11/01/2016

Bookish resolutions for 2016

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Fight the never ending TBR

Like many, many readers, I find myself stuck in the to be read trap as well. I’m always adding books to my TBR list. When scrolling through Instagram or reading blogs or Goodreads, I hardly ever leave without writing down an author or title I want to read.

Unfortunately, my reading speed doesn’t match my adding books pace. Which results in brand new books on my shelves that have never been touched, apart from when I put them there. So this year, I want to read at least one book from my TBR a month.

Participate in reading challenges

2015 was the first year I set a Goodreads goal. It helped me to get back into reading regularly. It doesn’t feel as a burden for me, but works as motivation. I’ve set my number for this year: 60 books. Challenges are a good way to keep myself motivated.

I’ve seen some fun challenges, like the fairy tale retelling challenge or the Rock your TBR or reading more classics. But I didn’t want to drown in my own enthusiasm so I decided on one big challenge for this year. It’s the Around the Year in 52 Books challenge, over on Goodreads.

I like it because it has enough ‘save’ categories for books already on my TBR, but also some themes that will help me read outside my comfort zone. And I tried to sneak in some classic in as well. You can check out my reading plan for this challenge here.

Become smarter Read more classics

I’m reading a lot of young adult, which I love. But I’ve always liked diving in to classics as well. Mostly when I’m on vacation and have the time and concentration for something a bit more slow paced. I remember that feeling of accomplishment when I finally finished Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. Oh man. I felt so proud.

However, I haven’t read a classic in ages! A shame, because I like learning more about classics and their influence on the bookish world. Maybe it will also help me reach my lifelong goal of being one of those people who can quote smart things from memory. Or finally understand references without googling them.

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ok, moving onnnn…

Get to know the book community

The last few months of 2015, I slowly discovered the bookish world online. The Broke and The Bookish hosts a yearly Secret Santa I’m so glad I joined last year. I had so much fun reading all the messages everyone posted. That’s why I would love to participate more in discussions, comment more on blogs and post more frequently on Instagram.

I love the whole bookstagram community. The people are awesome and I’ve discovered a lot of new books already. The photos are gorgeous as well and so inspiring. So I’m going to make more of an effort to post nice pictures as well (instead of a random picture every few weeks – my current Instagram routine).

Make more notes while reading

I’m a pretty fast reader. Most of the time, that’s a good thing. I should make a habit of making small notes though. When I like a book, I race through it because I don’t want to stop. It’s easy to forget things when it’s an action packed book. When I have almost no notes, I find it so hard to write a review. Reviewing books helps me to understand them better and think about the story and characters on a deeper level.

What are your reading goals for 2016? Are you participating in any reading challenges?

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