Reading Goals for 2018

As most of you know, at the end of December 2017 I made the decision to re-start this blog after idling since mid-2013. As 2018 started and I finished reading my first book for the year, Codex Born, I was hesitant at that time to define reading goals for the year. I didn’t know how much time I’d have to read, much less how much time I’d have to devote to the blog, and I wanted to take a “wait and see” approach in relation to my progress. But as I blazed through book after book and posted reviews, and with April now in the rearview mirror and a third of the year gone, I feel like things are going well, so I’m going to take a risk and set what I feel is an achievable goal for the remainder of the year (as well as 2018 in total). I decided to define my reading goal in terms of “number of pages” rather than in “number of books”. Using number of books as a goal would tempt me to read only short books to meet the goal, and there are some hefty books in the queue that I need to get started on. By defining the goal as number of pages, the quantity of books I read is immaterial.

To find a starting point for the goal, I thought I’d take a look at how much I read in the years up to the idling of the blog to find a baseline and to see where I am so far this year:

pages read

 

In 2011 I came very close to 10,000 pages read for that year. In 2012 I read almost 8600 pages, although a big chunk of that was from re-reads. In 2013 I was on pace to read over 9000 pages for that year before I burned out.

Currently I’m on pace to read 18,705 pages. While that would be an amazing accomplishment, I don’t think its sustainable, especially once the weather improves and I spend more time outdoors (it’s been pretty cold and rainy where I live since the beginning of the year). I’ve come close to 10,000 pages a couple of times, so hitting that mark seems pretty reasonable. However, due to my progress so far this year, that goal seems a bit too easy, so I’m going to aim a little higher. So my goals are defined as thus:

  • 12,000 pages read total for 2018
  • Classic re-reads make up no more than 10% of the total pages read, so that means no more than 1,200 pages read for classic reviews

With 6235 pages read this year so far, I’m over halfway to my goal, needing 5765 pages for the next 8 months to hit the year-end 12,000 pages goal. Here’s a look at some of the books in the queue that will most likely be read first, along with their page counts:

The Rose and the Thorn = 347
Senlin Ascends = 389
Witch Wraith = 415
The Black Shriving = 499
House of Chains = 853
What Remains of Heroes = 396
House of Blades = 288
The Shadow of What Was Lost = 693
Fool’s Assassin = 667
The Traitor God = 426
The Way of Kings = 1008

These 11 books would actually exceed the 12,000 pages goal for the year. However the following classic re-reads would also push the total far over the goal:

Weird of the White Wolf (Elric) = 160
The Vanishing Tower (Elric) = 176
The Bane of the Black Sword (Elric) = 160
Stormbringer (Elric) = 224
Prisoner of the Horned Helmet = 320

The re-reads give me some wiggle room if I can only read 10 of the novels listed above. Reading all these titles by the end of the year seems pretty doable. The Way of Kings looks like the biggest hurdle with its intimidating 1008 pages. Knocking out all these titles would leave about 30-35 books in the queue, with several more classic re-reads waiting as well. If Glen Cook’s Port of Shadows is released before the end of the year, it will certainly bump something else off of this list, unless I’ve hit the goal by then…

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