The new year is a time for making goals, and subsequently posting them to all social media accounts.
If you’re around me any time after Christmas and before the new year, you’ll know that I’m all for this goal-setting, resolution-making time. Everyone’s so motivated and hopeful and positive and I just live for that sort of thing. And, of course, I jump on all the goal-making bandwagons, especially the ones involving BOOKS!
In my last post, I talked about my favorite books from 2018, but instead of talking about the books I want to read like I did last year, I’m going to talk about the kinds of books I’d like to read. Call it my tbr new year’s resolution list, my bookish goals, whatever, but these are the genres and types of books I’m going to make an effort to read this year.
books by lesser-known authors
2018 was a year of diving into the bookish community and finding my niche, but I really, really hope 2019 will be a year of looking in-depth with the type of books I enjoy — namely middle-grade and YA contemporary.
I’m SOSOSOSO excited to pursue these books because there are a lot of unknown authors out there who cater to this exact genre. They’re waiting in the shadows for me to find their book and just. Stab me with feelings. I can’t wait.
author on my tbr: sara barnard
books with racial diversity !!!
THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. The other day, I came across a conversation in Emergency Contact that struck home the second I read it. The main character is an avid bookworm and writer, but in this conversation, she’s talking about how she, without even realizing it, envisions every character in her head as white. And I’m like, oh my gosh. So do I. That’s not right.
This year, I’m going to seek out books with different cultures, languages, and people. At the end of 2018, I found a few books with diverse leads that taught me a lot — When Dimple Met Rishi, Love, Hate, and Other Filters, and The Sun Is Also a Star. Trying to understand a little more about other people’s lives and customs seems like an awesome way to start 2019!
on my tbr: i believe in a thing called love
The above being said, I also would like to read more books published in 2018 or 2019. Most books I finished last year were read to catch up with the hype that surrounded them, so most were published in 2012-2016. I still have to catch up on a few I missed, but I also plan on reading some new releases! idk, maybe i’ll even be considered trendy heheh 😏
A big reason for this is because newer releases are more relevant in the bookish community. There are topics authors are much more likely to address now than they were even just five years ago! And, ahem, I’m also looking forward to reading recent pop culture references, memes, and slang. Like Hamilton. Please recommend books with Hamilton references, I beg you.
on my tbr: romanov
Fantasy is not my genre… at all. The pressure of having to understand a whole different reality… I can’t. That’s not my cup of tea at all. But, seeing as a large majority of my audience is fantasy-obsessed, I decided to give the genre another go! See, I aim to please sometimes.
First, though, I have to *find* some fantasy books. Would yall help a blogger out and suggest some fantasy novels to read this year? Not so much hardcore fantasy like Lord of the Rings or Narnia; Harry Potter was the perfect combination of fantasy and real-world. That would be awesome, and — hey, maybe I can start doing some fantasy-related stuff around here! 😅
on my tbr: a touch of gold
books with non-romantic relationships
Ships are great, but you know what’re even better?? Sibling relationships! Best friend relationships! All the relationships!!* Unfortunately, there aren’t many options in the Contemporary genre that don’t focus on romance. I plan to seek out a few this year that address sibling relationships especially. They’re so sweet and beautiful and asfesakdj!!
You know what would be AWESOME to find?? Parent/child YA books! Like, a father-daughter road trip with truck stops and milkshakes and campfires? That seems like such a good concept! I’m definitely keeping an eye out for family-centered books this year.
on my tbr: puddin’
*with the small exception of jaya. yay for jaya. yaya.
I read a grand total of four non-fiction books in 2018. Four. Out of sixty-three total!! It’s a strange thing to be upset about since I typically devour self-help/productivity books like they’re waffles or something, but the stats are in and I didn’t read much this year. I know, I’m such a bookish disappointment for reading just four books of a genre this year. Tsk tsk.
This year, I want to try and get back into the groove and read at least eight nonfiction or self-help books. This shouldn’t be too hard to accomplish in the long run, but those fictional worlds are just so darn tempting. Must… resist…
on my tbr: i can only imagine
There’re my reading goals for 2019!! I think this year’s going to be a great one for reading. OH AND did you know I’m doing book reviews now on Goodreads? Maybe it can be YOUR new year’s resolution to follow me and read said reviews, huh, huh?? No? oh uh that’s okay you don’t have to i just wanted to suggest it whatever floats your boat.
What do you think? What kinds of books are you hoping to read more of this year? What’s your reading goal for 2019? Mine’s 100, which is a lot but I’m going to be optimistic and say I CAN DO IT! Probably! 😅 Don’t forget to give some fantasy recommendations, because I’m empty-handed at the moment! Comment below and let’s talk books!