2017 Reading Resolutions

I know what you’re thinking. Nathan mate, your last post was literally a half an hour rant about how you didn’t meet any of your resolutions last year, well, here we are, plot twist, here are my 2017 reading/bookish resolutions.

  1. Read Whatever The Fuck You Want – Last year as I discovered Booktube, blogs and everything else, I became very aware of a hell of a lot of books for the first time. People were discussing new releases, favorites, classics, etc and I thought, oh shit, I really don’t know much about any books at all. So I panicked thinking I was the worlds worst reader and that I needed to buy and read ALL THE BOOKS EVER. This was dumb. I ended up buying a lot of books I haven’t looked at since, that if left to my own devises I probably never would have encountered, and most certainly never have read. That kind of idea that I need to be reading what everyone else is and keeping up with the books everyone is talking about has very much floated off into the atmosphere and is no longer a factor for me. Booktube and book blogs are incredible sources of recommendations and reviews, and of course I’ll still be watching out for this type of content, but I won’t be trying to buy everything ever mentioned because if I don’t I’m the worst reading in the world and I might as well burn down a library with myself inside (sorry, that went very dramatic very quickly). Basically, I’m going to read what I feel I’d enjoy, because I WANT TO READ IT not because I have to. Putting pressure on myself reading wise is going to be a running theme throughout this I can see it now.
  2. Do Not Make Unrealistic Goals For Yourself – This is one that sums up pretty much all of my 2016 resolutions. Like ‘Read 60 Books’ WHAT THE FUCK NATHAN. There are only 52 weeks in a year when on average do you EVER read more than one book in a week?! Honestly I’d like to time travel to the year younger version of myself who wrote that and throw 60 books at his head one by one until he realises how outrageous he was. I mean, uni finishes next year, maybe I will be able to read a huge amount of books, but I don’t be stressing myself out about a goal and not meeting it. This year saw me reading awful graphic novels just so I could add one to my read list like I was in some kind of race and competing like WHO THE FUCK CARES HOW MANY BOOKS YOU READ NATHAN CALM YOURSELF DOWN.
  3. Do Not Be So Precious About Books – My books stay EXACTLY the same from when they’re bought to when they are read and put back on my shelf. No corner is turned, no spine is cracked, they are perfect little soldiers lined up in rows. WHY. Why do I make myself uncomfortable whilst reading for the sake of breaking the spine of a £6.99 paperback? And WHY OH WHY do I keep every book ever. If it was trash, and I didn’t enjoy it, it just goes BEHIND THE OTHER BOOKS. Why? What is this corpse of a crappy novel staying on my shelves for? Hidden behind it’s stronger brothers like the runt of a litter, no, they’re out. I won’t be keeping every book I’ve ever bought anymore, because that my friend is not practical in a two bedroom flat in which my boyfriend is acutely aware is slowly being taken over. In short, if books get fucked up it doesn’t matter as long and they’re readable, and any books I don’t like or don’t want anymore will be OUT.
  4. Continue Using The Library – Like I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been using the library quite a bit this past year. I’m not saying I used to effectively, but I used it. I mainly used it for the point raised in number 1, to get hold of that new release everyone is talking about so I can read it NOW BEFORE EVERYONE ELSE IS OVER IT AND I’M AN IRRELEVANT FOOL. Reality is you’ve always been an irrelevant fool Nathan sit down. I’d like to use the library as a source of FREE BOOKS. I mean, I just walk in, flash a card, and I own (for the next three weeks at least) a shit load of new books. What isn’t to love about that? I’m not someone who likes to splash a huge amount of cash at new books (because what even is council tax really I mean do I need to pay it or can I please just go to Waterstones instead?!?!), so the library is a person resource for me. My local one is absolutely tiny, but I can order books in online for like 10p so there really is no excuse not to fully take advantage.
  5. Stop Trying So Hard (You Fake Fuck) – Well, yeah. Honestly in 2016 I tried so fucking hard to become Book Blogger/Tuber/Instagramer/Tweeter OF THE FREE WORLD. I followed account after account hoping for a follow back, I made SHIT blog posts like ‘Quote of the Week’ scouring Google for a fucking life affirming quote from a book I’ve never read by a guy I’ve never heard of, I went to the library and took out a butt load of newish and popular books JUST SO I COULD DO A TBR/HAUL. Just so I had something to talk about on my channel. Just so people wouldn’t think that I’m that douche still trying to get through the 10 books I said I wanted to read last month but have no desire to open. I had a resolution of reading a classic every month, wanna know a secret? I’VE NEVER READ A CLASSIC I ENJOYED. Wuthering Heights was OKAY but I mean STOP WHINING (I saw in a post of 100% whine). So yup, this year I’m going to just chill my book bean, read at my own pace, read the books I genuinely want to read, and just relax, because I’ve come to the realisation that numbers on a screen have nothing at all in life to do with my enjoyment of a book. If people like my content, then they like it, but it’ll be genuine and from me because I wanted to create it, not because I feel I have to.

As you can see, my resolutions are basically ‘Do not do anything you did in 2016’. I also aim to be more consistent in my blogging and vlogging but honestly if I vanish for months on end it is simply because I haven’t read anything or that I have nothing to say. My blog might even evolve next year into content not book related because I might (heaven forbid) never feel like picking up a book again in my life You just don’t know. But yeah, by the end of 2016 I had a lot of realisations about myself and what I was up to and now that I’ve addressed them I feel really excited about the year to come.

Let me know how you got on with your resolutions this year below, and until next time, happy reading guys.

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2016 Bookish Resolutions

I have decided to compile a list of New Year resolutions based on my book blog and my book reading habits. Hopefully I will stick to as many of these as possible and in turn enjoy reading in 2016 even more than I did in 2015.

  1. Read at least 60 books – This will be tracked via the GoodReads book challenge. I only really started getting back into reading at around July this year so I haven’t given myself a very large goal, I think it is about 40 this year, so I’m hoping to read at least 60, hopefully more, but we will see how that goes.
  2. Update my blog at least twice a week – Now, this is something that I want to take very seriously next year. I have loved blogging these last few months, and I really enjoy sharing my reviews and everything else that I feature on my blog. I have bought a blogging note book which I will use to take notes on any posts I want to do, any review notes I make, and to make a list of any posts that are scheduled to be posted. I’m hoping that being more organised with my blog planning that this will improve my content a lot (fingers crossed). My initial plans are to post every Monday and Friday but that might change depending on uni/work/life.
  3. Have a monthly TBR – I am someone who, after finishing a book, goes to my book shelf and just stares at it for ages without knowing which one to pick up next. I’m hoping that by having a monthly list of only about four books a month to begin with, will take away the confusion and overwhelming feelings of what to read next. Obviously I won’t be too strict with myself and I’ll allow myself to deviate from the list of I feel I want to and to read more books if I get through my TBR for that month, but I’m hoping it’ll be helpful in making me read more and get through my books that I have had chilling on my shelf for far too long now.
  4. Have a monthly wrap up – I want to start monthly wrap up posts in which I just list the books I have read each month and tell you a little about them and how I felt about them. Obviously these won’t be full reviews but I think it’ll be an interesting follow up from TBR posts to have a nice wrap up and the end of each month.
  5. Spend more time when writing a review – This is because I tend to finish a book, put it down, and then launch myself into writing a review straight after. I’d like to be more detailed and methodical when it comes to writing my reviews in the hope that this improves the content of them. I will be making notes on books throughout my reading in 2016 so hopefully that’ll help me produce more interesting and fun book reviews.
  6. Use a TBR jar every month – I recently made myself a TBR jar, the tutorial of which you can find here. I’m hoping to use this once a month just again to stop myself spending too much time over thinking which books to read next. In my monthly TBR lists I will kick them off with a selection from the jar and then choose the other books from my list after that.
  7. Read every book I own in 2015 in 2016 – Now that’s a mouthful. Basically what I mean is that by the end of 2016 I want to have read every book I own from this very moment, so not including any books I buy in 2016. This means that any books that have been sat on my shelves for far too long or any books I got in 2015 that I just haven’t gotten around to yet will be read and not just sit there on a shelve getting surrounded by more and more new books.
  8. Read a classic a month – I would love to read more classics, so in order to help me do this I will be having one classic in my TBR each month. I’ll start off small and see how I find that, maybe classics just aren’t for me but I wouldn’t like to say I haven’t at least tried to read some in 2016.
  9. Re-read Harry Potter – It’s been a few years now, so it is time I returned to Hogwarts in 2016.
  10. Finish The Song Of Ice And Fire series – These books, as you are probably are aware, are absolutely huge, but I love them and I need to finish them! I have been about half way through the second book for quite a while now and I put it down to read other things. It is the biggest book in the series so hopefully once I get through that one, the rest won’t feel so much like mountains I need to conquer. I’d also like to have read them before the latest in the series is released.
  11. Be more active within the book blogging community – Being a relatively new blogger, I’m not really sure how I go about this. I try to be active in that I comment and like other peoples posts, I interact with as many bookish people I can on Twitter, but I don’t really get involved enough. I’d like to really immerse myself into the community and see what else is out there waiting for me!
  12. Visit more book shops – My town has ZERO book shops. I get most of my books that I don’t buy online from supermarkets or charity shops, so I’d love to travel to some of the bookshops near and far and buy more books from independent book sellers.
  13. Use the library more often – This year I used my local library for the first time to help in my university studies and I fell in love with it. I have yet to start taking books out to read but this is definitely one of my priorities for next year.
  14. Go to a book festival – I have never been to a book festival and I see blog posts and Vlogs about them all the time so I would love to visit a book festival at some point in 2016. Hopefully one where I can meet some authors also because I’ve never met any authors of books that I read and love so that would be a beautiful bonus.
  15. Don’t worry so much – I am one of those people who worry. Every time I blog and no one looks at it, I worry. Every time I comment on a blog and they don’t reply, I worry. I need to STOP WORRYING. This is a wonderful tool for sharing my love of books and if people interact with that then that is wonderful, and if not, at least I enjoy doing it!
  16. Read for ME – I find myself sometimes feeling pressured when reading. Am I reading too slow? I’m reading too much YA fiction. I haven’t read enough classics. I don’t know what I’m talking about. STOP. 2016 is the year I read for me, and me alone, and then I’ll share my own experiences with others. I free myself of any reading pressure I may have encountered in 2015.

That is it for my list of bookish resolutions. I will do my utmost to try and stick to each and every one of them. Please do let me know what your 2016 resolutions are, be them bookish or not.

Happy New Year all. I hope you have a beautiful year in 2016.