Bookish (and Some Non Bookish) Resolutions for 2019

It’s that time of the year again! You know the drill- I’m gonna say a bunch of resolutions I plan to do this year and then spend the whole year not doing them 😉

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Bookish:

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10 More Books from My Challenging list

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I considered making this less because I didn’t manage to read 10 in 2018, but then I thought, where’s the fun in that? I figured it would be more of a challenge this way 😉

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10 Non-Fiction Reads

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Again, I didn’t make it to 10 non fic reads in 2018, but I figure I have a whole year to try and hit this goal!

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5 Rereads

Because I had so much fun doing this last year! I have some really fun books lined up for this one!

number 4

5 Poetry Collections

Cos, why didn’t I read any last year? It’s gotta be the first year where I didn’t even pick up *one* collection- FOR SHAME!

Non Bookish:

number 5

Compile notebooks

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Another old ‘un but a good ‘un. Not only does the weird part of my brain that likes organising get a kick out of it, but it’ll make my life so much easier in the long run if I do this annually. There aren’t that many for me to go through this year, so it shouldn’t be too bad.

number 6

Complete another language on Duolingo

This is probably the most challenging one on the list and I could easily fail this due to lack of time… but no pain, no gain, right? I have previously completed two languages on there, yet the only way I ever seem motivated to go back and practice is if I’m learning a new language at the same time. I actually enjoy doing this (even if I’m still far from fluent in the ones I’ve tried 😉 ) so why not? Plus, Duo keeps sending me messages saying it misses me:

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I probably shouldn’t pay attention, because it’s a bit like a needy ex at this point, but I MISS WHAT WE HAD TOO 😉

number 7

THE DREADED EDITING

Okay, you got me, I’m exaggerating for comic effect 😉 I not-so-secretly actually like editing. HOWEVER, I’ve never undertaken *so much* editing at once. In fact, I’m a little scared about reading my last WIP (it’s not in good shape!!) I have so much to do in this regard, that I figure all the remaining points can be for this one!

And that’s all I’m doing this year! I decided to have some self-control and not add a bunch of resolutions I don’t plan on doing. Maybe I’ll add more goals as the year goes on instead of taking them off the list!

What do you think of my resolutions this year? Do you have any resolutions you plan not to do? Let me know in the comments!

Bookish (and Some Non Bookish) Resolutions for 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Literal stock photo 😉

So, like most of the population on New Year’s Day, I’m completely zonked today and basically want to huddle under my duvet until winter stops… which means it’s the perfect time to write some resolutions for 2018!! (cos we all know how well that tends to work out) Warning: it’s almost guaranteed I will forget about these in a month or two, but everyone loves a guilty book blogger, and these are guaranteed to make me nice and red-faced come next December 😉

Bookish:

number 1

10 More Books from My Challenging list

Yep, starting off with one that was on my resolutions last year. My list of challenging books is quite long (and always growing) so I can’t include all of them, but here’s a few that are top priority:

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How’d this list get so cheery? 😉 No wonder I’ve been avoiding this list like the plague…

Also subheading: FINISH READING MAPS OF MEANING YOU LAZY SCHMOCK! (I read the intro and first chapter back in 2016, it’s getting a bit ridiculous now, no matter how hard it is)

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10 Non-Fiction Reads

The great thing about this is a fair number of the books still on my challenging reading list are Non Fiction- so hopefully this’ll be two birds, one stone.

number 3

Delay putting a goodreads challenge on

So this is a complicated resolution- but last year I focused wayyy too much on how much I was reading- and a lot of that came from doing the goodreads challenge straightaway in January. Even though 75 was my goal *for the year*, I saw that and thought “challenge accepted” and proceeded to bulldoze towards that goal. To the point where I kept pushing the goal up-and-up-and-up before the end of the year. I wish I’d taken more time with my reading now and been a bit more relaxed in those opening months especially (cos right now I’m really experiencing burnout). That’s why my goal is not to put the challenge on for as long as possible (although I’m not saying to not do it at all, because I know that’ll be an impossibility)- I’ll say I get a pat on the back for every month I manage to have s(h)elf control.

number 4

5 Rereads

This goes back to trying to *relax* with my reading more (pahahaha, me? Relax? Good luck with that). I’m not going to push my luck- but I’d like to manage a similar number to last year.

number 5

Try and be More Organised with Reading Plans

You know, like have some sort of TBR. It doesn’t have to be official (let’s face it, it won’t be in posts cos *laziness*) still I should at least try to be a bit more organised. Especially since I’ve had a couple of ARCs in particular that I want to read and okay, I’ve been in  a slump for a month, but I still feel bad about it and LET’S GET ON WITH IT already! (Immediately after writing this, I scribbled down a list for January… so can I already count this as a success please?)

number 6

Try to Stop Reading Books You Know You Won’t Like

Yes, sometimes I’m guilty of picking up books where I think “this sounds so cliché and awful” annnd then proceed to read it anyway. Obviously you can’t avoid all bad books- yet sometimes I know I’m making a mistake. I just need to step away from the hype and back off from the trashy teen stuff. Hey future self: PUT IT DOWN.

Non Bookish:

number 7

Finish compiling notes from notebooks

This one is actually not that hard, considering I’ve done most of the legwork. I’ve basically been compiling notes from my notebooks (on the left is the ones I’ve done), for various different stories (not including WIP) that go back about 10 years. I’m down to the last three (on the right) and they’re only small, so this should be a doddle.

number 8

Finish that awful guitar for dummies book

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Okay this also = do something about my awful, sporadic practising habits (I have a feeling I’m setting myself up for failure here)

number 9

Mumble bumble something about French…

Aka find some new way to practice French instead of just duolingo- which I’ve kinda tailed off with anyway (it’s really boring once you finish the course). Again, this is kinda a fun one- yet also one I will probably fail, cos I have other things I need to do this year… so we’ll see.

I’ve written a couple of personal goals down on this document as well (like get fit) (not actually on the list lol) so I’m aware of them when I go back at the end of the year and publicly shame myself for not doing it 😉

Okay- who else has New Year’s Resolutions you totally plan to not do? Let me know in the comments!

Bumper Post of New Year Tags!

Hello all!! So it’s a bit late to still be doing end of year wrap ups, but since I was tagged for quite a few end of year tags, I figured it was a fun lazy-Sunday activity to go through a few of the questions. I hereby present to you: THE BUMPER POST OF NEW YEAR TAGS (although admittedly I won’t be answering all the questions…)

Best of 2016

Thank you so much to incredible Eve Messenger for tagging me to do this one!!

Favourite New Author

I have a few: Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Terry Goodkind, Isaac Bashevis Singer

Favourite Series

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Books So Fun They Felt Like Reading Parties

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Best World-Building

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Favourite Indie Series

I don’t know!

Best Female Protagonist

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali- it’s a bio, so not really protagonist, but whatever, I’m gonna keep pushing this book regardless!

Best Male Protagonist

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Scrooge!

Favourite New Book Boyfriend

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Ronan- who else?

Best Setting

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Favourite Plot Twist

Hard! I can’t remember back over all the plot twists of 2016, but probably the one in Gone Girl, even if I knew it was coming!

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Best Cover

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Most Devastating Read

I’m gonna steal Eve’s answer and say the Serpent King

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Favourite Audiobook

Well I only listened to two audiobooks, so I’ll say Hitchen’s cos of his voice, but it’s not a great book…

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Best Small Press Standalone

No idea!

The #1 Book No One Else Seems to Like But Me

Hmm not many other people have read Singer or Potok, so I guess that counts?

End of Year (2016) Fiction Favorites Tag

Annnd onto the second tag! Thank you to the absolutely amazing Rivermoosereads for tagging me to do this one!

Rules:

  • If you do this tag please tag me at Kate@meltingpotsandothercalamities(I’m the only writer or Kate at this blog, but that’s just my tag name).
  • Please answer the questions. What’s the point of the tags if you don’t answer the questions?
  • You can tag as many people as you like!
  • Oh, and to clarify: the show or book or whatever do not need to have been created IN 2016, like, you can say your favorite book is The Green Mile, which is okay for this list if you read it for the first time in 2016.

Like Sam, I’m going to talk about new things I got into in 2016- not things I continued liking. And I’m mostly sticking to books (though there will be the occasional TV/movie mention)

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK AND MOVIE FROM 2016? TV SHOWS OR WEBTOONS/ COMICS ARE ALSO ALLOWED, BUT AREN’T NEEDED.

Book: Shadow of the Wind

TV Show: Hustle! It’s a really old show, but I watched it for the first time this year- so good!

Movie: Bridge of Spies- partly cos it made me realise my taste in films might be maturing

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WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR OF 2016? SCREEN WRITERS ARE ALLOWED.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE ACTOR AND ACTRESS OF 2016?

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I’m just gonna go with Adrian Lester, partly cos of my aforementioned Hustle obsession (but mostly cos he’s hot)

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTERS OF 2016? LIMITED TO TEN CHARACTERS.

Book: Ronan, Han, Theo, Scrooge, Anne of Green Gables, Bobbie, Mark Watney and basically everyone in War and Peace

TV Show: Monel from Supergirl (again, it’s cos he’s hot)

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WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FICTIONAL COUPLE AND BROTP?

Book: Adam and Ronan!

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FICTIONAL ANTAGONIST?

Book:  Amy from Gone Girl and AIDAN from Illuminae

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WHAT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING YOU SAW ON TV, MOVIES, COMICS, OR BOOKS?

Book: This beautiful edition to my bookshelf…

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2016 Year in Review Book Tag

And lastly I’ve picked a handful of questions from the rather inventive 2016 Year in Review Book Tag. Quick thank you to the awesome Never Seen a Nevergreen for tagging me to do this!

  1. Brexit: Name a book you have an unpopular opinion towards

Easily the God Delusion!

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  1. Leonardo DiCaprio FINALLY won the Oscar: What was your most anticipated book release this year?

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  1. Samsung phones: One book that blew your mind this year!

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And that’s it from me for now! I’m not tagging anyone for this specifically cos I kinda missed the boat- but if you would like to do any of these please do! 

Let me know in the comments what you’re doing this (admittedly quite grey and overcast) Sunday afternoon!

TBR and Bookish Resolutions for 2017

Well this is coming a couple of days late- so, whoops! To be honest, I don’t have a great excuse, I just ate myself into a food coma on New Year’s Eve and am only just waking up… Anyway, hope you had an awesome start to 2017!

Now that the New Year is upon us, I reckon it’s a good time to share my Bookish Resolutions for 2017!

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So at the end of last year, I started to compile a TBR of challenging reads. This is partly because I’m pushing myself to read more quality fiction, but also because I want books that challenge me and I’d like to do more in-depth analyses. So these books are a mixture of new and old, things I’ve never read before and rereads, that will hopefully stretch my brain a little. The list is currently at about 40 and I’d like to read about 10 from this selection:

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I go through phases, so while I was quite good at reading my physical books last year, I got really rubbish at reading things on my kindle. I want to rectify that this year. Here’s just *some* of the books sitting on my kindle:

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Last year I managed to tackle a lot of my mum’s books, this year I’m planning on reading the 5 books my brother owns that I haven’t read, including this one on Ferguson- cos why not?!

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2016 was the year I got into Sci fi- I want to continue with that, reading more sci fi books. Plus I want to try new and exciting genres in 2017- maybe even graphic novels… who knows? The future looks bright!

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Kind of self-explanatory- but I really, really need a stronger resolve when it comes to book buying this year

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So this is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while! I have exciting things planned that I didn’t get round to in 2016- so this year I want to push myself to get it done!

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I’m not expecting to match the number of books I read last year- not by a long shot. I had a 50% increase from 2015, but due to stuff going on my life, I can expect a 50% decrease this year and am only aiming for 75.

Anyway, that’s all for now! Happy New Year Everyone!! Hope you have a magnificent 2017!