Happy 2015 everyone!
I don’t often make New Year’s resolutions or goals but I was inspired by both Jenn‘s & Lindsey‘s that I thought I’d put mine down on paper. And by paper I mean blog post. In the past years, the only one I really stuck with all the way through was the 50 Book Pledge (which basically also corresponded with the Goodreads reading challenge). My own Harry Potter (re)read I didn’t even get a chance to finish all of! (Although I can use the excuse of wedding planning… though that doesn’t really explain the rest of the year once the wedding was over 😉 )
So for 2015 I’m going to attempt the following bookish goals:
- Once again, I’ll be participating in Harper Collins’ 50 Book Pledge/Goodreads’ 2015 Reading Challenge. The change for me this year will be that I have set both goals to be at the 75 mark. Past years, I’ve kept it at 50 (since that’s the name of the pledge), and I end up surpassing it quite a bit so I’ve upped the ante this year to make it an actual challenge for me in 2015.
- Taking a page from Lindsey’s post, she pointed her readers to the direction of Pop Sugar’s 2015 Ultimate Reading Challenge, where it will attempt to diversify our reading a little bit. They even have a handy printable/downloadable sheet so you can check off the books that correspond with the criteria as you finish them throughout the year.
- In terms or readalongs or re-reads… as you can see from the sidebar graphic, I’ve amended my HP one to include 2015 as well. I’m determined to finish the last 2.5 books of the series as it’s just leading up to my favourite ones. I’ve also currently tentatively joined Lindsey’s #GreenGablesReadalong because like with her and Harry Potter, I have actually never read the Anne of Green Gables series. So if I can get myself organized enough, I will join in with this. Check out Lindsey’s post (and schedule) if you’d like to participate as well!
- I should correct myself in saying that the 50 book pledge was the only reading challenge that I stuck with consistently all year because I definitely should have included Brunch Book Club with Jenn – although I don’t consider reading something from our mutual TBR piles and then having brunch once a month a “challenge”. 😉 Great food, great chats, great company – definitely nothing challenging about that! My 2015 goal for this though may be to start the books earlier in the month so I’m not scrambling to finish before our brunch date!
- Allow for more time for things. Whether it’s devoting more time back to reading (and commenting) on others’ blogs or starting books earlier so I’m done them in a timely manner. Due to busy schedules, my Paris Month last year wasn’t as jam-packed full of Paris goodness as in the previous years so I want to get started on the planning and reading/reviewing of that earlier. I’ve slacked on commenting on blogs as well and I’ll find that I may be reading the blogs while on my commute but then don’t get a chance to actually comment on it so I want to get better with that! I also need to get back into the habit of writing and scheduling posts more consistently. I get into bursts of productivity where I’ll write a bunch for a week or so – and then nothing for another week. I need to space them out more regularly when blogging inspiration strikes.
Lastly, I need to be more selective about the books I read and/or keep. I need to focus and read through books that I’ve had sitting on my shelf for ages before getting distracted by the shiny new one. I need to be more aggressive in purging ones that I will never get around to reading. I’ve been trying to declutter our place for the last year in preparation of moving, and a good majority of our storage locker right now is probably my (heavy, heavy) books.
Some of the goals are small, some may be easier to accomplish than others but I think some of the seemingly simple ones will be the toughest to stick with. Here’s hoping for a productive 2015!
What are some of your 2015 bookish goals?