Tuesday, January 5, 2016

6 Bookish + Blogging Goals for 2016


If you know anything about me, you'll know that keeping resolutions is the number one thing I cannot do. I think I've finally realized it's probably because I don't go much into detail about exactly what it is I want to accomplish. So today, I've come up with six solid goals that are realistic and achievable. Here's to hoping this year is different!

1. Read 70 books from my shelf.
I've been back and forth so many times about setting a number vs. just reading as little or as much as I want, but my boyfriend has recently agreed to read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss with me if I commit to finishing 70 of the unread books on my shelf this year. He doesn't read at all, so this is something I'm going to have to say yes to!

2. Choose books I am 100% interested in.
Even though I've set a number goal, I still want to be selective with what I read. There is a lot of pressure to read popular books, newly-released books, debut books, etc. but I would like to ignore it and simply enjoy what I pick up. After all, isn't that the point of reading?

3. Continue to document what I read in my book journal.
I love to keep track of my favorite quotes and passages for the books I read, and this year will be no different. I'd like to add something new though — when I complete each book, I want to jot down my immediate reactions.

4. Review every book I read.
Whether it's a post on this blog or just a couple of sentences on Goodreads, I want to make sure I'm sharing my opinion and not just providing a star rating. I have issues explaining how I feel, so I want to challenge myself to think and write more.

5. Refrain from participating in reading challenges.
This one may sound a little weird, but I know my reading habits. There are a lot of books I want to read (I'm sure you feel the same way) and I want to keep my options open. I think this would be fun for me in the future, but it would be way too stressful for me right now :(

6. Start a favorites page.
I've read a good amount of books in the past two years, so I want to share the ones I especially love. I've been playing around with the formatting, but I'm not sure how I would like to present it yet!

So there are my goals! Now I'd like to know — what is one bookish/blogging resolution you want to focus on this year, and what are the steps you will take to achieve it?

9 comments:

  1. Oh review every books I read is such a good one! I see lots of people saying theyw ant to only pick books they are totally interested in! I have issues with that too so thats a good one :D

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  2. A book journal! That is such a fantastic idea!! I love it, I think I'm going to steal it!!

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  3. Great goals! I hope you manage to achieve all these this year!

    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/top-ten-tuesday-38/

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  4. 4 is one I have issues with too! I read a book but generally don't want to do a review right after finishing but then I end up putting it off and i forget things :|

    My TTT http://wp.me/p3ftwe-Nb

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  5. Great book goals! My reading goal is to read 60 books and to get to all of the unread books on my shelves. I have too many books that I've been neglecting for newer ones!
    ~Sara

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  6. I am working on reading books I'm interested in too! I went through my Goodreads TBR earlier and pulled a bunch of books I didn't care about anymore. I should probably do that again sometime soon, and also do the same with series that I don't want to finish. That helps a lot!

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  7. Ooh, I LOVE that you keep a book journal! I just have a spreadsheet that lists all the details of the books I've read in a year, but a journal sounds like a great idea ;)

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  8. Great goals!

    I love the idea of a favorites page! I love looking through other people's favorite books.

    I wish you the best of luck to complete your goals :)

    My TTT: http://booksbeautifylife.blogspot.de/2016/01/top-ten-tuesday-bookish-goals-for-2016.html

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  9. Yay! I like the idea of making sure to record something about each book! I know I'm guilty of not doing anything with books I didn't get for review. And picking books you really want to read is always good. I think not doing so will definitely make it hard to keep up with reading, you know? I know I'm just trying to keep the books I add to my collection to ones I'm dying to read and not getting them because I'm kind of interested.

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