In 2016, I’ve accomplished quite a few things when it comes to reading. Not only did I start my bookstagram account, but I’ve also read almost 200 books, some of which I’d been planning to read for a long time. But there’s also a lot of books I didn’t get to read, even though I wanted to. That’s why I came up with a bunch of bookish resolutions for 2017.
Years ago, when I was still in high school, I read The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Children of Húrin. I loved all of those books, but when I tried to read The Silmarillion, I couldn’t get into it, and didn’t try to read any of his other books. Over the years, I have read The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, and The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. However, I didn’t feel like I could fully appreciate them, since it had been so long since I’d read the other books. And so I’ve decided to try and read all (or at least most) of Tolkiens books this year, starting with The Fellowship of the Ring of course. I can’t wait to get started! Are you a Tolkien fan?
Read more classics
On my shelves are a lot of classics, and yet most of them are unread. Which is kind of weird, since I loved the classics I did read, such as Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre (with the exception of Tess of the d’Urbervilles). That’s why I plan to read at least a few more this year! Any recommendations?
Read more books from the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge
Halfway through 2016, after binge watching Gilmore Girls, I started the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. It’s a challenge that is dedicated to reading as many of the books referenced in the series as possible. Since a lot of well-known mustreads are on that list, it’s really fun! The list is really long though: it consists of 339 different books, not counting the ones referenced in A Year In The Life. So far, I’ve read 50 of them (not all last year, of course!). I hope to read quite a few more this year. I’ll dedicate a blog post to this challenge soon to tell you more about it!
Read more popular (ya) fantasy series
Between reading more literary books, I always enjoy reading (ya) fantasy a lot! And even though I’ve read quite a bit, there’s still so much more out there. I guess that’s the struggle for every bookworm… Hopefully, I’ll get to read more of these well-loved series. I just started reading the Percy Jackson series this week, so that’s a good start! Furthermore, I hope to read the Outlander series soon.
Start a bookish blog
Well, if you are reading this, you know that I’ve already completed this goal! When I had some time on my hands earlier this week, I figured ‘Why wait?’ Admittedly, I still have some things to figure out to improve the blog and make it more accessible and easy on the eyes for you readers. Thank you for reading/following, I really appreciate it!:)
Reach my Goodreads goal
If you have Goodreads, you probably know what I’m talking about. If not: Goodreads is a medium that offers a chance to keep track on what you read and also see what your friends are reading. Since I read quite a lot, this is an excellent tool to not forget which books I’ve read, and how I felt about them! At the start of each year, Goodreads offers a chance to set a goal for the amount of books you hope to read that year. This is the fourth year I’ve set a reading goal; I started using Goodreads at the start of 2014. That year, I set my goal on 100 books, and managed to read around 120. Because of that, I set my goal for 2015 on 120 books, but I ended up reading almost 200. Since I thought that might be a one time thing, I set my goal for 2016 on 120 books as well. But again, I turned out to read almost 200. I don’t want to pressure myself to read that many books however, so I decided to set my goal for 2017 on 150 books, which should be achievable based on how many books I’ve read during the past few years.
Do you have any bookish resolutions? I’d very much like to hear about them, so let me know in the comments!