I hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s and that 2016 is shaping up to be a great year for you as well! Mine has started off quite well and I am still carrying the excitement of the fresh, new feeling that each new year brings. As is the time honored tradition with each passing New Year, I have indulged in creating New Year resolutions for myself. However, I took it a step further and created a list of resolutions solely about reading. I thought I would share with you my list as a way to 1) Stick to these goals as that is usually the hardest part and 2) Inspire others to create their own New Year, New Reads list!
New Year, New Reads 2016
Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge: 50 books
If you have a Goodreads account, then I encourage you to try this challenge! It’s a simple challenge where you set your own goal for how many books you want to read for the year. You can join at ANY time, so do not feel as if you have to wait until the next year to participate. In 2015, I decided to join the challenge in June, or the first time I had logged on GR since I set up the account back in 2012, and set quite the goal of 100 books. In the remaining seven months, I read 14 books, or two books for each of the seven months! I am very proud of myself and the challenge was a great motivator. This year, I set the goal at 50 books which is roughly 4 – 5 books to read each month. Quite a task! I am going to do my best to reach the goal, but it is more of a motivation tool and a way to better my reading skills. Anyone wishing to hone their reading skills or love challenges, sign on up!
Read War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy
I cannot recall why I Googled Leo Tolstoy, but as I clicked away I end up on a Wikipedia page for the author which led me to a page for his work War & Peace. I had heard about this book for years, but always with the context that it was a daunting read that could never be finished. Having read up on the work, I discovered it is an epic historical novel. It follows five aristocratic families during the years of the Napoleonic Wars. I’m partial to historic novels, so I have decided to take on Tolstoy’s War & Peace. I will be reading the Aylmer and Louise Maude translation, however, it is the Oxford World’s Classics newest edition which has fixed all the “errors” of the Maude version such as the Anglicized name changes (original names restored) and translation of the French to English (footnotes with the English translation added). I will be reviewing each book, the Oxford edition has it broken into 5 parts, as well.
Post on Quibs Full of Nargles Once a Week
While this goal is more about writing than reading, I wanted to add it to my list as to make sure this blogging experiment is successful. My intention for starting this blog was a way to grow my reading skills with the added benefit of improving my writing skills. Obviously, each weekly post will not be a book review as I am simply not that fast of a reader nor have I the luxury to sit about all day to read (a girl can dream though!). My life is pretty busy with my job, social life, raising a kitten, and simply doing my best to stay afloat with this whole adulting business. I do plan to keep my posts book related for the most part, however, I am always open to trying new things once in a blue moon. Most importantly though, I will pushing quality content over quantity. The latter is neither beneficial to myself or you the reader. Once a week is the minimum, so some weeks may have more posts which will be a special treat for all, right!?
Monthly Booktube Video
As I mentioned in my very first post briefly, I created a YouTube channel and tried my hand at booktubing, or video blogging about books. A quick Google search or YouTube search will yield results of popular Booktubers for reference, but as I am currently editing this post the idea to use this topic as a later post has popped into my head: Booktubing 101! Back to my story, I did my best to post a video a week, but have a VERY out dated editing program and it all simply took too much time which lead to the hobby not being fun anymore. I very much want to revive my channel as I enjoyed connecting with fellow book lovers and readers as I am sure I will do on this blog as well. The plan is do to condensed versions of my blog book reviews for my Booktube channel, however, there are several fun videos such as Top 5 Wednesdays and Tags that may pop up from time to time to bust up the flow. Any book reviews I record for my channel will also have an accompanying blog post here. The best of both worlds!
Join in 5 Readathons
I participated in Booktube-a-thon 2015 in August as well as the holiday version in December and had a blast! There are many read-a-thons in the booktube community as well as in the blog and social media realms. Each read-a-thon has their own set of rules, such as, read a book with blue on the cover, read a book that has an author that shares the first initial of your last name, and others dictating specific requirements for book selection. Read-a-thons are a great way to connect with other people over social media as well as the benefits of improving your reading skills and mind. I will post any read-a-thons I plan to participate in this year in case others wish to join! As it stands right now, I will be participating in Booktube-a-thon 2016 as well as the holiday version. Two down three to go!
Complete all 10 Books on my Currently Reading List on Goodreads
I have a bad reading habit or a unique reading style, whichever way you look at it my habit/style has led to a problem. I have a tendency to read several books at once. I have read/heard this style of reading referred to as chaotic reading. I get very excited about new books I have bought, been given as a gift, lent or somehow end up in my possession. So much so, I end up placing the current book I am reading down, read the new one, then switch back to the previous book, perhaps switch to another book as I am not in the mood for the new or old book, and just it continues until I am drowning in half finished books. I do my best to keep it in check, read-a-thons and goals really help me with that task, but I have let it run wild leading to having 10 books I am “currently” reading. So before I can move on to any other books, including War & Peace, I must knock out these 10 reads, for my sanity and to be capable of reaching any of the above goals! Edit: I began reading a new book, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Help! I’m unstoppable!
I am very excited to begin checking off each item as 2016 rolls along. Do you have any reading resolutions for 2016? How about tips on how to stick to them or motivation tricks? Anyone looking forward to certain read-a-thons this year? I would love to read your responses in the comments!
New Year, New Nargle,