Happy New Year!
So, in August I wrote a post listing my reading resolutions and now we’re 4 months on and it’s the start of a new year I felt it was a good time to go through the list and see where we’re at! (Original post here)
I think it’s safe to say that I’m plodding along at all the goals quite well. A monthly TBR has worked wonders for me, classics are still my favourite genre of literature and the goal of reading Austen and Dickens is progressing (slowly, but it is). Revisiting school books hasn’t gone as well as planned, I’ve read one book by John Steinbeck and that’s pretty much it; I will endeavour to read more in this category this year but I don’t think it’s nearly as important! Point 7 fits in more snugly here and I’ve managed to read a few non-fiction books though maybe not of the genre I was expecting! I really enjoy a non-fiction book so I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for another one to read soon!
Readalongs/readathons/book clubs – this covers point 4 and 5. I’ve not had a chance to participate in a readalong since August but I’m keeping my eye out for one that ticks my boxes so watch this space! I’ve rejoined the book club I mentioned in the original post and I’m planning to join a local ‘meet in actual person’ book club at some point too!
It’s also safe to say that point 6 has been a success as I’ve reviewed every book read from September and I’m going to continue on with that!
On to 2015; adding on to my resolutions is reading more diversely. This year I’m going to try to read at least 1 book a month by a person of colour; it’s not really much in the grand scheme of things, I know, but it is a start. I did a post recently about diversity in reading and it really shocked me when I added up my numbers so I’m going to do something about that.
Also, I set my goodreads challenge at 75 books this year. I managed 63 last year but having only read 17 of those in the first half of the year and 7 of those were a reread of Harry Potter (which hardly counts when you’ve read it more times than you can remember) I feel that 75 is most definitely doable now I seem to have a routine down with balancing uni and reading! An unsaid goal though is I want to try and limit my rereading; last year most of my reading was re-reads simply because I could get through them quicker and they were more comforting when I was stressed. However, while I love re-reading there are so many books that I want to experience that it seems a waste of time to be rereading. That isn’t to say I’ll not re-read whatsoever, there are a couple of books I do want to revisit and I’m sure that I’ll want to pick up books like The Secret Garden and Ballet Shoes again because I do just adore reading them on a cold afternoon!
So, there will be a January TBR post up soon along with a 10 books to read 2015 post. I’m going to try and put more ‘interlude’ posts up to break up reviews this year as I think it can get clogged up. So expect a haul and maybe a few more ‘life’ posts over the next few weeks!
Have a wonderful 2015!