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My 2018 Mid-Year Personal Reading Goals

With the month of June already over the halfway point, I thought it’d be a good time to reevaluate some of my personal reading goals for the second half of the year. It’s always a good idea to take some time for personal reflection, even if it’s just over your reading habits! With that being said, here are some reading goals that I’d like to start/continue with for the rest of 2018.


  1. Read at least one book from a subscription box per month.

Right now, I have an excess of books built up from previous book boxes. I haven’t been very good at picking them up in a timely manner and it’s really time to start. I’ll probably focus on books I’ve received from Book of the Month Club first, as I feel like those are the ones I’ve pushed to the side more than ones from other boxes.

2. Finish/catch up on a series before starting a new one.

Let’s be real, we all start wayyyyy too many series and have the hardest time finishing them in a timely manner. I really need to try and not do that so much! I’ve been doing a pretty good job on catching up/finishing series during the first half of the year and so I want to focus on continuing with that. It makes me feel so accomplished when I finish a series, haha!

3. Focus more on reading books that have been on my shelves/TBR for a long time.

I own close to 300 books and half of those are unread which isn’t something I’m really proud of. I hope to remedy some of that for the rest of the year, by focusing more on my backlisted titles. I know how much I love all of the shiny new preorders that show up at my house on their release date, but I really need to learn to push them aside for just a little while. Stay strong, Larkin!

4. Read at least one diverse book a month.

I’ve actually been doing really good about this during the first half of the year, but I really want to continue doing so far the rest of the year. I actually have a Native American own voices novel up next on my TBR which I’m really excited to get to!

5. Be okay with DNFing books that I’m not enjoying.

I really struggle with DNFing books. I always feel like I’m failing if I don’t actually try and push myself to finish the book that I’m reading. However, I think it’s a good idea to know when something doesn’t work for you and to be okay with that. I was recently listening to the audiobook of Call Me By Your Name, and since it’s such a beloved book, I was struggling to continue listening to it because I thought maybe I would enjoy it if I just stuck with it. But after a few hours into it, I knew that it wasn’t going to work for me based on the writing style. And surprisingly enough, I felt so much better after I DNFed and moved on to a different book that I enjoyed so much more.


What are some of your personal reading goals for the rest of the year? Do you like to reflect on your reading goals throughout the year? Do you have any of the same reading goals as me?

17 thoughts on “My 2018 Mid-Year Personal Reading Goals

  1. They sound like really sensible goals. I ended up stopping my book subscription because I either wasn’t reading the books or had already received them as ARCs. I decided it was better to just use the money buy books and maybe the odd bookish mug😉

    I also need to get better at both finishing series and DNF ing books I’m not enjoying.

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    1. Yeah, I’ll probably cancel all of my subscriptions except one since it tends to send out books that I probably wouldn’t hear about normally. I think I’ve reached the point where I just want the books and candles and I can buy those separately for a lot cheaper, haha!

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  2. I really need to start reading books from subscription boxes sooner too, I just let them build up and up. I joined a reading challenge this year to read some of my tbr and it’s going ok, I really need to stop signing up for arcs then id be home free!!

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  3. Ooh this type of post is such a good idea – I think I may need to do one of my own since this year has been kind of crazy for me and I’ve gotten off track with my reading and blogging BIG TIME this year.
    I definitely need to focus a bit on my own backlist titles as well. I have SO MANY books and I have read embarrassingly few of them. I feel like all of us bookworms struggle with this, haha.

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    1. Thank you so much! I was feeling a little uninspired blogging wise and thinking more about my reading habits which inspired the post lol. My blogging has been really sporadic this year as well, so I totally get how you feel!… You’re so right! I just keep getting more and more books but I can’t keep up with reading all of them. But it does make me happy to see so many books on my shelves. I never know what could become a new favorite! 🙂

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