Hi guys! Since we are at the beginning of a fresh new year, I thought this would be the perfect time to set some resolutions!
Now, I’m not talking about life resolutions. Sure, they are always there. Live more healthily, learn a new language, conquer a fear,… But any day to start reaching those kind of goals is a good day. No, I’m talking about bookish resolutions. Hey, this is a book blog after all!
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Read 75 books in 2017
Let’s start this off with my yearly Goodreads challenge, shall we? In 2016 my goal was to read 70 books and I ended up reading 81. In 2017 I will try to read 75 books.
I want to read a lot of books, but I don’t want this to be something I stress about either. I’d rather read fewer books, but books I really love, than a ton of books I’m rushing through and not enjoying a bit.
Beat my backlist
I feel like I’m always running behind on my TBR. So many books, so little time right? But in 2017 I want to try to catch up a bit. So I am joining the Beat The Backlist challenge (hosted by NovelKnight) to work on that. It’s a challenge running the whole year and is basically just about catching up on some books that have been on your TBR for too long. No more being distracted by shiny new books, in 2017 I will read these books for this challenge:
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
- The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
- The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
- The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
- The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
- Written in Red by Anne Bishop
- I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
- Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
- The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
- The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
- Air Awakens by Elise Kova
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown
- Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Of course my backlist is waaay longer than just these 15 books. But again, no pressure! Let’s start with these 15 and see how we do.
Catch up on Rick Riordan books
As you can see from my backlist, I have some catching up to do on Rick Riordan books. The reason I keep procrastinating is because I want to start this by re-reading the entire Percy Jackson and the Olympians series first. Because it’s been almost ten years… But re-reading an entire series takes time, so I keep procrastinating. No more! I figure I can at least re-read one book a month and then I can start The Heroes of Olympus series somewhere mid this year. Totally possible!
Pick up a book on a whim once in a while
The truth is I hardly ever pick up a book on a whim. Actually, the last book I picked up on a whim turned out to be a One Direction fanfic with terrible reviews (After by Anna Todd). Now, I A) have nothing against One Direction and B) I haven’t read it yet, so I can’t judge and I’m still going to give it a chance and read it with an open mind, but I’m just saying… I don’t have a great track record when it comes to picking up books on a whim.
Almost every book I pick up is because I read great reviews or recommendations by fellow bloggers. And that’s ok, except I think I miss out on a lot of underrated gems that way. So in 2017 I’ll try to pick up a book on a whim every once in a while. Say, 4-5 books at least?
Read out of my comfort zone
I love fantasy. 75% of what I read is fantasy. Then I read about 23% contemporary, which leaves only 2% of other genres. (These percentages are totally valid. As in, I just invented them. But they sound right…)
In 2017, I’m gonna try to switch it up a bit more! Read some more mystery, historical fiction, non-fiction or horror. Any other genre basically. And maybe I can get my super valid percentages up to 60% fantasy, 20% contemporary and 20% other genres. Or you know, something like that.
Read more diversely
Because it is super important to read and promote diverse books and #OwnVoices, I want to make more of a conscious effort of picking up diverse books. Starting with the DA Readathon (hosted by Read at Midnight) in January, but of course running thoughout the rest of the year (and life) as well.
Be a better bloghopper
This bookish community is one of the best things about blogging and yet, I feel like I don’t do enough bloghopping. In 2017 I want to bloghop more. Maybe that’ll mean I can’t reply to every comment on my blog itself, but I guess that’s ok if I can discover and talk to more of you guys
Figure out a schedule
I try to post between 3 and 5 times a week, but I really have to work on planning myself. Sometimes I can work really well ahead and have two weeks of posts ready and scheduled. And
sometimes usually I end up scrambling to get a post ready the evening before it goes live. Could use some work 🙂
Write more original content
I still love Top Ten Tuesday and will continue to do so. I’m not sure what I’ll do about Waiting on Wednesday – maybe some monthly “waiting on” posts would be better? I haven’t decided yet. But either way, I still want to have more original content up. I guess I first have to figure out the schedule thing, but I promise to work on this in 2017.