Hey Book Nerds!
With 2015 coming to a close and 016 right around the corner, many people are sitting down and making a list of everything they are challenging themselves to do in the upcoming year. Whether it be losing weight, breaking a bad habit, or taking up a new hobby, we are all coming up with something that we want to accomplish in 2016. For me, and probably many of you, my resolutions are solely book related. Yes, I do have other non-book related resolutions and goals, but I want to tell you guys about my bookish resolutions.
1.) Read 15 books
This year, I ended up setting my Goodreads goal at 12 books, and I surpassed it with 15 books. So, for 2016, I will be setting my goal at 15 books, which is doable as I proved in 2015.
2.) Read a classic
Classics are not forte, which is why I want to read at least one this year. I am trying to broaden my horizons when it comes to reading, because as a book reader and reviewer, I don’t want to just stick to certain authors and genres that I am comfortable with. I have been collecting classics that I think I will enjoy, so this year, I am finally going to tackle one of them (I already have one in mind and should be reading it soon!).
3.) Read more
Okay, before you say “wow that’s creative”, just hear me out. When I say “read more”, I do not mean simply reading more books. However, that does go hand-in-hand with what I do mean. When I say “read more”, I mean take more time to read and make use of my spare time for reading. I barely read anything once I started school in August because I convinced myself that I had no time to read, when, in fact, I had nothing but time. In 2016, I want to start using my time wisely and reading on the bus to and from school, in between classes, before bed, and when I am bored and have no clue what to do. Yes, by doing this I will read more books (hopefully), but I want to focus more on actually taking the time to read.
4.) Use my TBR Jar more
For those of you that do not know, yes, I have a TBR jar. Have I used it at all this year? Not really. It’s pretty much collecting dust on my bookshelf and desperately needs to be updated. In 2016, I want to update and actually use my TBR jar, so when I have no clue what to pick up next, I’ll have fate and a piece of paper make that decision for me.
5.) Buy fewer books
I feel like this resolution is pretty common on most book lovers resolutions for the upcoming year. This one is pretty self-explanatory. I want to buy less books. I currently own close to, if not more than, 400 books and I haven’t even read half of them. However, a lot of those are thrift store books, so they have all been cheaper. But, I want to save my money and stop accumulating an excessive amount of books. I’m sure I won’t stop buying books completely, but I do want to cut back on how many books I buy and how much money I spend on books.
6.) Participate loosely in the Popsugar 2016 Reading Challenge
For those of you that don’t know, Popsugar.com does a reading challenge every year where they list a certain amount of challenges for people to complete in the upcoming year. I have never participated in this challenge before, and it sounded interesting so I decided to loosely participate in it. The challenge this year consists of 40 different challenges, which is why I am loosely participating in it. I know I won’t be able to read 40 books and there are some challenges that I simply do not want to do, and I am not going to force myself to do them. So, instead, I am just going to read books and once I finish a book, go to the list and see if it corresponds with any of the challenges. If any of you are interested in participating, here is the link: http://www.popsugar.com/love/Reading-Challenge-2016-39126431
7.) Keep this blog updated
This goal is probably the most important one to me. This year, I have slacked majorly on blogging, especially once school started. However, I am making it my mission to keep this blog updated and to get on a schedule and sticking to it. I promise.
2016 is going to be an amazing reading year for me, I can feel it. I hope you have all had an amazing year and I wish you all and even better year in 2016. If you have any reading or book related goals for 2016 that you would like to share, I would love to hear about them in the comments.