2016 is upon us and I wanted to set myself some goals this year. 2 years ago, I made a list containcing stuff I wanted to get to separated by categories (specific books I wanted to read, a minimum number of books per genre, specific authors I wanted to discover, etc) and although I spent a good amount of time on that list, I didn’t really stick to it.
Last year, I tried the official 2015 reading challenge, you can still look at it in one of the tab above, but I stopped tracking and categorizing the books about mid year, so the post is kind of obselete and the challenge has been forgotten. It was fun while it lasted?
I just realized that while setting yourself some goals and fun and motivating, I ultimately will read what I want to read at the time I need to choose a book, and nothing else, so big and extensive challenge can be difficult to complete if you want to enjoy yourself and not feel like you have work to do to succeed. (Don’t get me wrong, success needs work in most things, but reading is a hobby, a passion, a way to relax and escape for me and I don’t want it to become a chore)
So this year I will again set myself some goals, which will mostly be what I’ve been wanting to do for the last 2 years but never did because it didn’t fit with my challenge or goals or number or whatever. Basically, my one and only goal is to read what I want to read and forget about how much time it will take me to finish, how hard it’ll be to get into, anything. But since I love lists so much and need them in my life, here is a more detailed overview:
FIRST OF ALL, GOODREADS READING CHALLENGE
The last 3 years looks like this
When you think about it, 52 looks like a lot. 1 book a week, knowing full well that we all have busy weeks now and again when we barely have any time to read, weeks plagued by reading slumps, working full time (I have 2 jobs).. but even then I kept going over. So in 2015 I decided ok I’m a sucker for round numbers so let’s try the 100, knowing that the year before I’d almost done it. I did succeed, but I also read a lot of short stuff, like graphic novels, and I didn’t do it for the challenge but because I kind of discovered them at the end of 2014 and was obsessed with trying new ones. It was fun and I will continue reading them but I feel like my main focus has shifted and I want to read other stuff. So this year,
(I finished a book this morning, up to a good start heh? lol) but I’m back at 52. I may go over, and if I do that early in the year I’ll bump it up, but for now I’m thinking it’s the perfect goal and I’m pretty sure I won’t get to a 100 again, not this year anyway.
This is very lenghty, sorry, but it’s more for me than for you so I need to write it all off so I can refer to it, if it’s of any interest to you than I’m glad I’m not speaking to myself. So I said I didn’t want to set too many goals and that I mainly wanted to read what I felt like reading and since it’s not something you can anticipate one year in advance, there wouldn’t be any challenge this year. But, BUT! I still have some book related resolutions so, here they are
♥ The first one is the read more quality, less quantity, which I already put in motion with reducing my Goodreads reading goal by half and not stressing over it (I never really stressed over it, but you know what I mean)
♥ I want to read bigger books that have been on my shelves for too long, and that I’ve been afraid to read for time consuming matters, but enough with this, if it interests me, I’ll read it and take my time with it. I made a small list of series that I own either the first book, many books, or the complete set and want to at least start this year, to know if I plan on continuing or not and to help me reduce my TBR or maybe get rid of books I shouln’t have bought. I’ll include that list below.
♥ Buying less, reading what I have, buying something that I plan on reading soon, that kind of stuff. I left my parents place and live on my own now, so my budget had to adapt to that reality. I’ve always been a spender and I still am but I need to get my priorities straight, pay off some loans, put money aside etc, but that’s not relevant here, however that affects my book buying habits and I already started to be more responsible towards that. And that includes even used and cheap books, not buying only because it’s a good deal but because I’m really planning on reading it. I still struggle with that and I want to keep working on it.
♥ Unhauling. I hate it.I love spring cleaning my closet and beauty stash, giving or throwing away old stuff to make space for new one or just to declutter and keep it to the essential. I don’t feel like I have materialistic values, but like I said I just like to spend and collect so yeah, that’s what happens. Books are an issue because space is a limited resource and let me tell you how I realized that fact when I had to move over a hundrer cardboard boxes of heavy books this summer. I own over 800 books at this point and I haven’t read more than half of them. A lot of them I’m still interested in, but some I know I’ll probably never get around to, but I can’t bring myself to give them away. Unlike clothes, they can’t get out of style or rip at the seam with time, unlike cosmetics they don’t expire ou give you allergic reactions… and I still harvest that dream of a floor to ceilling wall of books in my future home. BUT, who know if I’ll ever buy a house? Who knows if I won’t have to give them all away if I decide to move out of the country or move in a different province, or whatever. Life is so unpredictable, I have to let go of the ones that I lost interest in, and I’d like to do it this year.
♥ Lastly, I’d like to stop forgetting about this blog. When I started it, I was so motivated and wrote a review, however small, for almost each book I read, I did tags, I posted my favorite pictures of Instagram.. in the last 6 months I posted like 4 times. Unacceptable. So the first thing I want is make sure I never go more than a month without posting, and try to post at least one review, one picture post and one discussion/top 5/whatever else post a month. But don’t hold me to that, it’s just loose plan. The second thing is I’d like to remodel it, restyle it. I think I stopped being regular because I’m over the whole design I originally chose and didn’t have time to change it, because it IS very time consuming (hello, I’ve been writing this post for more than an hour and I’m not done), but I want to find the time to do it in the first trimester of the year.
ALRIGHT if anyone read this until the end other than me I’ll be really surprised xD Here are some books I’d like to read this year:
Series I’d like to start
Obviously I have a lot more unread series sitting on my shelves but I can’t read them all in a year and those are the ones I’m most anticipating for now.
Series I’d like to continue
I read Miss Peregrine’s last year and even though I wasn’t a huge fan, I’d like to read the sequel at least, Hollow City by Ransom Riggs.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss was my favorite book of 2013, and my favorite book of all time so far, so I NEED to reread it this year and read the sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear.
I also read Incarnate and Asunder by Jodi Meadows in 2013 and they were a series I especially enjoyed. Why I have never finished it? Don’t know, but it needs to happen before I completery forget the storyline. The last one’s called Infinite.
Finally, I read The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling, this year in audiobook and I’d like to read the sequel The Silkworm, in book format, see if I like it better that way.
This is getting ridiculously long. I wanted to add my most anticipated release of 2016 but I didn’t even check that yet so I’ll just make another post about it. Thanks for reading my thoughts if you got until this point and do tell me your reading resolutions in the comment section if you wish to share 🙂
Happy new year and may a lot of great books be in your future!
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