2017 Reading Goals

Hello! Time for the annual ‘Gonna try to do this’ post. I’ve done one of these every year since I started my blog towards the end of 2014 and every year I’m all optimistic about it. And then every year I inevitably fail about half the goals (woot). So here’s to another year of ‘Good Enough’. :”D

Seriously though, gonna really try to accomplish these, but I’m not gonna beat myself up about it.


Complete a Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 Books

I did this last year and accomplished it as of two or three days ago. It’s definitely challenging for me, but doable. I dig it. (One year I did 110 books and achieved it – no idea how I did that. 50 is plenty good for me).

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read

I do have a bit of help with this one – I have an ‘Owned’ shelf on goodreads, so I have an approximate number of the books I have. I just need to go through and make sure it’s up to date… and then I need to go through and determine which of those haven’t been read yet. I’m afraid, people. I’m afraid.

Maybe I’ll film the books as I go to motivate me. Bookshelf tour, yay. I NEED TO GET SOME DECENT LIGHTING.

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading

This is a goal I had and achieved last year – it feels good to purge books that I have negative or no feelings for. It keeps my collection of books as something I’m happy to call part of me.

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list

This sounds like an obvious one, but it’s never been a goal before for me. I’ve made these lists every year but I never made it a goal to actually complete them. Why, I don’t know. But I want to do it this year. I’m thinking I’ll put the names of the books in a jar and draw out one or two a month to read. (Except for Kiss of Deception, which I’ll be buddy reading with Acey)


So that’s it – these are my goals for the year. Hopefully, ideally, I will achieve all of them. We’ll see. 2017 is gonna be… it’s gonna be an interesting year. Yeesh.

New Year’s Resolutions Book Tag (Original!)

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Hello! Shivii @browneyedmusings and I have created another tag! Though the idea for this tag is her brain child for sure – I was just lucky enough that she asked me to be a part of it. So thank you! Here is her post so you can check it out as well. :”D We each created roughly half the questions – I did the first five and Shivii did the last six. We figured it would be a perfect way to beginning our 2016 bloggy things. Onward!

Get in shape – name a book that doesn’t quite fit on your shelf correctly

The Samurai and the Sacred by Stephen Turnball. It’s just such an awkward size. It’s shorter than my other hard backs but taller then my paperbacks, and it’s wider than any other book on its shelf, so it sticks out farther. I have it on the end and just try not to look at it. Huff.

 

Eat healthy – name a book you feel was good for you to read

In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park. I feel like memoirs in general are good to read, but this one in particular was very intense. You don’t think what other people have to go through in their lives and seeing this woman’s account was a real eye-opener.

 

Read more – name a book you keep telling yourself to read but haven’t yet

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. I’m getting there, I’m getting there.

 

 

 

Quit smoking – name a book you kept going back to even though you had finished it

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. After I finished this book, I kept thinking about it, kept talking about it, kept flipping through the pages. I didn’t actually reread the whole thing, but it was on my mind for the longest time after I had finished it, and the only reason I’m giving it a break now is because I have it lent out. May or may not have done that on purpose.

Save more money – name a book you got for a really good price

Horns by Joe Hill. Fifty cents, man. Used, but it looks like it’s never even been open. I love library sales, yo.

 

 

 

Be more organized – how do you organize your bookshelf?

Really my only system of organization is ‘read’ and ‘not read’. If there are multiples in a series that I’ve read, they’ll go together and same for multiples of ‘not read’. But partially read series are split up, each bit going into their respective section. One day when all my books are in the same room, maybe I’ll get a real system of organization.

Be punctual – shortest time and longest time it took you to read a book

The shortest time is probably a half hour or so when burning through manga. Those things don’t last man. They’re so good though. Longest time is probably over a year. I think it took me that long to read Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Don’t know why. It was a good book. Just took me ages.

Go out more – what book made you isolate yourself from the outside world?

Basically any book that I end up rating 5 stars. Those are the ones that grip me and make me hiss at anything that disturbs me. Only approach me if you are offering coffee.

Be unique – what was your favorite book of 2015?

The Martian by Andy Weir for sure. Loved it. :”D It topped my Top 15 of 2015 list by a long shot.

Be more personal – what book are you waiting for most this year?

I’m super excited for two books in particular. The first is A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir, which is the second book in the An Ember in the Ashes series, and the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. CAN IT BE OCTOBER NOW PLEASE.

 

Really, resolutions? – what book do you promise to read next year?

I’m going to pick one I’ve already started because I feel like I jynx myself by saying ‘I’m totally gonna read this’. So if I’ve started it, odds are I’ll finish it. And that is The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Mass. Very slow moving at the moment, but I’m digging it.

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And that’s it! Hope you guys enjoy the questions. Anyone that I don’t tag that wants to try this out is more than welcome.

I tag (peer pressure, do it):

Ace
Orang-utan Librarian
Books at Dawn
Panda
Analee
Eleonora Lydia
Kacie
Zezee
The Galaxial Word
Lady Corvinous

 

2016 Reading Resolutions

We’ve entered the dead days, so it’s time to gear up for the new year. I’m going to start with a list of reading goals I set for myself to hopefully follow. I did this last year as well, which will be gone over in a later post.

My 2016 goals are:

  • Read 50 books
  • Complete at least half of the Read Harder reading challenge (will post later about it)
  • Pick up books because they interest me, not just because they’re super hyped
  • Put all my books together – pull from my living room, my bedroom and my parents’ house. Need them to be together! In one room!
  • Get rid of books I disliked and/or will never reread again

I think those should be rather simple to follow. 🙂 Wish me luck!