I know I already passed the half way mark of the year but I’ve been meaning to take a look at how I’m doing with my bookish New Year’s Resolutions and I figured I’d share it with you guys so you can cheer me on or crack the whip!
Resolution #1: I resolve to not be afraid of reading chunky books.
Status: WELLLL, I’m planning on reading Harry Potter (you saw my crazy teaser video yes?) and those are thick. So that counts, right? I’ve read a few chunky books I think but my main goal with this one was not to push thick books aside because of the pressure of reviewing. I think I’ve combated my “but I could read 3 books in this time instead of this one chunky book” mentality so that’s good. I’m going to try to tackle at least one more chunky book on my bookshelf before years end.
Resolution #2: I resolve to be a good commenter like I used to be.
Status: SIGH. I have my weeks but I got in a really long, weird blogging slump that was kind of different for me in WHY it started so I just kind of disappeared and stopped reading blogs and commenting. I SEEM to be out of this so hopefully I can continue to work on this one!
Resolution #3: I resolve to start reading classics again.
Status: FAIL FAIL FAIL. I’ve read ZERO. What’s your favorite classic? Maybe you can motivate me!
Resolution #4: I will get better at putting books down that I don’t like
Status: I think I’ve done ok with this but looking back over what I read this year I see that 1) I read a lot of books I really loved and 2) there were some I wasn’t enjoying that I see now I should have put down. You KNOW I have a hard time putting down books as per this confession but I did at least manage to do one Reconsider or Release post this year. Probably not impressive for some of you expert DNFers but I’m working on it.
Resolution #5: I resolve to cull my OWNED books.
Status: I have been doing a pretty good job at this one and have given a lot of books to book club friends or donated them! I also met a guy in my apartment complex who is a high school English teacher and I plan on loading him up with a few boxes to take to his classroom! I feel good about this resolution!
Resolution #6: I resolve to get back into adult fiction.
Status: FAIL. I’ve read one adult novel this year BUT BUT BUT I have a few out from the the library that I plan to read!
Resolution #7: I resolve to fix and update my review archive.
Status: HAHAHAH I’m so far behind I should just delete this tab. SIGH. One rainy day I will work on this!
Resolution # 8: Start a book club or get involved in one
Status: This is what I wrote on my initial post: “I’ve always wanted to be involved in a really fun book club that is super laid back and informal — preferably with cocktails or wine and FOOD.” and I am PLEASE to report that I have succeeded in this goal! I started the most awesome book club ever and these girls are so fun to hang out with and have become such good friends! Want some tips to start your own book club?
Resolution # 9: I resolve to read outside of my normal genres and dabble in territory I’ve ignored.
Status: I honestly have been OKAY about this one — sneaking in a few ignored genres in but not as much as I’d like. SO I recently, this week, started a new series in which I “court” the genres I am afraid to read. The first one is Courting the Adult Romance genre — some friends gave recommendations, you all will vote and then I will read! I still need other people to be Recommenders on certain genres so be sure to check that out!
Resolution #10: Fix all of the housekeeping, behind the scenes that I’ve neglected since my move to WordPress.
Status: HA. Yeah, maybe one day I started to do this and then I got bored. I MUST DO THIS. Someone cheer me on!
At the end of my post this was my OVER-ARCHING, most IMPORTANT resolution:
“Have fun. Read good books. Have good conversation about them. No stress. No pressure. Don’t worry about reading or blogging slumps.”
I think I’m doing a bang up job on this one! I’ve been reading good books, having good convos and most importantly this has been a pretty stress free blogging and reading year. WOO!
What about you guys? How are you doing on your bookish resolutions? Anybody want to cheer me on??