Hey everyone! So I’m one of those people who are pumped for the new year and make New Year resolutions but rarely follow through on them. I usually just give up on my goals in mid-February because I usually realize that I’m kidding myself, and that I will never change my potato-ish ways. I always tell myself that this year, I’ll make it happen – I’ll be the change I want to be in my life, and it seems I’m not giving up on that portion of each new year this time. So today, I thought I’d share with you some of my reading and blogging goals of 2016!
Be more consistent in reading
In 2015, my initial Goodreads reading challenge was 80 books which I managed to complete fairly easily. Then, I bumped my goal up to 100, and even though I managed to read 102 books by the end of the year, I wasn’t too satisfied. The past few months have been hard on me readingwise – I haven’t been reading as much as I would like. Early 2015, I was reading an average of twelve to thirteen books a month, and late 2015, I was barely reading three or four. I would like to be a lot more consistent this year. I want to avoid reading slumps that bring down the whole reading atmosphere for me.
Read at least 100 books
So like I said, I read 102 books in 2015, which is pretty great. But I know that I can read more, but I also don’t want to pressure myself into reading more than 100. So yes, I think 100 is a great starting point for me.
Read more from the adult genre
It’s so funny because before I discovered BookTube and the blogosphere, I read a ton of adult fiction. After my discoveries, I started focusing solely on young adult literature, and while YA is tremendous and fun and amazing, I would like to branch off more into the adult genre. I would like to read more adult fiction, more adult fantasy. I feel like adult literature offers so much that I have yet to discover.
Read more relatively unknown books
While reading popular books is always a pleasure, I feel like I got so caught up on trying to read everything popular in 2015 that I ignored unpopular books that may have had the potential to make my reading year even better than it was. Often, I go into popular books with high expectations that are very rarely met. I find that my pre-conceived notions about books as well as the general atmosphere surrounding them influences my thoughts more than I would like. So this year, I want to focus on going into bookstores, picking up something that sounds and looks interesting and reading it for what it is, rather than what I think it will be.
Be better at saying ‘no’ to review requests
I love reviewing ARCs. I cannot begin to explain how appreciative I am of authors who take the time to look at my blog and think me worthy of advance-reviewing their work. It means the world to me, and because I’m so appreciative of this, I can never really say ‘no’ to requests. It’s not that I don’t want to read the books I’m requested to read, it’s just that I’m often so swamped by university work and personal life that I cannot find the time to give the proper amount of attention ARCs deserve. And I don’t like half-assing stuff, so I put off the ARCs until I think I’ll be free, and then I forget, and it’s all such a mess by the end. I have a few ARCs pending right now, and I just can’t seem to get to them. So for 2016, I want to make sure that I say ‘yes’ to reviewing copies only when I have the time to do so.
Improve my reviews by rambling less
I have a tendency to go off on a tangent in my reviews. I do have a lot of fun doing reviews; they are a great way for me to talk about books that I like, and also discuss books that I don’t like much. I love getting feedback on my reviews, but when I go back and read some of them, I feel like they’re not succinct enough. I bought a new journal, in which I hope to make notes while I’m reading so that my reviews will be more focused and more targeted towards things I really want to point out, rather than write my reviews as I go.
Write at least 5 blog posts a week
Ideally, I’d like to write one blog post a day, but I realize that’s not as easy as I initially thought it was. Sometimes, life doesn’t let you blog. Sometimes, you want to blog but you have no idea what you’re going to write. So, I think 5 is a pretty good number for a week of blogging.
Write more discussion-based posts
Basically, I want to do more than just reviews and tags this years. I want to write posts that spotlight issues that I think are important in the bookish community. I only posted 2 discussions posts in 2015, but to be fair, they were both in December which is when I decided I want to start posting them. I think 2 bookish discussion posts a month is a good number, and 2 non-bookish would be good too.
Interact more with my fellow bloggers
I want to start blog hopping, because it’s such a great way to interact with new people with similar interests. Communication with people all over the world is the most rewarding thing about blogging, in my opinion, and I’d like to start doing more of that this year. I’d like to set aside one or two days of the week where I spend some time going on other people’s blogs, commenting and interacting.
Alrighty guys, that’s all for my reading and blogging resolutions. What are some of your resolutions that you made this year? How do you plan on achieving them? Let me know in the comments below, and I hope you’re all having a wonderful start to 2016! Happy reading.