My 2019 goals (and a look back at my 2018 goals)

2019 goals (and a look back at my 2018 goals)

2019 is fast approaching, which means it’s time for a new year and a few new goals. I already know that 2019 is going to be an important year for me as I’m moving into my very first house! Eeppp! Today I wanted to share with you some of my goals for the coming year, and have a look back over some of the goals I gave myself for 2018!

I’m going to start with a recap of my 2018 goals, so if you’re not interested in that, just skip on ahead to the bottom of the blog!

I’ll begin by looking back at my 2018 goals…


Read 55 books – I didn’t manage this in 2018. It’s been a bit of a weird reading year for me to be honest. I’ve been in a lot of slumps and generally just lost a lot of my drive for reading. I ended up reading 45 books.

Read more books out of my comfort zone – I’ve not really done this, this year either. Oh well…

Read more of my own books – I think I’ve done this, this year, I’ve really stepped back from Netgalley and have been trying to read some of my backlogs, even dedicating 1 month purely to books that have been on my TBR for ages!

Read more of my Netgalley backlog – ugh, nope, I didn’t do this either! I’ve found reading on a screen particularly difficult in 2018 so I haven’t read many of my NetGalley books unless I also had a physical copy.

The BookBum Club Banner

Get more people involved in The BookBum Club – lol, awkward. I’ve actually put the club on a hiatus because I’m just finding I have no time to run it alongside my blog, my Instagram and just reading in general. I really enjoyed running it but compiling the posts at the end of the month took a lot of work and I fell behind on creating them…

Reach 1k followers – yesssss!!! I managed this one. With my WordPress and email followers combined, I have 1,015 followers. Yipee!!!

Lose 2 stone by July – I’m ticking this one off as a yes. I didn’t quite lose 2 stone but I did really well on my weight loss journey and went down a dress size!

Go to the gym more and do yoga at home – LOL I didn’t do this, not even slightly!! Maybe when I’ve moved into my house, I can use the second bedroom space for doing yoga… who knows…


Save more money – yeeessss! This goal was all to do with moving out of my parents house into my own home with Matt and it’s happening! We’re not moving in until 2019 as the house is still being built but we put our deposit down in 2018 so it totally counts!!!

Goals for 2019 

Stress less about how much I’m reading – I think my almost-year-long reading slump has been down to the amount of pressure I’ve been putting on myself to reach my goal for this year. The more I stressed about it, the less I was reading because I was instead avoiding the problem… but it turns out not reading much really isn’t that big of a problem! Reading is a relaxing activity and I should be doing it for enjoyment, not to complete a goal!

Read more nonfiction – I love nonfiction but I rarely pick it up. I think this year I only read 4 nonfic books. In 2019 I’d like to at least double that number. I have lots of true crime on my bookshelves, I’m not sure why I haven’t read them yet!

Be smarter with my spending – since Matt & I are moving out, we’re going to have to be especially adult with our money. To be fair Matt is far better with his money than I am, so I’m really going to have to teach myself that I don’t need things like a book or a nice pair of earrings. Money’s going to have to go into the house, my car or savings!

Keep things tidy! – I am not the tidiest human out there and I have a bit of a hoarding issue where I like to keep random little things even when I don’t need to. I’d really like to try to keep the house tidy when we move in so I need to rid my untidiness to keep things looking clean and clear!

Find the fun in gardening or cooking – OK I know all of these goals are house related but I’m going to be broke and spending most of my time at the house, so it seems only right. I want to pick up a new hobby, whether it be cooking or gardening. I’d love to be able to experiment my own recipes or grow myself some green fingers!

So there we have it! Those are my goals for 2019 – all very achievable if you ask me!

What are your goals for 2019, both bookish and non-bookish?

30 Replies to “My 2019 goals (and a look back at my 2018 goals)”

  1. I loved this post! Congratulations on your house 🙂 I recently moved into our first home and it is such a stressful but amazing time. It is worth the stress believe me! All of the best for 2019 and well done on your goals from this year!

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  2. I find 2018 has been a hard year for reading too. I’m not in a slump, but life has been really busy and I find myself having a lot of anxiety which leads me being in a weird mood for reading :/ I want to spend less on books next year, along with unhauling some of my owned ones and keeping things tidy! I feel like the amount of clutter I keep contribute to my declining health (both physically and mentally) this year.

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    1. I hope you have a better year in 2019. Clutter definitely effects my mental health, which is another reason I was to keep my new place as clean and tidy as I possibly can. Good luck with all your 2019 goals ❤


  3. Read more of what I want, focus less on quantity and more on quality, little to no ARCs, update theme, instagram focus, incorporate bullet journal posts more, and find more time to connect with bloggers.

    Great list! I love yoga. I too thought I would do it at home…I just ended up going back to my studio. I love it and I don’t have the ambition once I’m home ha-ha! I want to also start strength training and learning both French and sign language. We shall see…and I want to go to either England or France if I can afford it!

    I love these kinds of posts…might have to copy your idea for 2019!

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    1. Definitely with you on reading more quality books rather than worrying about reading loads of mediocre ones! I’m going to aim to read a whole load more of my already owned books this year!
      Thanks Jenna, if you do come to England, hit me up 😉

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      1. I just feel as though I’m always reading to “have that final goal” rather than because I enjoy it – 2018 was a great year with me realizing the genres and writing styles I prefer. Here’s to both of us when our reading goals!

        Ooooo!! I will definitely let you know. It may end up being a 2020 plan…but we shall see 🙂

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  4. Congratulations on your first house! 😊 45 books is a great accomplishment, I didn’t even finish one book this year which saddens me. There were a lot I read but didn’t finish. Good luck with all your 2019 goals! 😁

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