I don’t usually set any resolutions for myself but this coming year there are a couple of things I want to achieve in my reading life. As such it felt prudent to write this down so that future me cannot pretend to have forgotten these plans.
Read 100 books.
This is the number of books I tried to read the last few years and it is the one that works for me. I think reaching for more would be counterproductive but I also don’t want to read less.
Read at least one author’s complete work.
I am super bad at finishing, well many things, actually. There are very few if any authors I have read everything of but I want to remedy that next year. I first planned to read all of Lidia Yuknavitch’s books – but some are near impossible to find. I think I might finish David Mitchell’s work instead.
Keep writing reviews for every book you read.
2017 was the first year I actually wrote reviews for every single book I read (for fun – the ones I read for my thesis do not count) and I love it. It gives me so much more clarity and I can better talk about what I thought about a book than before. Plus, I find that I enjoy books even more now because all those little things stick out more.
Read more women; especially WOC.
I usually gravitate more towards books written by women. This year I read around 60% women – and I want that number to be higher. Not because of any agenda other than me usually prefering those books. That does not mean I won’t read any male authors but it will mean that I will try to take the author more into account.
Read some of the books that have been on the TBR forever.
I think this is something we all do: we buy books and they are new and shiny and then we get distracted and read other books instead. I recently organized my shelves and have over 70 unread books there, plus the NetGalley arcs I still have to get to and … suddenly that’s around a 100 books which means it would take me a year to get to all of them. I need to priorize differently next year.
Only request books if a) you really really really want them and have been looking forward to them or b) you have reviewed all other ARCs you had.
This fits together with the above resolution. I absolutely love that I sometimes have the opportunity to read books for review but I have also found that NetGalley has an effect of “want want want” on me. All the books on my least favourite books of the year list were arcs – which means one thing for sure: I will have to be more selective. I have been really good about this the last few months and I am planning on sticking with this selectiveness.
Finish at least one unfinished series.
As I said before, I am not that good at finishing series. So I will aim at finishing at least one of the ones I have started. Which one that’ll be I will keep open for now because I am such a mood reader.
Read only YA that comes highly recommended*.
I have been struggling with YA this year, and last year if I am honest. I do not want to quit reading YA altogether but I want to read a lot less and only the ones that are beyond brilliant.
* Please do recommend me brilliant YA novels. I usually don’t do well with love stories – so YA with less of a focus on that would be greatly appreciated. I also dislike stories where people don’t use their words.
Read more Science Fiction**.
I hardly read Science Fiction but I really want to. So I will remedy this next year. The last couple of years I always had a genre I wanted to read more of that year (one year it was non-fiction, the next year short stories). I loved how that broadened my reading horizon and I am eager to keep doing this.
** Again, recommendations welcome. I like Science Fiction that is more sociological than technical. And I get bored with long descriptions of fighting. Also, I want to read Science Fiction written by women.
Read more novellas***.
Again, I want to broaden my reading horizon. I have hardly read any novellas and want to remedy that.
PS: Does anybody know if the English definition of novella is the same as the German one?
*** Please: Recommend me great novellas! All genres welcome.
What are your bookish resolutions? (if you have any that is)