[This post is done as part of the Top Ten Tuesday meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish]
Every year, I do up a personal list of resolutions and while I have never been able to fully adhere to the whole thing, these resolutions do help me set some targets to work towards. This year, I’ve decided to expand my 2016 personal resolutions to include a subsection purely for reading-related goals so it’s great that this is the first TTT topic (TTTT?) of the year.
Unlike some of my other resolutions, which can be rather nebulous despite my best efforts to make them as specific as possible, I think my bookish ones are going to be rather targeted and quantified.
This year, I plan to:
1. Read 40 books: last year I announced that I would read 55 books, a prediction that fell totally flat when I had only achieved 27 by the end of 2015 thanks to life happening. This year, I’m going for something a bit more realistic given the many exciting changes I’ll be having in my personal life, but still a lofty enough number that I’ll have to push myself sometimes.
2. Blog here at least three times a month: running both a personal blog and this book one can be quite overwhelming at times (which…is not something you can see from the pitiful amount of posts on either) but this year I’ve set myself a comfortable target of two blog posts per week (or eight a month). At least three of those will/shall be for here.
3. Be more active in the book community: this is perhaps the vaguest of my resolutions here but it’s been something I really have been wanting to step up on. This could include taking part in more challenges, commenting more on others’ posts, or hopefully, having some collaborations.
4. Writing more: while this is only tangentially related to a blog on reading, I’ve been wanting more and more to stretch my writing muscle, something that has been sorely neglected for over a decade. I’m currently working on some Magic: the Gathering fanfiction and hope to resume my Pokemon fanfiction and perhaps even some original works.
On top of that, I also have some resolutions targeting specific titles, including:
5. starting on The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin: this is the current hip fantasy series and I always feel like such a fantasy fraud for not having actually given it a try. The first book is lying in my TBR pile so I aim to get around to it this year.
6. starting on The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon: I’ve heard so many great things about this series that I have to figure out what all the hooha is about.
7. finishing the Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett: this year, I (and the rest of the comedy fantasy loving world) said goodbye to my favourite author of all time and it shames to say that, while I’ve devoured most of the entries in the Discworld series but have never touched this subseries. Since his last work was about Tiffany Aching, I think it’s apt that I visit this part of the (Disc)world to bid my final farewells.
8. finishing all of Tamora Pierce’s series: I’m quite liking what I’ve read so far and since her books are quite short and quick reads, I hope to blast through her collected works.
9. completing The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien: again, see what I said about George R. R. Martin, only even more epic and classic.
10. finding the Children of Amarid series by David B. Coe: this stands as one of my favourite series of all time and although I have the first book in the series, I don’t seem to be able to find the other two anywhere anymore. This year, I shall try harder.
Dear reader, what are your bookish 2016 resolutions?