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!

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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:

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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.

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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!

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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!

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!

My Bookish Overview 2016

Hello all! I thought I’d cram one more post into 2016 before I rush off to start ushering in the New Year!

This year has been an absolute rollercoaster for me in the reading department (and in a lot of other ways too!) and I somehow managed to read 153 books! I know- I can’t believe it either!! But the number of books I read is not the only thing I want to measure. If you remember (and to be honest, I barely remember doing it) I made three bookish resolutions at the end of last year, and I’m gonna look back over them now to see how I did!

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war and peaceI have had an amazing reading year- and a lot of that is thanks to *you*! All of your amazing recommendations meant that my average rating was 3.5 (higher than normal) and I rated a whopping 76 books 4-5*. I also managed 40 classics/modern classics this year! There is no way I would have thought at the beginning of the year I would read this volume of books and maintain the quality I wanted- but somehow I did! All in all I’d say I successfully hit the target. And let’s be real, one of those books was War and Peace, so I’d have said this was a success even if the rest of my reads had been 1* airport fiction.

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dscn3446I did this… and I also didn’t. The issue is I kept buying books- and have still more coming in the post! Out of the ones I had on my TBR till the end of time, I read all the physical books I owned- but not as many on the Kindle. Next year I’m gonna have to change that- but until then, I’d say this was a success.

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Well…. This was a whopping failure. I managed to do a tag week, like I promised- but I didn’t even get close to doing this. I’m going to try and tackle more next year, but let’s face it, there’s no way this is gonna be a resolution again!

And that’s it from me! No more wraps ups and no more 2016… Have a great new year and an awesome 2017!

Bookish Resolutions

Is it too late for some bookish resolutions? Probably. But I don’t care. I think now that some of January’s gone, I have a clearer idea of what kind of things I wanna read this year. This will only be a quick update, because I only have three, so let’s get to it!

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Basically I want to read more classics and acclaimed books. I mean I know I read quite a few last year, but not as many as I usually do and not as many as I would have liked. I felt like I went for quantity over quality last year. Granted, I understand that was because I was feeling wiped after finishing uni, but now uni has been finished for 6 months and I’m still reading a lot of rubbish. I mean, it’s halfway through January, I’ve already read too many rubbish books. Honestly, I’d prefer if I just never read another rubbish book for the rest of my life, but you can’t always help these things.

 

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This will be more of a challenge, because I always feel like buying more. But I think it’s about time I read more of the books I actually own instead of going to the library and restocking at which ever book store I stumble into.

 

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Which is another reason for writing this post. Because I have an announcement. I have decided I have wayyy to many tags lying around that I just need to do already. So the plan? Tag week! Yup, that’s right, I’m doing an impromptu tag week in an effort to get my ginormous tags list down. Granted, I don’t think I’ll get through all of them anyway. But it’ll be a start! The plan is for 1 tag post a day for the next week- which might be tricky given that I have a lot on this week :/ – I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how this goes- wish me luck!

New Year’s Resolution Book Tag

Hiya! Happy Sunday! EmbuhleeLiest created this tag along with Shivii @browneyedmusings– so thank you to Embuhlee for tagging me! Since it won’t count as the new year for much longer, I thought I’d better do this sooner rather than later.

Get in shape – name a book that doesn’t quite fit on your shelf correctly

greek vases boardmanPhysically, my old Classics and Archaelogy textbooks don’t fit brilliantly. I can’t actually decide whether to get rid of them or not. They’re a bit hefty and I’m not too fond of them- but obviously, like any utterly useless academic books, they were very overpriced, so I’m a little reluctant to part with them. Maybe I should sell them… Any takers? :p

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Eat healthy – name a book you feel was good for you to read

letters to auntie foriLetters to Auntie Fori– I don’t usually read non-fiction, but this was a really good way of reading a history book without getting bored. It’s set up as letters, so it’s really easy to read and in nice manageable instalments.

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Read more – name a book you keep telling yourself to read but haven’t yet

King-of-SchnorrersI’m gonna go with the King of Schnorrers because I’ve heard it’s hilarious and it’s just been staring at me from my mum’s bookshelf for years- I keep planning to pick it up but I for some reason I haven’t.

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Quit smoking – name a book you kept going back to even though you had finished it

carry onCarry On– I just could not help myself with this book. It’s just so incredible.

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Save more money – name a book you got for a really good price

vampire lestatI get a lot of books really cheaply, so it’s hard to know which one to choose- I got a copy of The Vampire Lestat at a charity shop for about a £1 I think.

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Be more organized – how do you organize your bookshelf?

Ermm… I’m really not organised is the short answer. I used to be, but I’ve moved recently, so my books are all over the place now. A lot of my books aren’t even on bookshelves, they’re in boxes.

Be punctual – shortest time and longest time it took you to read a book

snow like ashesThe shortest time recently is Snow Like Ashes. No matter what I may have said about it in my review, I cannot deny that it was a quick read. I just whizzed through it. By contrast it took me *ages* to read Captain Corelli’s Mandolin cos it was so unbelievably boring. It’s only a few hundred pages and it literally took me weeks.

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Go out more – what book made you isolate yourself from the outside world?

daughter of smoke and boneWell, I couldn’t focus on reality for ages while I was reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It was just completely absorbing.

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Be unique – what was your favorite book of 2015?

memoirs of a geishaThis is pretty hard- I could very easily pick Carry On or We Were Liars but I think Memoirs of a Geisha is most likely to stay with me for the longest time.

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Be more personal – what book are you waiting for most this year?

The sequel to Vicious!!!

Really, resolutions? – what book do you promise to read next year?

demon kingThe Demon King because I meant to read it last year, and it’s sitting right in front of me just waiting to be read!

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That’s it! Hope you enjoyed that.

I tag:

Read By Natalie

Bookshelf Fantasies

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Ashleigh

Keira

Nut Free Nerd

Kiwi Reads

From One Upon A Shangri-La

Percy Reads

 

 

No pressure to do it! And if you’ve done it already, feel free to link to your post, so I can check it out 🙂