Joining in with The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday again!
Most years, I don’t make normal resolutions. I tend to find that sort of thing unnecessarily stressful. The only exception is that I always set reading goals for myself. Usually, that’s as part of the Goodreads Reading Challenge, but I also try to strongly encourage myself to read certain things every year.
In 2015, I wanted to read 75 books and to read more diversely. I surpassed my goal of 75 books easily, and I do have to say that I did better at reading the works of diverse authors than I have in previous years. Overall, it was a win (despite several bad reading slumps and A LOT of graphic novels read). I’m hoping this year to do better so I thought I’d make a longer list of book-related goals this year.
Like with other years, I don’t plan to hold myself to completing all of these, but I tried to make them as easily doable as possible. These ten “resolutions” are all things I actually want to do so we’ll see how it goes in 2016 !
Top Ten Bookish Resolutions for 2016
- Reread the Shannara Chronicles Before Watching the TV Show ~ I read Terry Brooks series when I was in high school–which was long enough ago that I remember next to nothing about the books. The previews for the show look excellent, but the book nerd in me needs to know what’s in the books before even embarking on the pilot. Time to get cracking those spines since the show premieres soon. (Only a figure of speech, of course. I don’t crack spines.)
- Start Game of Thrones ~ I’d say read the entirety of the Game of Thrones series, but I’m not 100% certain that I’ll like it. Finishing the first book would be an excellent start. Finishing the second would be even better. We’ll see what happens.
- Catch Up on Series ~ This should be like five different resolutions because there are plenty of series I’m WAY behind on. I need to read Knight’s Shadow, three of The Expanse books, and Invasion of the Tearling. I was so proud of myself for getting to After You by Jojo Moyes last year, but now, I’m feeling the pressure of all these unfinished series!
- Read Batman and Superman Graphic Novels in Preparation for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice ~ I love Superman and Batman, but I’m bad and haven’t actually read any of their comics. I tend to shy away from the testosterone heavy superhero series, but I want to finally give them a try.
- Read 75 Books This Year ~ I used to set my goal at 100 books every year, but I’m a perfectionist and I stress out if I don’t feel like I’m meeting my full potential. . .even if that just has to do with not reading all the books I meant to in a year. I set my goal at 75 now because I can meet it without having to try too hard (and it also makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside when I inevitably surpass that number).
- Read Some Non-Fiction ~ I like non-fiction in theory. I just don’t read that much of it anymore unless it’s a memoir. I used to love reading non-fiction so it’s about time I got into that again.
- Read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies ~ The film’s coming out. I need to buckle down and read this. I own it so I really have no excuse, and if all else fails, I can listen to the audiobook on my lunch break.
- Read Lady Susan by Jane Austen ~ Sticking with the theme, I’ve read a lot of Jane Austen, but I never read her last (unfinished) novel. Again, I own it (no excuses) and I really just want to get to it before the confusingly titled adaptation, Love & Friendship, is released. (I have read Love & Friendship, by the way, but there’s no way anyone would actually adapt that manicness to the screen.)
- Read Some Books in Translation ~ I haven’t read many translated books since I was in college–maybe like one that was originally in French. I already have one book out of the library that was written by a Chilean author, but I need to try some more. If you have any recs for this goal, let me know! It’s sort of intimidating to know where to start.
- Read Diversely ~ Last year, I made this resolution and I’m doing it again this year. (I want to try to read more and more books by Women and POC every year!) With this resolution, I also am going to try to focus more on diverse books on the blog. I did that to a certain extent in 2015, but I want to go even further with it this year.
Do you have any reading goals this year? How do you feel about resolutions in general? Yay or nay?
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