’16 Reading + Blogging Goals

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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.

Comments

  1. Wow! You’re planning to write 5 blog posts a week and here I am trying to cut down how many days a week I post. :p Funny how that works!

    I don’t know how you’re going to read 100 books! That’s insane! I wish I could read that many books in a year, but I know I won’t have the time or devotion. I have too many other hobbies that get in the way of reading that many books. *glances at goal of 30 books* :p

    Oo! Discussion posts! This is becoming a popular thing in the blog-o-sphere and I think it’s fantastic! I, too, would like to participate, but I don’t know where people are getting their topic ideas from (and I probably don’t have the time. >.>) Still, I will be reading yours! ^.^

  2. Eek, I’m not sure why I didn’t notice this until now but I love the new purple look on your blog! Even your “about me” widget has a photo with pretty purple hues. <3

    I'm the same way. This is the first year I've made new year's resolutions actually… But all of them are definitely simplistic and attainable so I'm not too worried about not achieving them. And yes, to saying no (in particular to requests)! Last year I had an influx of requests from indie authors. I do want to support such authors but I find that I often am not interested in the synopses. It's hard to break it to people gently so I ended up putting out an announcement on my review policy that I was not accepting requests. But I sort of feel guilty since I still request books from publishers on occasion. However, the majority of those titles are books I really wanted to read. And I would hate to accept a request but have to rate it low just because it was a book that wasn't for me. That explanation was a lot longer that I expected, lol!

    Anyhow, good luck with all your 2016 goals Aimal! 🙂

  3. Ahhh I so miss the days when I was doing 5+ blog posts a week XD That did not last long. Nowadays, I just try and pace myself and do as many as humanly possible. Usually that means 3 times a week. I also need to get back into blog hopping a little bit more.

    Good luck with your goals and happy new year!!

    • I feel like that’s the best we can do. xD 3 times a week is still pretty good; I’d be happy if I could manage even that!
      Thanks, Aentee! Happy new year to you too! 🙂

  4. Wow, 102 books read in a year is impressive! I’ve been wanting to check out more booktubers–do you have any to recommend? And I would just like to add that rambling reviews are my favorite kind. 😉

    • Thank you so much! And yeah, rambling reviews are pretty fun, but when I read mine, I just tend to cringe lolol.
      As for booktubers, some of my favorites are: Regan from PeruseProject, Hailey from Hails Hearts NYC, Rincey from Rincey Reads (she reads a ton of adult fiction if you’re looking for that!), Riley from Riley Marie, Grace from gracewithabookinherface, and Raeleen from padfootandprongs07. Sorry, that was a lot. I just watch a lot of BookTube. 😀

  5. I definitely need to learn how to say no to ARC review request. It’s not that I don’t want to read them, I love helping authors and sometimes you find amazing books but it’s just that I only read books for review. I want to read other things, whatever I want and with school and other activities I have less time to read. I’ll accept reviews but just the ones I truly want to read (or at least that is what I tell myself). Good luck with all your goals! 😀

    • Yes, absolutely! Everything gets so hectic in life, and sometimes, you could do without the added pressure of reviewing books in time! Thank you so much, and good luck with your goals too! Happy new year! x

  6. Rather than resolutions, I do quarterly goals (which I got from Jenna Moreci), and so far it’s been working rather well for me. If you find yourself giving up mid-February, maybe that will be easier for you to stick to?

    Blog hopping is definitely a lot of fun–it’s one of the reasons I’m enjoying the discussion challenge as much as I am. I love being able to find new blogs and actually talking to people in the comments.

  7. Yes, I’m trying to branch out and read more diverse types of books this year as well! I have a really hard time writing reviews unless there was something I really hated about a book, in which case I go off on a rant. It’s really hard to explain why you like a book! I wanted to do a review for, let’s say, every two or three books I read, but seeing as I’ve already read 10 books so far and haven’t completed a single review… I think that might need to be reassessed. Good luck with your goals!

    • Diversity in reading is so important! Getting stuck in one genre for too long can put you in slumps, as well as restrict your experience of the literary world!
      I’m just like you! It’s much easier to write a review for a book you didn’t like as much as others. But I tend to write reviews for every book I read any way, mainly so I have a record of my thoughts for everything I read. It’s not easy, haha.
      Thank you, and happy new year! <3

      • For sure! I couldn’t possibly write a review for every book I read. It typically takes me two days to write a review and I have already read 12 books this year. I do plan on reviewing every standalone I read and every first book in a series if possible, as well as later ones that I really enjoyed. Happy new year!

  8. I normally do the same as you, and give up on my resolutions pretty quickly but I’m hoping to change that this year! Some of our resolutions are quite similar, I really want to try and be more consistent with my blogging this year and become a part of the blogging community as I feel like I’m missing out on something amazing! I saw someone say they had brought a planner for their blogging so they can organise themselves better, I think I’m going to have to steal that idea! Good luck with sticking to all you goals and resolutions for this year! 🙂

    • The blogging community is so lovely and welcoming! It gives me such satisfaction to know that other people out there share my love for something so dear to me! I just use one planner for everything in my life, including blogging, and I think it’s a great way to organize your posts (it gets cluttered as heck, but it works!)
      Good luck with your resolutions too, and happy new year! x

      • I can’t wait to get more involved in the blogging community, I’m so glad I’ve found a place where people share my love of books and I can discover so many new authors that I wouldn’t have heard of otherwise! I have one planner for everything which I’ve started adding my blogging schedule to this week, hopefully that will help me organise everything a bit better, I also have a book to make notes in when reading a book for my reviews so I can remember what I was feeling as I read stuff 🙂 happy new year to you too! X

  9. Wow, 100 books is a lot! There were a few years back when I was fourteen or fifteen when I read over a hundred books in a year, but now I just don’t have the time. I would love to be able to reach that goal again, though! Best of luck with all of your goals! 🙂

    • Honestly, I push stuff to the backseat most of the time until there comes a time when I can absolutely read NO MORE because I have so many other pending tasks. This semester was a lot more challenging for me, though, and I was barely reading. Hopefully, next semester will be better!
      Good luck with your goals too, and happy new year! x

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