Q1 Reading

I read and loved Ellie’s post on her book stats for the first quarter of 2018, and couldn’t resist looking at some of my own! I haven’t tracked the books that have come in like she has, but I’ve enjoyed looking at the series statuses and lengths of what I’ve read so far.

Books read so far: 33
Total pages: 11027
Pages per day: 123
Average pages per book: 334


  • 8 Paperback (24%),
  • 10 eBook (30%),
  • 15 audio (45%)


  • First in a series – 8 (33.3%)
  • Second – 6 (25%)
  • Third – 3 (12.5%)
  • Fourth or higher – 7 (29.2%)

Genres (note, books are categorised as multiple genres in some cases so don’t add up to 100%):

  • Fantasy – 12 (36.4%)
  • Sci fi – 6 (18.2%)
  • Mystery – 6 (18.2%)
  • Manga – 5 (15.2%)
  • Romance – 4 (12.1%)
  • Contemporary – 4 (12.1)
  • Horror – 3 (9.1%)
  • Non-fiction – 2 (6.1%)
  • Crime – 1 (3.0%)


  • 0-150 pages – 0
  • 151-300 pages – 9 (28.1%)
  • 301-500 pages – 20 (62.5%)
  • 501-800 pages – 3 (9.4%)

Publication date:

  • Pre-2018 – 29 (87.9%)
  • 2018 – 4 (12.1%)

Target audience:

  • MG – 4 (12.1%)
  • YA – 6 (18.2%)
  • Not-specified (eg Manga) – 6 (18.2%)
  • Adult – 17 (51.5%)


  • 0-150 pages – 0
  • 151-300 pages – 9 (28.1%)
  • 301-500 pages – 20 (62.5%)
  • 501-800 pages – 3 (9.4%)

Reading Goals (5)

  1. Read 100 books – 33/100 – ON TRACK
  2. Finish/catch up with 15 series
    I haven’t worked out the exact number of these yet, but two-thirds of the books I’ve read in series are book 2 or later, so I think this is going pretty well.
  3. Read at least 12 manga volumes or graphic novels – 5/12 – ON TRACK
  4. Get My NetGalley ratio up to (and then keep it above) 80% – 73% as of end of March
  5. Read at least 48 backlist books – 29/48 – ON TRACK

2018 Goals

I’m a big fan of goal setting (even if I’m not necessarily great at following through with them!).  I’m joining in with the Bookish Resolutions challenge which covers reading, writing and blogging related goals so I’m including my sign-up for that in this post.

The Bookish Resolutions challenge is hosted by Laura @ trips down imagination road and Michelle of Because Reading.

Reading Goals (5)

  1. Read 100 books
    I’ve no idea whether 100 is a good goal or too high – I read 103 in 2017, and 105 in 2016, but I’ve got a lot of real life things going on next year so I’m not sure whether I’ll get as much read as I normally do.  On the other hand, I’m feeling really determined right now too, so I don’t want to set it lower!
  2. Finish/catch up with 15 series
    I set a goal of finishing/catching up with 10 series in 2017 and am pleased I managed to exceed it. I want to knock even more series off my TBR this year.
  3. Read at least 12 manga volumes or graphic novels
    2017 is pretty much the first year I really got involved with graphic novels/comics and manga, and I read 17 in total (~17%). I’m hoping to keep that trend up this year, because I loved mixing up my reads with something quick and addictive every now and again.
  4. Get My NetGalley ratio up to (and then keep it above) 80%
    I got it to 75% last year, and I’m hoping I can get to that elusive 80% this year!
  5. Read at least 48 backlist books

Blogging Goals (4)

  1. Post a recap every month
  2. Publish at least 100 blog posts
  3. Take part in at least 3 events (bloggiesta, Blog Ahead, readathons etc)
  4. Review at least half the books I read

Writing Goals (3)

  1. Read at least 2 books related to writing
  2. Join in with Cait and Sky’s Beautiful People meme at least 6 times throughout the year
  3. Try and complete a first draft of something!

Outside of blogging, reading and writing, I’ve got a few personal goals for the year too, not included with the bookish resolutions challenge.  I’ve tried to stick to a few, even though it’s tempting to go mad and decide I’m going to do ALL OF THE THINGS.

Personal Goals

Lose ~3 stone

I’m not 100% sure exactly on my goal weight, but I think 3 stone is about right.  I made a bit of progress (~10lbs) with my weight in 2017, but I’d really like to keep going. I’m determined to feel less self-conscious on our wedding day and honeymoon!

Complete a 10K

I started running last year and actually sort of learned to enjoy it. I got very lazy and stopped towards the end of the year though, so I want to start back up again. This also ties in nicely with my weight loss goal.

Career change

I’m keeping this one very close to the chest for now because it’s all still very uncertain, but I’m hoping to be in a new field for 2019.

2018 Challenge sign-ups

The Beat the Backlist challenge is hosted by Novel Knight, and the aim is to get through the stacks of books on our TBR that get forgotten about when new releases come out!  Only books released prior to 2018 count for this challenge.

I took part this year and managed 56 backlist titles – 60% of my reads this year.  Next year is going to be a very big year personally, so I’m setting my reading goals a bit lower for 2018.  I’m setting my goal for this challenge at 48 backlist titles, which although a lower number than this year will probably work out as more than 60% of my reads next year.  I hope that makes sense!

I’m not sure exactly what I’ll be reading but there are plenty of series I want to work on – which is exactly what I said when I signed up for the 2017 challenge!  I worked on quite a few this year (The Dresden Files, Game of Thrones, Feedback, Grisha, The Dark Artifices and probably some more I’ve forgotten!).  I’d like to keep focusing on series as part of this challenge, and while I might not get to all of these, I’m hoping to work on some of them!

  • The Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong – book 8+
  • Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Heroes of Olympus/Kane Chronicles/Magnus Chase/Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan
  • The Obsidian Throne by J.D. Oswald
  • In Death series by J.D. Robb – books 31+
  • Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith – books 2+
  • The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

I’ve been assigned to the Novel Knights team and I’ll be doing my best to earn points for the team throughout the year.

What counts for points?

  • Reading a backlist book
  • Posting a review of a backlist book to a RETAIL website
    • You can submit reviews you’ve written for books that you read before the challenge started as long as you didn’t post the review before Jan. 1, 2018.

The fact you can get points for reviewing backlist books you’ve already read as well might help with my NetGalley score too!


The aim of this challenge is to visit and COMMENT on 365 blogs throughout the year.  I was pretty rubbish at tracking this one this year, so I’m determined to do better next year! I’ll be focusing on book blogs, but since I read about other things and want to blog about other things, I’ll be counting non-bookish blogs too.

Ellie is hosting a Science Fiction vs Fantasy Bingo challenge for 2018, and you can bet I’m joining in! Sci-fi and fantasy are my favourite genres, though I find myself reading more fantasy recently. I’m determined to increase my sci-fi reading though, and I’m just going to aim to hit as many of these squares as possible throughout the year!

One of my goals for the Bookish Resolutions challenge is to finish 15 series in 2018, so I’ll be aiming for the A-List level, though I don’t yet know which series I’ll be tackling first!