2018 Bookish Goals Update – January to June

The first half of 2018 has been and gone and I’m here to give you a bookish goals update for this first 6 months.

My full goal for reading is 25 books for the entire year, but I feel like I will most likely beat that considering so far I’ve read 23 books!

I also had 4 other goals, some I’ve done better on than others… Those goals were:36099753

  1. Read Carrie Fisher’s 4 fiction books – I’ve read none so far and only own 2, I need to work on that!!
  2. Read 5 classics – I’ve read 1… Again, I seriously need to work on that, but I just haven’t been in the mood for them at all.
  3. Read 5 non-fiction books – I’ve actually read 6 so far, focusing on the Kray twins and Queen Victoria. I’ve really enjoyed learning though.
  4. Complete 3 series – I’ve completed 1, the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. I have plans to complete another soon.

Now to get on with the list of books I’ve read and their ratings!



  1. Victoria & Albert: A Royal Love Affair – Daisy Goodwin & Sara Sheridon (5/5)
  2. Beauty & the Beast: Lost in a Book – Jennifer Donnelly (5/5)
  3. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte (4/5)
  4. Fallen – Lauren Kate (4/5)
  5. Torment – Lauren Kate (4/5)
  6. Passion – Lauren Kate (5/5)
  7. Rapture – Lauren Kate (5/5)
  8. The Tudors: Lady Jane Grey to Elizabeth I – G. J. Meyer (4/5)
  9. Leia, Princess of Alderaan – Claudia Gray (5/5)
  10. Harley Quinn Volume 1: Hot in the City – Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti (5/5)
  11. The Profession of Violence: The Rise & Fall of the Kray Twins – John Pearson (4/5)
  12. Harley Quinn Volume 2: Power Outage – Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti (4/5)
  13. Monster Orphan Spy – Matt Killeen (5/5)33784284
  14. Still Me – Jojo Moyes (5/5)
  15. Open Road Summer – Emery Lord (3/5)
  16. Criticizing Photographs – Terry Barrett (3/5)
  17. Frances: The Tragic Bride – Jacky Hyams (5/5)
  18. Victoria: A Life – A. N. Wilson (5/5)
  19. Stolen – Lucy Christopher (3/5)
  20. My Real Name is Hanna – Tara Lynn Masih (4/5) ARC
  21. Everything Leads to You – Nina LaCour (4/5)
  22. Harley Quinn Volume 3: Kiss Kiss Bang Stab – Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti (4/5)
  23. Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalco (5/5)

Bookish goals for 2018

Happy new year everyone!! 2017 was an interesting year for reading. I succeeded with my goal of reading 20 books during the year despite doing my A-levels and I feel like I found some really interesting books to read. But with a new year there must be new goals, so… what are these goals I’ve decided to set for myself?

For a start my goal is 25 books. I will be doing open uni so that’ll take up a fair bit of time, but hopefully I’ll also have plenty of time to allow myself to read, which is why it’s low still, but a tiny bit higher than last year.

Within this goal of 25 books, I want to specifically read fiction books by Carrie Fisher. I read her memoir books last year and loved them (for those of you who don’t know, Carrie Fisher is Princess Leia and unfortunately passed away from a heart attack at the end of 2016) and I want to read her fiction books, of which there are 4. I do need to buy these books but I wanted to eventually anyway to complete the collection of her books.

Another bookish goal of mine is to read some classics, and I’m thinking of about 5. I didn’t really read many classics last year apart from for school, and I do enjoy them so I want to actually read some for my own enjoyment, and not have to analyse them or anything.

Another goal is to complete at least 3 series of books. I usually avoid them although owning a fair few unread or half read series, so I really need to get on with completing them.

And my final goal is to read at least 5 non-fiction books. I own books on Jack the Ripper & monarchs throughout history (eg. The Tudor’s and Queen Victoria), so I really want to get around to them to complete them and learn more about history.

So in summary my goals are:

1. Read 25 books

2. Read the fiction books by Carrie Fisher (4 books)

3. Read 5 classics

4. Complete 3 series

5. Read 5 non-fiction books

Please let me know your bookish goals for 2018 and I hope everyone has a fantastic year!

– Laura

A Bookish Summary of 2017

I am terrible at keeping track of what I’ve read without Goodreads, so luckily I’ve been using that for around 5 years for book tracking. My goal for 2017 was to read 20 books, and I actually managed to read a total of 27 books! I set the goal so low because this is the year that I completed my A-Levels, so I didn’t think I’d be able to read much during the first half of the year.

According to Goodreads, my total of 27 books is approximately 9,818 pages! My shortest book was Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher (at around 162 pages) and my longest book was Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness (at around 603 pages). I’m seriously impressed with how I managed to do, and my next post will be about what my bookish goals are for 2018.

This year I didn’t really set myself any specific goals. I wanted to obviously reach my 20 book target, but I also just set myself a mini goal of reading Carrie Fisher’s biographical books, which I did and I really enjoyed them and felt myself learning so much about Carrie (Princess Leia for those who don’t know). You’ll notice a theme with next year’s book goals as well and how they linked to the one goal I completed this year.

Goodreads has also said that my average rating for the year was 4.3/5 stars, which means I read some incredible books this year, and I really did! A future post will be coming up about my top 5 books for this year so you’ll hopefully all be able to see more of what books really amazed me.

Overall, I’m pleased with how 2017 was with books and I’m looking forward to reaching my goal next year. What goals did you guys give yourselves? Did you complete them? I’d love to know!