This week’s topic is: The Best Books I’ve Read in 2018 (so far!)
I don’t think it hit me that we were halfway through the year already until I started seeing people doing the Mid Year Book Freakout Tag on Youtube and seeing posts like this one on other book blogs. I too am not trying not to freak out too much about it. But I kind of am and that is mostly due to the fact that my reading goals are NOWHERE near where I thought they would be by this time of the year. BUT, I still have time, and I have already started rabbling.
It’s time to stay positive and what better way than to look back at the amazing books I have read this year. Here are the best books I have read in 2018…. so far.
1. That Girl by Kate Kerrigan
2. Midnight Blue by LJ Shen
3. Driving Whiskey Wild by Melissa Foster
4. Hothead by Stella Rhys
5. Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Have you read any of these books?
Which books have you read and loved this year so far?
Now that it is officially 2018, it is time for me to make my reading goals for the year. Since I failed miserably in completing the goals I made for myself, I made sure to make REASONABLE reading goals for this year and I think I managed to do it!
Here are the 8 reading goals I came up with:
1. Read 60 books this year.
I managed to read 52 books in 2017 so setting my overall reading goal to read 60 books doesn’t seem like it will be too hard. I already know I have a ton of books to review in January so I don’t think this will be a problem to accomplish. Fingers crossed.
2. Read 10 new-to-me authors.
I discovered some amazing authors last year like Kate Meader and Harper Sloan so I want to continue to discover more. There are so many romance authors I have heard about and I have yet to read their books. That is going to change especially since I own books by these authors!
Here are some authors I want to get to this year:
-Krista and Becca Ritchie
-Brittany C. Cherry
-Rachel Van Dyken
3. Read 5 new series.
I set this at 10 last year and that was a HUGE mistake because I think I read maybe two series. This year, I am going to pick three series that I know I want to read and go from there since I will probably discover new series this year along the way.
The series I want to read:
The Others series by Anne Bishop
Born In trilogy by Nora Roberts
All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness
4. Re-read/Finish three series.
This is another goal that I set for 10 last year and I can tell you I didn’t accomplish this at all. So, this year I have lowered it to three because that is much more reasonable.
2017 was the year of constant book buying for me and as a result, I now have about 100 books that don’t fit on my bookshelf. So, one way to make room is to start reading the books on my bookshelf. Only the books I really liked or loved are going to stay on my bookshelf once I have read so I need to start reading and see how many fit that category.
6. Catch up on NetGalley TBR.
My NetGalley TBR has not only been neglected but has also gotten a bit out of hand so I am hoping to read some of the books on there so as to make it much more manageable.
7. Read more outside of romance genre-wise.
If you couldn’t surmise from the name of my blog, I LOVE romance and therefore mostly read romance. But, I do like reading other genres like young adult, fantasy, and mystery/thrillers so I want to get back to those genres this year. The series I have picked to read or re-read/finish will definitely help with that.
8. Unhaul books/e-books that I know I won’t read.
As was mentioned above, I have accumulated a very large number of books in 2017 and those are just the physical books, don’t get me started on the status of my e-books. But a huge goal this year is to de-clutter my life and that includes the books I own. So, I am going to be going through my books and e-books and getting rid of the ones I know I won’t read. It is going to be a long process since I have about 1,000 books (physical and e-books combined) but it is absolutely necessary since I have no room left on my bookshelf.