2018 reading plan

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If you read my last post then you’ll know that I’m right in the middle of planning for next year. I know I say this every year, but next year will be even more productive than this one! There are many different areas I’m planning for and this week it’s my 2018 reading plan.

The importance of planning

Just like I mentioned in my previous post planning helps you to maintain your direction as well as your time management.

We’re nearing the end of 2017 and I still have five books left on my reading goal. I’ve fallen behind on my goal a few times this year; having a clearer plan for my reading will help me to stay on to on top of next years goal.

My reading plan

I haven’t stuck to it too well but my plan for this year was to read one book a week. So far I’m at 25 books this year with only five left to go.

If I’m going to improve for next year then I need to have a serious plan. This includes:

  • Genre studies
  • Author studies
  • Format studies

For example, this year my genre study has been a tie between historical/ fantasy. I’ve balanced my reading between Jeffrey Archer and Neil Gaiman.

My author study this year has been Jeffery Archer. Almost half of my reading material this year has come from Jeffrey Archer, including his series ‘The Clifton Chronicles’ and multiple collections of short stories.

And my format study for this year was short stories. I’ve also read a few novellas this year but short stories have taken the focus of my reading.

This years reading was not planned at all. I read whatever book I felt like. Which means I read a lot of awesome stuff that I wouldn’t normally read, but I still have a lot of books that I still need to read.

At the moment I have no idea what direction my reading will take for next year. I haven’t decided on a genre, author or format for my reading next year but I’m hoping to have it all planned out by the end of the year.


Have a personal favourite genre, author or format? I’d love to hear, post it in the comments below.

-Chris Gutteridge


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