Did I accomplish my reading New Year’s resolutions of 2018?

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Once again, I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions concerning my health, exercise or my social life at the start of 2018. Instead I made seven resolutions related to books and reading. Now that it’s almost 2019, it’s time to look back on my New Year’s resolutions and see if I’ve been able to accomplish most, if not all, of them!


My bookish resolutions of 2018 were:

  • Read 95+ books
  • Buy less, read more
  • Read at least 50 books that I still have unread on my shelf
  • Don’t neglect the classics
  • Read more Dutch books
  • Read review copies/books that come with bookboxes sooner
  • Spend more time actually reading

I’ve “only” been able to accomplish three of these seven resolutions (so far). At the moment I have read 90 books and I might be able to make it to 92 books before the end of the year, but more than 95 is impossible for me right now!

At the start of 2018 I was really motivated to read more classics, and I read a couple of those. But with time I started to read more contemporary novels and books from the past that aren’t really considered as classics. Now that I’m not a literature student anymore, I’ve definitely read less classics than I did in the previous three years!

Let’s not talk about all the books I still have to read that came with a certain bookbox. I still want to read them, though!

To end this post on a positive note: I have been able to read at least 50 books that I still had on my shelf; I did read a good amount of Dutch books, but I could’ve read more of those; I definitely bought less and read more. You can read more about my resolutions concerning buying less books and read more of the books I already had in my updates on #theunreadshelfproject!


I also had a top 5 books to read in 2018 …

  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  • The Valley of Horses by Jean M. Auel
  • A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Let’s just tell it how it is: from this top 5, I’ve only read Wuthering Heights in January. This one, however, was my number one that I wanted to read this year, so in a way I have accomplished something 🤷‍♂️


Did you have any (bookish) New Year’s resolutions for 2018? Were you able to accomplish them?

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