2018 Goals: Reading

Also known as, The One Where I Talk About My Read Your Bookshelf Challenge.

Bookworms come in all shapes and sizes, all interests and intensities. Some of us like sci-fi, others prefer historical fiction, still others prefer biographies or westerns. We are young and old, black and white, obsessive and not-as-obsessive. But I believe that all bookworms have one thing in common: we have a lot of books. A lot. And, we probably haven’t read every book on our shelves.


There is something very beautiful and enticing about a bookshelf filled with unread books. So many stories to discover, theological expressions to behold, and philosophical ponderings to mull over. And many, many things to learn.

But, there is also something rather disappointing about a bookshelf full of unread books. Books that have long graced my shelves have yet to be read. And I have long desired to rectify this issue. And 2018 is the year for me to fix it, mostly so I can feel better about my book-buying addiction. But also so that I can read all of the wonderful books I already own.

In 2018, I am going to read my bookshelf. The whole thing. I took an initial inventory of my books and found that I have 165 books that are not hiding in tubs that are yet to be unpacked. Since we’ll be moving soon, I will likely not be inventorying those until early next year.

Now, not all of my books are books you just sit down and read. I have quite a few reference books, and I believe that a good portion of the books hiding in my tubs fall into this category. I have Greek and Hebrew textbooks and grammars, commentaries, and others. I also have a number of daily devotionals, most of which are intended to be used over the course of one year. Thus, my reference books and devotionals will be discluded from my total of books to be read. However, I do intend to use each of my reference books in some way in 2018.

As my shelf stands now, I have 136 books that fit the guidelines for my bookshelf challenge. With my unaccounted for books and my audiobook habit in mind, I am bumping my reading goal up to an even 150 books. I have created a set of rules to succinctly lay out how I will complete this goal, and what it will look like.

  • I will read every hard copy book I own in 2018, a total of 150 books.
  • For reference books: I will use each one in some way during the course of the year.
  • For devotional books: I will select one to utilize in my daily devotions (selection to come).
  • For my daily devotions: I will be reading through the whole Bible – it’s been a while since I’ve done a “read through the Bible in a year” and it’s time I do it again.
  • I will continue reading audiobooks when I’m driving and doing work around the house.
  • Whenever I am ahead of my reading schedule (3 books per week), I will also continue reading and reviewing ARCs from NetGalley and BookGobbler.
  • I will review every book I read.

There you have it: the first of my 2018 goals. Reading has and always will be one of my favorite activities, and I cannot wait to start this new challenge! I will continue to write about my goals for the upcoming year throughout December, and finish out the year with a recap of all my 2018 goals.

If you want to join in on the fun, please do! I will be posting my reading adventures, what I’m currently reading, and fun reading spots on my blog’s Instagram page. The official hashtag for this challenge is #findinglandbookshelfchallenge, and I encourage anyone who is participating with me to use it! 2018 reading is going to be an adventure!


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