I Didn’t Meet My Goals and That’s Okay

In the beginning of 2018 I set a whole bunch of goals.  Blogging goals, and goals for the Nonfiction Challenge.  Then my real life happened.  Here’s the breakdown of how I did with all of those different goals, and the ONE surprising goal I actually completed! 

Blog Goals:

Review 15 board books.

Well, I wrote 15 reviews.  Photography was still hard, as was keeping the really good books in the photography pile when the kids want to play with them.  I broke even with last year so… the number of board book reviews on the blog has doubled!

Complete weekly Fiction Friday posts on time.

Pardon me while I laugh.  More like, have babies, don’t read any fiction for 6 months, stop doing that feature.

Take a month long hiatus with prescheduled posts.

Well I definitely took a hiatus.  It came extra early, so I didn’t have the prescheduling ready.  Then we had another family emergency so I took TWO breaks this year.  And you know, the blog kept going and the world kept turning and it’s nice to have scheduled posts ready but nobody was injured by my not completing them.

Read Nonfiction

My big reading goals for 2018 were all nonfiction, and I discuss them below.  I actually did really well on the reading part of this since I struggled to read fiction.

Read and review a work of historical fiction every month.

I did post a half-dozen reviews, a few of those were from the end of 2017 though.  I also read two books from my list that I haven’t reviewed yet.

Spend less money, specifically by using the library more and buying fewer shiny new releases.

I overspent my book budget again, didn’t use the library significantly more (see below re: overdue books), and bought a bunch of shiny new releases even though I wasn’t reading fiction at the time and probably won’t review most of them for another year.

Destash – get rid of any books not considered highly recommended unless they’re in an area I’m collecting.

I did destash some.  We found one of the places we donate will come and pick book boxes up if you have enough of them.  Also we got rid of a bookcase and put a crib there so I didn’t have much choice.  This is still an ongoing process though and since new books were still coming in, I probably just about broke even.  This goal will be making a repeat appearance in 2019…

Nonfiction Goals:

Read 10 books about Africa, set in African, or dealing with the African diaspora.

I just plum did not do this.  I read these books, but I didn’t review them (or I have an unedited/unformated review sitting in my drafts folder right now).

Read 10 books from my unread shelves.

I have no idea if I did this because early on I stopped tracking whether a book was unread or not.  I probably did simply because I read a lot of nonfiction, but I didn’t count them.

Read 10 library books.

Each time we went to the hospital all of my books went into overdue status.  I didn’t review hardly any library books, although I might have read ten.  I was very scatterbrained this year, and didn’t track things well.

Read 10 books that fit into my ongoing multi-year challenges.

I read and reviewed seven books for my Diverse Disabled challenge and three for the #100indigenousbooks challenge.  So yeah, I actually did this one!  I would have expected the numbers to be reversed, but I am reading some awesome indigenous #ownvoices nonfiction that hopefully will be reviewed in 2019.

Read 10 books that fit the monthly diversity goals OR are chosen for the quarterly group reads.

Nope.  Didn’t even try.

Complete any one of my challenge books from start to finish.

I got one chapter farther in Long Walk to Freedom.  It’s really heavy to carry around.  I lost or gave away my copy of For Hearing People Only.  I actually am half way through God is Not One, probably because someone gave me the paperback version.  I have no idea what happened to the other two.  They’re probably sitting forlornly on my TBR bookcase, down at the bottom where the dust bunnies live.

My Rules:

It has to be a chapter book.

Yeah no worries, I didn’t review hardly any picture books this year.

Double-dipping is okay.

I probably would have double-dipped if I was actually tracking this stuff.

Reviews can be posted late.

And they definitely were/will be.

The goal is to have fun.

Well I did get stressed, but not about this challenge, so that’s okay.  It was fun reading a lot more nonfiction than usual this year, although I missed my novels!  We’ll see if the trend continues in 2019.


How did you do on your 2018 goals?  

Stay tuned for my less lofty 2019 goals!

Author: colorfulbookreviews

I work in a library by day and parent the rest of the time. I am passionate about good books representing the full spectrum of human diversity for every age group and reading level. This blog is my attempt to help parents, educators, and librarians find the best children's books authored by or featuring characters of color.

9 thoughts on “I Didn’t Meet My Goals and That’s Okay”

    1. 2018 was definitely the year of nonfiction for me! Normally I read 8-10 novels (including rereads) and 2-4 nonfiction books per month. This year I read less overall but it was closer to 5-7 nonfiction and 1-2 fiction books per month. Most were good ones too.

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