read. 

Reading Challenges

Image of the Iron Throne with text GAME OF BOOKSOnce again, I’m participating in Nikki the Bibliophibian‘s Game of Books. I love the way the Game of Books lets me look at my reading in a different way: how long the book is, how long I’ve been sat on it, how excited I am about reading to it. You can use Nikki’s measures or invent your own rules – I keep mine quite simple – and then score points for each book you read. It’s easy and it’s fun – and it definitely helped me get over that occasional mental block of ‘ugh that book is so long’ when considering the doorstops on my TBR. Yes, that book is so long, and that’s fine – it’ll score more points.

This year, I’ve also signed up for Annemieke at A Dance with Books book bingo challenge. The challenge is split into 3 categories – SciFi, Fantasy and General – with prompts in each category for a total of 52 books across the year. I’m mostly doing it for fun and perhaps to help me pick my next read if I get stuck, but if you’re just beginning to dip your toe into genre – or if your toe is wet and you want to wade deeper – it’s a great way to help you explore. Not sure how to tackle a prompt? Annemieke has some suggestions in the challenge post, and I’ll be adding my own in the coming weeks.

As in 2018 though, my main focus (other than enjoying every book) will be on the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards, and my commitment to co-hosting Wyrd and Wonder in May and SciFiMonth in November (yes, they’ll both be back, don’t worry!)

Blogging Goals

In spite of having an extra two weeks to think about it, I haven’t.

I’d like to read and review more novellas this year (I said that last year); and I’d like to increase the number of non-review posts on the blog. But I don’t have specific goals attached to these; just like I still haven’t quite committed to joining up to Can’t Wait Wednesday.

Safe to say then that my blogging goals remain a work in progress. Let’s see how they develop over the next couple of months, eh?

What are your plans for 2019?